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Royal Bank of Canada reports second quarter 2020 results

TORONTO, May 27, 2020 - Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) today reported net income of $1,481 million for the quarter ended April 30, 2020, down $1,749 million or 54% from the prior year. Diluted EPS was $1.00, down 55% over the same period. The unprecedented challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic led to increased provision for credit losses of $2,830 million, up $2,404 million from last year. The increased provisions unfavourably impacted results in Personal & Commercial Banking, Capital Markets and Wealth Management. These factors were partially offset by higher earnings in Investor & Treasury Services and Insurance.

Compared to last quarter, net income was down $2,028 million with lower results in Personal & Commercial Banking, Capital Markets and Wealth Management. Earnings in Insurance were relatively flat compared to the prior quarter. These factors were partially offset by higher results in Investor & Treasury Services.

The total PCL ratio on loans was 165 bps, up 139 bps from last quarter as we prudently increased reserves due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The PCL ratio on impaired loans of 37 bps increased 16 bps from last quarter, due to higher PCL on impaired loans mainly in Capital Markets. Our capital position remained robust, with a Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) ratio of 11.7%. We also had a strong average Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR) of 130%.