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Royal Bank of Canada reports fourth quarter and record 2016 results

All amounts are in Canadian dollars and are based on our audited Annual and unaudited Interim Consolidated Financial Statements for the year and quarter ended October 31, 2016 and related notes prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Our 2016 Annual Report (which includes our audited annual Consolidated Financial Statements and accompanying Management’s Discussion & Analysis), our 2016 Annual Information Form and our Supplementary Financial Information are available on our website at: http://www.rbc.com/investorrelations.

TORONTO, November 30, 2016 - Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) today reported record net income of $10,458 million for the year ended October 31, 2016, up $432 million or 4% from a year ago. Results were driven by strong results in Wealth Management, which includes City National Bank (City National), and higher earnings in Insurance, which includes the Q3/16 gain on the sale of our home and auto insurance manufacturing business. Solid results in Personal & Commercial Banking and record earnings in Investor & Treasury Services also contributed to the increase. These factors were partially offset by lower earnings in Capital Markets. Our performance also benefited from our ongoing efficiency management activities. In addition, our provision for credit losses (PCL) ratio of 0.29% was up 5 basis points (bps) primarily as a result of the low oil price environment.

As of October 31, 2016, our capital position was strong, with a Basel III Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) of 10.8%. In 2016, we increased our quarterly dividend twice, for an annual dividend increase of 5%.

“We reported record earnings of $10.5 billion in 2016, driven by the strength of our diversified business model which is focused on our clients and their success. I’m pleased with our performance, which also reflects the successful integration of City National and our commitment to cost and risk management discipline,” said Dave McKay, RBC President and CEO. “Looking ahead, while the industry faces headwinds and an accelerating pace of change, we believe we are well positioned to deliver long-term shareholder value by leveraging innovation, our values-based culture which supports strong client relationships, and prudent capital and risk management.”

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