RBC Dain Rauscher to acquire J.B. Hanauer & Co.
Expands presence in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida
MINNEAPOLIS, MN and PARSIPPANY, NJ, March 13, 2007 -
RBC Dain Rauscher, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Royal
Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE), and New Jersey-based
J.B. Hanauer & Co. today announced the signing of a definitive
agreement pursuant to which RBC Dain Rauscher Inc. will acquire
The details of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquisition
is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval
by U.S. and Canadian regulators and by J.B. Hanauer shareholders.
The transaction is expected to be completed in May 2007.
J.B. Hanauer, a privately held, employee-owned financial
services firm, specializes in retail fixed income and wealth
management services. It runs five offices in three states
with slightly more than 300 employees and close to $10 billion
in assets under administration.
J.B. Hanauer represents a strong strategic and cultural
fit for our firm, significantly expanding our presence in
New Jersey, Florida and Pennsylvania -- all important markets
for us, said John Taft, chief executive officer of RBC
Dain Rauscher. Our success comes from superior customer
service delivered by some of the finest financial consultants
in the industry. We enhanced that capability today,
J.B. Hanauer has a 76-year history of providing clients
with outstanding investment service, said Barry H. Zucker,
president and CEO of J.B. Hanauer. Now, with the financial
strength and full backing of RBC Dain Rauscher, we will be
able to serve them even better. RBC Dain Rauscher is an outstanding
organization that we will be proud to be part of as we continue
The acquisition of J.B. Hanauer demonstrates RBCs
continued commitment to expansion in the U.S., added
Taft. In 2006, RBC expanded in the U.S. through a number of
acquisitions, including Flag Financial Corporation based in
Atlanta; Carlin Financial Group of New York; Daniels &
Co. of Denver; and American Guaranty & Trust of Wilmington,
In addition to RBC Dain Rauscher, RBCs U.S. operations
include: RBC Centura, a personal and business bank based in
Raleigh, N.C.; RBC Insurance, a national provider of insurance
protection and asset accumulation solutions based in Greenville,
S.C.; RBC Capital Markets, with corporate and investment banking
operations in New York, Minneapolis, Greenwich and other select
U.S. locations; and Global Private Banking with offices in
New York, Miami, Houston and San Francisco.
About J.B. Hanauer & Co.
J.B. Hanauer & Co. is a full-service brokerage firm with more than 300 employees, serving clients nationally from five offices located in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida. As one of the nationís premier fixed-income investment specialists, the firm maintains a focus on building and preserving wealth for individual investors and has
$10 billion in assets under management. Since its founding in 1931, the firm has operated independently and under the same name.
About RBC Dain Rauscher
RBC Dain Rauscher Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada (RY: TSX, NYSE), is one of the nationís largest full-service securities firms. The company serves individual investors and businesses through offices coast to coast, and capital markets and correspondent clients in select U.S. and international markets. Founded in 1909, RBC Dain Rauscher is a member of the New York Stock Exchange and other major securities exchanges, as well as the Securities Investor Protection Corp. RBC Dain Rauscher is part of RBCís Wealth Management segment, which directly serves affluent and high net worth clients in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia, provides asset management and trust services through RBC and third-party distributors and has approximately $500 billion of assets under administration, 3,500 financial advisors and more than $130 billion of assets under management.
Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) and its subsidiaries
operate under the master brand name of RBC. We are Canadaís
largest bank as measured by assets and market capitalization
and one of North Americaís leading diversified financial services
companies. We provide personal and commercial banking, wealth
management services, insurance, corporate and investment banking
and transaction processing services on a global basis. Its
corporate support team enables business growth with expert
professional advice and state-of-the art processes and technology.
The company employs approximately 70,000 full- and part-time
employees who serve more than 14 million personal, business,
public sector and institutional clients throughout offices
in North America and 34 countries around the world. For more
information, please visit www.rbc.com.
John Bousquet, RBC Dain Rauscher, (612) 371-2225
Beja Rodeck, RBC, (416) 974-5506
J.B. Hanauer & Co.
Rick Matthews, Rubenstein Communications Inc.,
Howard Cannon, Rubenstein Communications Inc.,
Marcia Moffat, RBC, (416) 955-7803
Dave Mun, RBC, (416) 955-7808
For general investor relations information please visit: www.rbc.com/investorrelations.
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deemed to be forward-looking statements under certain securities
laws, including the safe harbor provisions of
the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
of 1995 and in any applicable Canadian securities legislation,
and Royal Bank of Canada and J.B. Hanauer & Co. intend
that such forward-looking statements be subject to the safe-harbor
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By their very nature, forward-looking statements involve
numerous assumptions, and inherent risks and uncertainties,
both general and specific, and risks exist that predictions,
forecasts, projections and other forward-looking statements,
including statements about the proposed acquisition of J.B.
Hanauer & Co. by RBC Dain Rauscher, will not be achieved.
We caution readers not to place undue reliance on these statements
as a number of important factors could cause our actual results
to differ materially from the beliefs, plans, objectives,
expectations, anticipations, estimates and intentions expressed
in such forward-looking statements. These factors include,
but are not limited to the possibility that the proposed transaction
does not close when expected or at all because required regulatory,
shareholder or other approvals are not received or other conditions
to the closing are not satisfied on a timely basis or at all,
that the RBC Dain Rauscher and J.B. Hanauer & Co. may
be required to modify the terms and conditions of the proposed
transaction to achieve regulatory approval, or that the anticipated
benefits of the transaction are not realized as a result of
such things as the strength of the economy and competitive
factors in the areas where J.B. Hanauer & Co. does business;
the impact of changes in the laws and regulations regulating
financial services and enforcement thereof (including banking,
insurance and securities); judicial judgments and legal proceedings;
RBC Dain Rauschers ability to complete the acquisition
of J.B. Hanauer & Co. and to integrate it with RBC Dain
Rauscher successfully; reputational risks, and other factors
that may affect future results of RBC Dain Rauscher and J.B.
Hanauer & Co. including changes in trade policies, timely
development and introduction of new products and services,
changes in tax laws, and technological and regulatory changes.
We caution that the foregoing list of important factors is
RBC and J.B. Hanauer & Co. assume no obligation to update
the forward-looking statements contained in this press release.