Bank of America Reaches Agreement to Sell Approximately 10.4 Billion Shares of China Construction Bank; Expects Pretax Gain of Approximately $2.9 Billion
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CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov 14, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Bank of America Corporation announced today that it has agreed to sell approximately 10.4 billion common shares of China Construction Bank Corporation (CCB) through private transactions with a group of investors. The sales are expected to generate an after-tax gain of approximately $1.8 billion.
The transactions are expected to close in November 2011, and are subject to customary closing conditions. Following closing, Bank of America will hold approximately 1 percent of the common shares of CCB.
"Our decision to sell the bulk of our remaining shares in China Construction Bank is consistent with our stated objective of continuing to build a strong balance sheet," said Chief Financial Officer Bruce Thompson. "We expect this action, supplemented by the related realization of deferred tax assets, will generate approximately $2.9 billion in additional Tier 1 common capital and further strengthen our Tier 1 common capital ratio by approximately 24 basis points under Basel I."
The strategic assistance agreement between Bank of America and CCB, which includes cooperation in specific business areas, remains in place.
The transactions were solely managed by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
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