Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) today announced that it has completed the previously announced sale of RBC Royal Bank (Jamaica) Limited and RBTT Securities Jamaica Limited (collectively “RBC Jamaica”) to Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited.
As previously disclosed, RBC will record a further loss on sale of its operations of approximately C$37 million before and after tax, which includes an unrealized loss on foreign currency translation (C$45 million as at April 30, 2014). The net loss is subject to change and will be reflected in the results for the third quarter ending July 31, 2014. RBC will release its third quarter 2014 results and host an earnings conference call on August 22, 2014.
Royal Bank of Canada is Canada’s largest bank, and one of the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. We are one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies, and provide personal and commercial banking, wealth management services, insurance, investor services and capital markets products and services on a global basis. We employ approximately 79,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 42 other countries. For more information, please visit rbc.com.
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