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Looking Ahead: BofA Pays $17 Billion Penalty, Stock Jumps

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 05:41 PM

Bank of America shares jumped 4 percent Thursday despite the bank being hit with a record nearly $17 billion fine for selling high-risk mortgage bonds as safe investments.

The settlement with the U.S. Justice department and other authorities over actions that helped spark the 2008 financial crisis was well-flagged in advance, and so did not surprise investors.

Shares opened higher after the announcement and continued to push upward through the day, finishing up 4.1 percent at $16.16.

The bank said it would pay $9.65 billion in cash to resolve certain civil claims and provide $7.0 billion in relief to consumers affected by losses tied to dodgy mortgage securities it issued ahead of the 2008 financial crisis.

The second-largest US bank by assets estimated the settlement would hit third-quarter pretax earnings by $5.3 billion, or 43 cents per share after tax.

Analyst Joe Morford of RBC Capital Markets said in a client note that the settlement "removes a significant overhang from the stock and paves the way for BofA to return to more normalized earnings run-rates sooner."

The settlement, with the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other authorities including individual states, resolves a number of civil investigations against the bank and subsidiaries Countrywide and Merrill Lynch, which it took over during the crisis.

But it does not resolve potential criminal cases, especially involving Countrywide, once the country's largest home-loan issuer, and Countrywide officials.

"We believe this settlement, which resolves significant remaining mortgage-related exposures, is in the best interests of our shareholders, and allows us to continue to focus on the future," chief executive Brian Moynihan said in a statement.

© AFP 2017

   
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