"We're not expecting to need more capital" said Bank of America
Unfortunately, your bosses in Washington feel quite differently, Ken.
Already widely expected to be short on capital, the hole blown in the side of B of A's balance sheet now appears bigger than many expected. When the Treasury's stress test results are announced tomorrow, the bank might be forced to raise as much as $34 billion in capital, according to The Wall Street Journal.
And just like Citigroup
Meanwhile, the WSJ is also reporting that JPMorgan Chase
But what's it all mean for B of A shareholders? Two things:
- Your stake in the company will likely be substantially diluted.
- Uncle Sam will probably become one of -- if not the -- largest shareholder.
That last point could have a big impact on B of A's management structure. Last week, the New York Post reported that the government might fire Citigroup's CEO, Vikram Pandit, after the stress tests were completed. About to become Citi's largest common shareholder, it can swing its ax and make high-level changes like that with relative ease.
Even more ominous was a comment from Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, who told CBS News in early April, "[If] banks need exceptional assistance in order to get through this, then we'll make sure that assistance comes with conditions ... and where that requires a change of management of the board, we'll do that."
Start packing those bags, Ken Lewis.