Bank of America Chief to Receive $23 Million for 2017, a 15% Increase

02/09/18 11:59 AM EST
By Rachel Louise Ensign 

Bank of America Corp. Chief Executive Brian Moynihan is set to receive a 15% bump in pay for 2017, a year in which the bank hit new profit milestones.

Mr. Moynihan is expected to receive total compensation of $23 million for 2017, his biggest pay package since becoming chief executive more than eight years ago, according to a regulatory filing the bank made Friday. He received $20 million for 2016.

The 2017 package for Mr. Moynihan includes $21.5 million of restricted stock. To get the full value of the award, Mr. Moynihan and the bank will have to meet certain performance metrics. Mr. Moynihan also will receive $1.5 million in salary, the same as the previous year. He doesn't get a cash bonus.

Bank of America's stock has rallied since the 2016 presidential election set off both a stock-market and bank-stock rally. Though the share price has slipped during the recent market selloff, it is still up 30% in the last 12 months, the best of the big banks.

For 2017, the bank posted a $21.1 billion profit, excluding charges tied to the recently passed tax bill. That roughly matched the bank's all-time profit record from 2006, when it was a simpler consumer-focused firm that hadn't yet bought ailing mortgage lender Countrywide Financial Corp. or investment bank Merrill Lynch & Co.

Bank executives say the 2018 outlook is bright. That is because the one-time hit from the tax bill is in the past and expected to be outweighed by the law's longer-term benefits.

Fellow big-bank Chief Executive James Dimon, who leads JPMorgan Chase & Co., also got a raise for 2017. Last month, that bank said Mr. Dimon received a compensation package valued at $29.5 million in 2017, up 5.4% -- or $1.5 million -- from 2016.

Write to Rachel Louise Ensign at rachel.ensign@wsj.com

 

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February 09, 2018 11:59 ET (16:59 GMT)

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