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RBC to change presentation of certain financial information related to IFRS 9 accounting rules

TORONTO, February 9, 2018 - Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) released today a proposed template of our Supplemental Financial Information package, reflecting the impact of the adoption of International Financial Reporting Standard 9, Financial Instruments (IFRS 9).

This proposed template is available on our Investor Relations website to help readers better understand our financial disclosure regarding the impact of these accounting rule changes.

As previously disclosed in our 2017 Annual Report, RBC adopted IFRS 9 on November 1, 2017. Under transition provisions of IFRS 9, RBC elected not to restate comparative period results. Accordingly, all comparative period information will be presented in accordance with its previous accounting policies under IAS 39, as described in the 2017 Annual Report (Note 2).

It is possible that the Supplemental Financial Information package for the first quarter of 2018 may reflect further refinements. RBC expects to provide more information on the impact of IFRS 9 in its Report to Shareholders for the first quarter of 2018, which will be available on February 23.


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