19 Jan 2013

Bank of America quarterly profit down

5:01 pm on 19 January 2013

Quarterly profit fell at Bank of America after it had to take another financial hit on bad mortgage debt.

Net profit in the last three months of 2011 was $US732 million, down from $US2 billion a year earlier.

The BBC reports that one-off charges of more than $US5 billion dated back to the US housing market collapse of 2007-08.

The charges included a payment of $US2.7 billion to the Fannie Mae mortgage agency to settle claims relating to residential home loans.

Bank of America confirmed earlier this month it would pay Fannie Mae $US11.6 billion in total.

Revenues at the bank in the final quarter of 2012 fell 26% to $US19.6 billion.