CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Bank of America Corp., which plans to repay $45 billion of U.S. government bailout money, raised $19.3 billion in a sale of securities at $15 apiece, a 4.8 percent discount to its common stock.
The lender sold 1.286 billion so-called common equivalent securities, according to Bloomberg data. The security, which is made up of one depositary share and one warrant, is convertible into one common share, subject to stockholder approval, a regulatory filing before the sale showed. Bank of America’s common stock rose 0.7 percent today to $15.76 in New York Stock Exchange composite trading.
The sale is part of Bank of America’s plan to free itself from government restrictions after accepting funds from the Troubled Asset Relief Program.
The repayment may ease efforts to replace CEO Kenneth D. Lewis, who’s leaving the bank Dec. 31. His successor inherits a company ranked first by assets and deposits in the U.S. The plan saves billions of dollars in TARP dividends and ends extra U.S. oversight of operations and salaries, according to analyst Matthew Burnell.
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