SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
CURRENT REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 14, 2012
UNITED COMMUNITY BANKS, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
125 Highway 515 East
Blairsville, Georgia 30512
(Address of principal executive offices)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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In the first quarter of 2012, following detailed discussions with the Division of Corporation Finance and the Office of the Chief Accountant of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), United Community Banks, Inc. (the “Company”) recorded an additional income tax expense of $156.7 million and a charge to other comprehensive income in shareholders’ equity of $10.2 million to establish a full deferred tax asset valuation allowance as of December 31, 2010. Based on these discussions with the SEC, the Company believes that establishing the full valuation allowance was responsive to the previously disclosed comments made by the SEC regarding the Company’s net deferred tax assets. As a result of increasing the valuation allowance for its deferred tax assets as of December 31, 2010, the Company restated its financial statements for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2010 and the first three quarters of 2011, and revised the disclosures contained in its periodic reports filed with the SEC for those periods.
On May 14, 2012, the Company received from the SEC’s Division of Enforcement a notice of formal investigation that included a subpoena seeking information relating primarily to the Company’s deferred tax asset valuation allowances, the establishment of which resulted in the restatements described above, and the Company’s 2009 and 2010 goodwill impairment charges. The notice of investigation stated that it should not be construed as an indication that any violations of law have occurred. The Company is cooperating fully with the SEC in response to the subpoena.
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 hereunto duly authorized.