Bank Of America Profits Plummet to $6.25 Billion, 32% Lower From a Year Ago

Bank Of America
Bank Of America

Bank of America on Monday shared mixed second-quarter results, including $425 million in expenses tied to regulatory matters.

Here are the figures:

  • Earnings per share: 73 cents. Estimate, according to Refinitiv, was 75 cents a share
  • Revenue: $22.79 billion vs. $22.67 billion expected

Profit plummeted 32% to $6.25 billion, or 73 cents a share, from a year earlier as the firm took a $523 million provision for credit losses. Last year, the bank had a $1.6 billion benefit as borrowers proved more creditworthy than expected.

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Revenue soared 5.6% to $22.79 billion, beating analysts’ expectations, as net interest income rose 22% to $12.4 billion on rising interest rates and loan growth.

Shares of the lender shed more than 1% in premarket trading.

“Solid client activity across our businesses, coupled with higher interest rates, drove strong net interest income growth and allowed us to perform well in a weakened capital markets environment,” CEO Brian Moynihan said in the release.

“Our U.S. consumer clients remained resilient with continued strong deposit balances and spending levels. Loan growth continued across our franchise, and our markets teams helped clients navigate significant volatility reflecting economic uncertainty.”

Bank of America has always benefitted from rising interest rates, and as a rebound in loans, growth has boosted income. However, bank stocks have been butchered this year amid concerns that high inflation will spark a recession, which would lead to higher loan defaults.

Noninterest expenses in the quarter gained 2% from a year earlier, as the firm cited about $425 million in costs tied to regulatory matters. Last week, U.S. regulators announced charges against the lender totaling $225 million over how it handled unemployment benefits during the pandemic.

Bank of America shares have lost 28% this year through Friday, worse than the 16% decline of the KBW Bank Index.

Last week, JPMorgan and Wells Fargo posted second-quarter profit declines as the banks set aside more funds for expected loan losses, while Morgan Stanley was disappointed after a bigger-than-expected slowdown in investment banking. Citigroup topped expectations for revenue as it benefited from rising rates and strong trading results.