CIBC Announces Fourth Quarter And Fiscal 2009 Results

    
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    CIBC's 2009 audited annual consolidated financial statements and
    accompanying management's discussion & analysis (MD&A) will be available
    today at www.cibc.com, along with the supplementary financial information
    report which includes fourth quarter financial information.
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TORONTO, Dec. 3 /CNW/ - CIBC announced net income of $644 million for the fourth quarter ended October 31, 2009, up from $436 million for the fourth quarter of 2008. Diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.56 and cash diluted EPS of $1.59(1) for the fourth quarter of 2009 compared with diluted EPS of $1.06 and cash diluted EPS of $1.09(1), respectively, for the same period last year.

Return on equity for the fourth quarter ended October 31, 2009 was 22.2%.

CIBC's Tier 1 and total capital ratios strengthened to 12.1% and 16.1% at October 31, 2009, from 10.5% and 15.4% at October 31, 2008.

CIBC's results for the fourth quarter of 2009 were affected by the following items of note aggregating to a positive impact of $0.18 per share:

    
    -   $85 million ($58 million after-tax, or $0.15 per share) gain on
        structured credit run-off activities;
    -   $62 million ($0.16 per share) of favourable tax-related items;
    -   $42 million ($27 million after-tax, or $0.07 per share) of negative
        valuation adjustments; and
    -   $36 million ($25 million after-tax, or $0.06 per share) of
        mark-to-market losses on credit derivatives in CIBC's corporate loan
        hedging program as a result of the narrowing of credit spreads during
        the quarter.
    

CIBC's results for the fourth quarter of 2008 included items of note that aggregated to a negative impact of $0.48 per share.

CIBC's net income of $644 million for the fourth quarter of 2009 compared with net income of $434 million for the third quarter ended July 31, 2009. Diluted EPS of $1.56 and cash diluted EPS of $1.59(1) for the fourth quarter of 2009 compared with diluted EPS of $1.02 and cash diluted EPS of $1.04(1) for the prior quarter, which included items of note that aggregated to a negative impact of $0.32 per share.

For the year ended October 31, 2009, CIBC reported net income of $1.2 billion, diluted EPS of $2.65 and cash diluted EPS of $2.73(1), which included items of note that aggregated to a negative impact of $3.15 per share. These results compared to a net loss of $2.1 billion, a diluted loss per share of $5.89 and a cash diluted loss per share of $5.80(1) for 2008, which included items of note that aggregated to a negative impact of $12.61 per share.

"2009 was a year of progress for CIBC on many fronts," says Gerry McCaughey, CIBC President and Chief Executive Officer. "Against the backdrop of a recessionary economy, our core businesses performed well, we managed down our structured credit and other run-off portfolios, our capital position at year-end is as strong as it has ever been and we continued to exercise expense discipline. As a result of our progress, we are well positioned heading into 2010 where our focus will continue to be on bringing value to all of our clients and furthering our strategic imperative of delivering consistent and sustainable performance for all of our stakeholders."

Update on CIBC's business priorities

Business strength

CIBC Retail Markets reported net income in 2009 of $1.9 billion, down from $2.3 billion in 2008, primarily due to higher net credit losses within the consumer credit card portfolio as a result of the deteriorating economic environment in Canada.

While managing the balance between growth and risk during a difficult economic environment, CIBC's retail business made significant investments in 2009 that position the business well for future growth:

    
    -   As part of our overall focus on the client experience and making it
        easier for clients to do business with us, we opened, relocated or
        expanded 41 branches as part of one of our largest branch investment
        programs on record, while continuing our targeted approach to
        extending evening, Saturday and Sunday hours in our branches;
    -   We continued to upgrade our ABM network with more energy efficient
        machines offering new technology, accessibility and security
        features, and sustained our market-leading positions in online and
        telephone banking;
    -   We launched several new products for our clients, including
        chip-enhanced credit cards, tax-free savings accounts, a new
        high-interest savings account and an unlimited business chequing
        account;
    -   We invested in new technology and tools to help our advisors better
        service our client needs and extend our focus in the area of advice;
        and
    -   We launched a national brand television advertising campaign
        featuring CIBC employees and their commitment to providing value to
        our clients.
    

Our retail business continues to hold strong positions in the Canadian market place in most core product lines based on funds managed, including cards where we are the industry leader, residential mortgages and consumer deposits. We also continue to have the second largest combined branch and ABM network, as well as a leading online banking site for consumers.

"2009 was a year of significant, broad-based investment in many key areas of our retail markets business," says McCaughey. "With this focus being carried through to our business plans for 2010, we believe our retail business is well positioned for future growth."

Wholesale Banking reported a net loss of $507 million in 2009 compared with a net loss of $4.2 billion in 2008. These results include items of note of $1.1 billion and $4.5 billion, respectively. The items of note consist primarily of write-downs within the structured credit run-off business, which is managed apart from Wholesale Banking's core and continuing businesses.

"Wholesale Banking exceeded its financial objective set at the end of 2008, which was to deliver annual net income between $300 million and $500 million from its continuing businesses," says McCaughey. "This result reflects progress against the strategy and risk context set forth by the business in 2008, in combination with a better operating environment in 2009."

In 2009, our wholesale banking business continued to demonstrate market leadership in serving our core Canadian clients. We solidified our position as a leading equity trader by both volume and value on the TSX, a marked improvement over previous years. We also maintained strong positions in other core areas such as equity new issues, mergers and acquisitions, foreign exchange and government bond underwriting.

Wholesale Banking has several initiatives that are making positive progress and are well targeted for current market conditions:

    
    -   We separated our corporate lending management and strategy from our
        investment banking activities. Our corporate lending business now
        serves the entire large corporate market in Canada, and supports all
        of our wholesale banking activities; and
    -   We identified securitization and electronic trading as core areas of
        opportunity within Wholesale Banking where we have capacity, industry
        leading capabilities, and supportive market conditions for growth.
    

While investing in our core Wholesale Banking strategy, we continued to actively manage and reduce our structured credit run-off exposure.

We completed several transactions in 2009, including the sale or termination of underlying positions and commutations with financial guarantors. These actions mitigated losses in 2009 and have reduced the potential for future losses and volatility.

Capital strength

While investing in our core retail and wholesale businesses, CIBC has continued to emphasize balance sheet strength.

In our balanced scorecard of financial measures, we have a stated target of maintaining an 8.5% Tier 1 ratio.

At a level of 12.1% at October 31, 2009, our Tier 1 ratio is well above our target and represents one of the highest levels of capital strength among North American banks.

Our capital strength is a clear strategic advantage for CIBC. Beyond providing a prudent cushion for these uncertain times, it supports the investments we need to grow our core businesses and take advantage of future strategic growth opportunities.

Productivity

Productivity has been a strategic priority at CIBC for many years.

In 2009, CIBC achieved its annual expense target for the fourth consecutive year. CIBC's target for the past three years has been to hold non-interest expenses flat relative to annualized 2006 fourth quarter expenses, excluding exited/sold businesses and FirstCaribbean International Bank.

CIBC's strategic productivity target is to maintain a median ratio of non-interest expenses to revenue within CIBC's industry group. While investing in the growth of select businesses, CIBC will continue to adjust its infrastructure support activities for business changes and evolving market conditions.

Review of CIBC's fourth quarter results

Net income of $644 million was up $208 million from the fourth quarter of 2008 and up $210 million from the third quarter of 2009.

Net interest income of $1,419 million was up $42 million from the fourth quarter of 2008, primarily due to volume growth in retail products and lower trading-related interest expenses. Net interest income was up $50 million from the prior quarter, primarily due to lower trading-related interest expenses and volume growth in retail products, partially offset by interest income on tax reassessments in the prior quarter.

Non-interest income of $1,469 million was up $642 million from the fourth quarter of 2008, primarily due to gains in the current quarter in our structured credit run-off business compared to losses in the fourth quarter of 2008, as well as lower merchant banking losses/write-downs. Non-interest income was down $19 million from the prior quarter, primarily due to lower gains in our structured credit run-off business and higher charges related to impairment of available for sale (AFS) securities. These factors were partially offset by lower mark-to-market losses associated with the above noted CIBC corporate loan hedging program.

Provision for credit losses of $424 million was up $202 million from the fourth quarter of 2008, primarily due to higher losses in the cards, unsecured personal lending and corporate lending portfolios. Provision for credit losses was down $123 million from the prior quarter, primarily due to lower losses in these same portfolios.

Non-interest expenses of $1,669 million were down $258 million from the fourth quarter of 2008, primarily due to higher severance accruals in the fourth quarter of 2008. Non-interest expenses were down $30 million from the prior quarter, primarily due to lower performance-related compensation and benefits, as well as lower computer and other equipment costs, partially offset by higher advertising and business development expenses.

An income tax expense of $145 million in the fourth quarter of 2009 compared to an income tax benefit of $384 million a year ago, primarily due to the recognition of $486 million of tax benefit relating to Enron-related litigation settlements in the fourth quarter of 2008. The income tax expense of $145 million in the fourth quarter compared with an income tax expense of $172 million in the prior quarter, primarily due to adjustments related to future tax assets, partly offset by taxes on higher income in the current quarter.

CIBC Retail Markets

CIBC Retail Markets reported net income of $474 million, down $98 million from the fourth quarter of 2008.

Revenue of $2,376 million was up $15 million from the fourth quarter of 2008, primarily due to volume growth and higher lending spreads driven by a wider prime/BA spread, partially offset by lower deposit spreads and lower mortgage net prepayment fees.

Provision for credit losses of $362 million was up $131 million from the fourth quarter of 2008, primarily driven by higher cards losses as a result of the deteriorating economic environment in Canada.

Non-interest expenses of $1,349 million were down $14 million from the fourth quarter of 2008 primarily as a result of lower performance-related compensation and continued effective cost management, partially offset by the impact of the weaker Canadian dollar on FirstCaribbean expenses.

Income tax expense of $185 million was down $4 million from the fourth quarter of 2008, primarily due to a decrease in income, partially offset by a higher effective tax rate.

Wholesale Banking

Wholesale Banking reported net income of $154 million, compared to net income of $86 million for the third quarter of 2009.

Revenue of $483 million in the fourth quarter compared with revenue of $531 million for the third quarter. The decrease in revenue was primarily due to lower revenue from the fixed income trading, debt origination and foreign exchange businesses within Capital Markets, as well as lower revenue from the corporate lending, merchant banking and the U.S. real estate finance businesses within Corporate and Investment Banking, partially offset by higher investment banking advisory fees.

Non-interest expenses of $234 million were down $24 million from the third quarter, primarily due to lower performance-related compensation.

Income tax expense of $13 million was down from an expense of $58 million in the third quarter despite higher pre-tax income, primarily due to an adjustment related to the revaluation of future tax assets.

As at October 31, 2009, the fair value, net of valuation adjustments, of purchased protection from financial guarantor counterparties was $1.5 billion (US$1.4 billion). Market and economic conditions relating to these financial guarantors may change in the future, which could result in significant future losses.

Corporate and Other

Corporate and Other reported net income of $16 million, compared to a net loss of $266 million for the fourth quarter of 2008.

Revenue of $29 million was down $132 million from the fourth quarter of 2008, primarily due to lower foreign exchange gains on repatriation activities.

Non-interest expenses of $86 million were down $190 million from the fourth quarter of 2008, primarily due to lower unallocated severance expenses. The prior year also included higher recoveries related to Stock Appreciation Rights (SARs).

An income tax benefit of $53 million in the fourth quarter of 2009 compared to an income tax expense of $153 million in the fourth quarter of 2008, primarily due to lower income, partially offset by tax adjustments largely due to the revaluation of future tax assets. Tax expenses in 2008 included the impact of repatriation activities.

Medium-term performance targets

CIBC is maintaining the following medium-term financial objectives:

    
    -   Diluted EPS growth of 5%-10%, per annum, on average over the next
        3-5 years;
    -   Return on average common equity of at least 20% through the cycle
        (calculated as net income less preferred share dividends and premium
        on redemptions expressed as a percentage of average common
        shareholders' equity);
    -   Tier 1 ratio and Total capital ratio of 8.5% and 11.5%, respectively;
    -   Business mix of at least 75% retail (as measured by economic
        capital);
    -   Provision for credit losses as a percentage of loans and bankers'
        acceptances (net of reverse repurchase agreements) between 50 and 65
        basis points through the business cycle, measured on a managed
        basis(1);
    -   Ratio of non-interest expenses to total revenue (cash efficiency
        ratio on a taxable equivalent basis(1)) that ranks median within
        CIBC's industry group;
    -   Dividend payout ratio of 40%-50% (common share dividends paid as a
        percentage of net income after preferred share dividends and premium
        on redemptions; and
    -   Total shareholder return (TSR) that exceeds the TSR of the S&P/TSX
        Composite Banks Index (dividends reinvested), both measured on a
        rolling five-year basis.
    

Reinforcing CIBC's strategic direction

The economic data for calendar 2009 from both Canada and the United States is likely to show an improving trend, with the majority of economists and central banks expecting a continuation of that trend through 2010.

However, the outlook for 2010 is not without uncertainty. There are secular changes taking place in the global financial services industry that are evolving. In addition, banking has a capacity to be a very cyclical business.

CIBC's goal is to be strong through the cycle - to be prepared to take advantage of the downturns and manage risk when the market is growing. This consistency has the added value of supporting the Canadian economy and CIBC's clients when they need the bank most. That is why CIBC has remained committed to its strategic imperative of consistent and sustainable performance.

In support of this strategic imperative, CIBC has stated three key priorities:

    
    -   Market leadership in core businesses. CIBC has defined market
        leadership as achieving and maintaining no less than a No. 3
        position, and targeting No. 1 or No. 2.

    -   Balanced and actively-managed business mix. CIBC will grow in certain
        areas where the bank has competitive capabilities and market
        opportunities that can generate sustainable earnings.

    -   Industry-leading fundamentals. CIBC's core businesses will be
        underpinned by strong capital and funding, competitive productivity
        measures, and sound risk management.
    

Making a difference in our communities

As a leader in community investment, CIBC is committed to supporting causes that matter to its clients, its employees and its communities. During the quarter:

    
    -   CIBC celebrated its 13th year as title sponsor of the Canadian Breast
        Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure. More than 170,000 people in
        56 communities across Canada participated in the event, raising over
        $26 million to help create a future without breast cancer. Team CIBC
        fundraising efforts along with the proceeds of the CIBC Pink
        Collection raised more than $3 million in 2009. Team CIBC employees
        from Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver walked 60 km over two days and
        raised over $170,000 during the annual Weekend to End Breast Cancer
        events across Canada this summer. Team CIBC has raised over
        $1 million for this event since 2004.
    -   CIBC and Ivey School of Business celebrated the second year of
        helping accomplished women step back into their careers with
        ReConnect. As the founding sponsor, CIBC is providing $1 million over
        five years to fund the program and offer assistance to ensure access
        to the program for women with financial need.
    -   CIBC presented seven scholarships to children of military parents
        killed while serving the country as part of its $1 million commitment
        to Canada Company, an association of business leaders who advocate
        support for the country's military. The Canada Company Scholarship
        Fund provides $4,000 per year for up to four years to support the
        post-secondary education for children of Canadian Forces members who
        have died on duty while serving in an active role in a military
        mission of the Canadian Forces or reserves since January 2002.
    -   CIBC announced the following donations to support the fight against
        breast cancer: $500,000 gift to create the CIBC Undergraduate
        Bursaries in Nursing for breast cancer studies at McMaster
        University; $150,000 to the Breast Cancer Screening Program of
        Newfoundland and Labrador, and $100,000 to the Breast Health Centre
        at Stratford General Hospital.
    -   CIBC sponsored the two day "Mahautsav" festival in Toronto, North
        America's first ever South Asian indoor festival in celebration of
        the Festival of Lights. This event reinforced CIBC's commitment to
        Canada's South Asian communities and helped to support the
        CIBC Newcomer to Canada Plan.
    

"I want to thank all CIBC employees for their contributions over the past year," says McCaughey. "The leadership, professionalism and dedication they show every day in serving our clients, shareholders and communities is the key to CIBC's ongoing progress."

    
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    (1) For additional information, see the "Non-GAAP measures" section in
        CIBC's 2009 MD&A, available on www.cibc.com.
    

The information below forms a part of this press release.

Nothing in CIBC's corporate website (www.cibc.com) should be considered incorporated herein by reference.

(The board of directors of CIBC reviewed this press release prior to it being issued.)

A NOTE ABOUT FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

From time to time, we make written or oral forward-looking statements within the meaning of certain securities laws, including in this press release, in other filings with Canadian securities regulators or the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and in other communications. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements we make about our operations, business lines, financial condition, risk management, priorities, targets, ongoing objectives, strategies and outlook for 2010 and subsequent periods. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by the words "believe", "expect", "anticipate", "intend", "estimate" and other similar expressions or future or conditional verbs such as "will", "should", "would" and "could". By their nature, these statements require us to make assumptions and are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties that may be general or specific. A variety of factors, many of which are beyond our control, affect our operations, performance and results and could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations expressed in any of our forward-looking statements. These factors include: credit, market, liquidity, strategic, operational, reputation and legal, regulatory and environmental risk; legislative or regulatory developments in the jurisdictions where we operate; amendments to, and interpretations of, risk-based capital guidelines and reporting instructions; the resolution of legal proceedings and related matters; the effect of changes to accounting standards, rules and interpretations; changes in our estimates of reserves and allowances; changes in tax laws; political conditions and developments; the possible effect on our business of international conflicts and the war on terror; natural disasters, public health emergencies, disruptions to public infrastructure and other catastrophic events; reliance on third parties to provide components of our business infrastructure; the accuracy and completeness of information provided to us by clients and counterparties; the failure of third parties to comply with their obligations to us and our affiliates; intensifying competition from established competitors and new entrants in the financial services industry; technological change; global capital market activity; changes in monetary and economic policy; currency value fluctuations; general economic conditions worldwide, as well as in Canada, the U.S. and other countries where we have operations; changes in market rates and prices which may adversely affect the value of financial products; our success in developing and introducing new products and services, expanding existing distribution channels, developing new distribution channels and realizing increased revenue from these channels; changes in client spending and saving habits; our ability to attract and retain key employees and executives; and our ability to anticipate and manage the risks associated with these factors. This list is not exhaustive of the factors that may affect any of our forward-looking statements. These and other factors should be considered carefully and readers should not place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. We do not undertake to update any forward-looking statement that is contained in this press release or in other communications except as required by law.

    
                     FOURTH QUARTER FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

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                                      As at or for the      As at or for the
                                    three months ended            year ended
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                            2009       2009       2008       2009       2008
    Unaudited            Oct. 31    Jul. 31    Oct. 31    Oct. 31    Oct. 31
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    Common share
     information
    Per share
      - basic earnings
         (loss)        $    1.57  $    1.02  $    1.07  $    2.65  $   (5.89)
      - cash basic
         earnings
         (loss)(1)     $    1.59  $    1.04  $    1.09  $    2.74  $   (5.80)
      - diluted
         earnings
         (loss)             1.56       1.02       1.06       2.65      (5.89)
      - cash diluted
         earnings
         (loss)(1)          1.59       1.04       1.09       2.73      (5.80)
      - dividends           0.87       0.87       0.87       3.48       3.48
      - book value         28.96      27.87      29.40      28.96      29.40
    Share price
      - high               69.30      67.20      65.11      69.30      99.81
      - low                60.22      53.02      49.00      37.10      49.00
      - closing            62.00      66.31      54.66      62.00      54.66
    Shares outstanding
     (thousands)
      - average basic    382,793    381,584    380,782    381,677    370,229
      - average diluted  383,987    382,556    381,921    382,442    371,763
      - end of period    383,982    382,657    380,805    383,982    380,805
    Market
     capitalization
     ($ millions)      $  23,807  $  25,374  $  20,815  $  23,807  $  20,815
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    Value measures
    Price to earnings
     multiple (12 month
     trailing)              23.5       31.0        n/m       23.5        n/m
    Dividend yield
     (based on closing
     share price)            5.6%       5.2%       6.3%       5.6%       6.4%
    Dividend payout
     ratio                  55.4%      85.0%      81.6%     131.3%       n/m
    Market value to
     book value ratio       2.14       2.38       1.86       2.14       1.86
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    Financial results
     ($ millions)
    Total revenue      $   2,888  $   2,857  $   2,204  $   9,928  $   3,714
    Provision for
     credit losses           424        547        222      1,649        773
    Non-interest
     expenses              1,669      1,699      1,927      6,660      7,201
    Net income (loss)        644        434        436      1,174     (2,060)
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    Financial measures
    Efficiency ratio        57.8%      59.4%      87.4%      67.1%       n/m
    Cash efficiency
     ratio, taxable
     equivalent basis
     (TEB)(1)               57.3%      59.0%        86%      66.4%       n/m
    Return on equity        22.2%      14.6%      14.8%       9.4%    (19.4)%
    Net interest margin     1.66%      1.59%       1.60%      1.54%     1.51%
    Net interest margin
     on average
     interest-earning
     assets                 1.99%      1.95%       1.90%      1.89%     1.78%
    Return on average
     assets                 0.75%      0.51%      0.51%      0.33%    (0.60)%
    Return on average
     interest-earning
     assets                 0.90%      0.62%      0.60%      0.41%    (0.71)%
    Total shareholder
     return               (5.25)%     25.69%   (10.61)%     21.07%   (43.50)%
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    On- and off-balance
     sheet information
     ($ millions)
    Cash, deposits with
     banks and
     securities        $  84,583  $  84,467  $  88,130  $  84,583  $  88,130
    Loans and
     acceptances         175,609    172,445    180,323    175,609    180,323
    Total assets         335,944    335,917    353,930    335,944    353,930
    Deposits             223,117    214,227    232,952    223,117    232,952
    Common shareholders'
     equity               11,119     10,664     11,200     11,119     11,200
    Average assets       339,197    340,661    342,621    350,706    344,865
    Average interest-
     earning assets      282,678    277,919    288,544    285,563    292,159
    Average common
     shareholders'
     equity               10,718     10,601     10,896     10,731     11,261
    Assets under
     administration    1,135,539  1,160,473  1,047,326  1,135,539  1,047,326
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    Balance sheet
     quality measures
    Common equity to
     risk-weighted
     assets                  9.5%       9.2%       9.5%       9.5%       9.5%
    Risk-weighted
     assets
     ($ billions)      $   117.3  $   115.4  $   117.9  $   117.3  $   117.9
    Tier 1 capital
     ratio                  12.1%      12.0%      10.5%      12.1%      10.5%
    Total capital
     ratio                  16.1%      16.5%      15.4%      16.1%      15.4%
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    Other information
    Retail/wholesale
     ratio(2)             69%/31%    69%/31%    65%/35%    69%/31%    65%/35%
    Full-time equivalent
     employees            41,941     42,474     43,293     41,941     43,293
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    (1) For additional information, see the "Non-GAAP measures" section.
    (2) The ratio represents the amount of capital attributed to the business
        lines as at the end of the period.
    n/m Not meaningful.
    

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