Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)    
December 1, 2017
SunTrust Banks, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
File Number)
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)
303 Peachtree St., N.E., Atlanta, Georgia
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip Code)
Registrant's telephone number, including area code    
 (800) 786-8787
Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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Item 8.01 Other Events.

On December 1, 2017, SunTrust Banks, Inc. (“SunTrust” or the “Company”) completed the sale of Premium Assignment Corporation (“PAC”), SunTrust’s commercial lines insurance premium finance subsidiary, to IPFS Corporation. As a result of this transaction, the Company will recognize a pre-tax gain of approximately $105 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. As of and for the twelve months ended September 30, 2017, PAC had $1.3 billion in assets and contributed approximately $20 million of net income to SunTrust.

Separately, the Company continues to execute on its efficiency plans and is taking certain actions in the fourth quarter of 2017. Specifically, the Company offered a voluntary early retirement program to certain employees based on age, job grade and tenure, which will result in the recognition of separation benefits for participating employees. Additionally, the Company continues to optimize its real estate footprint, including consolidating operations centers, terminating leases and disposing of certain owned real estate. Lastly, the Company will write-off certain software assets due to related technology enhancements. Collectively, these items are expected to result in a pre-tax charge of approximately $35 to $40 million in the fourth quarter of 2017.

In addition, SunTrust Mortgage, Inc. ("STM") will increase the valuation allowance against some of its state carryforward deferred tax assets by approximately $25 million, after-tax, in the fourth quarter of 2017 primarily due to changes in the projected future taxable income of the STM legal entity.

In the aggregate, the aforementioned matters are expected to positively impact the Company’s fourth quarter 2017 earnings by approximately $15 million after-tax, which is estimated to be $0.03 per share.
Important Cautionary Statement
This report contains forward-looking statements. For example, statements regarding the estimated financial impact of the items disclosed above are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Investors are cautioned against placing undue reliance on such statements. Actual results may differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of management and on information currently available to management. Such statements speak as of the date hereof, and SunTrust does not assume any obligation to update these statements or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those contained in such statements in light of new information or future events. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements can be found in Part I, Item 1A. "Risk Factors ” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 and in subsequent periodic reports that SunTrust files with the SEC. In addition, SunTrust disclaims any inference regarding the materiality of the information disclosed herein which otherwise may arise as a result of its filing such information under Item 8.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
Date: December 4, 2017
/s/ Curt Phillips
Curt Phillips, Group Vice President, Associate General
Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary