Royal Bank Raises Dividend as Profit Tops Estimates

Royal Bank of Canada, the country’s largest lender by assets, said first-quarter profit rose 12 percent on higher fees from investment banking and record earnings from consumer lending.

Net income for the period ended Jan. 31 was C$2.07 billion ($2.02 billion), or C$1.36 a share, compared with C$1.86 billion, or C$1.22, a year earlier, the Toronto-based lender said today in a statement.

Royal Bank benefited from a 25 percent profit gain from its RBC Capital Markets investment-banking business, and posted record earnings in consumer and business banking and wealth management. The bank raised its quarterly dividend 5 percent to 63 cents a share, its first increase since August.

Profit excluding some items was C$1.38 a share, beating the C$1.32 a share average estimate of 16 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg News.

(Royal Bank will hold a conference call to discuss quarterly results at 9 a.m. Toronto time at +1-416-360-2217 or 1-866-696-5910 passcode 1853457 or at www.rbc.com/investorrelations/ir_events_presentations.html. A webcast of the company’s annual investors’ meeting in Calgary will be broadcast starting at 11 a.m. Toronto time)

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