Bank of America Announces 13 Percent Increase in EPS
CHARLOTTE, July 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Bank of America Corporation today reported second quarter earnings of $2.22 billion, or $1.40 per share (diluted), a 13 percent increase in earnings per share from $2.02 billion, or $1.24 per share, reported a year ago. The return on common equity was 18.5 percent.
The adoption of FAS No. 142 in the first quarter of 2002 eliminated the amortization of goodwill, which impacts the company's expenses and net income. Excluding goodwill amortization in the second quarter of 2001, net income and earnings per share rose 2 percent and 5 percent, respectively.
The increase in second quarter results was driven by broad-based gains in customer revenue and strong expense control, supported by progress in Six Sigma productivity and quality initiatives. These improvements were somewhat offset by a significant reduction in revenue from trading and equity investments.
"Our performance in the second quarter was led by strong growth in Consumer Banking as the execution of our customer-focused strategy continued to deliver results," said Kenneth D. Lewis, chairman and chief executive officer. "Given market conditions, we were especially pleased to see solid growth in our investment banking fees. Diligent expense management has complemented our efforts to grow revenue across the company and has enabled us to continue to deliver attractive results to our shareholders."
Net income for the first half of 2002 was $4.40 billion, or $2.77 per share (diluted), a 16 percent increase in earnings per share, from $3.89 billion, or $2.39 per share, a year ago. Excluding goodwill amortization in the first half of 2001, net income and earnings per share rose 5 percent and 7 percent, respectively.
Second Quarter Highlights (Compared to a Year Ago)
Shareholder Value Added (SVA) grew 5 percent to $834 million.
Average customer deposits grew 7 percent to $326 billion.
Nonperforming assets declined from a year earlier and remained essentially unchanged with levels in the first quarter of 2002.
Investment banking income grew 2 percent as the demand for fixed income products continued to be strong. Modest growth in equities and a solid advisory business were also contributors.
Investment and brokerage service revenue grew 12 percent due to increased customer activity.
Active debit cards increased 8 percent and purchase volumes rose 15 percent from a year ago, as more customers began using debit cards. Average managed consumer credit card outstandings were up 12 percent from last year, driven by new account purchase volume and an increase in balance transfers.
Corporate service charges grew 11 percent due to higher fees paid in lieu of compensating balances as a result of a lower rate environment.
Greater customer activity and the addition of new customers drove a 3 percent increase in consumer service charges.
Net new checking accounts increased by more than 126,000 from the first quarter of 2002, as the company attracted customers with its new My Access Checking product and also retained and deepened relationships with existing customers.
During the second quarter, the company offered free online bill pay to new subscribers in an effort to attract customers and encourage existing customers to pay bills online. As a result, active users of online banking climbed 14 percent from the first quarter of 2002 to 3.8 million while active bill pay customers increased 20 percent to more than 1 million -- the most users in the industry.
The company launched the SafeSend debit card product that allows consumers to send money to Mexico more efficiently and reduces fraud, helping the company support and strengthen its multi-cultural strategy by better meeting the needs of its diverse customer base.
The company launched the Visa CashPay payroll card, a new debit card that allows companies to pay employees with a reusable debit card. The debut of this card is part of the company's strategy for making payment exchange easier for customers.
Revenue declined 1 percent from the previous year to $8.74 billion, as modest growth in fully taxable-equivalent net interest income was offset by a decline in market-related revenue.
Fully taxable-equivalent net interest income rose 3 percent to $5.26 billion, as the company continued to benefit from low interest rates and higher consumer loan and deposit levels as well as higher trading-related revenue, partially offset by the exit of the subprime real estate business and reduced commercial loan levels.
Noninterest income declined 7 percent to $3.48 billion, primarily due to lower trading revenue and equity investment losses.
In connection with asset/liability management, the company realized $93 million in net securities gains.
At $4.49 billion, expenses were down 7 percent from a year ago (adjusted for amortization of goodwill, expenses decreased 4 percent). The efficiency ratio improved to 51.34 percent.
Credit quality continued to be impacted by the economic slowdown and uncertain market conditions.
Provision for credit losses of $888 million was up $88 million from a year ago. Provision was up 6 percent from $840 million in the first quarter of 2002.
Net charge-offs were $888 million, or 1.06 percent of loans and leases, up from $787 million, or 0.82 percent, a year ago. The increase in charge-offs was primarily concentrated in the consumer bankcard portfolio due to a 29 percent increase in on-balance-sheet outstandings and the impact of the rise in unemployment and personal bankruptcy filings. Commercial net charge-offs increased $33 million, or 7 percent, from a year ago. Excluding bankcard and the subprime lending business, other consumer-related charge-offs remained essentially unchanged from a year ago. Total net charge-offs increased $48 million, or 6 percent, from the first quarter of 2002.
Nonperforming assets were $4.9 billion, or 1.45 percent of loans, leases and foreclosed properties at June 30, 2002, down 20 percent from $6.2 billion, or 1.63 percent, a year earlier. The decrease in nonperforming assets from a year ago is due to the exit of the subprime lending business and the company's risk management program, which includes an aggressive strategy to shed problem credits. Nonperforming assets remained essentially unchanged with levels in the first quarter of 2002.
The allowance for credit losses was 2.02 percent of loans and leases on June 30, 2002, an increase in coverage of 20 basis points from 1.82 percent a year ago. The allowance for credit losses, at $6.9 billion, represented 148 percent of nonperforming loans, up from 118 percent a year ago. The allowance remained essentially unchanged from the first quarter of 2002.
Total shareholders' equity was $47.8 billion at June 30, 2002, down 3 percent from a year ago and represented 7.48 percent of period-end assets of $638 billion. The preliminary Tier 1 Capital Ratio was 8.09 percent, an increase of 19 basis points from a year earlier.
During the quarter, Bank of America repurchased 51.2 million shares and issued 22.3 million shares for stock options. Average common shares outstanding were 1.53 billion, down 4 percent from 1.60 billion a year earlier and 1 percent from the first quarter of 2002.
Business Segment Results
To present comparable business segment results, earnings and expenses for the second quarter of 2001 have been adjusted to exclude goodwill amortization.
Consumer and Commercial Banking
Consumer and Commercial Banking (CCB) earned $1.44 billion, up 7 percent from a year ago. Total revenue grew 6 percent while expenses increased 2 percent. Return on equity was 31.4 percent and SVA grew 14 percent to $936 million.
Net interest income increased 7 percent to $3.51 billion, driven by growth in consumer loans and deposits as well as the interest rate environment. Consumer loans grew 16 percent, primarily from residential mortgages and credit cards, driving a 2 percent increase in average loans. Commercial loan levels declined 13 percent.
Average customer deposits grew 6 percent, as new customers opened checking accounts and consumers moved assets into deposit products with greater liquidity during uncertain market conditions. Growth in consumer deposits continued to be led by increases in money market savings and checking account balances.
Noninterest income was up 5 percent to $2.02 billion, driven by higher consumer service charges from increased customer activity, growth in new customers, increased use of debit cards by customers and higher commercial account service charges, slightly offset by lower mortgage banking income due to lower servicing levels.
Global Corporate and Investment Banking
Global Corporate and Investment Banking (GCIB) earned $560 million, a 12 percent increase from last year. While revenue declined 4 percent to $2.36 billion, the provision for loan losses decreased 15 percent and expenses declined 10 percent. Return on equity was 20.2 percent and SVA increased $137 million to $236 million.
Net interest income was up 4 percent to $1.23 billion from a year ago, primarily driven by trading-related activities and lower funding costs. Total trading-related revenue in GCIB, which includes trading-related net interest income and trading fees, was $752 million, down 11 percent from last year's strong results primarily due to weaker demand for equity products.
Despite the challenging environment, investment banking income increased 2 percent to $442 million from last year. These results were driven by the continued strong demand for fixed-income debt products and higher equity underwriting and advisory services income.
Asset Management earnings decreased 42 percent from a year ago to $72 million, primarily due to one large charge-off. Provision for credit losses rose to $144 million from $63 million a year earlier. Revenue of $624 million was slightly below last year while expenses declined 2 percent, even as the company made business investments for the future. Return on equity was 12.4 percent and SVA declined $58 million to $3 million.
Assets under management grew 2 percent, or $6 billion, to $297 billion. This increase was driven by the growth in the Nations Funds family of money market mutual funds.
In an effort to increase its distribution capabilities to better serve the financial needs of clients across the franchise, Asset Management continued to hire top talent during the quarter. The company is on track to reach its goal of increasing its number of licensed financial advisors and relationship managers by 20 percent by the end of 2002.
Equity Investments reported a loss of $53 million, compared to earnings of $37 million a year ago. In Principal Investing, cash gains and fair market adjustments were approximately $170 million in the second quarter, offset by impairments of approximately $215 million.
One of the world's leading financial services companies, Bank of America is committed to making banking work for customers and clients like it never has before. Through innovative technologies and the ingenuity of its people, Bank of America provides individuals, small businesses and commercial, corporate and institutional clients across the United States and around the world new and better ways to manage their financial lives.
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Additional financial tables are available at http://www.bankofamerica.com/investor/.
|NOTE:||James H. Hance Jr., vice chairman and chief financial officer, will|
|discuss second quarter results in a conference call at 9:30 a.m. (Eastern|
|Time) today. The call can be accessed via a Webcast available on the Bank of|
|America Web site at http://www.bankofamerica.com/investor/.|
This press release contains forward-looking statements including, without limitation, statements about the Corporation's financial conditions, results of operations and earnings outlook. These forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties. Actual conditions, results and earnings may differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from such statements include, among others, the following: 1) projected business increases following process change and other investments are lower than expected; 2) competitive pressure among financial services companies increases significantly; 3) general economic conditions are less favorable than expected; 4) changes in the interest rate environment reduce interest margins and impact funding sources; 5) changes in market rates and prices may adversely impact the value of financial products; 6) legislation or regulatory requirements or changes adversely affect the businesses in which the company is engaged; 7) litigation liabilities, including costs, expenses, settlements and judgments, may adversely affect the Corporation and its businesses; and 8) decisions to downsize, sell or close units or otherwise change the business mix of the company. For further information, please read the Bank of America reports filed with the SEC and available at www.sec.gov.
Bank of America
Three Months Six Months Ended June 30 Ended June 30 2002 2001 2002 2001
(Dollars in millions,
except per share
data; shares in
Financial Summary (1) Earnings $2,221 $2,023 $4,400 $3,893 Earnings per common share 1.45 1.26 2.86 2.42 Diluted earnings per common share 1.40 1.24 2.77 2.39 Dividends per common share 0.60 0.56 1.20 1.12 Closing market price per common share 70.36 60.03 70.36 60.03 Average common shares issued and outstanding 1,533,783 1,601,537 1,538,600 1,605,193 Average diluted common shares issued and outstanding 1,592,250 1,632,964 1,586,836 1,631,892 Summary Income Statement (1) (Taxable-equivalent basis) Net interest income $5,262 $5,117 $10,509 $9,838 Noninterest income 3,481 3,741 6,921 7,521 Total revenue 8,743 8,858 17,430 17,359 Provision for credit losses 888 800 1,728 1,635 Gains (losses) on sales of securities 93 (7) 137 (15) Noninterest expense 4,490 4,821 8,984 9,475 Income before income taxes 3,458 3,230 6,855 6,234 Income taxes - including taxable- equivalent basis adjustment 1,237 1,207 2,455 2,341 Net income $2,221 $2,023 $4,400 $3,893 Summary Average Balance Sheet Loans and leases $335,684 $383,500 $331,765 $385,683 Managed loans and leases 342,238 394,065 339,294 396,351 Securities 67,291 55,719 70,399 55,472 Earning assets 562,192 567,628 555,688 564,544 Total assets 646,599 655,557 642,163 652,147 Deposits 365,986 363,348 365,198 359,504 Shareholders' equity 48,274 48,709 47,867 48,290 Common shareholders' equity 48,213 48,640 47,805 48,219 Performance Indices (1) Return on average assets 1.38 % 1.24 % 1.38 % 1.20 % Return on average common shareholders' equity 18.47 16.67 18.55 16.27 Efficiency ratio 51.34 54.44 51.54 54.58 Net interest yield 3.75 3.61 3.80 3.50 Shareholder value added $834 $791 $1,666 $1,470 Credit Quality Net charge-offs $888 $787 $1,728 $1,560 % of average loans and leases 1.06 % 0.82 % 1.05 % 0.82 % Managed bankcard net charge-offs as a % of average managed bankcard receivables 5.59 4.94 5.51 4.66
(1) The three months ended June 30, 2001 included goodwill amortization of
$169 million. The impact on net income was $155 million, or $0.09 per share. The six months ended June 30, 2001 included goodwill amortization of $337 million. The impact on net income was $314 million, or $0.19 per share.
Bank of America
At June 30 2002 2001
(Dollars in millions, except per
share data; shares in thousands)
Balance Sheet Highlights Loans and leases $340,394 $380,425 Securities 83,163 54,577 Earning assets 552,416 538,926 Total assets 638,448 625,525 Deposits 360,769 363,486 Shareholders' equity 47,764 49,302 Common shareholders' equity 47,704 49,234 Per share 31.47 30.75 Total equity to assets ratio (period end) 7.48 % 7.88 % Risk-based capital ratios: (2) Tier 1 8.09 7.90 Total 12.42 12.09 Leverage ratio 6.47 6.50 Period-end common shares issued and outstanding 1,515,667 1,601,126 Allowance for credit losses $6,873 $6,911 Allowance for credit losses as a % of loans and leases 2.02 % $1.82 % Allowance for credit losses as a % of nonperforming loans 148 118 Nonperforming loans $4,642 $5,849 Nonperforming assets(3) 4,939 6,195 Nonperforming assets as a % of: Total assets .77 % .99 % Loans, leases and foreclosed properties 1.45 1.63 Nonperforming loans as a % of loans and leases 1.36 1.54 Other Data Full-time equivalent employees 135,489 144,287 Number of banking centers 4,232 4,259 Number of ATM's 12,827 12,860 BUSINESS SEGMENT RESULTS Global Corporate Consumer and and Commercial Asset Investment Equity Corporate Banking Management Banking Investments Other Three months ended June 30, 2002 Total revenue $5,527 $624 $2,359 $(78) $311 Net income 1,443 72 560 (53) 199 Shareholder value added 936 3 236 (118) (223) Return on equity 31.4 % 12.4 % 20.2 % (9.9) % n/m Average loans and leases $182,863 $23,666 $63,927 $448 $64,780 Three months ended June 30, 2001 Total revenue $5,212 $631 $2,446 $78 $491 Net income (4) 1,241 113 472 36 161 Shareholder value added 823 61 99 (34) (158) Return on equity 25.9 % 20.3 % 13.8 % 5.9 % n/m Average loans and leases $178,534 $24,352 $86,528 $491 $93,595
n/m = not meaningful
(2) 2002 ratios are preliminary.
(3) In the third quarter of 2001, $1.2 billion of nonperforming subprime
real estate loans were transferred to loans held for sale as a result of the exit of certain consumer finance businesses.
(4) Includes goodwill amortization of $103 million for Consumer and
Commercial Banking, $12 million for Asset Management, $27 million for Global Corporate and Investment Banking, $2 million for Equity Investments and $11 million for Corporate Other. MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X03614913
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