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May 6, 2013
15:35 EDTMBI, BACBofA confirms settlement with MBIA, lowers Q1 EPS by 10c
Bank of America Corporation (BAC) confirmed a comprehensive settlement with MBIA Inc. (MBIA) to resolve all outstanding representations and warranties claims and all other claims between the parties. The agreement requires certain approvals of the New York State Department of Financial Services, which are expected to be received shortly, at which point the parties will execute the agreements and promptly close all contemplated transactions described below. As part of the settlement, Bank of America will pay MBIA approximately $1.6B in cash and remit to MBIA all of the outstanding MBIA 5.70% Senior Notes due 2034 that Bank of America acquired through a tender offer in December 2012. In addition, Bank of America will terminate all of its outstanding credit default swap protection agreements purchased from MBIA on commercial mortgage-backed securities, as well as terminate certain other trades in order to close out positions between the companies. MBIA will issue to Bank of America warrants to purchase 9.94M shares of MBIA common stock, or approximately 4.9% of its currently outstanding shares, at an exercise price of $9.59 per share. The warrants may be exercised at any time prior to May 2018. Also, Bank of America will provide a senior secured $500M credit facility to MBIA Insurance Corp. Bank of America will record $1.6B in additional pretax charges in the first quarter of 2013, of which $1.3B is related to the settlement and the remainder is related to other monolines. The after-tax effect of the additional charges will reduce the company's Q1 net income to $1.5B, or 10c per diluted common share, from the $2.6B, or 20c per diluted common share reported on April 17. As the settlement occurred prior to filing the company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, generally accepted accounting principles require Bank of America to apply the additional charges to the financial results for the quarter ended March 31, the bank explained. The effect of these actions is expected to increase the company's estimated Tier 1 common capital ratio under Basel 3 as of March 31 by 10 basis points to 9.52%, reflecting the reduction in risk-weighted assets associated with the terminated CDS contracts, partially offset by the additional litigation expense. In addition, the company's tangible book value per common share at March 31 is $13.36 per share, 10c per share less than reported on April 17.
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March 23, 2015
09:56 EDTBACMassachusetts securities regulator fines Merrill Lynch $2.5M, Reuters reports
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March 20, 2015
10:36 EDTBACBank of America changes bylaws to allow some investors to nominate directors
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05:57 EDTBACBank of America faces pressure to defend structure, Financial Times reports
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08:34 EDTBACBank of America reinstated with an Outperform at Raymond James
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