First Financial Holdings Inc.
First Financial Holdings Inc. is a savings and loan holding company and the parent of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Charleston, known as First Federal. In addition to banking, it offers cash management, retail investment services, mortgage banking, insurance, and trust and investment management services. Based in Charleston, S.C., the thrift has 58 offices, including outlets in Wal-Mart Supercenters, Kroger and Lowes Food Stores.
The company has acquired a variety of different businesses in recent years. It also has benefited from the federal bailout in 2008, receiving a $65 million investment from the Treasury Department as part of the government's capital purchase program.