Bank of America Reports Record First Quarter Earnings of $5 Billion, or $1.07 per Share
Net income up 14 percent Good momentum across businesses Capital markets income strong Efficiency ratio below 50 percent
CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 20, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Bank of America Corporation today reported that net income in the first quarter of 2006 rose 14 percent to $4.99 billion from $4.39 billion a year earlier. Per-share earnings (diluted) were unchanged from a year earlier at $1.07. Return on average common equity for the first quarter was 15.44 percent. Under purchase accounting rules, results for the first quarter of 2005 do not include MBNA, which was acquired on January 1, 2006.
Excluding merger and restructuring charges of $98 million pre-tax, equal to 1 cent per share, the company earned $5.05 billion, or $1.08 per share, in the first quarter of 2006. A year earlier merger and restructuring charges of $112 million reduced per-share earnings by 2 cents.
Revenue grew 31 percent while noninterest expense was up 26 percent. However, on a pro forma basis (including MBNA's first quarter of 2005 results), revenue increased almost 10 percent while noninterest expense was up only 5 percent. Information regarding pro forma results was included in the Form 8-K filed on April 10, 2006.
This significant operating leverage was driven by continued strong performance in the consumer businesses as well as improvements in trading account profits, equity investment gains and investment banking income.
The current quarter's results included $320 million, or 5 cents per share, in expense from the impact of SFAS 123R, which accelerates the recognition of certain equity-based compensation expenses for retirement-eligible associates. In addition, as previously announced, the company terminated certain derivatives used as hedges in asset liability management that did not qualify for SFAS 133 hedge accounting at a cost of $175 million, or 2 cents per share.
"We are off to a great start in 2006," said Kenneth D. Lewis, chairman and chief executive officer. "We have strong momentum in all our businesses as the benefits from continued execution in our consumer businesses were accompanied this quarter by a rebound in trading and good performance in investment banking and wealth management."
First Quarter 2006 Highlights
- Bank of America maintained its position as a leading online financial services retailer. Sales of products through E-Commerce during the quarter were 1.1 million, as the percentage of retail sales coming through the E-Commerce channel rose to 10.8 percent of total production. The company now has a record 19.6 million active online customers who paid $44.4 billion worth of bills in the first quarter of 2006. During the quarter, the bank announced new e-alerts that will help customers monitor accounts and detect fraud.
- The company added approximately 603,000 net new checking accounts in the quarter, driven by the bank's Keep the Change(TM) and customer referral programs. Net new savings accounts grew by more than 483,000 during the quarter primarily due to the reintroduction of the Risk Free CD and the Keep the Change(TM) program. Bank of America now has more than 54 million checking and savings accounts.
- Home equity production volume increased $3.5 billion, or 23 percent, from the first quarter of 2005 to $18.6 billion. At 8.4 percent, Bank of America has the largest market share as of year-end 2005, with a home equity portfolio now exceeding $70 billion.
- Mass market small business sales increased more than 21 percent from the first quarter of 2005, driven by increases in small business online banking and small business credit products.
- Capital Markets and Advisory Services had a record quarter with more than $2.2 billion in revenue, driven by double-digit revenue increases in Global Liquid Products and Global Credit Products as compared to the first quarter of 2005. According to Loan Pricing Corporation, Bank of America is ranked number one in syndicated loans and leveraged loans as measured by number of deals.
- Total assets under management in Wealth and Investment Management grew to nearly $494 billion, an increase of 14 percent from the first quarter of 2005. Based on assets under management, 82% of assets were invested in funds (equity, fixed income, and money market funds) where at least one share class placed in the top two quartiles of their peer group.(1)
(1) The share class earning the ranking may have limited eligibility and may not be available to all investors. Peer group rankings were provided by Morningstar for equity funds, Lipper for fixed income funds and iMoneyNet for money market funds.
First Quarter 2006 MBNA Transition Highlights
- Cost savings for the merger in the first quarter were $163 million pre-tax, equal to 2 cents per share, due primarily to personnel reductions and marketing synergies. The transition is on track to meet projected savings targets.
- As of March 31, about one-third of the projected 6,000 job reductions have been achieved, the vast majority through attrition since the merger was announced on June 30, 2005.
- Bank of America began offering more than 300 MBNA affinity cards through http://www.bankofamerica.com and in pilots involving 700 banking centers. Early results are exceeding expectations.
- Bank of America renewed relationships with several key MBNA affinity partners during the quarter. Bank of America, through its acquisition of MBNA, has worldwide affinity relationships with more than 5,000 organizations.
Revenue on a fully taxable-equivalent basis grew 31 percent to $17.94 billion from $13.74 billion in the first quarter of 2005. Last year's results did not include MBNA.
Net interest income on a fully taxable-equivalent basis was $9.04 billion, compared to $7.71 billion the previous year. In addition to MBNA, the increase was driven by the impact of consumer, middle market, commercial and large corporate loan growth and increases in asset liability management activity primarily due to changes in interest rates. The impact of these increases was partially offset by a lower trading-related contribution. The net interest yield increased two basis points to 2.98 percent.
Noninterest income was $8.90 billion compared to $6.03 billion. In addition to MBNA, these results were driven by continued strength in service fee income, increases in trading account profits, equity investment gains, investment banking income and card income.
Gains on sales of debt securities were $14 million in the quarter compared to $659 million in the first quarter of 2005.
The efficiency ratio for the first quarter of 2006 was 49.74 percent. Noninterest expense increased to $8.92 billion compared to $7.06 billion a year ago. In addition to MBNA and the increase in personnel costs due to changes in equity-based compensation accounting, expenses were higher due to increased marketing spending related to consumer banking initiatives. Also included in first quarter 2006 expenses were $98 million in pre-tax merger and restructuring charges related to the MBNA acquisition.
Credit quality was stable. As anticipated, net charge-offs decreased substantially from the fourth quarter of 2005 due to the impact of bankruptcy reform. Net charge-offs were down compared to the first quarter of 2005 due to lower bankruptcies, partially offset by growth and seasoning of the card portfolio and new advances on accounts previously securitized. Provision expense rose compared to the first quarter of 2005 due to the addition of MBNA, a slower rate of improvement in commercial credit quality, and an increase in reserves to cover the anticipated return to a more normal level of bankruptcy-related charge-offs.
- Provision for credit losses was $1.27 billion, down from $1.4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2005, and up from $580 million a year earlier.
- Net charge-offs were $822 million, or 0.54 percent of average loans and leases. Reported net charge-offs excluded $210 million, or 0.14 percent, as a result of impaired loan accounting for MBNA. Net charge-offs were $1.65 billion, or 1.16 percent, in the fourth quarter of 2005 and $889 million, or 0.69 percent, in the first quarter of 2005. Total managed net losses were $1.48 billion, or 0.84 percent of managed loans and leases. This compared to $1.71 billion, or 1.19 percent, on December 31, 2005 and $1.03 billion, or 0.78 percent, on March 31, 2005.
- Nonperforming assets were $1.68 billion, or 0.27 percent of total loans, leases and foreclosed properties, as of March 31, 2006. This compared to $1.60 billion, or 0.28 percent, at December 31, 2005 and $2.34 billion, or 0.44 percent on March 31, 2005.
- The allowance for loan and lease losses was $9.07 billion, or 1.46 percent of loans and leases, at March 31, 2006. This compared to $8.05 billion, or 1.40 percent at December 31, 2005 and $8.31 billion, or 1.57 percent, at March 31, 2005, which do not include MBNA.
Total shareholders' equity was $129.43 billion at March 31, 2006. Period- end assets grew to $1.38 trillion. The Tier 1 Capital Ratio was 8.45 percent, up from 8.25 percent on December 31, 2005 and 8.26 percent a year earlier.
During the quarter, Bank of America paid a cash dividend of $0.50 per share. In conjunction with the MBNA acquisition, the company issued 631 million common shares. The company also issued 38.9 million shares primarily related to employee stock options and ownership plans, and repurchased 88.5 million common shares. Period-ending common shares issued and outstanding were 4.58 billion for the first quarter of 2006, compared to 4.00 billion for the fourth quarter of 2005 and 4.04 billion for the first quarter of 2005.
First Quarter 2006 Business Segment Results Global Consumer and Small Business Banking (Dollars in millions) Q1 2006 Q1 2005 Total Revenue (1) $10,201 $6,853 Provision for credit losses 1,257 710 Noninterest expense 4,693 3,238 Net Income 2,675 1,878 Efficiency ratio 46.01% 47.25% Return on average equity 16.89 26.46 Loans and leases (2) $187,048 $139,644 Deposits (2) 330,204 300,562 (1) Fully taxable-equivalent basis (2) Balances averaged for period
Revenue grew 49 percent and net income increased 42 percent from a year ago. Last year's first quarter did not include MBNA results. On a pro forma basis (including MBNA's first quarter of 2005 results), revenue increased 8 percent while net income increased 11 percent.
Results were driven by increased service charges due to new account growth, higher debit card income due to increased usage and higher credit card income as Bank of America's combination with MBNA showed early positive results. These increases were dampened by lower results in consumer real estate, which was affected by margin compression due in part to higher interest rates as compared to the first quarter of 2005.
Provision expense increased primarily due to the addition of MBNA and the increase in reserves to cover the anticipated return to a more normal level of bankruptcy-related charge-offs.
- Deposits had revenue of $3.99 billion and net income of $1.10 billion. Mass market small business deposits increased more than 6 percent to more than $75 billion as small business owners opened more than 54,000 net new checking accounts. Debit card revenue grew more than 26 percent, primarily driven by a 24 percent increase in purchase volume resulting from account growth, increased usage and higher average ticket size.
- Card Services had revenue of $5.28 billion and net income of $1.32 billion. More than 3.1 million Bank of America and MBNA cards were issued in the quarter through banking center, E-Commerce and direct mail channels, and managed Card Services loans topped $185 billion.
- Home Equity had revenue of $351 million and net income of $116 million.
- Mortgage had revenue of $347 million and net income of $72 million.
During 2005 Bank of America announced the combination of Global Business and Financial Services and Global Capital Markets and Investment Banking into a new segment called Global Corporate and Investment Banking. This combination was effective January 1, 2006.
Revenue increased 2 percent to $5.56 billion from $5.45 billion. Net income was lower by 14 percent due to higher provision expense and compensation costs. The impact of a flattening yield curve and a reduction in the market value of the bank's credit default swap book also lowered results.
The revenue increase was driven by 19 percent growth in Capital Markets and Advisory Services, as investments in personnel and trading infrastructure helped produce record trading and investment banking results. Investment banking revenue grew 40 percent from the first quarter of 2005, as increased market activity and deal flow produced strong results in advisory fees, debt underwriting and equity underwriting.
Provision expense rose $190 million, primarily due to a provision benefit in the first quarter of 2005 resulting from actions to reduce certain Latin American portfolio exposures as well as a slower rate of improvement in commercial credit quality.
- Capital Markets and Advisory Services had revenue of $2.22 billion and net income of $519 million. - Business Lending had revenue of $1.34 billion and net income of $516 million. Tighter spreads narrowed net interest income for this sub-segment. Average loans were up 15 percent from a year ago due to increased credit line utilization and new business. - Treasury Services had revenue of $1.63 billion and net income of $514 million. Results were driven by the effect of rising rates on deposit spreads, increased transactions with existing clients, and the acquisition of new clients. Global Wealth and Investment Management (Dollars in millions) Q1 2006 Q1 2005 Total Revenue (1) $1,968 $1,813 Provision for credit losses (1) 2 Noninterest expense 992 909 Net Income 614 584 Efficiency ratio 50.37% 50.13% Return on average equity 22.70 24.01 Loans and leases (2) $58,766 $50,836 Deposits (2) 114,001 116,108 (in billions) At 3/31/06 At 3/31/05 Assets under management $493.9 $433.4 (1) Fully taxable-equivalent basis (2) Balances averaged for period
Revenue increased 8.5 percent and net income 5 percent from a year ago. Results were driven by higher asset management fees, higher loan volume and higher deposit revenue due in part to the continued migration of certain banking relationships from Global Consumer and Small Business Banking.
Asset management fees increased 10 percent from the first quarter of 2005 due to higher assets under management balances driven by net asset inflows of $33 billion in both short-term and long-term assets in addition to increased market values of $28 billion.
- Premier Banking & Investments had revenue of $717 million and net income of $229 million as Premier continues to build out both banking and brokerage services. Higher spreads on the deposit book helped boost results.
- The Private Bank had revenue of $539 million and net income of $144 million.
- Columbia Management had revenue of $363 million and net income of $80 million. Increased levels of assets under management led to higher asset management fees. All Other
For the first quarter of 2006, All Other reflected $111 million of net income, compared to net income of $80 million for the first quarter of 2005. Equity Investment gains were $513 million in the first quarter of 2006 compared to $264 million in the first quarter of 2005. Included in All Other was the $175 million, or 2 cents per share, loss on derivatives used as economic hedges.
Note: Al de Molina, chief financial officer, will discuss first quarter 2006 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://investor.bankofamerica.com.
Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk-management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving more than 54 million consumer and small business relationships with more than 5,700 retail banking offices, more than 16,700 ATMs and award-winning online banking with more than 19 million active users. Bank of America is the No. 1 overall Small Business Administration (SBA) lender in the United States and the No. 1 SBA lender to minority-owned small businesses. The company serves clients in 175 countries and has relationships with 98 percent of the U.S. Fortune 500 companies and 79 percent of the Global Fortune 500. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
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Bank of America Selected Financial Data (1) Three Months Ended March 31 2006 2005 (Dollars in millions, except per share data; shares in thousands) Financial Summary Earnings $4,986 $4,393 Earnings per common share 1.08 1.09 Diluted earnings per common share 1.07 1.07 Dividends paid per common share 0.50 0.45 Closing market price per common share 45.54 44.10 Average common shares issued and outstanding 4,609,481 4,032,550 Average diluted common shares issued and outstanding 4,666,405 4,099,062 Summary Income Statement Net interest income $8,776 $7,506 Total noninterest income 8,901 6,032 Total revenue 17,677 13,538 Provision for credit losses 1,270 580 Gains on sales of debt securities 14 659 Other noninterest expense 8,826 6,945 Merger and restructuring charges 98 112 Income before income taxes 7,497 6,560 Income tax expense 2,511 2,167 Net income $4,986 $4,393 Summary Average Balance Sheet Total loans and leases $615,968 $524,921 Securities 234,606 204,574 Total earning assets 1,219,611 1,044,891 Total assets 1,416,373 1,200,859 Total deposits 659,821 627,420 Shareholders' equity 131,153 99,401 Common shareholders' equity 130,881 99,130 Performance Ratios Return on average assets 1.43% 1.49% Return on average common shareholders' equity 15.44 17.97 Return on average tangible common shareholders' equity 31.18 33.09 Credit Quality Net charge-offs $822 $889 Annualized net charge-offs as a % of average loans and leases outstanding 0.54 % 0.69 % Managed credit card net losses as a % of average managed credit card receivables 3.12 6.17 At March 31 2006 2005 Balance Sheet Highlights Loans and leases $619,525 $529,457 Total securities 238,073 218,950 Total earning assets 1,176,694 1,059,806 Total assets 1,375,080 1,212,229 Total deposits 682,449 629,987 Total shareholders' equity 129,426 98,927 Common shareholders' equity 129,154 98,656 Book value per share 28.19 24.45 Tangible equity ratio (2) 4.04 % 4.29 % Risk-based capital ratios: Tier 1 8.45 * 8.26 Total 11.33 * 11.52 Leverage ratio 6.18 * 5.86 Period-end common shares issued and outstanding 4,581,318 4,035,319 Allowance for credit losses: Allowance for loan and lease losses $9,067 $8,313 Reserve for unfunded lending commitments 395 394 Total $9,462 $8,707 Allowance for loan and lease losses as a % of total loans and leases 1.46 % 1.57 % Allowance for loan and lease losses as a % of total nonperforming loans and leases 572 401 Total nonperforming loans and leases $1,584 $2,073 Total nonperforming assets 1,680 2,338 Nonperforming assets as a % of: Total assets 0.12 % 0.19 % Total loans, leases and foreclosed properties 0.27 0.44 Nonperforming loans and leases as a % of total loans and leases 0.26 0.39 Other Data Full-time equivalent employees 202,503 176,973 Number of banking centers - domestic 5,786 5,889 Number of branded ATMs - domestic 16,716 16,798 * Preliminary data Information for periods beginning January 1, 2006 includes the MBNA acquisition; prior periods have not been restated. BUSINESS SEGMENT RESULTS Global Global Global Consumer Corporate Wealth and and and Small Business Investment Investment All Banking Banking Management Other Three Months Ended March 31, 2006 Total revenue (FTE) (3) $10,201 $5,560 $1,968 $212 Net income 2,675 1,586 614 111 Shareholder value added 1,310 466 336 (175) Return on average equity 16.89 % 15.02 % 22.70 % n/m % Average loans and leases $187,048 $236,828 $58,766 $133,326 Three Months Ended March 31, 2005 Total revenue (FTE) (3) $6,853 $5,447 $1,813 $(375) Net income 1,878 1,851 584 80 Shareholder value added 1,240 749 336 (338) Return on average equity 26.46 % 17.76 % 24.01 % n/m % Average loans and leases $139,644 $205,963 $50,836 $128,478 n/m = not meaningful Three Months Ended March 31 2006 2005 SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL DATA Fully taxable-equivalent basis data (3) Net interest income $9,040 $7,706 Total revenue 17,941 13,738 Net interest yield 2.98 % 2.96 % Efficiency ratio 49.74 51.37 Reconciliation of net income to operating earnings Net income $4,986 $4,393 Merger and restructuring charges 98 112 Related income tax benefit (37) (37) Operating earnings $5,047 $4,468 Operating Basis Diluted earnings per common share $1.08 $1.09 Return on average assets 1.45 % 1.51 % Return on average common shareholders' equity 15.63 18.26 Return on average tangible common shareholders' equity 31.57 33.66 Efficiency ratio 49.19 50.55 Reconciliation of net income to shareholder value added Net income $4,986 $4,393 Amortization of intangibles 440 208 Merger and restructuring charges, net of tax benefit 61 75 Capital charge (3,550) (2,689) Shareholder value added $1,937 $1,987 (1) Certain prior period amounts have been reclassified to conform to current period presentation. (2) Tangible equity ratio equals shareholders' equity less goodwill, core deposit intangibles and other intangibles divided by total assets less goodwill, core deposit intangibles and other intangibles. (3) Fully taxable-equivalent (FTE) basis is a performance measure used by management in operating the business that management believes provides investors with a more accurate picture of the interest margin for comparative purposes. Information for periods beginning January 1, 2006 includes the MBNA acquisition; prior periods have not been restated.
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