TORONTO, December 2, 2020 – Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) today reported net income of $11,437 million for the year ended October 31, 2020, down $1,434 million or 11% from the prior year. Diluted EPS was $7.82, down 11% over the same period. Our consolidated results reflect higher PCL (increased by $2.5 billion from the prior year), as we prudently built reserves given the unprecedented challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to the impact of lower interest rates. Lower results in Personal & Commercial Banking and Wealth Management were partially offset by robust earnings in Capital Markets, as well as higher results in Investor & Treasury Services and Insurance.
The PCL on loans ratio of 63 bps increased by 32 bps from the prior year, largely resulting from higher provisions on performing loans due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The PCL on impaired loans ratio was 24 bps, down 3 bps from the prior year. Our capital position remained robust, with a Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) ratio of 12.5%, up 40 bps from the prior year (pre-pandemic levels). We also had a strong average Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR) of 145%.