Bank of America Comments on Stress Test Results; Plans to Increase Quarterly Dividend to $0.22 per share
Bank of America today commented on the results of the Federal Reserve’s 2022 Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR) and announced plans to increase its quarterly common stock dividend to $0.22 per share beginning in the third quarter of 2022.
Based on the 2022 CCAR results, Bank of America’s stress capital buffer (SCB) will be approximately 100 bps higher than the current 2.5% level and will therefore add approximately 100 bps to our CET1 minimum requirement of 9.5%. When finalized, this new SCB will be effective from October 1, 2022 to September 30, 2023. At March 31, 2022 Bank of America had $170 billion of regulatory CET1 capital and a CET1 ratio of 10.4%.
“Our responsible growth strategy over the last decade has put us in a strong position to support our clients and deliver for shareholders,” said Bank of America Chair and Chief Executive Officer Brian Moynihan. “In October 2021, we renewed the Company’s previously announced $25 billion common stock purchase program with $17 billion remaining as of March 31, 2022, and today we are also announcing that we expect to increase the quarterly common stock dividend by 5% to $0.22 per share.” Bank of America Chief Financial Officer Alastair Borthwick added that “the 2022 annual stress test results once again support that Bank of America maintains a strong capital position to serve its customers and clients through the current economic environment and our continued discipline around risk has us well prepared for a severe economic stress scenario.”
The common stock dividend is subject to approval from the Company’s Board of Directors.
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