Filed Pursuant to Rule 433
Registration No. 333-180488
Subject to Completion
Preliminary Term Sheet dated March 19, 2013
The notes are being issued by Bank of America Corporation (BAC). There are important differences between the notes and a conventional debt security, including different investment risks and certain additional costs. See Risk Factors and Additional Risk Factors beginning on page TS-6 of this term sheet and Risk Factors beginning on page S-10 of product supplement ARN-4.
The estimated initial value of the notes at the time the terms of the notes are set will be less than the public offering price. See Summary on the following page, Risk Factors on page TS-6 of this term sheet and Structuring the Notes on page TS-13 of this term sheet for additional information. The actual value of your notes at any time will reflect many factors and cannot be predicted with accuracy.
None of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC), any state securities commission, or any other regulatory body has approved or disapproved of these securities or determined if this Note Prospectus (as defined below) is truthful or complete. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.
Public offering price (1) (2)
Underwriting discount (1) (2)
Proceeds, before expenses, to BAC
For any purchase of 500,000 units or more in a single transaction by an individual investor, the public offering price and the underwriting discount will be $9.95 per unit and $0.15 per unit, respectively.
For any purchase by certain fee-based trusts and discretionary accounts managed by U.S. Trust operating through Bank of America, N.A., the public offering price and underwriting discount will be $9.80 per unit and $0.00 per unit, respectively.
|Are Not FDIC Insured||Are Not Bank Guaranteed||May Lose Value|
Merrill Lynch & Co.
March , 2013
$10 principal amount per unit
Pricing Date* March , 2013
Settlement Date* April , 2013
Maturity Date* June , 2014
*Subject to change based on the actual date the notes are priced for initial sale to the public (the pricing date)
Accelerated Return Notes® Linked to the Merrill Lynch Commodity index eXtraSM Energy Excess Return
Maturity of approximately 14 months
3-to-1 upside exposure to increases in the Index, subject to a capped return of [10% to 14%]
1-to-1 downside exposure to decreases in the Index, with 100% of your investment at risk
All payments occur at maturity and are subject to the credit risk of Bank of America Corporation
No periodic interest payments
Limited secondary market liquidity, with no exchange listing
Accelerated Return Notes®
The Accelerated Return Notes® Linked to the Merrill Lynch Commodity index eXtraSM Energy Excess Return, due June , 2014 (the notes) are our senior unsecured debt securities. The notes are not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or secured by collateral. The notes will rank equally with all of our other unsecured and unsubordinated debt. Any payments due on the notes, including any repayment of principal, will be subject to the credit risk of BAC. The notes provide you a leveraged return, subject to a cap, if the Ending Value of the Market Measure, which is the Merrill Lynch Commodity index eXtraSM Energy Excess Return (the Index), is greater than its Starting Value. If the Ending Value is less than the Starting Value, you will lose all or a portion of the principal amount of your notes. The amount you receive at maturity will be calculated based on the $10 Original Offering Price per unit and the performance of the Index. See Terms of the Notes below.
Payments on the notes depend on our credit risk and on the performance of the Index. The economic terms of the notes (including the Capped Value) are based on the rate we would pay to borrow funds through the issuance of market-linked notes and the terms of certain related hedging arrangements. The implied borrowing rate for market-linked notes is typically lower than the rate we would pay when we issue conventional fixed or floating rate debt securities. This difference in borrowing rate, as well as the underwriting discount and the hedging related charge described below, will reduce the economic terms of the notes to you and the estimated initial value of the notes.
Due to these factors, the public offering price you pay to purchase the notes will be greater than the estimated initial value of the notes determined immediately at the time the terms of the notes are set. This estimated initial value is expected to be between $9.67 and $9.70 per unit. The estimated initial value will be calculated shortly before pricing and will be set forth in the final term sheet made available to investors in the notes. For more information about the estimated initial value and the structuring of the notes, see Structuring the Notes on page TS-13.
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The terms and risks of the notes are contained in this term sheet and in the following:
Product supplement ARN-4 dated April 2, 2012:
Series L MTN prospectus supplement dated March 30, 2012 and prospectus dated March 30, 2012:
These documents (together, the Note Prospectus) have been filed as part of a registration statement with the SEC, which may, without cost, be accessed on the SEC website as indicated above or obtained from MLPF&S by calling 1-866-500-5408. Before you invest, you should read the Note Prospectus, including this term sheet, for information about us and this offering. Any prior or contemporaneous oral statements and any other written materials you may have received are superseded by the Note Prospectus. Capitalized terms used but not defined in this term sheet have the meanings set forth in product supplement ARN-4. Unless otherwise indicated or unless the context requires otherwise, all references in this document to we, us, our, or similar references are to BAC.
We urge you to consult your investment, legal, tax, accounting, and other advisors before you invest in the notes.
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Hypothetical Payout Profile and Examples of Payments at Maturity
The below graph is based on hypothetical numbers and values.
This graph reflects the returns on the notes, based on the Participation Rate of 300% and a Capped Value of $11.20, the midpoint of the Capped Value range of [$11.00 to $11.40]. The green line reflects the returns on the notes, while the dotted gray line reflects the returns of a direct investment in the components of the Index.
This graph has been prepared for purposes of illustration only.
The following table and examples are for purposes of illustration only. They are based on hypothetical values and show hypothetical returns on the notes. They illustrate the calculation of the Redemption Amount and total rate of return based on a hypothetical Starting Value of 100, the Participation Rate of 300%, a Capped Value of $11.20 per unit and a range of hypothetical Ending Values. The actual amount you receive and the resulting total rate of return will depend on the actual Starting Value, Ending Value, Capped Value, and whether you hold the notes to maturity. The following examples do not take into account any tax consequences from investing in the notes.
For recent actual levels of the Market Measure, see The Index section below. In addition, all payments on the notes are subject to issuer credit risk.
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The hypothetical Starting Value of 100 used in these examples has been chosen for illustrative purposes only, and does not represent a likely actual Starting Value for the Market Measure.
The Redemption Amount per unit cannot exceed the hypothetical Capped Value.
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Redemption Amount Calculation Examples
The Ending Value is 80.00, or 80.00% of the Starting Value:
Starting Value: 100.00
Ending Value: 80.00
|(||80||)||= $8.00 Redemption Amount per unit|
The Ending Value is 102.00, or 102.00% of the Starting Value:
Starting Value: 100.00
Ending Value: 102.00
|[||$10 × 300% ×||(||102 100||)||]||= $10.60 Redemption Amount per unit|
The Ending Value is 130.00, or 130.00% of the Starting Value:
Starting Value: 100.00
Ending Value: 130.00
|[||$10 × 300% ×||(||130 100||)||]||= $19.00, however, because the Redemption Amount for the notes cannot exceed the Capped Value, the Redemption Amount will be $11.20 per unit|
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There are important differences between the notes and a conventional debt security. An investment in the notes involves significant risks, including those listed below. You should carefully review the more detailed explanation of risks relating to the notes in the Risk Factors sections beginning on page S-10 of product supplement ARN-4, page S-5 of the MTN prospectus supplement, and page 8 of the prospectus identified above under Summary. We also urge you to consult your investment, legal, tax, accounting, and other advisors before you invest in the notes.
Depending on the performance of the Index as measured shortly before the maturity date, your investment may result in a loss; there is no guaranteed return of principal.
Your return on the notes may be less than the yield you could earn by owning a conventional fixed or floating rate debt security of comparable maturity.
Payments on the notes are subject to our credit risk, and actual or perceived changes in our creditworthiness are expected to affect the value of the notes. If we become insolvent or are unable to pay our obligations, you may lose your entire investment.
Your investment return, if any, is limited to the return represented by the Capped Value and may be less than a comparable investment directly in the components of the Index.
The public offering price you pay for the notes will exceed their estimated initial value. The estimated initial value of the notes that will be provided in the final term sheet is an estimate only, calculated to reflect the costs and charges included in the notes and the implied borrowing rate at the time the terms of the notes are set, and is provided for informational purposes only. The estimated initial value does not represent a minimum price at which we, MLPF&S or any of our affiliates would be willing to purchase your notes in any secondary market (if any exists) at any time. The value of your notes at any time after issuance will vary based on many factors, including changes in market conditions, and cannot be predicted with accuracy.
A trading market is not expected to develop for the notes. Neither we nor MLPF&S is obligated to make a market for, or to repurchase, the notes. There is no assurance that any party will be willing to purchase your notes at any price in any secondary market.
If you attempt to sell the notes prior to maturity, their market value may be lower than the price you paid for them and lower than their estimated initial value. This is due to, among other things, changes in the level of the Index, the implied borrowing rate we pay to issue market-linked notes, and the inclusion in the public offering price of the underwriting discount and the hedging related charge, all as further described in Structuring the Notes on page TS-13. These factors, together with various credit, market and economic factors over the term of the notes, are expected to reduce the price at which you may be able to sell the notes in any secondary market and will affect the value of the notes in complex and unpredictable ways.
Our business activities as a full service financial institution, including our commercial and investment banking activities, our hedging and trading activities (including trades in components included in the Index) and any hedging and trading activities we engage in for our clients accounts, may affect the market value and return of the notes and may create conflicts of interest with you.
Ownership of the notes will not entitle you to any rights with respect to the commodities or futures contracts included in, or tracked by, the Index.
The notes will not be regulated by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Suspensions or disruptions of market trading in the commodities or futures contracts included in, or tracked by, the Index may adversely affect the value of the notes.
There may be potential conflicts of interest involving the calculation agent. We have the right to appoint and remove the calculation agent.
The U.S. federal income tax consequences of the notes are uncertain, and may be adverse to a holder of the notes. See Summary Tax Consequences below and U.S. Federal Income Tax Summary beginning on page S-45 of product supplement ARN-4.
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Additional Risk Factors
There is no assurance that the methodology of the Index will result in the Index accurately reflecting the market performance of futures contracts for energy commodities.
The methodology and criteria used to determine the composition of the Index, the weights of the Index Components (as defined below), and the calculation of the level of the Index are designed to enable the Index to serve as a measure of the performance of the energy commodity market. It is possible that the methodology and criteria of the Index will not accurately reflect the performance of these commodities and that the trading of, or investments in, products based on or related to the Index, such as the notes, will not correlate with that performance.
The Index tracks commodity futures contracts and does not track the spot prices of the Index Commodities.
The Index is composed of exchange-traded futures contracts (the Index Components) on physical energy commodities (the Index Commodities). Unlike equities, which typically entitle the holder to a continuing stake in a corporation, a commodity futures contract is typically an agreement to buy a set amount of an underlying physical commodity at a predetermined price during a stated delivery period. A futures contract reflects the expected value of the underlying physical commodity upon delivery in the future. In contrast, the underlying physical commoditys current or spot price reflects the immediate delivery value of the commodity.
The notes are linked to the Index and not to the spot prices of the Index Commodities. An investment in the notes is not the same as buying and holding the Index Commodities. While price movements in the Index Components may correlate with changes in the spot prices of the Index Commodities, the correlation will not be perfect and price movements in the spot markets for the Index Commodities may not be reflected in the futures market (and vice versa). Accordingly, an increase in the spot prices of the Index Commodities may not result in an increase in the prices of the Index Components or the level of the Index. The prices of the Index Components and the level of the Index may decrease while the spot prices for the Index Commodities remain stable or increase, or do not decrease to the same extent.
Higher future prices of the Index Components relative to their current prices may have a negative effect on the level of the Index, and therefore the value of the notes.
Commodity indices generally reflect movements in commodity prices by measuring the value of futures contracts for the applicable commodities. To maintain the Index, as futures contracts approach expiration, they are replaced by similar contracts that have a later expiration. This process is referred to as rolling. The level of the Index is calculated as if the expiring futures contracts are sold and the proceeds from those sales are used to purchase longer-dated futures contracts. The difference in the price between the contracts that are sold and the new contracts for more distant delivery that are purchased is called roll yield.
If the expiring futures contract included in the Index is rolled into a less expensive futures contract with a more distant delivery date, the market for that futures contract is trading in backwardation. In this case, the effect of the roll yield on the level of the Index will be positive because it costs less to replace the expiring futures contract. However, if the expiring futures contract included in the Index is rolled into a more expensive futures contract with a more distant delivery date, the market for that futures contract is trading in contango. In this case, the effect of the roll yield on the level of the Index will be negative because it will cost more to replace the expiring futures contract.
There is no indication that the markets for the Index Components will consistently be in backwardation or that there will be a positive roll yield that increases the level of the Index. If all other factors remain constant, the presence of contango in the market for an Index Component could result in negative roll yield, which could decrease the level of the Index and the value of the notes.
The notes include the risk of concentrated positions in the energy commodity sector.
The Index Commodities underlying the Index Components are concentrated in a single sector, energy. An investment in the notes may therefore carry risks similar to a concentrated investment in the energy sector. Accordingly, a decline in the value of these commodities would adversely affect the level of the Index. By investing in the notes, you will not benefit from the diversification which could result from an investment linked to commodities in multiple sectors.
The prices of energy-related commodities can be volatile as a result of various factors that we cannot control, and this volatility may reduce the value of the notes.
The Index Commodities underlying the Index Components include crude oil and natural gas. Historically, the prices of oil and natural gas prices have been highly volatile. They are affected by numerous factors, including supply and demand, the level of global industrial activity, the driving habits of consumers, political events and policies, regulations, weather, fiscal, monetary and exchange control programs, and, especially, direct government intervention such as embargoes, and supply disruptions in major producing or consuming regions such as the Middle East, the United States, Latin America, and Russia. The outcome of meetings of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries also can affect liquidity and world oil supply and, consequently, the value of oil and oil futures contracts. Market expectations about these events and speculative activity also may cause prices of the Index Commodities to fluctuate unpredictably. If the volatility of the Index Commodities increases or decreases, the value of the notes may be adversely affected. Additionally, the development of substitute products for the Index Commodities could adversely affect the value of the the Index Commodities and the value of the notes.
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Changes in the methodology for determining the composition and calculation of the Index or changes in laws or regulations may affect the value of the notes.
Merrill Lynch Commodities, Inc. (the Index Manager), which is one of our subsidiaries, retains the discretion to modify the methodology for determining the composition and calculation of the level of the Index at any time. The Index Manager reserves the right to modify the methodology and calculation of the Index from time to time, if it believes that modifications are necessary or appropriate. It is possible that certain of these modifications will adversely affect the level of the Index. This may decrease the market value of the notes and the Redemption Amount.
In addition, the values of the Index Components or Index Commodities could be adversely affected by the promulgation of new laws or regulations or by the reinterpretation of existing laws or regulations (including, without limitation, those relating to taxes and duties on commodities or commodity components) by one or more governments, governmental agencies, courts, or other official bodies. Any event of this kind could adversely affect the level of the Index and, as a result, could adversely affect the value of the notes.
The notes are linked to the Merrill Lynch Commodity index eXtraSM Energy - Excess Return (Bloomberg symbol MLCXENER), not the Merrill Lynch Commodity index eXtraSM Energy -Total Return (Bloomberg symbol MLCXENTR).
The notes are linked to the Merrill Lynch Commodity index eXtraSM Energy - Excess Return (Bloomberg symbol MLCXENER), which we refer to in this term sheet as the Index. The Index reflects both price movements as well as roll yields. By comparison, the Merrill Lynch Commodity index eXtraSM Energy - Total Return includes commodity price movements, a roll-return component, and a U.S. Treasury-bill return component to measure fully collateralized commodity futures investment. Because the notes are linked to the Index and not the Merrill Lynch Commodity index eXtraSM Energy - Total Return, the Redemption Amount will not reflect the total return feature.
Additional conflicts of interest may exist.
One of our subsidiaries, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Limited, is the Index Publisher, and another of our subsidiaries, Merrill Lynch Commodities, Inc., is the Index Manager. In certain circumstances, the Index Publishers and the Index Managers roles as our subsidiaries and their responsibilities with respect to the Index could give rise to conflicts of interest. Even though the Index will be calculated in accordance with certain principles, its calculation and maintenance require that certain judgments and decisions be made. The Index Publisher and the Index Manager will be responsible for these judgments and decisions. As a result, the determinations made by the Index Publisher and/or the Index Manager could adversely affect the level of the Index and, accordingly, decrease the Redemption Amount. In making any determination with respect to the Index, neither the Index Publisher nor the Index Manager is required to consider your interests as a holder of the notes.
Further, Merrill Lynch Commodities, Inc. faces a potential conflict of interest between its role as the Index Manager and its active role in trading commodities and derivatives instruments based upon the components of the Index.
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All disclosures contained in this term sheet regarding the Index, including, without limitation, its make up, method of calculation, and changes in its components, have been derived from publicly available sources. The information reflects the policies of, and is subject to change by, the Index Manager and the Index Publisher. The Index Manager and the Index Publisher have no obligation to continue to publish, and may discontinue publication of, the Index. The consequences of the Index Manager and the Index Publisher discontinuing publication of the Index are discussed in the section of product supplement ARN-4 beginning on page S-38 entitled Description of ARNs - Discontinuance of a Market Measure. None of us, the calculation agent, or MLPF&S accepts any responsibility for the calculation, maintenance, or publication of the Index or any successor index.
Merrill Lynch Commodity index eXtraSM Energy Excess Return
The Index (Bloomberg symbol MLCXENER) was launched in March 2008 and is a modified version of the Merrill Lynch Commodity index eXtra (the MLCX), as further described below. The Index differs from the MLCX in that it consists of a limited number of Index Components, and does not track all of the Market Sectors (as defined below) tracked by the MLCX. Instead, the Index provides long-only exposure to exchange-traded futures contracts linked to a limited number of energy Index Commodities. Those contracts are rolled over from 2nd month contracts into 3rd month contracts scheduled for delivery over a 15 business day period each month prior to the month in which a contract expires.
The Index is comprised of the following four Index Components, and their respective weightings for 2013 in the Index (rounded to two decimals) are as follows:
Gasoline - RBOB
The Index is calculated by the Index Publisher based on the official settlement or similar prices for the applicable Index Components. The Index Manager applies the daily percentage change in the prices of the Index Components to the prior trading days level of the Index in order to calculate the current level of the Index. The Index is calculated in the manner described in the MLCX Handbook, as modified to reflect the energy exchange-traded futures contracts and weightings that the Index measures.
Merrill Lynch Commodity index eXtraSM is a service mark of our subsidiary, Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.
The MLCX was created by the Index Manager and the Index Publisher in 2006 and is designed to provide a benchmark for the performance of the commodity market and for investment in commodities as an asset class. The MLCX is comprised of futures contracts on physical commodities. As the exchange traded futures contracts that comprise the MLCX approach the month before expiration, they are replaced by contracts that have later expiration dates. This process is referred to as rolling. The MLCX rolls over a 15-index business day period each month.
The Index Manager constructed the MLCX based primarily on the liquidity of the futures contracts that comprise the MLCX and the value of the global production of each related commodity. The Index Manager believes that these criteria allow the MLCX to reflect the general significance of the commodities (the MLCX Commodities) in the global economy, differentiating between upstream and downstream commodities, with a particular emphasis on downstream commodities (i.e., those that are derived from other commodities represented by the MLCX). The MLCX composition and weights are typically determined once a year and applied once at the start of each year in January. The methodology for determining the composition, weighting, or value of the MLCX and for calculating its level is subject to modification by the Index Manager and the Index Publisher, respectively, at any time. The Index Manager reserves the right to modify the methodology and calculation of the MLCX from time to time, if it believes that modifications are necessary or appropriate.
The MLCX was created using the following four main principles:
1. Liquidity The futures contracts included in the MLCX should be sufficiently liquid to accommodate the level of trading needed to support the MLCX. The selection mechanism is therefore based primarily on liquidity.
2. Weighting The weight of each futures contract in the MLCX should reflect the value of the global production of the related commodity, as a measure of the significance of the commodity in the global economy, with appropriate adjustments to avoid double counting.
3. Market Sectors Each Market Sector should be adequately represented in the MLCX and the weights should be adjusted to maintain the integrity of the Market Sectors.
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4. Rolling Futures contracts that comprise the MLCX are rolled during a fifteen day period to limit the market impact that such contract rolls could have.
The MLCX contains six market sectors identified by the Index Manager: (1) energy; (2) base metals; (3) precious metals; (4) grains & oil seeds; (5) livestock; and (6) soft commodities & others (each a Market Sector). Each Market Sector is represented in the MLCX by a minimum of two and a maximum of four futures contracts, selected based on liquidity.
The Index Manager has selected a set of exchanges, on the basis of liquidity, geographical location, and commodity type (the Selected Exchanges), from which the contracts included in the MLCX will be selected. To be considered for selection, an exchange must be located in a country that is a member of the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development. The exchange must also be a principal trading forum, based on relative liquidity, for U.S. dollar-denominated futures contracts on major physical commodities. The four exchanges currently are: (1) the New York Mercantile Exchange (the NYMEX) (NYMEX and COMEX Divisions); (2) the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (the CME) (CME and Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) Divisions); (3) the London Metals Exchange (the LME); and (4) the ICE Futures exchange (the ICE) (ICE and New York Board of Trade (NYBOT) Divisions).
To be an Eligible Contract, a commodity futures contract must satisfy all of the following requirements:
it must be denominated in U.S. dollars;
it must be based on a physical commodity (or the price of a physical commodity) and provide for cash settlement or physical delivery at a specified time, or during a specified period, in the future;
detailed trading volume data regarding the contract must be available for at least two years prior to the initial inclusion of the contract in the MLCX, provided that the Index Manager may determine to include a contract with less than two years of data;
the contract must have a Total Trading Volume, or TTV (as defined below), of at least 500,000 contracts for each twelve-month period beginning on July 1 and ending on June 30; and
Reference Prices must be publicly available on a daily basis either directly from the Selected Exchange or, if available through an external data vendor, on any day on which the relevant exchange is open for business. Reference Prices are the official settlement or similar prices posted by the relevant Selected Exchange (or its clearinghouse) with respect to a contract and against which positions in such contract are margined or settled.
An Eligible Contract is selected for inclusion in the MLCX only after application of the requirements for a minimum and maximum number of contracts from each Market Sector. A contract that does not otherwise satisfy all of the foregoing requirements may nevertheless be included in the MLCX if the inclusion of the contract is, in the judgment of the Index Manager, necessary or appropriate to maintain the integrity of the MLCX and/or to realize the objectives of the MLCX. Every year, the Index Manager compiles a list of all commodity futures contracts traded on the Selected Exchanges and a list of the Eligible Contracts that satisfy the foregoing criteria. This list will be used to determine the commodities futures contracts which will be included in the MLCX.
The Index Manager distinguishes the Eligible Contracts by their liquidity. Liquidity is measured by a contracts Total Trading Volume (TTV) and the value of that trading volume. The Total Trading Volume with respect to each contract traded on a Selected Exchange is equal to the sum of the daily trading volumes in all expiration months of the contract on each day during the most recent twelve-month period beginning on July 1 and ending on June 30. The Contract Size (CS) is the number of standard physical units of the underlying commodity represented by one contract. For example, the Contract Size of a crude oil futures contract is 1,000 barrels. The Average Reference Price (ARP), which is used to determine the value of the Total Trading Volume, is the average of the Reference Prices of the Front-Month Contract (as defined below) for an MLCX contract on each Trading Day (as defined below) during the twelve-month period beginning on July 1 and ending on June 30 of each year. A Front-Month Contract on any given day is the futures contract expiring on the first available contract expiration month after the date on which the determination is made. A Trading Day means any day on which the relevant Selected Exchange is open for trading. Liquidity (LIQ) is therefore equal to the Total Trading Volume, multiplied by the Contract Size with respect to each contract, multiplied by the Average Reference Price for that contract: LIQ = TTV × CS × ARP.
Once the LIQ is determined, the Eligible Contracts are listed in order of their LIQ, from highest to lowest. Each MLCX Market Sector must be represented by a minimum of two and a maximum of four Eligible Contracts. The MLCX will only include the Eligible Contracts with the greater LIQs. The Redundant Contracts, which are less liquid Eligible Contracts representing the same MLCX commodity, are excluded. For instance, the list of futures contracts that comprise the MLCX includes an Eligible Contract on Brent crude oil but excludes a contract on WTI crude oil as a Redundant Contract.
The selection of Eligible Contracts and determination of the futures contracts that comprise the MLCX occur once a year. The results for the following calendar year will be announced before the first NYMEX Business Day (as defined below) of November. NYMEX Business Day is any day that the NYMEX rules define as a trading day.
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Based on this selection process, the MLCX may include from 12 to 22 commodity futures contracts.
The Index Manager determines the weight of each contract on the basis of the global production value of the related commodity, provided that the contract reflects global prices for that commodity. In some cases, however, the futures contracts that comprise the MLCX only have pricing links to a limited number of markets around the world. For instance, the NYMEX natural gas contract primarily represents the U.S. market and the surrounding North American markets in Canada and Mexico. In addition, some European gas markets, such as the U.K., are developing an increasing link to U.S. natural gas prices through the liquefied natural gas market. As a result, rather than using production of natural gas in the world or in the U.S. to assign a weight to the natural gas contract in the MLCX, the Index Manager has aggregated U.S., Canadian, Mexican, and U.K. natural gas production. Similarly, the Index Manager found that U.S. livestock prices can be affected by local issues such as disease and trade restrictions, so it limited the livestock component of the MLCX to production of cattle and hogs in the United States, instead of using global production weights. Also, certain commodities are derived from other commodities in various forms. For example, gasoline and heating oil are produced from crude oil, and, because livestock feed on corn and other grains, they are to an extent derived from agricultural commodities. To avoid double counting of commodities such as crude oil or grains used as livestock feed, the Index Manager differentiates between upstream and downstream commodities and adjusts the global production quantity of the MLCX Commodities accordingly.
Each MLCX contract is rolled into the next available contract month in advance of the month in which expiration of the contract occurs. The rolling process takes place over a 15-day period during each month prior to the relevant expiration month of each contract, which reduces the impact that the roll might have on the market. The rolling of contracts is effected on the same days for all MLCX contracts, regardless of exchange holiday schedules, emergency closures, or other events that could prevent trading in such contracts, although the Index Manager reserves the right to delay the rolling of a particular contract under extraordinary circumstances. If an MLCX contract is rolled on a day on which the relevant contract is not available for trading, the roll will be effected on the basis of the most recent available settlement price.
The weight of any given Market Sector in the MLCX is capped at 60% of the overall MLCX. A minimum weight of 3% is applicable to each Market Sector. Although the MLCX is designed to reflect the significance of the underlying commodities in the global economy, each Market Sector maintains these limits in an attempt to control for risk.
The weights of the Market Sectors for 2013 are:
|Grains & Oil Seeds||16.37%|
|Soft Commodities & Others||5.74%|
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|Corn||Grains & Oil Seeds||6.15%|
|Wheat||Grains & Oil Seeds||5.37%|
|Soybeans||Grains & Oil Seeds||3.34%|
|Sugar||Soft Commodities & Others||2.81%|
|Cotton||Soft Commodities & Others||1.65%|
|Soybean Oil||Grains & Oil Seeds||1.51%|
|Coffee||Soft Commodities & Others||1.29%|
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The Merrill Lynch Commodity Index Advisory Committee (the Advisory Committee), comprised of individuals internal and external to Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., assists the Index Manager and the Index Publisher in connection with the application of the MLCX principles, advises the Index Manager and the Index Publisher on the administration and operation of the MLCX, and makes recommendations to the Index Manager and the Index Publisher as to any modifications to the MLCX methodology that may be necessary or appropriate. The Advisory Committee meets once a year and may meet more often at the request of the Index Manager and the Index Publisher. The Advisory Committee advises the Index Manager and the Index Publisher with respect to the inclusion or exclusion of any of the exchanges and contracts in the MLCX, any changes to the composition of the MLCX or in the weights of the futures contracts that comprise the MLCX, and any changes to the calculation procedures applicable to the MLCX. The Advisory Committee acts solely in an advisory and consulting capacity. All decisions relating to the composition, weighting, or value of the MLCX are made by the Index Manager and the Index Publisher.
The following graph shows the monthly historical performance of the Index in the period from January 2008 through February 2013. We obtained this historical data from Bloomberg L.P. We have not independently verified the accuracy or completeness of the information obtained from Bloomberg L.P. On March 14, 2013, the closing level of the Index was 659.1734.
This historical data on the Index is not necessarily indicative of the future performance of the Index or what the value of the notes may be. Any historical upward or downward trend in the level of the Index during any period set forth above is not an indication that the level of the Index is more or less likely to increase or decrease at any time over the term of the notes.
Before investing in the notes, you should consult publicly available sources for the levels and trading pattern of the Index.
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Supplement to the Plan of Distribution; Conflicts of Interest
Under our distribution agreement with MLPF&S, MLPF&S will purchase the notes from us as principal at the public offering price indicated on the cover of this term sheet, less the indicated underwriting discount.
MLPF&S, a broker-dealer subsidiary of BAC, is a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) and will participate as selling agent in the distribution of the notes. Accordingly, offerings of the notes will conform to the requirements of Rule 5121 applicable to FINRA members. MLPF&S may not make sales in this offering to any of its discretionary accounts without the prior written approval of the account holder.
We may deliver the notes against payment therefor in New York, New York on a date that is greater than three business days following the pricing date. Under Rule 15c6-1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, trades in the secondary market generally are required to settle in three business days, unless the parties to any such trade expressly agree otherwise. Accordingly, if the initial settlement of the notes occurs more than three business days from the pricing date, purchasers who wish to trade the notes more than three business days prior to the original issue date will be required to specify alternative settlement arrangements to prevent a failed settlement.
The notes will not be listed on any securities exchange. In the original offering of the notes, the notes will be sold in minimum investment amounts of 100 units. If you place an order to purchase the notes, you are consenting to MLPF&S acting as a principal in effecting the transaction for your account.
MLPF&S will not receive an underwriting discount for notes sold to certain fee-based trusts and fee-based discretionary accounts managed by U.S. Trust operating through Bank of America, N.A.
The value of the notes shown on your account statement will be based on MLPF&Ss estimate of the value of the notes if MLPF&S or another of our affiliates were to make a market in the notes, which it is not obligated to do. That estimate will be based upon the price that MLPF&S may pay for the notes in light of then-prevailing market conditions, our creditworthiness and transaction costs. At certain times, this price may be higher than or lower than the estimated initial value of the notes. For a short initial period after the issuance of the notes, at MLPF&Ss discretion, any purchase price paid by MLPF&S in the secondary market may be, in certain circumstances, closer to the amount that you paid for the notes than to their estimated initial value. However, neither we nor any of our affiliates is obligated to purchase your notes at any price, or at a price that exceeds their estimated initial value.
MLPF&S may repurchase and resell the notes, with repurchases and resales being made at prices related to then-prevailing market prices or at negotiated prices, and these will include MLPF&Ss trading commissions and mark-ups. MLPF&S may act as principal or agent in these market-making transactions; however it is not obligated to engage in any such transactions.
Structuring the Notes
The notes are our debt securities, the return on which is linked to the performance of the Index. As is the case for all of our debt securities, including our market-linked notes, the economic terms of the notes reflect our actual or perceived creditworthiness at the time of pricing. In addition, because market-linked notes result in increased operational, funding and liability management costs to us, we typically borrow the funds under these notes at a rate that is more favorable to us than the rate that we might pay for a conventional fixed or floating rate debt security and is generally lower by an amount ranging from 0.25% to 0.50% per annum (equivalent to $0.03 to $0.06 per unit) at the time we commence the offering of our market-linked notes. This generally relatively lower implied borrowing rate, which is reflected in the economic terms of the notes, along with the fees and charges associated with market-linked notes, typically results in the estimated initial value of the notes at the time the terms of the notes are set being less than their public offering price.
At maturity, we are required to pay the Redemption Amount to holders of the notes, which will be calculated based on the performance of the Index and the $10 per unit Original Offering Price. In order to meet these payment obligations, at the time we issue the notes, we may choose to enter into certain hedging arrangements (which may include call options, put options or other derivatives) with MLPF&S or one of its affiliates. The terms of these hedging arrangements are determined based upon terms provided by MLPF&S and its affiliates, and take into account a number of factors, including our creditworthiness, interest rate movements, the volatility of the Index, the tenor of the note and the tenor of the hedging arrangements. The economic terms of the notes depend in part on the terms of these hedging arrangements.
MLPF&S has advised us that the hedging arrangements will include a hedging related charge of approximately $0.075 per unit, reflecting an estimated profit to be credited to MLPF&S from these transactions. Since hedging entails risk and may be influenced by unpredictable market forces, additional profits and losses from these hedging arrangements may be realized by the hedge providers.
The lower implied borrowing rate, the underwriting discount and the hedging-related costs and charges, reduce the economic terms of the notes to you and result in the estimated initial value for the notes (estimated at the time the terms of the notes are set) being less than the public offering price for the notes. For further information, see Risk Factors General Risks Relating to ARNs beginning on page S-10 and Use of Proceeds on page S-22 of product supplement ARN-4.
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Summary Tax Consequences
You should consider the U.S. federal income tax consequences of an investment in the notes, including the following:
There is no statutory, judicial, or administrative authority directly addressing the characterization of the notes.
You agree with us (in the absence of an administrative determination, or judicial ruling to the contrary) to characterize and treat the notes for all tax purposes as a single financial contract with respect to the Index.
Under this characterization and tax treatment of the notes, a U.S. Holder (as defined beginning on page 62 of the prospectus) generally will recognize capital gain or loss upon maturity or upon a sale or exchange of the notes prior to maturity. This capital gain or loss generally will be long-term capital gain or loss if you held the notes for more than one year.
No assurance can be given that the IRS or any court will agree with this characterization and tax treatment.
Withholding and reporting requirements under the legislation enacted on March 18, 2010 (as discussed beginning on page 85 of the prospectus), will generally apply to payments made after December 31, 2013. However, this withholding tax will not be imposed on payments pursuant to obligations outstanding on January 1, 2014. Holders are urged to consult with their own tax advisors regarding the possible implications of this recently enacted legislation on their investment in the notes.
You should consult your own tax advisor concerning the U.S. federal income tax consequences to you of acquiring, owning, and disposing of the notes, as well as any tax consequences arising under the laws of any state, local, foreign, or other tax jurisdiction and the possible effects of changes in U.S. federal or other tax laws. You should review carefully the discussion under the section entitled U.S. Federal Income Tax Summary beginning on page S-45 of product supplement ARN-4.
Where You Can Find More Information
We have filed a registration statement (including a product supplement, a prospectus supplement, and a prospectus) with the SEC for the offering to which this term sheet relates. Before you invest, you should read the Note Prospectus, including this term sheet, and the other documents that we have filed with the SEC, for more complete information about us and this offering. You may get these documents without cost by visiting EDGAR on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, we, any agent, or any dealer participating in this offering will arrange to send you these documents if you so request by calling MLPF&S toll-free at 1-866-500-5408.
Market-Linked Investments Classification
MLPF&S classifies certain market-linked investments (the Market-Linked Investments) into categories, each with different investment characteristics. The following description is meant solely for informational purposes and is not intended to represent any particular Enhanced Return Market-Linked Investment or guarantee any performance.
Enhanced Return Market-Linked Investments are short- to medium-term investments that offer you a way to enhance exposure to a particular market view without taking on a similarly enhanced level of market downside risk. They can be especially effective in a flat to moderately positive market (or, in the case of bearish investments, a flat to moderately negative market). In exchange for the potential to receive better-than market returns on the linked asset, you must generally accept market downside risk and capped upside potential. As these investments are not market downside protected, and do not assure full repayment of principal at maturity, you need to be prepared for the possibility that you may lose all or part of your investment.
Accelerated Return Notes® and ARNs® are our registered service marks.
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