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Bank of America (BAC) Past the Worst of Mortgage Mess - Evercore Partners

May 7, 2013 7:00 AM EDT Send to a Friend
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Evercore Partners Andrew Marquardt reiterated an Overweight rating and $14 price target on Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) following the announced settlement with MBIA.

The firm notes while there are lingering rep/warranty costs that are likely to remain elevated, Bank of America is "past worst in terms of mortgage mess given multiple settlements over past few years incl roughly $30b in mortgage related settlements since the beginning of '10 (See Fig 1 ) and $14.1b in total rep/warranty reserves at 1Q13 (of which $8.5b is allocated to the pending private label settlement) as well as (undisclosed) litigation reserve which BAC could have built up over time given roughly $9.9b in aggregate litigation expenses since '10."

Next up for the company is the private label settlement hearing in a New York State court starting on May 30th. According to press reports, Attorneys General from New York and Delaware recently stated that they will not seek to block the $8.5b private label settlement as investors have benefitted from litigation, the analyst notes.

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Shares of Bank of America closed at $12.88 yesterday.




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