Despite current financial problems, Bank of America (BOA) said it has no plans to close additional branches, as had been reported.
WCNC-TV in Charlotte, N.C., reported Wednesday that BOA would close 600 of its 5,900 branches in an effort to streamline operations and drastically cut costs. The TV news report cited unnamed sources.
Thursday, however, the station issued a retraction and said it regretted the error.
Earlier this week, BOA's CEO Brian Moynihan laid out a plan to reorganize the company's management, aligning the company's operating units with its three core customer groups: individuals, companies, and institutional investors.
Moynihan appointed David Darnell and Tom Montag to the newly-created positions of co-chief operating officers, accountable for all of the company's operating units. This reorganization is effective immediately.
"Today is a significant step in the continued transformation of our company," Moynihan said on Tuesday, when he announced the change.
Moynihan called the changes “de-layering and simplifying at the sale in which we operate.” He says the move removes a layer of operatins management and aligns company leaders with customer groups. He said it's part of Project New Bank of America.
BOA reported a loss of $8.8 billion in the last quarter, much of it tied to its acquisition of Countrywide Financial, one of the nation's largest marketers of subprime mortgages during the housing boom. As recently as last month, US Bancorp sued BOA to force the bank to repurchase mortgages sold by Countrywide in 2005.
That suit claims Countrywide ignored its own underwriting guidelines when it made those loans, which it packaged and sold to US Bancorp for $1.75 billion.
Since 2008 a number of states have also sued Countrywide, including Oregon, Michigan, Indiana and West Virginia. Fifty state attorneys general are also attempting to hammer out a settlement with major banks, including BOA, over accusations of fraud, related to using robo-signers to execute foreclosure documents.