Bank of America Reports Operating Earnings of $2.09 Billion, or $1.28 Per Share, in the Third Quarter
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|Supplemental third quarter 2001 financial information
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Bank of America Corporation (NYSE: BAC) today reported third quarter operating earnings of $2.09 billion, or $1.28 per share (diluted), compared to $2.18 billion, or $1.31 per share, a year ago. Operating earnings increased 3 percent from the second quarter of 2001. The return on common equity was 16.9 percent.
Operating earnings excluded the previously announced $1.25 billion in after-tax costs to exit the auto leasing and subprime real estate lending businesses. Including exit charges, net income for the third quarter was $841 million, or $0.51 per share.
For the first nine months of 2001, operating earnings were $5.98 billion, or $3.66 per share (diluted). This compared to operating earnings of $6.48 billion, or $3.87 per share, reported during the same period in 2000.
"The strength and diversity of our business has enabled us to produce solid bottom line results even in the face of a rapidly declining economy," said Kenneth D. Lewis, chairman and chief executive officer. "Like many other companies who were affected by the tragic events of September 11, we focused on doing the right thing for our customers and associates. While we cannot predict the financial impact of these events on our company, we remain optimistic about the future and that our efforts to build our core businesses will create significant increases in shareholder value over time.
"We continue to successfully execute our customer-focused strategy to attract new customers, and deepen existing customer relationships," continued Lewis. "We are implementing process improvements and reengineering businesses to make our customers' experience with us even better, while at the same time reducing costs. In addition, we are changing measurements and incentives for associates that reward them for building better customer relationships, not just selling products. And we are implementing new tools and technology that help associates manage customer information better to ensure that we continually increase relationship value for our customers."
Third quarter operating earnings highlights (compared to a year ago)
Revenue grew 5 percent to $8.72 billion in the third quarter from the previous year, driven by a significant increase in net interest income.
Fully taxable-equivalent net interest income rose 14 percent to $5.29 billion. The company continued to benefit from falling interest rates and a steepened yield curve, which again allowed it to shed lower yielding assets. Benefits also were achieved from trading activities and higher deposit and equity levels. These factors resulted in a 68 basis-point improvement in the net yield to 3.78 percent.
Noninterest income declined 7 percent to $3.43 billion. While the company experienced growth in card fee income and service charges, this growth was more than offset by lower market-related revenue across business lines. In particular, equity investment gains were down $400 million from a year ago.
In connection with the repositioning of the investment portfolio, the company realized $97 million in securities gains.
Noninterest expense increased 4 percent from the prior year. Primary drivers of expenses were increases in marketing related to the company's national brand-building campaign, costs associated with various international activities and increases in professional fees. Direct losses associated with the events of September 11, such as property losses and costs to re-establish business operations, are expected to be substantially covered by insurance. The efficiency ratio was 52.82 percent on an operating basis, an improvement of 19 basis points over a year ago.
Costs associated with the exit of consumer finance businesses
In August, the company announced that it was exiting both its auto leasing and subprime real estate lending businesses, because these businesses did not fit its strategic and profitability objectives. To cover the cost of exiting these businesses, the company incurred $1.7 billion in pre-tax ($1.25 billion after-tax) related charges during the third quarter. The components included:
In line with the company's expectations, credit quality declined as the economy continued to slow.
Excluding exit-related charge-offs, net charge-offs were $856 million, or 0.95 percent of loans and leases. Commercial charge-offs increased $267 million from a year ago, with growth largely concentrated in the commercial domestic portfolio. Excluding exit-related charge-offs, consumer charge-offs rose $154 million from a year earlier primarily due to an increase in consumer bankcard outstandings and personal bankruptcy filings. On a managed basis, consumer bankcard charge-offs remained consistent with second quarter levels.
Total shareholders' equity was $50.2 billion at September 30, 2001, up 7 percent from 12 months earlier and representing 7.83 percent of period-end assets of $640 billion. The Tier 1 Capital Ratio rose 63 basis points from September 30, 2000 to 7.95 percent.
During the quarter, Bank of America repurchased 24 million shares, as the company intensified its repurchase program following the events of September 11. Since June 1999, 199 million shares have been repurchased, representing an investment in Bank of America stock of $11.1 billion. As of September 30, 2001, the remaining buyback authority for common stock under the currently authorized program totaled 31 million shares. Average (diluted) common shares outstanding were 1.63 billion in the third quarter, down 2 percent from 1.66 billion a year earlier.
Consumer and Commercial Banking
Consumer and Commercial Banking (CCB) earned $1.25 billion, essentially unchanged from a year ago, despite a $222 million increase in provision expense. Total revenues grew 6 percent while expenses increased 3 percent from a year ago. Return on equity was 25.7 percent and Shareholder Value Added (SVA) remained steady at $828 million.
Net interest income increased 7 percent over a year ago, as loan and deposit growth was partially offset by the additional cost of the money market savings pricing initiative. Managed loans grew 5 percent, led by consumer loan growth of 16 percent, primarily in residential first mortgage, bankcard and home equity.
Average customer deposits grew 4 percent, led by a 22 percent increase in money market savings account balances. This growth was partially offset by declining balances in time and savings accounts.
Noninterest income was up 4 percent compared to a year ago.
Global Corporate and Investment Banking
Global Corporate and Investment Banking (GCIB) earned $476 million, 8 percent below last year's results. Revenue increased 12 percent to $2.21 billion, offset by a $167 million increase in credit costs and higher expenses. Return on equity was 16.6 percent for the quarter. SVA increased $18 million to $169 million.
Net interest income was up 27 percent from a year ago, primarily driven by increased trading activity. Total trading-related revenue in GCIB was $795 million, up 34 percent, as the company adjusted for the rate environment during the quarter, particularly in interest rate and fixed-income products. Investment and brokerage fees were up 44 percent, as a result of higher equity and stock commissions from increased customer flow.
Investment banking income decreased 19 percent to $305 million from last year. While fixed-income originations were strong compared to a year ago, the demand for syndications, equity products, and merger and acquisition services was weak.
Asset Management earnings were down 5 percent to $148 million from a year ago. Revenue remained essentially unchanged, reduced by increased credit costs and increased expenses as the company continued investment in this business. Return on equity was 26.8 percent and SVA decreased $17 million to $96 million.
Assets under management grew 2 percent, or $5 billion, over last year to $280 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, which the company acquired in the first quarter.
Equity Investments reported a loss of $58 million, compared to earnings of $197 million a year earlier. Equity investment gains were $7 million, all in Principal Investing.
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Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements with respect to the financial conditions and results of operations of Bank of America, including, without limitation, statements relating to the earnings outlook of the company. These forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements include, among others, the following possibilities: 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 adversely affect the businesses in which the company is engaged; and 8) 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.
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