Bank of America: Mortgage Putback Loser
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Bank of America
The broad indexes saw 1% gains after the Federal Reservesaid in its Beige Book report that U.S. economic activity "continued to expand at a modest to moderate pace in June and early July" in the majority of the central bank's 12 districts, with the Atlanta, St. Louis, and San Francisco districts reporting "modest growth," while "Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, Kansas City, and Dallas described economic activity as advancing moderately."
The New York, Philadelphia, and Cleveland districts said economic activity was "advancing moderately," while "the New York, Philadelphia, and Cleveland Districts noted that activity continued to expand, but at a slower pace since the last report," and "Richmond cited mixed activity."
In contrast to the broad market, the KBW Bank Index
Bank of America on Wednesday reported a second-quarter profit of $2.46 billion, or 19 cents a share, beating the consensus estimate of a 14-cent profit, among analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.
Earnings increased from $653 million, or three cents a share, during the first quarter, and a net loss of $8.8 billion, or 90 cents a share, during the second quarter of 2011, when the company entered into an $8.5 billion mortgage repurchase claim settlement with a group of private investors led by Bank of New York Mellon
The major factor driving the shares down on Wednesday was a 41% increase in total mortgage putback claims against bank of America, to $22.7 billion as of June 30 from $16.1 billion in March.
Mortgage loan repurchase claims from government-sponsored mortgage giants Fannie Mae
Thompson said during Bank of America's earnings conference call that from private mortgage investors, "we did have an increase in outstanding claims from $4.9 billion to $8.6 billion during the quarter," which was "primarily due to claims received from trustees that we fully anticipated at the time of the Bank of New York settlement a year ago and were largely reflected in the increase in our reserves at that time." The CFO added that "as we look forward, we expect these outstanding claims to continue to grow as the process for ultimate resolution continues to evolve and does remain unclear."
Bank of America's shares have now returned 36% year-to-date, after dropping 58% during 2011.
The shares trade for 0.6 times their reports June 30 tangible book value of $13.22, and for eight times the consensus 2013 earnings estimate of 96 cents. The consensus 2012 EPS estimate is 58 cents.
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-- Written by Philip van Doorn in Jupiter, Fla.
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