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Bank Of America (BAC) 4Q Profit Down 63 Pct, Revenue Misses

 January 17, 2013 07:29 AM

(By Balachander) Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC) said fourth-quarter earnings declined 63 percent reflecting lower revenue and settlements with Fannie Mae.

The Charlotte, North Carolina-based bank earned $732 million or $0.03 per share, down from $1.99 billion or $0.15 per share in the year-ago quarter.

The bank said quarterly results were negatively impacted by a provision of $2.7 billion related to the settlements with Fannie Mae with respect to representations and warranties and compensatory fees. The year-ago quarter included $1.3 billion of negative debit valuation adjustments (DVA) and fair value option (FVO) adjustments.

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Total revenue fell 25 percent to $18.66 billion. On a fully taxable-equivalent (FTE) basis and excluding items, total revenue declined 26 percent to $19.61 billion as noninterest income dropped 43 percent.

Wall Street analysts, on average, expected the bank to earn 2 cents a share on revenue decline of 15.50 percent.

Provision for credit losses declined 25 percent from the year-ago period, while increasing 24 percent from the prior quarter.

In the previous quarter, the bank reported break even earnings per share on revenue of $20.66 billion.

As of Dec. 31, 2012, BAC's Basel 3 Tier 1 common capital ratio on a fully phased-in basis was estimated at 9.25 percent, up from 8.97 percent at Sept. 30, 2012.

BAC shares, which have been trading in the 52-week range of $6.44 to $12.20, closed Wednesday's regular trading at $11.78.

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