October 16, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- Bank of America Corp.'s profit surged to $2.5 billion in the third quarter as it continued its years-long downsizing and grappled with declining mortgage income. BofA said it earned $2.5 billion, or 20 cents a share, in the third quarter, up from $340 million, or zero cents, a year earlier. The North Carolina-based financial giant's shares rose 2% in early trading Wednesday as financial stocks rallied on optimism for a debt-limit deal. BofA gained 29 cents to $14.53 shortly after the opening bell on Wall Street.
February 1, 2013 |
Bank of America Corp. scrambled to restore service Friday to its enormous customer base -- 40 million households -- which spent most of the day without access to online, mobile and telephone banking services. A prominent consultant called the outage "inexcusable. " In tweets Friday, the bank said the outage stemmed from technical issues. That raised the question how such a massive outage could occur at BofA, the second-largest U.S. bank. The outage follows efforts by Chief Executive Brian Moynihan to overhaul bank operations to better cater to costumers' needs.
September 20, 2012 |
By the end of the year, Bank of America Corp. hopes to get rid of 16,000 jobs, close 200 branches and shrink its mortgage operation, according to a document sent to top management. The institution is accelerating its cost-cutting strategy, planning to pare its operations so much that it will lose its spot as the nation's largest bank employer, falling behind the likes of JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Citigroup. The proposed slashes would bring Bank of America's workforce down to 260,000 by year-end, according to the document, which was summarized for the Wall Street Journal . Chief Executive Brian Moynihan, in his attempts to make the company more focused and profitable after its disastrous 2008 takeover of mortgage giant Countrywide Financial Corp., is aiming to trim the employee count by 30,000 to save some $5 billion in its first round of cuts.
April 5, 2013 |
Can the ultimate too-big-to-fail bank persuade customers that it is humble? A new Bank of America Corp. ad campaign is taking on that task, with the tag line "Life's Better When We're Connected" replacing “Bank of Opportunity.” “We need to focus on customer needs first and we know our place,” Meredith Verdone, BofA's head of brand marketing, told Ad Age, which reported Friday that the campaign would roll out during the NCAA basketball...
March 14, 2013 |
And the winner of this year's banker bonanza award is ... John G. Stumpf, chief executive of San Francisco's Wells Fargo & Co., with a 2012 compensation package totaling $22.87 million. Stumpf's pay package, disclosed Thursday afternoon, was 15% higher than in 2011. Wells said the increase was merited because of the bank's strong showing in 2012. It earned $18.9 billion, up 19% from 2011, during a year in which big banks collectively turned in near-record profits. The runner-up was $21 million, a 75% increase, for Lloyd C. Blankfein, CEO of New York's Goldman Sachs Group, whose pay has been notably lofty over the years.
May 2, 2012 |
Bank of America Corp., which has been working to downsize its consumer operations by 30,000 employees, now is targeting highly compensated investment bankers and non-U.S. wealth managers - efforts expected to reduce the job rolls at the bank by 2,000 people. The cuts, first reported in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, also will cost some commercial bankers their jobs at BofA, the second-largest U.S. bank as measured by assets. The actions include the planned sale of a division handling wealth management in Europe, Latin America and Asia, according to a person briefed on the plans who was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter and requested anonymity.
February 4, 2011 |
Bank of America Corp appointed on Friday a new foreclosure and loan modifications czar, and created a new unit to oversee problem home loans in a bid to sort out its ongoing foreclosure issues, becoming the first large U.S. bank to do so. The new unit creates a seventh major division at the bank reporting directly to Chief Executive Brian Moynihan, an indication that the largest U.S. mortgage servicer is attempting to be more aggressive in resolving...
January 21, 2011 |
Bank of America Corp., the largest U.S. bank, reported weaker-than-expected revenue and a second straight quarterly loss after its limping mortgage business triggered write-downs and legal settlements. Bank of America's Merrill Lynch businesses ? including retail brokerage and investment banking ? were profitable but did not make enough money to overcome the bank's massive losses from mortgages. The bank reported a fourth-quarter loss of $1.57 billion, or 16 cents a share, compared with a loss of $5.2 billion, or 60 cents, a year earlier.
July 18, 2012 |
Bank of America Corp. downsized its way to a profitable second quarter, shedding high-risk loans and cutting costs in reporting earnings of $2.5 billion -- 19 cents a share, beating Wall Street expectations of 16 cents. Revenue shrank even more than analysts had expected, the giant Charlotte, N.C., bank reported Wednesday , coming in at $22 billion versus Wall Street's projection of $22.8 billion. BofA said it had paid down its long-term debt by $53 billion during the quarter, while loans on the company's books declined by 5%, compared to second-quarter increases in loan totals at megabank rivals JPMorgan Chase & Co.,Citigroup Inc. and Wells Fargo & Co. A year ago, BofA took a deep breath and threw $8.5 billion at the tsunami of legal claims stemming from its 2008 acquisition of Countrywide Financial Corp., the hyper-aggressive mortgage lender in Calabasas.
April 16, 2014 |
Socked by mortgage-related legal expenses, Bank of America Corp. lost $276 million during the first quarter, sending its stock down sharply. The quarterly loss, its first in 2½ years, came despite lower loan losses and better than expected results in fixed-income trading, a slowing business that hurt rival JPMorgan Chase & Co. during the quarter. The results included $6 billion in litigation expense, much of it related to toxic bonds backed by housing-boom mortgages from Countrywide Financial Corp., the aggressive Calabasas lender that nearly collapsed before being acquired by Bank of America in 2008.