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BofA's profit rises on higher interest rates, loan growth


(Reuters) - of America reported a 34 percent rise in first-quarter profit on Monday as it benefited from higher interest rates and loan growth.

The second-largest U.S. by assets said net income attributable to shareholders rose to a record $6.49 billion in the three months ended March 31 from $4.84 billion a year earlier. Earnings per share rose to 62 cents from 45 cents. (

Analysts on average had expected 59 cents per share, according to I/B/E/S. It was not immediately clear if the reported figures were comparable.

Total revenue, net of interest expense, rose about 4 percent to $23.28 billion.

In the bank's biggest business - - revenue rose 9 percent to $9.03 billion, helped by strong deposit and loan growth.

"Strong client activity, coupled with a growing global economy and solid U.S. consumer activity, led to record quarterly earnings," said in a statement.

Higher interest rates helped BofA charge more for loans while keeping deposit rates low. The lender relies heavily on higher interest rates to maximize profits as it has a large stock of deposits and rate-sensitive mortgage securities.

and last week also reported rise in quarterly profit, helped in part by higher interest rates.

(Reporting by in Bengaluru and Elizabeth Dilts in New York; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 16:49 IST