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BofA profit beats estimates on higher interest rates, loan growth

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04/16/2018 | 03:19pm CEST
FILE PHOTO: A Bank of America sign is displayed outside a branch in Tucson, Arizona

(Reuters) - Bank of America (>> Bank of America) reported a 34 percent rise in first-quarter profit on Monday, topping Wall Street estimates, as the lender benefited from higher interest rates and growth in loans and deposits.

(Reuters) - Bank of America reported a 34 percent rise in first-quarter profit on Monday, topping Wall Street estimates, as the lender benefited from higher interest rates and growth in loans and deposits.

Revenue rose at three of BofA's four major businesses. In consumer banking, its biggest business, revenue increased 9 percent as higher interest rates helped BofA charge more for loans while keeping deposit rates low.

Profit also got a boost from Chief Executive Officer Brian Moynihan's efforts to cut costs as well as lower tax expenses following President Donald Trump's sweeping overhaul of the U.S. tax code.

Shares of the second-largest U.S. bank by assets rose 1 percent in premarket trading. They have gained 33 percent in the past 12 months, but fell about 3 percent along with other U.S. banks on Friday.

"Strong client activity, coupled with a growing global economy and solid U.S. consumer activity, led to record quarterly earnings," Moynihan said in a statement.

BofA's net interest income rose 5 percent in the first quarter, pushing total revenue up 4 percent to $23.28 billion. The lender relies heavily on higher interest rates to maximize profits as it has a large stock of deposits and rate-sensitive mortgage securities.

Total loans and leases rose 3 percent, while total deposits increased 4.4 percent.

The only business to record a fall in revenue was global banking, hurt by lower investment banking fees.

Non-interest expenses declined 1 percent, while income tax expenses fell about 26 percent.

The bank's efficiency ratio, a closely watched measure of revenue divided by expenses, was 60 percent in the first quarter, down from 63 percent a year earlier. A low ratio indicates a bank is more efficient.

Jefferies analysts said BofA results looked best among peers that have reported so far.

The bank, however, underperformed in fixed income, currency and commodities (FICC) trading because of a decline in bond issuance from corporations, Chief Financial Officer Paul Donofrio said on a call with journalists. Less bond issuance can, in turn, affect credit trading in secondary markets.

Trading revenue was up only 1 percent. Equities trading revenue, excluding items, rose 38 percent, while revenue from trading fixed income fell 13 percent.

BofA's trading results mirrored those of rivals JPMorgan Chase & Co (>> JP Morgan Chase & Company) and Citigroup Inc. Revenue from stock trading rose at both the banks, but weakness in bond trading crimped total trading revenue growth.

Net income attributable to shareholders rose to $6.49 billion from $4.84 billion a year earlier. Earnings per share rose to 62 cents, beating the average analyst estimate of 59 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

(Reporting by Sweta Singh in Bengaluru and Elizabeth Dilts in New York; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)

By Sweta Singh and Elizabeth Dilts

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BANK OF AMERICA -1.34% 29.715 Delayed Quote.1.66%
CITIGROUP -1.13% 69.03 Delayed Quote.-6.13%
JP MORGAN CHASE & COMPANY -1.38% 109.94 Delayed Quote.4.29%
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Sales 2018 92 002 M
EBIT 2018 38 314 M
Net income 2018 26 024 M
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Yield 2018 1,79%
P/E ratio 2018 11,89
P/E ratio 2019 10,41
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