The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE:BK) reported its earnings before opening bell this morning, posting first-quarter losses due to a tax-related charge and missing on operating earnings per share. The bank posted losses of $253 million or 23 cents per common share and earnings per share of 50 cents excluding the tax charge it took during the quarter.

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Analysts were already expecting poor results from the bank, so the report is no shock to investors. Consensus was for earnings of 52 cents per share on revenue of $3.59 billion. The Bank’s revenue fell .9 percent to $3.61 billion—still coming out just ahead of consensus.

The tax charge taken by the bank during the first quarter was $854 million, and it was in connection with a ruling handed down by the U.S. Tax Court. The court ruled in favor of the Internal Revenue Service in a case involving the way the bank used foreign tax credits in 2001 and 2001. The bank plans to appeal and said it expects to be well-capitalized after taking that charge.

The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE:BK) announced a capital plan which includes $1.35 billion in share buybacks, which is a 16 percent increase from the authorization granted by the bank’s board last year. It also announced a 15 percent increase in its quarterly dividend, which will go to 15 cents per share starting in the current quarter.

Shares of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE:BK) rose 1.57 percent in trading on Tuesday and were inactive in pre-market trades as of the moment of this writing.