Bank of America 10-Q 2012
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On July 31, 2012, there were 10,776,950,316 shares of Bank of America Corporation Common Stock outstanding.
This report on Form 10-Q, the documents that it incorporates by reference and the documents into which it may be incorporated by reference may contain, and from time to time Bank of America Corporation (collectively with its subsidiaries, the Corporation) and its management may make certain statements that constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. Forward-looking statements often use words such as “expects,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “targets,” “intends,” “plans,” “goal” and other similar expressions or future or conditional verbs such as “will,” “may,” “might,” “should,” “would” and “could.” The forward-looking statements made represent the current expectations, plans or forecasts of the Corporation regarding the Corporation's future results and revenues, and future business and economic conditions more generally, including statements concerning: that net interest income will improve modestly in the third quarter of 2012 if interest rates remain flat to second quarter 2012 levels; the achievement of cost savings in certain noninterest expense categories as the Corporation continues to streamline workflows, simplify processes and align expenses with its overall strategic plan and operating principles as part of Project New BAC; with regard to Phase 1, the Corporation expects to realize more than $1 billion of cost savings in 2012 and $5 billion of annualized cost savings by the fourth quarter of 2013 with the full impact realized in 2014; the Corporation expects that Phase 2 will result in an additional $3 billion of annualized cost savings by mid-2015; the expectation that the Corporation would record a charge to income tax expense of approximately $400 million if the income tax rate were reduced to 22 percent by 2014 as suggested in U.K. Treasury announcements and assuming no change in the deferred tax asset balance; the expected reduction of debit card revenue of approximately $420 million in the third quarter of 2012 when compared to the same period in 2011, as a result of the interchange fee rules; that higher costs will continue related to resources necessary to implement new servicing standards mandated for the industry, to implement other operational changes and costs due to delayed foreclosures; the resolution of representations and warranties repurchase and other claims; the final resolution of the BNY Mellon Settlement; the estimates of liability and range of possible loss for various representations and warranties claims; the expectation that unresolved repurchase claims will continue to increase, including those from Fannie Mae and private-label securitization trustees; that the expiration and mutual nonrenewal of certain contractual delivery commitments and variances with Fannie Mae will not have a material impact on our CRES business, as the Corporation expects to rely on other sources of liquidity to actively extend mortgage credit to customers including continuing to deliver such products into Freddie Mac MBS pools; the ability to resolve mortgage insurance rescission notices with the mortgage insurance companies before the expiration of the appeal period prescribed by the Fannie Mae announcement; the disposition and resolution of servicing matters; beliefs and expectations concerning the servicing global settlement agreement, including expectations about the amounts of credits to be generated by various programs, the effects on annual interest income and fair value of loans in the programs and whether loans modified under programs will be accounted for as troubled debt restructurings, and the likelihood that the Corporation will fail to meet commitments and be required to make additional cash payments, whether material or not; the impacts of foreclosure delays; that implementation of uniform servicing standards will incrementally increase costs associated with the servicing process, but it will not result in material delays or dislocation in the performance of mortgage servicing obligations; the expectation that the Corporation will comply with the final Basel 3 rules when issued and effective; the intention to build capital through retaining earnings, actively managing the Corporation's portfolios and implementing other capital-related initiatives, including focusing on reducing both higher risk-weighted assets and assets proposed to be deducted from capital under Basel 3; the Corporation's liquidity risk management strategies; that funding trading activities in broker/dealer subsidiaries is more cost efficient and less sensitive to changes in credit ratings than unsecured financing; the cost and availability of unsecured funding; the Corporation's belief that a portion of structured liability obligations will remain outstanding beyond the earliest put or redemption date; the Corporation's anticipation that debt levels will continue to decline, as appropriate, through 2013; that, of the loans in the pay option portfolio at June 30, 2012 that have not already experienced a payment reset, three percent will reset during the remainder of 2012 and approximately 21 percent thereafter, and that approximately seven percent will prepay and approximately 69 percent will default prior to being reset, most of which were severely delinquent as of June 30, 2012; effects of the ongoing debt crisis in Europe; we expect reductions in the allowance for loan and lease losses, excluding the valuation allowance for PCI loans, to continue in the near term, though at a slower pace than in 2011; and the intention to reclassify net losses on both open and terminated derivative instruments recorded in accumulated OCI into earnings in the same period as the hedged cash flows affect earnings; and other matters relating to the Corporation and the securities that it may offer from time to time. The foregoing is not an exclusive list of all forward-looking statements the Corporation makes. These statements are not guarantees of future results or performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict and are often beyond Bank of America's control. Actual outcomes and results may differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, any of these forward-looking statements.
You should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statement and should consider the following uncertainties and risks, as well as the risks and uncertainties more fully discussed elsewhere in this report, under Item 1A. Risk Factors of the Corporation's 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K, and in any of the Corporation's subsequent Securities and Exchange Commission filings: the Corporation's resolution of differences with Fannie Mae regarding representations and warranties repurchase claims, including with respect to mortgage insurance rescissions, and foreclosure delays; the Corporation's ability to resolve representations and warranties claims made by monolines and private-label and other investors, including as a result of any adverse court rulings, and the chance that the Corporation could face related servicing, securities, fraud, indemnity or other claims from one or more of the monolines or private-label and other investors; if future representations and warranties losses occur in excess of the Corporation's recorded liability for GSE
exposures and in excess of the recorded liability and estimated range of possible loss for non-GSE exposures; uncertainties about the financial stability of several countries in the EU, the increasing risk that those countries may default on their sovereign debt or exit the EU and related stresses on financial markets, the Euro and the EU and the Corporation's exposures to such risks, including direct, indirect and operational; the uncertainty regarding the timing and final substance of any capital or liquidity standards, including the final Basel 3 requirements and their implementation for U.S. banks through rulemaking by the Federal Reserve, including anticipated requirements to hold higher levels of regulatory capital, liquidity and meet higher regulatory capital ratios as a result of final Basel 3 or other capital or liquidity standards; the negative impact of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act on the Corporation's businesses and earnings, including as a result of additional regulatory interpretation and rulemaking and the success of the Corporation's actions to mitigate such impacts; the Corporation's satisfaction of its borrower assistance programs under the global settlement agreement with federal agencies and state Attorneys General; adverse changes to the Corporation's credit ratings from the major credit rating agencies; estimates of the fair value of certain of the Corporation's assets and liabilities; unexpected claims, damages and fines resulting from pending or future litigation and regulatory proceedings; the Corporation's ability to fully realize the cost savings and other anticipated benefits from Project New BAC, including in accordance with currently anticipated timeframes; and other similar matters.
Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and the Corporation undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect the impact of circumstances or events that arise after the date the forward-looking statement was made.
Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements referred to in the Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations (MD&A) are incorporated by reference into the MD&A. Certain prior period amounts have been reclassified to conform to current period presentation. Throughout the MD&A, the Corporation uses certain acronyms and abbreviations which are defined in the Glossary.
The Corporation's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 as supplemented by a Current Report on Form 8-K filed on May 4, 2012 to reflect reclassified business segment information is referred to herein as the 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K.
The Corporation is a Delaware corporation, a bank holding company and a financial holding company. When used in this report, “the Corporation” may refer to the Corporation individually, the Corporation and its subsidiaries, or certain of the Corporation’s subsidiaries or affiliates. Our principal executive offices are located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Through our banking and various nonbanking subsidiaries throughout the U.S. and in international markets, we provide a diversified range of banking and nonbanking financial services and products through five business segments: Consumer & Business Banking (CBB), Consumer Real Estate Services (CRES), Global Banking, Global Markets and Global Wealth & Investment Management (GWIM), with the remaining operations recorded in All Other. Effective January 1, 2012, the Corporation changed its basis of presentation from six to the above five segments. For more information on this realignment, see Business Segment Operations on page 30. At June 30, 2012, the Corporation had approximately $2.2 trillion in assets and approximately 275,500 full-time equivalent employees.
As of June 30, 2012, we operated in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and more than 40 countries. Our retail banking footprint covers approximately 80 percent of the U.S. population and in the U.S., we serve 56 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 5,600 banking centers, 16,200 ATMs, nationwide call centers, and leading online and mobile banking platforms. We offer industry-leading support to approximately four million small business owners. We are a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world.
Table 1 provides selected consolidated financial data for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, and at June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011.
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In the U.S., following moderate economic growth and an improving financial environment to begin the year, momentum dissipated in the second quarter. Household spending slowed during the quarter, as vehicle sales declined and retail sales weakened. Business spending continued its slowing trend, influenced by the expiration of tax credits as well as economic uncertainties. Businesses also significantly reduced hiring during the second quarter and the unemployment rate remained elevated, ending the quarter at 8.2 percent. State and local governments reduced spending and federal defense expenditures declined. Housing activity and construction grew for the fifth consecutive quarter, continuing its moderate improvement from very low levels, although home prices remain depressed. Given the housing sector's influence on consumer behavior and the financial sector, it remains critical to the health of the economic expansion. Lower energy prices also were a positive trend for consumers and businesses. Equity markets partially reversed gains from the previous quarter. Financial market anxiety rose, particularly amid signs of renewed economic slowing. Nevertheless, U.S. exports continued to grow despite the European financial crisis and recession.
The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve) maintained its policy of additional quantitative easing while acknowledging the improved economic and labor market momentum that occurred late in 2011 and in the first quarter of 2012. At its June meeting, based on indications that this momentum had dissipated, and the increasing strains in global financial markets largely stemming from the sovereign debt and banking situation in Europe, the Federal Reserve extended its program to lengthen the average maturity of its portfolio by buying longer term U.S. Treasury securities and selling short-term holdings through year end. Concerns regarding federal tax and spending policies increased during the quarter as financial markets anticipated the year-end expiration of tax cuts and other expansionary fiscal measures such as extended unemployment insurance and the temporary payroll tax cut. In addition, absent Congressional action, federal spending reductions in last year's debt ceiling bill are scheduled to be triggered at year end.
World economic momentum also slowed in the second quarter as a result of declining economic growth in select developed and emerging nations. In addition, heightened tensions in Europe in connection with the European financial crisis and deteriorating economic conditions in certain European countries adversely affected financial markets during the second quarter leading to increased investor risk aversion and lower trading volumes. Overall, at quarter end, world economic conditions remained uncertain. For more information on our exposure in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Japan, see Non-U.S. Portfolio on page 114.
Capital and Liquidity Related Matters
During the three months ended June 30, 2012, we entered into a series of transactions involving repurchases of our senior and subordinated debt and trust preferred securities resulting in total net gains of $505 million. Through a tender offer, exercise of call options and certain open market transactions, we repurchased senior and subordinated debt with a carrying value of $4.5 billion for $4.2 billion in cash, and recorded net gains of $334 million. Also, we repurchased trust preferred securities issued by various unconsolidated trusts with a carrying value of $996 million for $825 million in cash, and recorded gains of $171 million. In addition, we exercised a call on $3.9 billion of trust preferred securities which settled, with an extinguishment of the related debt, on July 25, 2012. The gain on this transaction was not significant. We will consider additional tender offers, exercises and other transactions in the future depending on prevailing market conditions, liquidity and other factors.
On June 21, 2012, Moody's Investors Service, Inc. (Moody's) completed its previously-announced review for possible downgrade of financial institutions with global capital markets operations, downgrading the ratings of 15 banks and securities firms, including our ratings. The Corporation's long-term debt rating and Bank of America, N.A.'s (BANA's) long-term and short-term debt ratings were downgraded one notch as part of this action. Currently, the Corporation's and BANA's long-term/short-term senior debt ratings and outlooks expressed by Moody's are Baa2/P-2 (negative) and A3/P-2 (stable). The Moody's downgrade did not have a material impact on our financial condition, results of operations or liquidity during the second quarter of 2012.
The major rating agencies (Moody's, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services (S&P) and Fitch Ratings (Fitch)) have each indicated that, as a systemically important financial institution, our credit ratings currently reflect their expectation that, if necessary, we would receive significant support from the U.S. government, and that they will continue to assess such support in the context of sovereign financial strength and regulatory and legislative developments. For information regarding the risks associated with adverse changes in our credit ratings, see Liquidity Risk – Credit Ratings on page 80, Note 3 – Derivatives to the Consolidated Financial Statements herein and Item 1A. Risk Factors of the Corporation's 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Summary Income Statement results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 are presented in Table 2. Certain items that affected pre-tax income for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 were the following: provision for credit losses of $1.8 billion and $4.2 billion which included reserve reductions of $1.9 billion and $3.5 billion, net gains of $505 million and $1.7 billion on repurchases of debt and trust preferred securities, and $400 million and $1.2 billion of gains on sales of debt securities. These items were offset by negative fair value adjustments of $62 million and $3.4 billion on structured liabilities related to tightening of our own credit spreads, DVA losses on derivatives of $158 million and $1.6 billion, net of hedges, litigation expense of $963 million and $1.8 billion, and annual retirement-eligible incentive compensation costs of $892 million recorded in the first quarter of 2012. In addition, the representations and warranties provision decreased $13.6 billion to $395 million as the provision of $14.0 billion in the prior-year period, included $8.6 billion related to the agreement entered into with the Bank of New York Mellon (BNY Mellon Settlement) and $5.4 billion related to other non-government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) exposures, and to a lesser extent, GSE exposures.
Net interest income on a fully taxable-equivalent (FTE) basis decreased $1.7 billion to $9.8 billion, and $3.1 billion to $20.8 billion for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same periods in 2011. The decreases were primarily driven by lower consumer loan balances and yields and decreased investment securities yields. Lower trading-related net interest income also negatively impacted the results. These were partially offset by reductions in long-term debt balances and lower rates paid on deposits. The net interest yield on a FTE basis was 2.21 percent and 2.36 percent for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to 2.50 percent and 2.58 percent for the same periods in 2011.
Noninterest income increased $10.4 billion to $12.4 billion, and $7.2 billion to $23.9 billion for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same periods in 2011. The most significant contributor to the increases was significantly lower representations and warranties provision. In addition, the increase in noninterest income included net gains on repurchases of certain debt and trust preferred securities in 2012. For the three-month period, these were partially offset by a decrease in equity investment income, and a decline in other income as the year-ago quarter included a gain on the sale of the Balboa Insurance Company's lender-placed insurance business (Balboa). For the six-month period, the increase in noninterest income was partially offset by negative fair value adjustments on structured liabilities, net DVA losses and the decrease in equity investment income. For additional information on the repurchases and exchanges, see Liquidity Risk on page 75.
The provision for credit losses decreased $1.5 billion to $1.8 billion, and $2.9 billion to $4.2 billion for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same periods in 2011. The improvement was primarily driven by lower credit costs in the home equity and residential mortgage loan portfolios due to improved portfolio trends, including lower reserve additions in our purchased credit-impaired (PCI) portfolios partially offset by stabilizing portfolio trends in the credit card and core commercial portfolios. The provision for credit losses was $1.9 billion and $3.5 billion lower than net charge-offs for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012, resulting in a reduction in the allowance for credit losses. This compared to reductions of $2.4 billion and $4.6 billion in the allowance for credit losses for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011.
Noninterest expense decreased $5.8 billion to $17.0 billion, and $7.0 billion to $36.2 billion for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same periods in 2011. The declines were driven by decreases in other general operating expense which included lower mortgage-related assessments, waivers and similar costs related to delayed foreclosures, and lower litigation expense. The decline in litigation expense was primarily mortgage-related. The decrease in noninterest expense was also the result of a $2.6 billion non-cash, non-tax deductible goodwill impairment charge recorded during the second quarter of 2011.
Income tax expense on a FTE basis was $918 million on pre-tax income of $3.4 billion, and $1.2 billion on pre-tax income of $4.3 billion for three and six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to a benefit of $3.8 billion on a pre-tax loss of $12.6 billion and a benefit of $2.9 billion on a pre-tax loss of $9.6 billion for same periods in 2011. For more information, see Financial Highlights – Income Tax Expense on page 12.
The following discussion provides an overview of the results of our business segments and All Other for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same periods in 2011. For additional information on these results, see Business Segment Operations on page 30.
CBB net income decreased during the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same periods in 2011 primarily due to a decline in net interest income driven by lower average loans and yields as well as compressed deposit spreads due to the continued low interest rate environment and lower noninterest income due to the impact of the Durbin Amendment and the net impact of portfolio sales. The provision for credit losses increased as portfolio trends began to stabilize. Noninterest expense remained relatively unchanged in the three-month period and declined in the six-month period due to lower Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and operating expenses, partially offset by an increase in litigation expense.
CRES net loss decreased during the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same periods in 2011 primarily driven by significantly lower representations and warranties provision and higher servicing income, a decline in noninterest expense due to a goodwill impairment charge in the second quarter of 2011, a decline in litigation expense and lower mortgage-related assessments, waivers and similar costs related to delayed foreclosures. In addition, the provision for credit losses decreased driven by improved portfolio trends and lower reserve additions related to the Countrywide Financial Corporation (Countrywide) PCI home equity portfolio. These improvements were partially offset by higher default-related servicing costs, as well as lower insurance income driven by the sale of Balboa in June 2011.
Global Banking net income decreased during the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same periods in 2011. Revenues declined from lower investment banking fees, the impact of lower rates and benefits from accretion on certain acquired portfolios in the prior-year periods, partially offset by the impact of higher average loan and deposit balances and gains from certain legacy portfolios. The provision for credit losses benefit declined as asset quality stabilized, with declines in reservable criticized exposure and nonperforming assets. Noninterest expense decreased during the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 primarily due to lower personnel expense.
Global Markets net income decreased for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same periods in 2011. The three-month decrease was driven primarily by lower sales and trading revenue as a result of lower trading volumes and client flows, as well as a decline in new issuance activity. In addition, investment banking fees decreased driven by lower underwriting fees. The six-month decrease was due to lower sales and trading revenue as a result of the factors described above as well as higher net DVA losses due to significant tightening of our credit spreads. The decreases in revenues for the three- and six-month periods were partially offset by declines in noninterest expense due to lower personnel and related expenses. The decline in noninterest expense for the six-month period was also due to lower brokerage, clearing and exchange expenses.
GWIM net income increased for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same periods in 2011 primarily due to lower noninterest expense driven by lower FDIC expense and other volume-driven expenses, lower litigation, as well as other expense reductions, partially offset by higher expense related to the continued investment in the business. Revenue decreased driven by the impact of the continued low rate environment on net interest income as well as lower transactional activity, partially offset by higher asset management fees. In addition, the provision for credit losses declined due to improving portfolio trends within the residential mortgage portfolio.
All Other net loss increased during the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same periods in 2011. The three-month increase was due to lower net interest income, lower gains on the sales of debt securities and a decrease in equity investment income, partially offset by a reduction in the provision for credit losses and net gains resulting from the repurchase of certain debt and trust preferred securities. The six-month increase was due to negative fair value adjustments on structured liabilities, partially offset by net gains resulting from the repurchase of certain debt and trust preferred securities in 2012. In addition, for the three- and six-month periods, equity investment income decreased as prior-year periods included certain dividends and gains on equity investments, and a lower provision for credit losses largely due to the Countrywide PCI discontinued real estate and residential mortgage portfolios. Noninterest expense increased due to higher litigation expense.
Net interest income on a FTE basis decreased $1.7 billion to $9.8 billion, and $3.1 billion to $20.8 billion for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same periods in 2011. The decreases were primarily driven by lower consumer loan balances and yields, and decreased investment securities yields including the acceleration of purchase premium amortization expense. Lower trading-related net interest income also negatively impacted the results. These were partially offset by ongoing reductions in long-term debt balances and lower rates paid on deposits. The net interest yield on a FTE basis decreased 29 basis points (bps) to 2.21 percent, and 22 bps to 2.36 percent for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same periods in 2011 as the yield continues to be under pressure due to the aforementioned items and the low rate environment. We expect net interest income to improve modestly in the third quarter of 2012 if rates remain flat to second quarter 2012 levels.
Noninterest income increased $10.4 billion to $12.4 billion, and $7.2 billion to $23.9 billion for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same periods in 2011. The following highlights the significant changes.
The provision for credit losses decreased $1.5 billion to $1.8 billion, and $2.9 billion to $4.2 billion for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same periods in 2011. For the three and six months ended June 30, 2012, the provision for credit losses was $1.9 billion and $3.5 billion lower than net charge-offs, resulting in a reduction in the allowance for credit losses. Also, reserve additions to the PCI portfolio for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 were $6 million and $493 million.
The provision for credit losses related to our consumer portfolio decreased $2.0 billion to $1.7 billion, and $3.3 billion to $4.4 billion for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same periods in 2011 driven by lower credit costs in the home equity and residential mortgage loan portfolios due to improved portfolio trends, including lower reserve additions in our PCI portfolios partially offset by stabilizing portfolio trends in the U.S. credit card and unsecured consumer lending portfolios. The provision for credit losses related to our commercial portfolio, net of the provision benefit for unfunded lending commitments, increased $563 million to $40 million, and $450 million to a benefit of $186 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same periods in 2011 as credit quality stabilized.
Net charge-offs totaled $3.6 billion, or 1.64 percent, and $7.7 billion, or 1.72 percent of average loans and leases for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to $5.7 billion, or 2.44 percent, and $11.7 billion, or 2.53 percent for the same periods in 2011. The decrease in net charge-offs was primarily driven by fewer delinquent loans and lower bankruptcy filings across the U.S. credit card and unsecured consumer lending portfolios, as well as lower net charge-offs in the consumer real estate and core commercial portfolios. For more information on the provision for credit losses, see Provision for Credit Losses on page 118.
Noninterest expense decreased $5.8 billion to $17.0 billion, and $7.0 billion to $36.2 billion for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same periods in 2011, primarily driven by a $3.6 billion decrease in other general operating expenses in the six months ended June 30, 2012 resulting from a decrease of $1.5 billion in litigation expense, and lower mortgage-related assessments, waivers and similar costs related to delayed foreclosures. The decline in litigation expense was primarily mortgage-related. The six months ended June 30, 2011 included a $2.6 billion goodwill impairment charge in our mortgage business. Partially offsetting the decreases were increased professional fees and data processing expenses due to continuing default management activities in Legacy Assets & Servicing.
In connection with Project New BAC, we expect to continue to achieve cost savings in certain noninterest expense categories as we continue to further streamline workflows, simplify processes and align expenses with our overall strategic plan and operating principles. During the six months ended June 30, 2012, we continued implementation of Phase 1 initiatives, completed Phase 2 evaluations and began implementation of certain Phase 2 initiatives. With regard to Phase 1, we expect to realize more than $1 billion of cost savings in 2012 and $5 billion of annualized cost savings by the fourth quarter of 2013 with the full impact realized in 2014. We expect that Phase 2 will result in an additional $3 billion of annualized cost savings by mid-2015.
Income tax expense was $684 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012 compared to a $4.0 billion income tax benefit for the same period in 2011 and resulted in an effective tax rate of 21.7 percent compared to 31.4 percent. Income tax expense was $750 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to a income tax benefit of $3.3 billion for the same period in 2011 and resulted in an effective tax rate of 19.4 percent compared to 32.9 percent.
The effective tax rates for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 were primarily driven by our recurring tax preference items and by $128 million of discrete tax benefits recognized in the first quarter. The effective tax rates for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011 were primarily driven by the impact of a nondeductible $2.6 billion goodwill impairment charge and recurring tax preference items.
On July 17, 2012, the U.K. 2012 Finance Bill was enacted, which reduced the U.K. corporate income tax rate by two percent to 23 percent. The first one percent reduction was effective on April 1, 2012 and the second reduction will be effective April 1, 2013. These reductions favorably affect income tax expense on future U.K. earnings, but also require us to remeasure our U.K. net deferred tax assets using the lower tax rates. In the third quarter of 2012, we will record a charge to income tax expense of approximately $800 million for the remeasurement. If the corporate income tax rate is reduced to 22 percent by 2014 as suggested in U.K. Treasury announcements and assuming no change in the deferred tax asset balance, we would record a charge to income tax expense of approximately $400 million in the period of enactment.
Period-end balance sheet amounts may vary from average balance sheet amounts due to liquidity and balance sheet management activities, primarily involving our portfolios of highly liquid assets, that are designed to ensure the adequacy of capital while enhancing our ability to manage liquidity requirements for the Corporation and our customers, and to position the balance sheet in accordance with the Corporation’s risk appetite. The execution of these activities requires the use of balance sheet and capital-related limits including spot, average and risk-weighted asset limits, particularly within the market-making activities of our trading businesses. One of our key metrics, Tier 1 leverage ratio, is calculated based on adjusted quarterly average total assets.
At June 30, 2012, total assets were approximately $2.2 trillion, an increase of $31.8 billion, or one percent, from December 31, 2011. This increase was driven by trading account assets due to increases in U.S. Treasuries and EMEA sovereign debt and hedges in leveraged credit trading; debt securities primarily driven by net purchases of agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS); federal funds sold and securities borrowed or purchased under agreements to resell to cover increases in client short positions and customer financing activity through the match book, and collateral requirements. These increases were partially offset by asset sales and continued run-off in targeted portfolios.
Average total assets decreased $144.5 billion and $148.0 billion for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same periods in 2011. The decreases were driven by asset sales and continued run-off in targeted portfolios, sales of strategic investments, and lower securities borrowed or purchased under agreements to resell driven by decreased customer activity.
At June 30, 2012, total liabilities were approximately $1.9 trillion, an increase of $25.9 billion, or one percent, from December 31, 2011 primarily driven by an increase in securities sold under agreements to repurchase due to funding trading inventory resulting from customer demand and funding of trading assets and securities. Partially offsetting this increase were planned reductions in long-term debt.
Average total liabilities decreased $145.0 billion and $149.1 billion for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same periods in 2011. The decreases were primarily driven by planned reductions in long-term debt; lower short-term borrowings due to the Corporation's reduced use of commercial paper and master notes; and lower trading liabilities due to reduced short positions in U.S. Treasuries used for hedging and EMEA sovereign debt. In addition, the six-month comparison to the same period in 2011 saw reductions in our use of securities loaned or sold under agreements to repurchase due to inventory reductions and lower cash requirements.
At June 30, 2012, shareholders’ equity was $236.0 billion, an increase of $5.9 billion, or three percent, from December 31, 2011 due to earnings, common stock issued under employee plans and exchanges of preferred and trust preferred securities, curtailment of the Corporation's Qualified Pension Plans and an increase in unrealized gains on available-for-sale (AFS) debt securities in other comprehensive income (OCI).
Average shareholders' equity increased $491 million and $1.1 billion for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same periods in 2011 driven by earnings and common stock issued under employee plans and exchanges of preferred and trust preferred securities. The six-month increase was also impacted by the sale of preferred stock and related warrants to Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. in the third quarter of 2011 and curtailment of the Corporation's Qualified Pension Plans. These increases were partially offset by lower unrealized gains on AFS debt securities in accumulated OCI in 2011.