BNY Mellon Reports Fourth Quarter 2019 Earnings Of $1.4 Billion Or $1.52 Per Common Share, Includes $0.50 Per Share Positive Impact Of Notable Items

Jan 16, 2020

NEW YORK, Jan. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --

Revenue up 19% (a)


EPS up 81% (a)


ROE  15%

ROTCE  29% (b)


CET1  11.5%

SLR  6.1%

(a)   Excluding notable items, revenue down slightly and EPS up 2% (b).

The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation ("BNY Mellon") (NYSE: BK) today reported:


4Q19 vs.


4Q19

3Q19

4Q18

3Q19

4Q18

Net income applicable to common shareholders (in millions)

$

1,391

$

1,002

$

832

39

%

67

%

Diluted earnings per common share

$

1.52

$

1.07

$

0.84

42

%

81

%


Notable Items  


CEO Commentary  




4Q19 results include $460 million, or $0.50 per share, for the gain on sale of an equity investment, offset by severance, net securities losses and litigation.

 

4Q18 results include $(155) million, or $(0.16) per share, for severance, real estate and litigation, offset by adjustments to estimates for U.S. tax legislation and other changes.


"In 2019, we continued to build the foundation for growth and the fourth quarter showed progress toward this goal.  We recently announced additional partnerships that further our efforts to provide best-in-class services to our clients by opening our platform and combining our capabilities with industry leaders and innovative fintechs.  Expenses continued to be well managed as our investments to drive operating efficiencies are bearing fruit.  Although we increased our technology spend by nearly 10 percent for the year, overall expenses were down.  Additionally, we continue to deliver strong capital returns to shareholders, returning $4.4 billion in 2019 through share buybacks and dividends.  In 2020, we plan to continue investing in technology to further enhance service quality, launch new capabilities, drive additional efficiencies and improve resiliency," Todd Gibbons, interim Chief Executive Officer, said.

 

"We are also pleased to see that the efforts to drive operating excellence are not only reducing costs, but enhancing quality, as measured by many of our clients.  This helped deliver fee growth in many of the services businesses.  Although we continue to be negatively impacted by lower rates, a flat yield curve and low foreign exchange volatility, we remain intensely focused on carefully managing costs and driving organic revenue growth," Mr. Gibbons concluded.



Fourth Quarter Results  




Total revenue of $4.8 billion, increased 19%; decreased slightly excluding notable items (b)


  • Fee revenue increased 26%; nearly all of the increase driven by the gain on sale of an equity investment
  • Net interest revenue decreased 8%



Total noninterest expense of $3.0 billion, decreased 1%; increased 2% excluding notable items (b)

  • Continued investments in technology



Investment Services

  • Total revenue decreased 2%
  • Income before taxes decreased 9%
  • AUC/A of $37.1 trillion, increased 12%



Investment Management

  • Total revenue increased 1%
  • Income before taxes decreased 1%
  • AUM of $1.9 trillion, increased 11%

Repurchased 22.2 million common shares for $1.04 billion, and paid dividends of $286 million to common shareholders.




Media Relations: Jennifer Hendricks Sullivan (212) 635-1374

Investor Relations: Magda Palczynska  (212) 635-8529  

(b)  For information on this Non-GAAP measure, see "Supplemental Information Explanation of GAAP and Non-GAAP financial measures" on page 9.

Note:  Above comparisons are 4Q19 vs. 4Q18.

 

CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

(in millions, except per share amounts and unless otherwise noted; not

meaningful - N/M)

4Q19


4Q18


4Q19 vs. 4Q18

Results -

GAAP

Notable

items (a)

Results -

Non-GAAP


Results -

GAAP

Notable

items (b)

Results -

Non-GAAP


GAAP

Non-

GAAP

Fee revenue

$

3,971


$

815


$

3,156



$

3,146


$


$

3,146



26

%

%

Net securities (losses)

(25)


(25)








N/M

N/M

Total fee and other revenue

3,946


790


3,156



3,146



3,146



25



Income (loss) from consolidated investment management funds

17



17



(24)



(24)



N/M

N/M

Net interest revenue

815



815



885



885



(8)


(8)


Total revenue

4,778


790


3,988



4,007



4,007



19



Provision for credit losses

(8)



(8)







N/M

N/M

Noninterest expense

2,964


186


2,778



2,987


269


2,718



(1)


2


Income (loss) before income taxes

1,822


604


1,218



1,020


(269)


1,289



79


(6)


Provision (benefit) for income taxes

373


144


229



150


(114)


264



149


(13)


Net income (loss)

$

1,449


$

460


$

989



$

870


$

(155)


$

1,025



67

%

(4)

%

Net income (loss) applicable to common shareholders of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation

$

1,391


$

460


$

931



$

832


$

(155)


$

987



67

%

(6)

%

Operating leverage (c)









2,001

bps

(268)

 bps

Diluted earnings per common share

$

1.52


$

0.50


$

1.01


(d)

$

0.84


$

(0.16)


$

0.99


(d)

81

%

2

%

Average common shares and equivalents outstanding - diluted (in thousands)

914,739





988,650







Pre-tax operating margin

38

%


31

%


25

%


32

%






(a)

Includes a gain on sale of an equity investment, severance, net securities losses and litigation expense.

(b)

Includes adjustments to provisional estimates for U.S. tax legislation and other changes, severance, expenses associated with consolidating real estate and litigation expense.

(c)

Operating leverage is the rate of increase (decrease) in total revenue less the rate of increase (decrease) in total noninterest expense.

(d)

Does not foot due to rounding.

bps basis points.

 

KEY DRIVERS (comparisons are 4Q19 vs. 4Q18, unless otherwise stated)

  • Total revenue increased 19%, or decreased slightly excluding the notable items (a), primarily reflecting:
    • Fee revenue increased 26%, primarily reflecting the gain on sale of an equity investment. Excluding this gain, fee revenue increased slightly, primarily reflecting higher investment services fees, partially offset by lower foreign exchange revenue.
    • Net interest revenue decreased 8% primarily reflecting the impact of lower interest rates on interest-earning assets and lower noninterest-bearing deposits. This was partially offset by the benefit of lower deposit and funding rates and higher interest-bearing deposits.
  • Noninterest expense decreased 1%, or increased 2% excluding notable items (a). The increase primarily reflects the continued investments in technology.
  • Effective tax rate of 20.5%.

Assets under custody and/or administration ("AUC/A") and Assets under management ("AUM")

  • AUC/A of $37.1 trillion, increased 12%, primarily reflecting higher market values and client inflows.
  • AUM of $1.9 trillion, increased 11%, primarily reflecting higher market values and the favorable impact of a weaker U.S. dollar (principally versus the British pound), partially offset by net outflows.

Capital and liquidity

  • Repurchased 22.2 million common shares for $1.04 billion and paid $286 million in dividends to common shareholders.
  • Return on common equity ("ROE") of 15%; Return on tangible common equity ("ROTCE") of 29% (a).
  • Common Equity Tier 1 ("CET1") ratio – 11.5%.
  • Supplementary leverage ratio ("SLR") – 6.1%.
  • Average liquidity coverage ratio ("LCR") – 120%.
  • Total Loss Absorbing Capacity ("TLAC") ratios exceed minimum requirements.

(a)

See "Supplemental information – Explanation of GAAP and Non-GAAP financial measures" on page 9 for additional information.

Note:  Throughout this document, sequential growth rates are unannualized.

 

FULL-YEAR CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

(in millions, except per share amounts and unless otherwise noted; not meaningful - N/M)

2019


2018


2019 vs. 2018

Results -

GAAP

Notable

items (a)

Results -

Non-GAAP


Results -

GAAP

Notable

items (b)

Results -

Non-GAAP


GAAP

Non-

GAAP

Fee revenue

$

13,236


$

815


$

12,421



$

12,842


$

(13)


$

12,855



3

%

(3)

%

Net securities (losses) gains

(18)


(25)


7



(48)



(48)



N/M

N/M

Total fee and other revenue (loss)

13,218


790


12,428



12,794


(13)


12,807



3


(3)


Income (loss) from consolidated investment management funds

56



56



(13)



(13)



N/M

N/M

Net interest revenue (expense)

3,188


(70)


3,258



3,611



3,611



(12)


(10)


Total revenue (loss)

16,462


720


15,742



16,392


(13)


16,405




(4)


Provision for credit losses

(25)



(25)



(11)



(11)



N/M

N/M

Noninterest expense

10,900


113


10,787



11,211


343


10,868



(3)


(1)


Income (loss) before income taxes

5,587


607


4,980



5,192


(356)


5,548



8


(10)


Provision (benefit) for income taxes

1,120


140


980



938


(188)


1,126



19


(13)


Net income (loss)

$

4,467


$

467


$

4,000



$

4,254


$

(168)


$

4,422



5

%

(10)

%

Net income (loss) applicable to common shareholders of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation

$

4,272


$

467


$

3,805



$

4,097


$

(168)


$

4,265



4

%

(11)

%

Operating leverage (c)









320

bps

(330)

bps

Diluted earnings per common share

$

4.51


$

0.49


$

4.02



$

4.04


$

(0.17)


$

4.21



12

%

(5)

%

Average common shares and equivalents outstanding - diluted (in thousands)

943,109





1,007,141







Pre-tax operating margin

34

%


32

%


32

%


34

%




(a)

Includes a gain on sale of an equity investment, severance, net securities losses and litigation expense recorded in 4Q19.  Also includes a lease-related impairment and a net reduction of reserves for tax-related exposure of certain investment management funds recorded in 3Q19.

(b)

Includes adjustments to provisional estimates for U.S. tax legislation and other changes, severance, expenses associated with consolidating real estate and litigation expense, each recorded in 4Q18.  Also includes expenses associated with consolidating real estate recorded in 2Q18 and adjustments to provisional estimates for U.S. tax legislation and other changes and litigation expense, both recorded in 3Q18.

(c)

Operating leverage is the rate of increase (decrease) in total revenue less the rate of increase (decrease) in total noninterest expense.

bps basis points.


Note:  See "Supplemental information – Explanation of GAAP and Non-GAAP financial measures" on page 9 for additional information.

 

INVESTMENT SERVICES BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS

(dollars in millions, unless otherwise noted; not meaningful - N/M)




4Q19 vs.

4Q19


3Q19


4Q18


3Q19

4Q18

Total revenue by line of business:






Asset Servicing

$

1,397


$

1,405


$

1,435


(1)

%

(3)

%

Pershing

570


568


558



2


Issuer Services

415


466


441


(11)


(6)


Treasury Services

329


312


328


5



Clearance and Collateral Management

280


293


278


(4)


1


Total revenue by line of business

2,991


3,044


3,040


(2)


(2)


Provision for credit losses

(5)


(15)


6


N/M

N/M

Noninterest expense

2,161


1,965


2,112


10


2


Income before taxes

$

835


$

1,094


$

922


(24)

%

(9)

%







Pre-tax operating margin

28

%

36

%

30

%









Foreign exchange and other trading revenue

$

151


$

160


$

163


(6)

%

(7)

%

Securities lending revenue

$

40


$

39


$

43


3

%

(7)

%







Metrics:






Average loans

$

34,238


$

32,758


$

35,540


5

%

(4)

%

Average deposits

$

215,388


$

208,044


$

203,416


4

%

6

%







AUC/A at period end (in trillions) (current period is preliminary) (a)

$

37.1


$

35.8


$

33.1


4

%

12

%

Market value of securities on loan at period end (in billions) (b)

$

378


$

362


$

373


4

%

1

%

(a)

Includes the AUC/A of CIBC Mellon Global Securities Services Company ("CIBC Mellon"), a joint venture with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, of $1.5 trillion at Dec. 31, 2019, $1.4 trillion at Sept. 30, 2019 and $1.2 trillion at Dec. 31, 2018.

(b)

Represents the total amount of securities on loan in our agency securities lending program managed by the Investment Services business.  Excludes securities for which BNY Mellon acts as agent on behalf of CIBC Mellon clients, which totaled $60 billion at Dec. 31, 2019, $66 billion at Sept. 30, 2019 and $58 billion at Dec. 31, 2018.

KEY DRIVERS

  • The drivers of the total revenue variances by line of business are indicated below.
    • Asset Servicing - The year-over-year decrease primarily reflects lower net interest revenue and foreign exchange revenue, partially offset by the impact of higher equity markets. The sequential decrease primarily reflects lower net interest revenue.
    • Pershing - The year-over-year increase primarily reflects growth in client assets and accounts, partially offset by lower net interest revenue.
    • Issuer Services - Both decreases primarily reflect lower Depositary Receipts revenue. The year-over-year decrease is partially offset by higher client activity in Corporate Trust. The sequential decrease is partially offset by higher net interest revenue in Corporate Trust.
    • Treasury Services - Year-over-year, higher payment fees were offset by lower net interest revenue. The sequential increase primarily reflects higher net interest revenue and payment fees.
    • Clearance and Collateral Management - The year-over-year increase primarily reflects growth in collateral management and clearance volumes, which were mostly offset by lower net interest revenue. The sequential decrease primarily reflects lower client activity.
  • Noninterest expense increased year-over-year primarily driven by continued investments in technology. The sequential increase primarily reflects higher severance expense, continued investments in technology and higher litigation expense.

 

 INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS  

(dollars in millions, unless otherwise noted; not meaningful - N/M)




4Q19 vs.

4Q19


3Q19


4Q18


3Q19

4Q18

Total revenue by line of business:






Asset Management

$

688


$

605


$

660


14

%

4

%

Wealth Management

287


285


303


1


(5)


Total revenue by line of business

975


890


963


10


1


Provision for credit losses



1


N/M

N/M

Noninterest expense

730


590


715


24


2


Income before taxes

$

245


$

300


$

247


(18)

%

(1)

%







Pre-tax operating margin

25

%

34

%

26

%



Adjusted pre-tax operating margin – Non-GAAP (a)

28

%

38

%

29

%









Metrics:






Average loans

$

16,505


$

16,260


$

16,485


2

%

%

Average deposits

$

15,195


$

14,083


$

14,893


8

%

2

%







AUM (in billions) (current period is preliminary) (b)

$

1,910


$

1,881


$

1,722


2

%

11

%

Wealth Management client assets (in billions) (current period is preliminary) (c)

$

266


$

259


$

239


3

%

11

%

(a)

Net of distribution and servicing expense.  See "Supplemental information – Explanation of GAAP and Non-GAAP financial measures" on page 9 for information on this Non-GAAP measure.

(b)

Excludes securities lending cash management assets and assets managed in the Investment Services business.

(c)

Includes AUM and AUC/A in the Wealth Management business.

KEY DRIVERS

  • The drivers of the total revenue variances by line of business are indicated below.
    • Asset Management - The year-over-year increase primarily reflects higher market values and the impact of hedging activities, partially offset by the cumulative AUM outflows since 4Q18. The sequential increase primarily reflects timing of performance fees, the impact of hedging activities and higher market values.
    • Wealth Management - The year-over-year decrease primarily reflects lower net interest revenue, partially offset by higher market values.
  • Noninterest expense increased year-over-year primarily reflecting higher staff expense. The sequential increase primarily reflects the net reduction of the reserves for tax-related exposure of certain investment management funds recorded in 3Q19 and higher staff expense, including severance expense.

 

OTHER SEGMENT primarily includes leasing operations, certain corporate treasury activities, derivatives, business exits and other corporate revenue and expense items.





(in millions)

4Q19

3Q19

4Q18

Fee revenue

$

836

$

5

$

29

Net securities (losses)

(23)

(1)

Total fee and other revenue

813

4

29

Net interest (expense)

(10)

(80)

(15)

Total revenue (loss)

803

(76)

14

Provision for credit losses

(3)

(1)

(7)

Noninterest expense

73

35

160

Income (loss) before taxes

$

733

$

(110)

$

(139)

KEY DRIVERS

  • Fee revenue, net securities losses and net interest expense include corporate treasury and other investment activity, including hedging activity which offsets between fee revenue and net interest expense. Total revenue increased primarily reflecting the gain on the sale of an equity investment. Net interest expense decreased sequentially primarily reflecting the lease-related impairment of $70 million recorded in 3Q19.
  • Noninterest expense decreased year-over-year primarily reflecting the expenses associated with relocating our corporate headquarters recorded in 4Q18 and lower severance expense. The sequential increase primarily reflects higher severance expense, partially offset by lower other staff expense.

 

NOTABLE ITEMS BY BUSINESS SEGMENT

Notable items by business segment

(in millions)

4Q19


3Q19


4Q18

IS

IM

Other

Total


IS

IM

Other

Total


IS

IM

Other

Total

Fee and other revenue

$

$

$

790

$

790


$

$

$

$


$

$

$

$

Net interest revenue


(70)

(70)


Total revenue

790

790


(70)

(70)


Total noninterest expense

119

16

51

186


(74)

(74)


110

28

131

269

Income (loss) before taxes

$

(119)

$

(16)

$

739

$

604


$

$

74

$

(70)

$

4


$

(110)

$

(28)

$

(131)

$

(269)

IS - Investment Services

IM - Investment Management

 

CAPITAL AND LIQUIDITY

Capital and liquidity ratios

December 31, 2019

Sept. 30,
2019

December 31, 2018

Consolidated regulatory capital ratios: (a)




CET1 ratio

11.5

%

11.1

%

10.7

%

Tier 1 capital ratio

13.6


13.2


12.8


Total capital ratio

14.4


14.0


13.6


Tier 1 leverage ratio

6.6


6.5


6.6


SLR

6.1


6.0


6.0


BNY Mellon shareholders' equity to total assets ratio

10.9

%

11.0

%

11.2

%

BNY Mellon common shareholders' equity to total assets ratio

9.9

%

10.1

%

10.2

%





Average LCR

120

%

117

%

118

%





Book value per common share (b)

$

42.12


$

40.75


$

38.63


Tangible book value per common share – Non-GAAP (b)

$

21.33


$

20.59


$

19.04


Common shares outstanding (in thousands)

900,683


922,199


960,426


(a)

Regulatory capital ratios for Dec. 31, 2019 are preliminary.  For our CET1, Tier 1 capital and Total capital ratios, our effective capital ratios under the U.S. capital rules are the lower of the ratios as calculated under the Standardized and Advanced Approaches, which for the periods noted above was the Advanced Approaches.

(b)

Tangible book value per common shareNon-GAAP excludes goodwill and intangible assets, net of deferred tax liabilities.  See "Supplemental information – Explanation of GAAP and Non-GAAP financial measures" on page 9 for information on this Non-GAAP measure.

CET1 capital totaled $18.5 billion at Dec. 31, 2019, an increase of $333 million compared with Sept. 30, 2019.  The increase primarily reflects capital generated through earnings and foreign currency translation, partially offset by capital deployed through common stock repurchases and dividend payments.

 

NET INTEREST REVENUE

Net interest revenue





4Q19 vs.

(dollars in millions; not meaningful - N/M)

4Q19


3Q19



4Q18


3Q19

4Q18

Net interest revenue

$

815


$

730



$

885


12

%

(8)

%

Add: Tax equivalent adjustment

2


3



4


N/M

N/M

Net interest revenue, on a fully taxable equivalent ("FTE")

basis – Non-GAAP (a)

$

817


$

733



$

889


11

%

(8)

%








Net interest margin

1.09

%

0.99

%

(b)

1.24

%

10

bps

(15)

 bps

Net interest margin (FTE) – Non-GAAP (a)

1.09

%

1.00

%

(b)

1.24

%

9

bps

(15)

 bps

(a)

Net interest revenue (FTE) – Non-GAAP and net interest margin (FTE) – Non-GAAP include the tax equivalent adjustments on tax-exempt income which allows for comparisons of amounts arising from both taxable and tax-exempt sources and is consistent with industry practice.  The adjustment to an FTE basis has no impact on net income.

(b)

The lease-related impairment decreased the net interest margin for 3Q19 by 10 basis points.

bps – basis points.

Net interest revenue decreased year-over-year, primarily reflecting the impact of lower interest rates on the securities portfolio and other interest-earning assets and lower noninterest-bearing deposits.  This was partially offset by the benefit of lower deposit and funding rates and higher interest-bearing deposits.

The sequential increase primarily reflects the lease-related impairment of $70 million recorded in 3Q19, as well as higher deposits and an overall improvement in balance sheet mix.  This was partially offset by the impact of lower rates.

THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON CORPORATION

Condensed Consolidated Income Statement


(in millions)

Quarter ended



Year-to-date

December
31, 2019


Sept. 30,
2019


December
31, 2018



December
31, 2019

December
31, 2018

Fee and other revenue










Investment services fees:










Asset servicing fees

$

1,148


$

1,152


$

1,126



$

4,563


$

4,608

Clearing services fees (a)

421


419


398



1,648


1,616

Issuer services fees

264


324


286



1,130


1,099

Treasury services fees

147


140


139



559


554

Total investment services fees (a)

1,980


2,035


1,949



7,900


7,877

Investment management and performance fees (a)

883


832


884



3,389


3,647

Foreign exchange and other trading revenue

168


150


181



654


732

Financing-related fees

46


49


50



196


207

Distribution and servicing

34


33


35



129


139

Investment and other income

860


30


47



968


240

Total fee revenue

3,971


3,129


3,146



13,236


12,842

Net securities (losses) gains

(25)


(1)




(18)


(48)

Total fee and other revenue

3,946


3,128


3,146



13,218


12,794

Operations of consolidated investment management funds









Investment income

17


4


(24)



57


(12)

Interest of investment management fund note holders


1




1


1

Income from consolidated investment management funds

17


3


(24)



56


(13)

Net interest revenue









Interest revenue

1,721


1,942


1,864



7,548


6,432

Interest expense

906


1,212


979



4,360


2,821

Net interest revenue

815


730


885



3,188


3,611

Total revenue

4,778


3,861


4,007



16,462


16,392

Provision for credit losses

(8)


(16)




(25)


(11)

Noninterest expense









Staff

1,639


1,479


1,602



6,063


6,145

Professional, legal and other purchased services

367


316


383



1,345


1,334

Software and equipment

326


309


300



1,222


1,062

Net occupancy

151


138


196



564


630

Sub-custodian and clearing

119


111


115



450


450

Distribution and servicing

92


97


95



374


406

Business development

65


47


64



213


228

Bank assessment charges

32


31


22



125


170

Amortization of intangible assets

28


30


35



117


180

Other

145


32


175



427


606

Total noninterest expense

2,964


2,590


2,987



10,900


11,211

Income









Income before income taxes

1,822


1,287


1,020



5,587


5,192

Provision for income taxes

373


246


150



1,120


938

Net income

1,449


1,041


870



4,467


4,254

Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests (includes $(9), $(3), $11, $(26) and $12 related to consolidated investment management funds, respectively)

(9)


(3)


11



(26)


12

Net income applicable to shareholders of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation

1,440


1,038


881



4,441


4,266

Preferred stock dividends

(49)


(36)


(49)



(169)


(169)

Net income applicable to common shareholders of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation

$

1,391


$

1,002


$

832



$

4,272


$

4,097

(a)   In 1Q19, we reclassified certain platform-related fees to clearing services fees from investment management and performance fees.  Prior periods have been reclassified.


Earnings per share applicable to the common shareholders of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation

Quarter ended



Year-to-date

 

(in dollars)

December
31, 2019


Sept. 30,
2019


December
31, 2018



December
31, 2019


December
31, 2018

Basic

$

1.52


$

1.07


$

0.84



$

4.53


$

4.06

Diluted

$

1.52


$

1.07


$

0.84



$

4.51


$

4.04

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION – EXPLANATION OF GAAP AND NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

BNY Mellon has included in this Earnings Release certain Non-GAAP financial measures on a tangible basis as a supplement to GAAP information, which exclude goodwill and intangible assets, net of deferred tax liabilities.  BNY Mellon believes that the return on tangible common equity is additional useful information for investors because it presents a measure of those assets that can generate income, and the tangible book value per common share is additional useful information because it presents the level of tangible assets in relation to shares of common stock outstanding.

BNY Mellon has presented revenue measures excluding notable items, including the gain on the sale of an equity investment, a lease-related impairment, the impact of U.S. tax legislation on our investments in renewable energy and investment securities losses related to the sale of certain securities.  Expense measures, excluding notable items, including severance, litigation, a net reduction of reserves for tax-related exposure of certain investment management funds, and expenses associated with the consolidating real estate are also presented.  Litigation expense represents accruals for loss contingencies that are both probable and reasonably estimable, but exclude standard business-related legal fees.  Income before tax measures, excluding the notable items mentioned above, as well the adjustments to provisional estimates for U.S. tax legislation and other changes, are provided.  In addition, operating leverage, operating margins and diluted earnings per share, excluding the notable items impacting revenue, expense and income tax items mentioned above are adjusted to permit investors to view the financial measures on a basis consistent with how management views the businesses.

BNY Mellon has also included the operating margin for the Investment Management business net of distribution and servicing expense that was passed to third parties who distribute or service our managed funds.  BNY Mellon believes that this measure is useful when evaluating the performance of the Investment Management business relative to industry competitors.

For the reconciliations of these Non-GAAP measures, see "Supplemental Information - Explanation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Financial Measures" in the Financial Supplement available at www.bnymellon.com.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT

A number of statements (i) in this Earnings Release, (ii) in our presentations and (iii) in the responses to questions on our conference call discussing our quarterly results and other public events may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 including statements about our capital plans, strategic priorities, financial goals, organic growth, performance, organizational quality and efficiency, investments, including in technology and product development, resiliency, capabilities, revenue, net interest revenue, fees, expenses, cost discipline, sustainable growth, company management, deposits, interest rates and yield curves, securities portfolio, taxes, business opportunities, divestments, volatility, preliminary business metrics and regulatory capital ratios and statements regarding our aspirations, as well as our overall plans, strategies, goals, objectives, expectations, outlooks, estimates, intentions, targets, opportunities, focus and initiatives.  These statements may be expressed in a variety of ways, including the use of future or present tense language.  Words such as "estimate," "forecast," "project," "anticipate," "likely," "target," "expect," "intend," "continue," "seek," "believe," "plan," "goal," "could," "should," "would," "may," "might," "will," "strategy," "synergies," "opportunities," "trends," "future" and words of similar meaning signify forward-looking statements.  These statements and other forward-looking statements contained in other public disclosures of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation which make reference to the cautionary factors described in this Earnings Release are based upon current beliefs and expectations and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties (some of which are beyond BNY Mellon's control).  Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied as a result of these risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the risk factors and other uncertainties set forth in BNY Mellon's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2018 and BNY Mellon's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Preliminary business metrics and regulatory capital ratios are subject to change, possibly materially, as BNY Mellon completes its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2019.  All forward-looking statements in this Earnings Release speak only as of Jan. 16, 2020, and BNY Mellon undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after that date or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

ABOUT BNY MELLON

BNY Mellon is a global investments company dedicated to helping its clients manage and service their financial assets throughout the investment lifecycle.  Whether providing financial services for institutions, corporations or individual investors, BNY Mellon delivers informed investment management and investment services in 35 countries.  As of Dec. 31, 2019, BNY Mellon had $37.1 trillion in assets under custody and/or administration, and $1.9 trillion in assets under management.  BNY Mellon can act as a single point of contact for clients looking to create, trade, hold, manage, service, distribute or restructure investments.  BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK).  Additional information is available on www.bnymellon.com.  Follow us on Twitter @BNYMellon or visit our newsroom at www.bnymellon.com/newsroom for the latest company news.

CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION

Todd Gibbons, interim Chief Executive Officer, and Mike Santomassimo, Chief Financial Officer, will host a conference call and simultaneous live audio webcast at 8:00 a.m. EST on Jan. 16, 2020.  This conference call and audio webcast will include forward-looking statements and may include other material information.

Investors and analysts wishing to access the conference call and audio webcast may do so by dialing (800) 390-5696 (U.S.) or (720) 452-9082 (International), and using the passcode: 807070, or by logging onto www.bnymellon.com/investorrelations.  Earnings materials will be available at www.bnymellon.com/investorrelations beginning at approximately 6:30 a.m. EST on Jan. 16, 2020.  Replays of the conference call and audio webcast will be available beginning Jan. 16, 2020 at approximately 2:00 p.m. EST through Feb. 15, 2020 by dialing (888) 203-1112 (U.S.) or (719) 457-0820 (International), and using the passcode: 5375940.  The archived version of the conference call and audio webcast will also be available at www.bnymellon.com/investorrelations for the same time period.

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