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Bank of America Board Approves New Stock Buyback

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec 11, 2001 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The Bank of America board of directors today approved a new stock buyback program of up to 130 million shares. This program follows an earlier board approval in July 2000 for repurchase authorization of 100 million shares, which has been exhausted.

"Since 1997, we have been able to return $35 billion of capital to our shareholders," said Ken Lewis, chairman and chief executive officer. "We continue to generate capital at a higher rate than we can invest back into the business. Repurchasing our shares allows us to efficiently return excess capital to our shareholders."

The previous program was authorized for an 18-to-24 month timeframe. The new program will be implemented over a similar timeframe. The purchases will be made from time to time either in the open market or through private transactions, including accelerated and put option buyback programs. On September 30, 2001, Bank of America had 1.63 billion common shares outstanding.

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