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Canadian Imperial Profit Slips After Caribbean and Card Charges

Dec. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, the country’s fifth-biggest lender, said quarterly profit slipped 1.9 percent on costs to reorganize its Caribbean banking business and introduce a new credit card.

Net income in the fourth quarter ended Oct. 31 fell to C$836 million ($783 million), or C$2.05 a share, from C$852 million, or C$2.02, a year earlier, the Toronto-based bank said today in a statement. Adjusted earnings, which exclude some items, were C$2.22 a share, beating the C$2.15 average estimate of 14 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg News.

The bank incurred a C$39 million restructuring cost tied to its FirstCaribbean International Bank unit, and a C$35 million impairment tied to a U.S. leveraged-finance portfolio that it’s exiting. CIBC also had C$24 million in costs tied to marketing a new credit card and its Aeroplan-branded card sale to Toronto-Dominion Bank.

Canadian Imperial announced a new travel-reward credit card in October after losing its 22-year exclusive relationship to issue cards linked to Aimia Inc.’s Aeroplan rewards program earlier this year. The bank planned to spend C$50 million to develop the new card, with C$30 million spent this fiscal year and the rest in 2014.

Toronto-Dominion, which becomes Aimia’s primary card issuer next month, agreed in September to buy half of Canadian Imperial’s Aerogold Visa card portfolio.

Royal Bank of Canada, Canada’s largest lender, and Toronto-Dominion Bank, the second largest, also report today.

(CIBC will hold a conference call to discuss results at +1-416-340-2217 or +1-866-696-5910 passcode 3201624# at 7:30 a.m. or at www.cibc.com)

To contact the reporter on this story: Doug Alexander in Toronto at dalexander3@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: David Scanlan at dscanlan@bloomberg.net

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