Royal Bank of Canada announces Preferred Share issue



    TORONTO, Oct. 23 /CNW/ - Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) today
announced a domestic public offering of $200 million of Non-Cumulative, 5 year
rate reset Preferred Shares Series AL.
    The bank will issue 8 million Preferred Shares Series AL priced at
$25 per share and holders will be entitled to receive non-cumulative quarterly
fixed dividend for the initial period ending February 24, 2014 in the amount
of $1.40 per share, to yield 5.60% per cent annually. The bank has granted the
Underwriters an option, exercisable in whole or in part, to purchase up to an
additional 4 million Preferred Shares at the same offering price.
    Subject to regulatory approval, on or after February 24, 2014, the bank
may redeem the Preferred Shares Series AL in whole or in part at par.
Thereafter, the dividend rate will reset every five years at a rate equal to
2.67% over the 5-year Government of Canada bond yield. Holders of Preferred
Shares Series AL will, subject to certain conditions, have the right to
convert all or any part of their shares to non-cumulative floating rate
preferred shares Series AM (the "Preferred Shares Series AM") on February 24,
2014 and on February 24 every five years thereafter.
    Holders of the Preferred Shares Series AM will be entitled to receive a
non-cumulative quarterly floating dividend at a rate equal to the 3-month
Government of Canada Treasury Bill yield plus 2.67%. Holders of Preferred
Shares Series AM will, subject to certain conditions, have the right to
convert all or any part of their shares to Preferred Shares Series AL on
February 24, 2019 and on February 24 every five years thereafter.
    The offering will be underwritten by a syndicate led by RBC Capital
Markets. The expected closing date is November 3, 2008.
    This issuance is part of RBC's normal course funding program. As in the
past, the net proceeds of this transaction will be used for general business
purposes and will strengthen the bank's capital ratios.





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For further information: Investor Contacts: Josie Merenda, Investor
Relations, (416) 974-2044; Media Contact: Beja Rodeck, Media Relations, (416)
974-5506, toll-free 1-888-880-2173; Or visit the site:
http://www.rbc.com/investorrelations


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