Bank of America Corporation today announced plans to repurchase an additional $5 billion in common stock by June 30, 2018.
The company previously announced plans on June 28 to repurchase $12 billion in common stock from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018, plus repurchases to offset shares awarded under equity-based compensation plans during the same period, estimated to be approximately $0.9 billion.
The Board of Directors approved the additional repurchases. The additional capital distribution offsets the increase in regulatory capital resulting from the previously announced issuance of common stock, upon Berkshire Hathaway’s exercise of outstanding warrants, and sale of the non-U.S. consumer credit card business earlier this year. The Federal Reserve Board has informed the company that it has approved the additional repurchases.
Bank of America’s repurchase program, which covers both common stock and warrants, will be subject to various factors, including the company's capital position, liquidity, financial performance and alternative uses of capital, stock trading price, and general market conditions, and may be suspended at any time. The common stock or warrant repurchases may be effected through open market purchases or privately negotiated transactions, including Rule 10b5-1 plans. The company's authorized repurchases are net of shares awarded under its equity-based compensation plans.
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Bank of America is one of the world's leading financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 47 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 4,500 retail financial centers, approximately 16,000 ATMs, and award-winning digital banking with approximately 34 million active users, including approximately 24 million mobile users. Bank of America is a global leader in wealth management, corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 3 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and more than 35 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.