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Bank of America Reports 51 Percent Increase in Fourth Quarter EPS; 2001 Operating Earnings Increase to $8.04 Billion, or $4.95 per Share

Supplemental fourth quarter 2001 financial information

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Bank of America Corporation (NYSE: BAC) today reported fourth quarter earnings of $2.06 billion, or $1.28 per share (diluted), a 51 percent increase in earnings per share from $1.39 billion, or $0.85 per share, a year ago. The return on common equity was 16.7 percent.

For the full year, Bank of America reported operating earnings of $8.04 billion, or $4.95 per share (diluted), which excludes the charges incurred to exit the auto leasing and subprime real estate lending businesses. A year earlier, the company reported operating earnings of $7.86 billion, or $4.72 per share. Net income for 2001 was $6.79 billion, or $4.18 per share, compared to net income of $7.52 billion, or $4.52 per share a year ago.

"The revenue and earnings momentum we experienced in the first nine months of the year continued into the fourth quarter as our work to attract, retain and deepen customer relationships takes hold," said Kenneth D. Lewis, chairman and chief executive officer. "Our three major business lines -- Consumer and Commercial Banking, Asset Management and Global Corporate and Investment Banking -- in total increased their revenue by 8 percent last year, which is within our long-term target range. This was a considerable achievement, considering economic conditions, and speaks to the power of our franchise, the effectiveness of our strategy and the ingenuity and enthusiasm of our people. Their achievement allowed us to overcome significantly higher credit costs plus much lower equity market-related revenues and still increase operating earnings for the year.

"In addition to growing earnings, we ended the year with stronger reserves and capital, positioning us well for continued weak economic conditions," Lewis continued. "Our strong cash flow coupled with the cost savings generated from our company-wide quality and productivity initiatives allows us to continue to make critical investments that we believe will position us for even stronger earnings growth when the economy recovers."

    Fourth quarter highlights (compared to a year ago)

    * Investment banking income grew 29 percent, led by strong fixed-income
      originations as well as increases in equity products and advisory

    * Trading account profits and investment and brokerage service fees grew
      14 percent and 11 percent, respectively.

    * Mortgage banking income grew 15 percent.

    * Corporate and consumer service charges grew 9 percent due to higher
      business volumes and higher fees paid in a lower rate environment.

    * Card fee income rose 6 percent, driven by increased purchase volume.

    * Average customer deposits grew 8 percent to $317 billion, promoted by a
      pricing strategy adopted by the company to attract new customers and
      deepen existing customer relationships.  Core deposit levels exceeded
      loans, which lowered the company's cost of funding its balance sheet.

    * Balance sheet reduction efforts, part of the company's strategy to shed
      lower yielding assets, continued to drive down asset levels.  Total
      period-end assets were $622 billion, down 3 percent from last year.

    * The Tier 1 Capital Ratio rose 80 basis points to 8.30 percent, the
      highest level in the company's history.  This was driven primarily by
      the reduction of risk weighted assets.

Revenue grew 10 percent to $8.90 billion from the previous year.

Fully taxable-equivalent net interest income rose 16 percent to $5.50 billion. The company continued to benefit from falling interest rates and a steepened yield curve. Benefits also were achieved from trading activities and higher deposit levels. These factors resulted in a 74 basis- point improvement in the net interest yield to 3.95 percent.

Noninterest income increased by 2 percent to $3.40 billion, driven by growth in investment banking income and increases in consumer-based fees from products like credit cards and mortgages.

In connection with its interest rate risk management strategy, the company realized $393 million in securities gains.

Noninterest expense increased 15 percent to $5.32 billion from the prior year. Litigation and severance charges, which together totaled approximately $480 million, were a major factor in the increase. The company expects these charges to be non-recurring. Excluding these items, expenses were up 4 percent and the efficiency ratio improved nearly 300 basis points to 54.36 percent from a year ago.

    Credit quality

    Credit quality continued to decline in the wake of the U.S. recession.

    * Provision for credit losses exceeded net charge-offs by $207 million in
      the fourth quarter, as the company added to the loan loss reserve in
      light of economic uncertainty.  Provision was $1.4 billion compared to
      $1.2 billion a year earlier.

    * Net charge-offs were $1.2 billion, or 1.42 percent of loans and leases,
      up from $1.1 billion, or 1.07 percent, a year ago.  Commercial charge-
      offs increased $50 million from a year ago, including those associated
      with Enron Corporation which are described below.  An increase in
      consumer bankcard outstandings and personal bankruptcy filings along
      with the steep rise in unemployment contributed to a $69 million
      increase in consumer charge-offs from a year earlier.

    * The company incurred $231 million in losses associated with its credit
      exposure to Enron, including $210 million in loan charge-offs and
      $21 million in writedowns of securities related to a collateralized-loan
      obligation (CLO).  Most of the charge-offs involved the company's
      unsecured loans.  Total remaining credit exposure to Enron at
      Dec. 31, 2001 was $272 million, comprised of $226 million in
      nonperforming loans, of which $42 million were unsecured, and
      $46 million in other exposure, mostly undrawn letters of credit.

    * Nonperforming assets were $4.9 billion, or 1.49 percent of loans, leases
      and foreclosed properties at Dec. 31, 2001, down from $5.5 billion, or
      1.39 percent, a year earlier.  The decrease in nonperforming assets from
      a year ago is due to the company's exit from the subprime real estate
      business and its aggressive program to shed problem credits.

    * At December 31, 2001, the allowance for credit losses totaled
      $6.9 billion, equal to 2.09 percent of loans and leases, up from
      1.74 percent a year ago.  The allowance for credit losses represented
      153 percent of nonperforming loans, up from 131 percent a year ago.

    Capital management
Total shareholders' equity was $48.5 billion at December 31, 2001. That was up 2 percent from 12 months earlier and represented 7.80 percent of period-end assets of $622 billion. The Tier 1 Capital Ratio rose 80 basis points from December 31, 2000 to 8.30 percent.

During the quarter, Bank of America repurchased 28 million shares. For the year, 82 million shares were repurchased, representing an investment in Bank of America stock of $4.7 billion. In the fourth quarter, the company's Board of Directors authorized a new buyback program for up to 130 million shares to be repurchased over an 18-to-24 month timeframe.

Average (diluted) common shares outstanding were 1.60 billion in the fourth quarter, down 2 percent from 1.64 billion a year earlier.

    Income taxes
During the year, the company realigned operations that manage distressed assets to make them more effective. The establishment of this new unit and the disposal of distressed assets generated a $418 million tax benefit which resulted in a 17 percent tax rate for the company.

    2001 full year summary:
Lewis commented that 2001 marked a turning point for the company. He said, "We realigned our business units to focus on our customers, replacing our old product and geography-based management structure. Our intense customer focus began to pay off during the year, reflected by the solid performance of our core customer businesses. We remain completely committed to the execution of this strategy in 2002."

Revenue increased 5 percent to $35.0 billion.

Net interest income rose 11 percent to $20.6 billion. The company benefited from falling interest rates and a steepened yield curve during 2001, allowing it to shed lower yielding assets. Benefits from trading related activities and higher deposit and equity levels contributed to a 48 basis- point improvement in the net interest yield to 3.68 percent.

Noninterest income declined by 2 percent to $14.3 billion. Solid growth of 9 percent in consumer-based fee income, from products like credit cards and mortgages, was unable to offset a sharp decline in Equity Investments revenue due to the economic downturn.

Noninterest expense increased 7 percent to $19.4 billion over the prior year, excluding the cost of exiting the subprime real estate and auto leasing businesses.

Growth in expenses during 2001 was driven primarily by charges for litigation and severance in the fourth quarter. Other drivers of expenses were increases in marketing related to the company's advertising campaign, higher incentive payments and professional fees.

    Credit quality
Provision expense rose 69 percent to $4.3 billion. Provision included $395 million related to the exit of the subprime lending business.

Net charge-offs totaled $4.2 billion, or 1.16 percent of loans and leases, compared to $2.4 billion, or 0.61 percent of loans and leases, in 2000. The progressive decline in the economy primarily accounted for the significant rise in charge-offs compared to the prior year. 2001 net charge-offs included $635 million related to the exit of the subprime lending business.

Excluding charge-offs related to the exit of the subprime lending business, commercial charge-offs comprised the majority of the increase in 2001 loan losses. These were primarily concentrated in the domestic portfolio.

    Consumer and Commercial Banking
Consumer and Commercial Banking (CCB) earned $4.84 billion in 2001, up 6 percent from a year ago, despite higher credit costs. Total revenues grew 7 percent while expenses increased 3 percent. Return on equity was 25.1 percent and Shareholder Value Added (SVA) grew $335 million to $3.17 billion.

For the full year, net interest income increased 6 percent to $13.36 billion, driven by both loan and deposit growth. Managed loans grew 6 percent, led by consumer loan growth of 15 percent, primarily in residential first mortgage, home equity and bankcard.

Average customer deposits grew 4 percent, as the company's pricing strategy began to attract more customer assets. Consumer deposit growth continued to be led by higher balances in money market savings accounts. This growth was partially offset by declining balances in CDs and savings accounts.

Noninterest income was up 9 percent, driven by consumer service charges, card fee income and mortgage banking results. Core products like mortgages and cards helped the company deepen both new and existing customer relationships.

    Global Corporate and Investment Banking
Global Corporate and Investment Banking (GCIB) earned $1.88 billion, 7 percent more than last year despite a $524 million increase in provision expense. Revenue increased 13 percent to $9.23 billion. Expenses rose 7 percent primarily due to higher market-related incentives. Return on equity was 16.4 percent and SVA grew $308 million to $644 million.

Net interest income was up 23 percent to $4.59 billion from a year ago, primarily driven by trading related activities. Total trading-related revenue in GCIB, which includes trading-related net interest income and trading fees, was $3.38 billion, up 22 percent from gains in fixed-income and interest rate contract trading. Investment and brokerage fees were up 36 percent, as a result of higher equity and stock commissions from increased customer flow.

Investment banking income increased 4 percent to $1.58 billion from last year. The demand for fixed-income originations offset the weaker demand for equity products. In deepening relationships with key corporate clients and increasing its investment-banking business, Banc of America Securities improved its market share of lead-managed underwriting mandates in 2001 in every major category of capital-raising transaction: common stock, high-grade debt, high-yield debt, and asset-backed and mortgage-backed securitizations.

    Asset Management
Asset Management earnings were $521 million, 12 percent below last year's results due to higher credit costs and expenses as the company continued to make critical investments in this growth business. Revenue of $2.47 billion remained essentially unchanged while return on equity was 23.6 percent. SVA decreased $109 million to $312 million.

Assets under management grew 13 percent, or $36 billion, to $314 billion, despite the impact of lower stock valuations. This increase was driven by the growth in the Nations Funds family of mutual funds and the addition of Marsico Funds.

    Equity Investments
Equity Investments reported a loss of $94 million, compared to earnings of $461 million a year ago. The loss was due to portfolio impairments in Principal Investing of $335 million, of which $245 million occurred in the fourth quarter, and lower cash gains.

One of the world's leading financial services companies, Bank of America is committed to making banking work for customers 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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NOTE: James H. Hance Jr., vice chairman and chief financial officer, will discuss fourth quarter and full year 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

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including without limitation, 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 could cause this difference include, among others, the following: 1) projected business increases following process changes and other investments are lower than expected; 2) competitive pressure among financial services companies increases significantly; 3) costs or difficulties related to the integration of acquisitions are greater than expected; 4) general economic conditions, internationally, nationally or in the states in which the company does business, including the impact of the events of September 11, 2001 and the energy crisis, are less favorable than expected; 5) changes in the interest rate environment reduce interest margins and affect funding sources; 6) changes in market rates and prices may adversely affect the value of financial products; 7) legislation or regulatory requirements or changes may adversely affect the businesses in which the company is engaged; 8) litigation liabilities, including without limitation, costs, expenses, settlements and judgements, that may adversely affect the Corporation or its businesses; and 9) decisions to downsize, sell or close units or otherwise change the business mix of the company. For further information, please refer to the Bank of America reports filed with the SEC.

    Bank of America

                                    Three months             Twelve months
                                  Ended December 31       Ended December 31
 (Dollars in millions, except per
  share data; shares in
  thousands)                    2001         2000         2001        2000

    Financial Summary - operating basis (1)

    Operating earnings       $  2,057     $  1,385      $ 8,042     $ 7,863
     Operating earnings per
      common share               1.31         0.85         5.04        4.77
     Diluted operating
      earnings per common
      share                      1.28         0.85         4.95        4.72

    Cash basis earnings(2)      2,270        1,599        8,920       8,727
     Cash basis earnings per
      common share               1.45         0.98         5.59        5.30
     Cash basis diluted earnings
      per common share           1.42         0.98         5.49        5.24
    Dividends per common share   0.60         0.56         2.28        2.06
    Closing market price per
     common share               62.95        45.88        62.95       45.88
    Average common shares issued
     and outstanding        1,570,083    1,623,721    1,594,957   1,646,398
    Average diluted common
     shares issued and
     outstanding            1,602,886    1,638,863    1,625,654   1,664,929

    Summary Income Statement - operating basis (1)
    (Taxable-equivalent basis)

    Net interest income   $    5,505    $    4,758    $  20,633    $ 18,671
    Noninterest income         3,398         3,328       14,348      14,582
    Total revenue              8,903         8,086       34,981      33,253
    Provision for credit
     losses                   (1,401)       (1,210)      (3,892)     (2,535)
    Gains on sales of
     securities                  393             2          475          25
    Other noninterest expense (5,324)       (4,637)     (19,404)    (18,083)
    Operating income before
     income taxes              2,571         2,241       12,160      12,660
     Income taxes - including
      taxable-equivalent basis
      adjustment                 514           856        4,118       4,797
    Operating net income  $    2,057    $    1,385    $   8,042    $  7,863

    Summary Average Balance Sheet

    Loans and leases      $  333,354    $  399,549    $ 365,447    $ 392,622
    Managed loans and leases 345,349       364,615      378,680      379,851
    Securities                71,454        79,501       60,372       84,211
    Earning assets           555,205       590,728      560,316      583,467
    Total assets             651,797       677,458      649,547      671,573
    Deposits                 368,171       357,554      362,653      353,294
    Shareholders' equity      48,916        47,639       48,678       47,132
    Common shareholders'
     equity                   48,850        47,565       48,609       47,057

    Performance Indices - operating basis (1)

    Return on average assets    1.25 %        0.81 %       1.24 %       1.17 %
    Return on average common
     shareholders' equity      16.70         11.57        16.53        16.70
    Efficiency ratio           59.80         57.35        55.47        54.38
    Cash basis return, on
     average assets (2)         1.38          0.94         1.37         1.30
    Cash basis return on
     average common shareholders'
     equity (2)                18.43         13.36        18.34        18.54
    Cash basis efficiency
     ratio (2)                 57.40         54.70        52.96        51.78
    Net interest yield          3.95          3.21         3.68         3.20
    Shareholder value added  $   793     $     164    $   3,087    $   3,081

    Credit Quality

    Net charge-offs (4)      $ 1,194     $   1,075    $   4,244    $   2,400
     % of average loans
      and leases                1.42 %        1.07 %       1.16 %       0.61 %
    Managed bankcard net
     charge-offs as a % of
     average managed bankcard
     receivables                4.90          4.32         4.76         4.66

    As Reported

    Net Income               $ 2,057      $  1,385    $   6,792    $   7,517
     Earnings per common
      share                     1.31          0.85         4.26         4.56
     Diluted earnings per
      common share              1.28          0.85         4.18         4.52
    Return on average common
     shareholders' equity      16.70 %       11.57 %      13.96 %      15.96 %

    (1) Operating basis excludes provision for credit losses of $395 million
        and noninterest expense of $1.3 billion related to the exit of certain
        consumer finance businesses in the third quarter of 2001 and
        restructuring charges of $550 million in the third quarter of 2000.
    (2) Cash basis calculations exclude goodwill and other intangible
        amortization expense.
    (3) Prior periods have been restated for comparability (e.g. acquisitions,
        divestitures, sales and securitizations).
    (4) Net charge-offs include $635 million related to the exit of certain
        consumer finance businesses in the third quarter of 2001.  Excluding
        these charge-offs, the net charge-off ratio for 2001 would be 0.99%

    Bank of America

    (Dollars in millions, except
     per share data;                         December 31
     shares in thousands)                2001            2000

    Balance Sheet Highlights

    Loans and leases                 $  329,153       $ 392,193
    Securities                           85,499          65,838
    Earning assets                      517,650         549,736
    Total assets                        621,764         642,191
    Deposits                            373,495         364,244
    Shareholders' equity                 48,520          47,628
    Common shareholders' equity          48,455          47,556
     Per share                            31.07           29.47

    Total equity to assets ratio
    (period end)                           7.80 %          7.42 %

    Risk-based capital ratios:
      Tier 1                               8.30            7.50
      Total                               12.67           11.04

    Leverage ratio                         6.56            6.12

    Period-end common shares issued
     and outstanding                  1,559,297       1,613,632

    Allowance for credit losses     $     6,875      $    6,838
    Allowance for credit losses as
     a % of loans and leases               2.09 %          1.74 %
    Allowance for credit losses as
     a % of nonperforming loans             153             131
    Nonperforming loans             $     4,506      $    5,208
    Nonperforming assets (5)              4,908           5,457
    Nonperforming assets as a % of:
      Total assets                          .79 %           .85 %
      Loans, leases and foreclosed
       properties                          1.49            1.39
    Nonperforming loans as a % of
     loans and leases                      1.37            1.33

    Other Data

    Full-time equivalent employees      142,670         142,724
    Number of banking centers             4,268           4,390
    Number of ATM's                      13,136          12,921

    BUSINESS SEGMENT RESULTS - Operating Basis (1)
    Twelve months ended December 31, 2001

                                     Operating      Avg Loans    Return on
                      Total Revenue  Earnings      and Leases     Equity

    Consumer and Commercial
     Banking            $ 21,372     $ 4,842       $ 181,900       25.1
    Asset Management       2,474         521          24,381       23.6
    Global Corporate and
     Investment Banking    9,231       1,879          80,739       16.4
    Equity Investments        32         (94)            476       (4.0)
    Corporate Other        1,872         894          77,951        n/m

    n/m = not meaningful
(5) 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.

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