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Bank of America’s Q2 Profits Miss the Mark

Cutting Money BHMortgage production was up for Bank of America in Q2 despite a drop in mortgage income during the quarter as well as a substantial overall drop in profits, according to Bank of America’s second quarter 2016 earnings statement released Monday.

Net income for Bank of America in Q2 was $4.2 billion ($0.36 per share), down from $5.1 billion ($0.43 per share) in the year-ago quarter. The mortgage production portion of the consumer banking segment grew by 8 percent up to $20.6 billion during the second quarter.

Mortgage production includes first mortgage and home equity originations; the amount represents unpaid principal balance in the case of loans and the principal amount of the total line of credit in the case of home equity originations.

The noninterest income portion of consumer banking dropped over-the-year from $2.71 billion down to $2.58 billion due to lower mortgage banking income, lower service charges, and the impact of certain divestiture, according to the report. The mortgage banking income in particular took a hit in Q2, falling over-the-year from $639 million in Q2 2015 all the way down to $44 million in Q2 2016 (it was $242 million in Q1 2016).

Bank of America’s Chief Financial Officer, Paul Donofrio, said there were four items that caused the year-over-year decline in net income for the bank as well as the drop in mortgage banking income.

“In terms of the mortgages, you know, I think in the short-term, it's going to be fairly stable and that trend is going to this is a good base.”

Paul Donofrio, CFO, Bank of America

“First, we sold an appraisal business last year, so there was revenue in last year's second quarter that isn't in this quarter,” Donofrio said. “Second, we had some servicing sales in the second quarter of last year for a gain that we didn't have this quarter.”

The ACE Securities v. DB Structured Products decision that held put-back claims filed more than six years after mortgage were sold were void under New York’s six-year statute of limitations. The decision, handed down last year in the second quarter of 2015 in the New York Court of Appeals, allowed Bank of America to reduce its estimate of outstanding put-back claims by $7.6 billion.

“Third and probably most significant from a revenue perspective is that we have the Ace decision in the second quarter last year, so we released last year some reps and warranties. That was a significant amount of benefit last year. And then fourth and probably strategically most important in the point you're getting to is we are selling less mortgages choosing instead to hold them on our balance sheet, and obviously this decreases MBI (mortgage banking income) but increases NII (net interest income) over time.”

Donofrio continued, “[P]lus you have to note that as we just talked about, servicing bad servicing is going to continue to run off. So if servicing is running off and not being replaced as fast, if we're holding more mortgages on the balance sheet as we transition from MBI to NII you could see that line continues sort of trend lower. In terms of the mortgages, you know, I think in the short-term, it's going to be fairly stable and that trend is going to this is a good base.”

Click here to view the entire earnings report for Bank of America.

About Author: Brian Honea

Brian Honea's writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master's degree from Amberton University in Garland.

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