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Royal Bank of Canada reports fourth quarter and 2018 results

TORONTO, November 28, 2018 - Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) today reported record net income of $12,431 million for the year ended October 31, 2018, up $962 million or 8% from the prior year, with double-digit diluted EPS growth of 11%. Strong earnings growth in Personal & Commercial Banking and Wealth Management reflected benefits from higher Canadian and U.S. interest rates and solid volume growth. Strong Capital Markets earnings were driven by a lower effective tax rate and higher revenue in Corporate and Investment Banking, and higher Insurance earnings were largely driven by favourable investment-related experience. Investor & Treasury Services results were solid. Credit quality was stable with provision for credit losses (PCL) on impaired loans ratio of 20 basis points (bps) and total PCL ratio on loans of 23 bps.

As of October 31, 2018, our Basel III Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) ratio was 11.5%, up 60 bps from the prior year. In addition, we increased our quarterly dividend twice during 2018, for an annual dividend increase of 8%.