Like its peers, Bank of America reported a steep drop in first-quarter profits, which were $4.01 billion, or $0.40 per share — representing a 45% drop from last year and a 43% decline in earnings per share, respectively. They fell short of analysts’ estimates of $0.46 per share.
In addition, the bank had a 1% year-over-year fall in revenues to $22.78 billion, and it set aside about $3.6 billion in Q1 as a loan-loss reserve tied to the coronavirus.
“Our results reflect the strength of our balance sheet, the diversity of our earnings, and the resilience of our teammates to serve clients around the world,” CEO Brian Moynihan said in a statement. “Despite increasing our loan loss reserves, we earned $4 billion this quarter.”
Goldman Sachs’ profits, announced early Thursday, weakened 49% to $1.1 billion in Q1’20. On Wednesday, Wells Fargo said its first-quarter profits fell 90% year over year to $653 million, while JPMorgan reported a 70% decline in net income to $2.87 billion.
Merrill, Wealth Results
The wealth unit fared better, reporting a 17% drop in profits in the first quarter from the year-ago period to $866 million and a 2% rise in revenues to $4.9 billion.
The number of Merrill Lynch financial advisors stands at 17,646, up 111 from a year ago and 188 from the prior quarter. (Wells Fargo has some 13,450 advisors, and JPMorgan has roughly 2,880.)