TORONTO, May 2, 2013 /CNW/ - For the second consecutive year, CIBC (TSX: CM) (NYSE: CM) has been ranked as the strongest bank in Canada,
strongest in North America and third strongest in the world by
Bloomberg Markets. This is the third consecutive year CIBC has been
recognized among the world's strongest banks.
"Being ranked as the strongest bank in North America for two consecutive
years reflects our strategy of being a lower risk bank that generates
consistent and sustainable earnings over the long term, while achieving
strategic growth," said Gerry McCaughey, President and Chief Executive
In compiling the annual rankings, Bloomberg examined risk factors and
capital levels by looking at the quality of the banks' holdings and
ranked them based on five key criteria: Tier 1 capital to risk-weighted
assets; non-performing assets to total assets; loan-loss reserves to
non-performing assets; stability, measured in terms of the ratio of
deposits to funding; and efficiency (costs to revenue). Bloomberg's
global study is based on banks with more than $100-billion (U.S.) worth
In addition, Bloomberg announced late last week that CIBC generated the
best risk-adjusted returns among Canada's six-largest lenders in the
past 12 months. CIBC returned 1.18 per cent in the past year, ahead of
Bank of Montreal's 1.16 per cent risk-adjusted return and six times
that of Toronto-Dominion Bank, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
CIBC also outperformed Bank of Nova Scotia and Royal Bank of Canada,
whose risk-adjusted returns were both 0.72 per cent, and the 0.2 per
cent gain by National Bank of Canada.
"In 2012, CIBC delivered solid performance with net income of $3.3
billion, a 14 per cent increase over the prior year," added Mr.
McCaughey. "Our return on equity was 22.0 per cent and we maintained a
strong capital position with a tier 1 ratio of 13.8 per cent, keeping
us in the leading position among Canadian banks." Bloomberg is a
global business and financial information service that provides data,
news and analytics to organizations globally.
CIBC is a leading North American financial institution with nearly 11
million personal banking and business clients. CIBC offers a full range
of products and services through its comprehensive electronic banking
network, branches and offices across Canada, and has offices in the
United States and around the world. You can find other news releases
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