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Royal Bank of Canada reports fourth quarter and 2019 results

TORONTO, December 4, 2019 - Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) today reported record net income of $12,871 million for the year ended October 31, 2019, up $440 million or 4% from the prior year, with diluted EPS growth of 5%. Results reflected strong earnings growth in Personal & Commercial Banking and Wealth Management as we continued to leverage our scale and unique client value proposition to drive strong client-driven volumes. Solid results in Insurance were mainly driven by the impact of new longevity reinsurance contracts. These were partially offset by lower earnings in Investor & Treasury Services, primarily due to lower funding and liquidity revenue and severance and related costs associated with repositioning of the business, and in Capital Markets, due to a challenging market environment. Our results also reflect an increase due to foreign exchange translation. Provisions for credit losses (PCL) ratio on loans of 31 basis points (bps) increased by 8 bps from the prior year and the PCL on impaired loans ratio was 27 bps.

Our capital position remained robust with a Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) ratio of 12.1%, up 60 bps from the prior year. In addition, we increased our quarterly dividend twice during 2019, for an annual dividend increase of 8%. In 2019, we repurchased 10.3 million shares for $1 billion.