Royal Bank Q4 net income up 15 per cent to hit record $12.4B net income for 2017

Royal Bank Q4 net income up 15 per cent to hit record $12.4B net income for 2017
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TORONTO — Royal Bank of Canada reported fourth-quarter net income of $3.25 billion up from $2.84 billion a year ago to mark a new record annual profit of $12.4 billion.

The Toronto-based bank’s latest results were driven by strong performances in its personal and commercial banking, capital markets, wealth management and insurance.

The bank’s profit for the three-month period ended Oct. 31 amounted to $2.20 per diluted share, up from $1.88 per share a year ago.

On an adjusted cash basis, the bank says it earned $2.24 per share, up from $1.92 in the same period in 2017.

Analysts on average had expected earnings per share of $2.12, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.

For its full financial year, Canada’s biggest lender by market capitalization reported net income of $12.4 billion up roughly eight per cent from $11.5 billion in  2017.

“Our diversified business and geographic mix delivered good revenue growth, while we prudently managed risk and delivered a premium return on equity,” Dave McKay, RBC president and CEO, said in a statement.

“Looking ahead, we remain focused on investing in our people and technology, and offering more personalized insights and connectivity to deliver more value for both our clients and shareholders.”

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