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May 6, 2013
15:35 EDTBAC, MBIBofA 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.
News For BAC;MBI From The Last 14 Days
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October 29, 2014
07:26 EDTBACSecurities Industry & Financial Markets Association to hold a forum
The SIFMA Complex Products Forum is being held in New York on October 29.
October 28, 2014
06:39 EDTBACSEC undecided on Bank of America business curbs, WSJ reports
An international disagreement within the SEC is threatening potentially lucrative revenue streams at Bank of America, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to people close to the situation, the SEC is deadlocked on whether to allow the bank to continue selling share sin hedge funds and startups to wealthy investors. The deadlock is also over the company's ability to quickly issue stocks and bonds without the speed bump of an SEC review. Reference Link
October 27, 2014
11:07 EDTBACFINRA fines Merrill $6M for Reg SHO violations, supervisory violations
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, FINRA, announced that it has censured and fined Merrill Lynch Professional Clearing Corp. $3.5M for violating Regulation SHO, an SEC rule that established a regulatory framework to govern short sales and prevent abusive naked short selling. FINRA also censured and fined its affiliated broker-dealer, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, $2.5M for failing to establish, maintain and enforce supervisory systems and procedures related to Regulation SHO and other areas. Reference Link
06:33 EDTBACRoku preparing IPO, NY Times says
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October 23, 2014
06:32 EDTBACGovernment relaxing mortgage regulations, NY Times says
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October 22, 2014
15:19 EDTBACBank of America Apple Pay glitch should be fixed today, Re/code reports
The Apple (AAPL) Pay glitch that some Bank of America (BAC) customers experienced, where they would be charged twice for a single transaction, should be fixed by today, Re/code reports, citing a person familiar with the error. Reference Link
12:53 EDTBACSome BofA customers charged twice by Apple Pay, CNN Money reports
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09:38 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL PBR AMZN C TWTR YHOO BAC GILD FB THRX DOW CAR
October 21, 2014
08:18 EDTBACBasel Committee accelerating work on leverage ratio, FT says
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision will begin work on the calibration of the leverage ratio, a measure of bank capital seen as less vulnerable to manipulation, sooner than previously planned, which suggests the finished rule could be released as soon as 2015 or 2016, which is ahead of the previous target date of 2017, reported Financial Times, citing comments from the secretary-general of the committee, William Coen. Publicly traded large U.S. banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Publicly traded large EU banks include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
October 17, 2014
16:55 EDTBACStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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