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$BAC said it expects solid NII growth in 2018 from loan and deposit growth. "The increase is going to depend upon the amount of loan growth, the utilization of rates increasing along the forward curve and obviously our ability to manage the deposit rate pay," CFO Paul Donofrio said.
Net interest income grew 11.4% to $11.46Bil for $BAC in 4Q17. This was primarily driven by three interest rate increases in 2017. However, non-interest income fell 7% to $9Bil due to the impact of the tax act and lower mortgage banking income.
Joining the bandwagon of other banking giants, $BAC reported 4Q17 earnings that almost halved to $2.37Bil, or 20 cents per share, weighed down by charges related to Republican tax reforms, as well as lower trading. Excluding this charge, net income was 47 cents per share. Revenue for the quarter edged up 2% to $20.4Bil.
$BAC announced that Joe Gianni will succeed Kevin Cunningham as Market President, serving as the company’s enterprise leader in Hartford. Cunningham will focus full-time on his new responsibilities as the Global Commercial Bank Credit executive for Specialized Industries and Canada.
$BAC appointed Dr Maria Zuber as a director, effective immediately. Zuber currently serves as the VP for research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she is responsible for research administration and policy. She has been appointed to the Enterprise Risk and Corporate Governance Committees of the BoD.
$BAC announced plans to repurchase an additional $5Bil in common stock by June 30, 2018. This will be apart from the previously announced plans to repurchase $12Bil in common stock from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. The Federal Reserve Board has given green signal for the additional repurchases.
$BAC declared a regular quarterly cash dividend on its common stock of $0.12 per share, payable on Dec 29, 2017 to shareholders as of Dec 1, 2017. The Board also declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $1.75 per share on the 7% Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, Series B, payable on Jan 25, 2018 to shareholders as of Jan 11, 2018.
Responding to a question whether $BAC would be able to hold the reins on costs in its Global Wealth and Investment Management business, the company said higher expenses are always attached to wealth management fee generation. In 3Q17, efficiency ratio for Wealth Management unit stood at 73%, much higher than Commercial Banking and Consumer units.
As part of its cost-cutting initiative, $BAC said it reduced workforce by 0.5% or 1,065 workers in 3Q17. The banking behemoth has cut over 80,000 jobs since CEO Brian Moynihan announced the initiative in 2011. Bank of America said it doesn't expect to see any more huge job cuts in the near future.
In 3Q17, $BAC witnessed revenue growth in three of its four segments. Revenue from its largest segment, Consumer Banking, increased 10%, while that from Global Wealth and Investment Management rose 6%. Global Banking segment revenue rose 5%, but revenue from Global Markets fell 11% during the quarter.
$BAC, the second largest US bank by assets, said sales and trading revenue fell 13% to $3.1Bil in 3Q17 due to unfavorable market conditions and lower volatility in rates products. Fixed-income trading revenue fell 22% to $2.15Bil. Earlier, rivals $C and $JPM had also reported 16% and 27% declines respectively in their fixed-income trading revenues.