TORONTO, May 26, 2016 /CNW/ - Royal Bank of Canada ("RY" on TSX and NYSE) today announced its intention, subject to the approval of the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions ("OSFI") and the Toronto Stock Exchange, to commence a normal course issuer bid through the facilities of the Toronto Stock Exchange and to repurchase for cancellation up to 20 million of its common shares, representing approximately 1.3 per cent of the bank's outstanding common shares as at May 20, 2016. On May 20, 2016, there were 1,488,261,713 common shares outstanding. The bank intends to file a notice of intention with the Toronto Stock Exchange in this regard.
Purchases may commence on or around June 1, 2016, provided the Toronto Stock Exchange has accepted the notice of intention, and may continue until on or around May 31, 2017. Purchases may be made through the Toronto Stock Exchange, the New York Stock Exchange and other designated exchanges and alternative Canadian trading systems. The price paid for any repurchased shares will be the prevailing market price at the time of acquisition.
The proposed normal course issuer bid will give us the flexibility to manage the Bank's capital position while generating shareholder value. On April 30, 2016, the bank's Common Equity Tier 1, Tier 1 and Total capital ratios were 10.3 per cent, 11.9 per cent and 14.0 per cent, respectively.
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