BankAmerica Third-Quarter Earnings
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NOTE: BankAmerica Corporation and NationsBank Corporation merged on September 30, 1998, creating the new BankAmerica Corporation. This news release reports the combined third quarter financial results for the new company. Historical comparisons represent pooled results of the two former companies.CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 14, 1998 -- BankAmerica Corporation today reported third quarter operating earnings of $893 million, or $.51 ($.50 diluted) per share. That compared to $1.77 billion, or $1.02 ($.99 diluted) per share a year earlier.
The company recorded a $519 million (after-tax) charge to cover costs associated with the merger of NationsBank and BankAmerica. As a result, net income for the third quarter was $374 million, or $.21 ($.21 diluted) per share, compared to $1.73 billion, or $.99 ($.96 diluted) per share a year ago.
The company's core traditional consumer and commercial banking activities, which are centered in the United States, continued to perform well. However, fee income in such areas as trading and investment banking was negatively impacted by the deterioration of overseas economies and the volatility of U.S. financial markets.
Provision expense rose sharply due to a significant charge-off related to a single relationship and a $500 million reserve established against uncertainties in global economic conditions that arose in the third quarter.
"While we are not satisfied with our bottom line, we are encouraged that loan growth and consumer banking performance remain positive," said Hugh L. McColl Jr., chairman and chief executive officer. Loan growth was strong across the board. We also experienced growth in our credit card and deposit businesses. And our overall credit quality continued to be good. In all, we believe this quarter did not reflect the earnings power we have with the new Bank of America. We remain incredibly enthusiastic about our company's future.
"One of the strengths of our new company is that revenues are highly diversified, by geography and line of business," McColl continued. In addition, our franchise is focused on the best growth markets in the U.S., providing an unmatched opportunity to grow our earnings power. Since the merger, we have reviewed our businesses in light of current economic conditions, particularly overseas. Our expanded earnings power has allowed us to strengthen our financial position by adding to our reserves as we move through these uncertain times."
McColl added that with the final integration of the Barnett Bank franchise last week into the company's network, the company is now working full time to combine NationsBank and the former BankAmerica into the nation's premier bank: Bank of America.
Operating earnings represented a return on average assets of .61 percent and a return on common equity of 7.73 percent.
For the first nine months of 1998, operating earnings totaled $4.89 billion, or $2.81 ($2.73 diluted) per share, compared to a $5.13 billion, or $2.90 ($2.82 diluted) per share a year earlier. Net income for the first nine months was $4.00 billion, or $2.30 ($2.24 diluted) per share, compared to $5.08 billion, or $2.87 ($2.80 diluted) per share, a year earlier.
NET INTEREST INCOME
Taxable-equivalent net interest income declined 4 percent to $4.48 billion. Managed loans grew 9 percent to $372 billion. The net interest yield on earning assets declined by 41 basis points to 3.60 percent due to a higher level of investment securities and lower loan and deposit spreads.
Noninterest income declined 22 percent to $2.41 billion. The primary factor was the sharp reversal in results from the company's trading activities due to weaker markets abroad and in the U.S. The company recorded a $529 million loss from trading in the third quarter compared to $281 million in revenue a year earlier. At the same time, strong investor demand for U.S. Treasury securities led to a significant increase in the value of the company's securities portfolio. The company recorded realized gains in that portfolio of $280 million in the third quarter, up from $54 million a year earlier.
Weaker market conditions also affected investment banking income, which totaled $376 million, up from $315 million a year ago, but down from a record $664 million in the second quarter of 1998.
Also within noninterest income, the company recorded a $250 million writedown in the value of a previously unhedged mortgage servicing portfolio in the West, primarily reflecting the impact of declining interest rates.
These actions were partially offset by strong increases in credit card, brokerage and other service fees compared to a year ago. Credit card fees were up 18 percent to $379 million. Brokerage income nearly tripled to $198 million from $71 million a year earlier, due to the addition of NationsBanc Montgomery Securities and increased customer trading activity. Other service fees were up 9 percent to $178 million. Noninterest income also included a $479 million (pre-tax) gain from the sale of a manufactured housing finance unit.
Noninterest expense rose 4 percent to $4.58 billion, due primarily to the addition of NationsBanc Montgomery Securities. The increase was centered in personnel, data processing, telecommunication and administrative expenses. Occupancy, equipment, marketing and other general operating expenses declined from a year ago. Expenses were below the second quarter, primarily due to lower personnel expense.
Nonperforming assets were $2.58 billion, or .73 percent of net loans, leases, factored accounts receivable and foreclosed properties on September 30, 1998, down slightly from $2.61 billion, or .77 percent a year earlier. The allowance for credit losses totaled $7.2 billion on September 30, 1998, equal to 315 percent of nonperforming loans and 2.05 percent of net loans, leases and factored accounts receivable. The allowance was $6.77 billion, or 2.01 percent of net loans, leases and factored accounts, a year earlier.
The provision for credit losses in the third quarter was $1.4 billion, covering net charge-offs of $902 million and adding the $500 million reserve to the allowance for credit losses. A year ago, provision expense was $489 million and net charge-offs were $497 million. Net charge-offs were equal to an annualized 1.03 percent of average net loans, leases and factored accounts receivable, compared to .59 percent a year earlier.
Charge-offs included a $372 million writedown of a credit to a trading and investment firm. After the charge-off, the company has a $1 billion investment in the relationship. Further, because of overlapping capabilities resulting from the company's recent merger and in an effort to better manage the associated risk during a period of market turbulence, the bank is restructuring this relationship by arranging to purchase approximately $20 billion of fixed-income securities along with the related hedge positions.
In addition, the company has approximately $400 million in hedge fund exposure, which is substantially collateralized.
Total shareholders' equity was $47.3 billion at September 30, 1998. This represented 7.96 percent of period-end assets, compared to 8.08 percent on September 30, 1997. Book value per common share rose 8 percent to $27.12 at September 30, 1998, from a year earlier.
BankAmerica Corporation, with $595 billion in total assets, is the largest bank in the United States. It has full-service operations in 22 states and the District of Columbia and provides financial products and services to 30 million households and 2 million businesses, as well as providing international corporate financial services for business transactions in 190 countries. BankAmerica Corporation stock (ticker: BAC) is listed on the New York, Pacific and London stock exchanges and certain shares are listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
THREE MONTHS NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30 ENDED SEPTEMBER 30 1998 1997 1998 1997 FINANCIAL SUMMARY (In millions except per-share data) Operating net income $893 $1,774 $4,887 $5,127 Operating earnings per common share .51 1.02 2.81 2.90 Diluted operating earnings per common share .50 .99 2.73 2.82 Cash basis earnings (1) 1,117 1,988 5,566 5,758 Cash basis earnings per common share .64 1.14 3.20 3.26 Cash basis diluted earnings per common share .63 1.11 3.11 3.18 Dividends paid per common share .38 .33 1.14 .99 Price per share of common stock at period end 53.50 61.88 53.50 61.88 Average common shares 1,740.092 1,722.243 1,732.297 1,736.460 Average diluted common shares 1,784.418 1,773.185 1,782.106 1,784.661 SUMMARY INCOME STATEMENT (Operating Basis) (Taxable-equivalent in millions) Net interest income $4,484 $4,676 $13,811 $13,991 Provision for credit losses (1,405) (489) (2,410) (1,406) Gains on sales of securities 280 54 613 160 Noninterest income 2,405 3,078 9,534 8,531 Foreclosed properties expense (7) (13) (42) (24) Noninterest expense (4,576) (4,406) (14,012) (12,865) Income before income taxes 1,181 2,900 7,494 8,387 Income taxes - including FTE adjustment 288 1,126 2,607 3,260 Operating net income $893 $1,774 $4,887 $5,127 SUMMARY BALANCE SHEET (Average balances in billions) Loans and leases, net $347.558 $342.765 $343.370 $343.767 Managed loans and leases, net (2) 371.723 342.047 366.546 342.623 Securities 65.536 46.203 64.791 44.072 Earning assets 494.684 463.731 492.731 460.649 Total assets 578.353 543.030 577.055 539.482 Deposits 347.783 336.418 343.369 336.394 Shareholders' equity 45.756 43.241 44.755 43.543 Common shareholders' equity 45.693 41.945 44.291 41.883 PERFORMANCE INDICES (Operating Basis) Return on average common shareholders' equity 7.73% 16.55% 14.68% 16.06% Return on average tangible common shareholders' equity 14.51 28.73 25.69 27.83 Return on average assets .61 1.30 1.13 1.27 Return on average tangible assets .79 1.49 1.33 1.47 Net interest yield 3.60 4.01 3.74 4.06 Efficiency ratio 66.44 56.82 60.02 57.12 Cash basis efficiency ratio 63.18 54.07 57.11 54.32 Net charge-offs (in millions) $902 $497 $1,923 $1,360 % of average loans, leases and factored accounts receivable, net 1.03% .57% .75% .53% Managed credit card net charge-offs as a % of average managed credit card receivables 5.99 6.31 6.42 5.98 REPORTED RESULTS (Including Merger and Restructuring Items) (In millions except per-share data) Net income $374 $1,730 $4,003 $5,083 Earnings per common share .21 .99 2.30 2.87 Diluted earnings per common share .21 .96 2.24 2.80 Return on average common shareholders' equity 3.23 16.13 12.01 15.92 (1) Cash basis earnings equal operating net income excluding amortization of intangibles. (2) Prior periods are restated for comparison (e.g. acquisitions, divestitures and securitizations). (3) Ratios and amounts for 1997 have not been restated to reflect the impact of the Barnett Banks, Inc. and BankAmerica mergers. SEPTEMBER 30 1998 1997 BALANCE SHEET HIGHLIGHTS (In billions except per-share data) Loans and leases, net $350.687 $335.055 Securities 72.139 55.688 Earning assets 506.034 460.555 Total assets 594.673 543.414 Deposits 345.756 335.574 Shareholders' equity 47.307 43.884 Common shareholders' equity 47.245 42.981 Per share 27.12 25.00 Total equity to assets ratio (period-end) 7.96% 8.08% Risk-based capital(3) Tier 1 capital ratio 7.39 7.00 Total capital ratio 11.38 11.56 Leverage ratio(3) 6.64 6.16 Common shares issued (in millions) 1,742.038 1,719.110 Allowance for credit losses $7.215 $6.770 Allowance for credit losses as a % of net loans, leases and factored accounts receivable 2.05% 2.01% Allowance for credit losses as a % of nonperforming loans 314.55 304.87 Nonperforming loans $2.294 $2.221 Nonperforming assets 2.582 2.605 Nonperforming assets as a % of: Total assets .43% .48% Net loans, leases, factored accounts receivable and foreclosed properties .73 .77 OTHER DATA Full-time equivalent headcount 174,844 175,917 Banking centers 4,870 5,148 ATMs 14,333 14,598 BUSINESS SEGMENT RESULTS - Three months ended SEPTEMBER 30, 1998 (In millions) OPERATING AVERAGE RETURN ON TOTAL NET LOANS RISK ADJUSTED REVENUE INCOME/(LOSS) & LEASES, NET TANGIBLE EQUITY Consumer Banking $4,763 $1,143 $173,645 35% Commercial Banking 710 243 49,244 32 Global Corporate and Investment Banking 833 (793) 108,581 (26) Wealth Management and Principal Investing Group 503 72 15,898 16