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Laurentian Bank Financial Group reports 2020 results

The financial information reported herein is based on the condensed interim consolidated (unaudited) information for the three-month period ended October 31, 2020, and on the audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended October 31, 2020, and has been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting standards (IFRS), as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). All amounts are denominated in Canadian dollars. The Laurentian Bank of Canada and its entities are collectively referred to as Laurentian Bank Financial Group (the “Group” or the “Bank”) and provide deposit, investment, loan, securities, trust and other products or services.

The Bank's 2020 Annual Report (which includes the Audited Consolidated Financial Statements and accompanying Management's Discussion & Analysis) will be available today on the Laurentian Bank Financial Group's website at www.lbcfg.ca and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com

“I want to convey my personal thanks and immense appreciation to our employees for their efforts in serving our customers and this organization during what has been a challenging year for Laurentian Bank and for Canadians in general,” said Rania Llewellyn, President and Chief Executive Officer. “While the economic uncertainty caused by the pandemic remains in place, challenges can bring about positive change. We are actively engaging in the process of renewal and growth within our organization. Looking ahead to 2021, we will be resetting our priorities, refocusing our efforts, and renewing the passion and pride of our employees to believe in, and serve as, One Bank to provide long-term sustainable value to our customers, our communities and our shareholders.”  

Highlights of 2020

  • Adjusted net income(1) of $138.2 million for 2020, compared to $193.2 million for 2019.
  • Reported net income of $114.1 million for 2020, compared to $172.7 million for 2019.
  • Provision for credit losses of $116.3 million for 2020, impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Adjusted return on common shareholders' equity(1) of 5.5%, and return on common shareholders' equity of 4.4%.
  • Adjusted efficiency ratio(1) of 72.3%, and reported efficiency ratio of 75.6%.
  • Net interest margin up 3 basis points year-over-year.
  • Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) capital ratio at 9.6%.

Highlights of fourth quarter 2020

  • Adjusted net income(1) of $42.3 million, and reported net income of $36.8 million.
  • Adjusted return on common shareholders' equity(1) of 6.8%, and reported return on common shareholders' equity of 5.9%.
  • Adjusted efficiency ratio(1) of 69.9%, and reported efficiency ratio of 72.9%.
  • Appointment of Rania Llewellyn as President and Chief Executive Officer.
 For the three months ended For the year ended
In thousands of Canadian dollars, except when noted (Unaudited)October 31
2020
 October 31
2019
 Variance October 31
2020
 October 31
2019
 Variance
            
Reported basis           
Net income$36.8  $41.3  (11)% $114.1  $172.7  (34)%
Diluted earnings per share$0.79  $0.90  (12)% $2.37  $3.77  (37)%
Return on common shareholders’ equity5.9% 6.6%   4.4% 7.0%  
Efficiency ratio72.9% 74.8%   75.6% 75.0%  
Common Equity Tier 1 capital ratio9.6% 9.0%        
            
Adjusted basis(1)           
Adjusted net income$42.3  $48.0  (12)% $138.2  $193.2  (28)%
Adjusted diluted earnings per share$0.91  $1.05  (13)% $2.93  $4.26  (31)%
Adjusted return on common shareholders’ equity6.8% 7.8%   5.5% 7.9%  
Adjusted efficiency ratio69.9% 71.2%   72.3% 72.3%  


(1)Certain measures presented throughout this document exclude amounts designated as adjusting items and are Non-GAAP measures. Refer to the Non-GAAP measures section for further details

MONTREAL, Dec. 04, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Laurentian Bank Financial Group reported net income of $114.1 million or $2.37 diluted per share for the year ended October 31, 2020, compared with $172.7 million or $3.77 diluted per share for the year ended October 31, 2019. Return on common shareholders' equity was 4.4% for the year ended October 31, 2020, compared with 7.0% for the year ended October 31, 2019. On an adjusted basis, net income totaled $138.2 million or $2.93 diluted per share for the year ended October 31, 2020, down from $193.2 million or $4.26 diluted per share for the year ended October 31, 2019. Adjusted return on common shareholders' equity was 5.5% for the year ended October 31, 2020, compared with 7.9% a year ago.

For the fourth quarter of 2020, net income was $36.8 million and diluted earnings per share were $0.79, compared with $41.3 million and $0.90 for the fourth quarter of 2019. Return on common shareholders' equity was 5.9% for the fourth quarter of 2020, compared with 6.6% for the fourth quarter of 2019. On an adjusted basis, net income was $42.3 million and diluted earnings per share were $0.91 for the fourth quarter of 2020, down from $48.0 million and $1.05 for the fourth quarter of 2019. Adjusted return on common shareholders' equity was 6.8% for the fourth quarter of 2020, compared with 7.8% a year ago. Reported results include adjusting items, as detailed in the Non-GAAP and Key Performance Measures section.

Organizational changes

We are making several important changes to our executive team and organization. Stéphane Therrien’s has announced his decision to retire from the Bank at the end of December. Stéphane has been a valued leader at Laurentian Bank for more than nine years. We thank him for his significant contributions to the Bank and wish him well for the future. With Stephane’s departure, we will also be implementing a re-organization of Commercial and Personal Banking into two distinct operating units.

We are pleased to announce that Eric Provost, Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking, and President of LBC Capital, has been appointed as Executive Vice President of Commercial Banking, effective January 1, 2021. This promotion is a testament to Eric’s many successes during his more than eight years at Laurentian Bank, during which time he played a pivotal role in several recent acquisitions, including the Canadian operations of CIT and Northpoint Commercial Finance.

Personal Banking will include the Québec branch network, Digital Banking and B2B Bank under a “One Retail” operating unit. We will be formally launching a search for a new Head of Personal Banking, who will be based in Québec.

Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic

In early 2020, COVID-19 had spread worldwide and was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. The unprecedented nature of COVID-19 has adversely impacted the global economy throughout 2020 and the second wave, that began in the Fall, is raising concerns as we enter 2021. In this context, our response to the pandemic to date has enabled us to keep our employees and our customers safe. Furthermore, the measures we put in place have also provided the foundation to support our operations in this period of heightened uncertainty. Our liquidity and capital position continues to offer the required flexibility to allow us to support our customers through this difficult period. COVID-19 has had an impact on financial performance since March 2020, and, as a result, improvements in certain of our businesses were overshadowed by a significant increase in provision for credit losses. Nonetheless, we remain cautiously optimistic about the future as the economy has shown resilience to date in progressively adapting to this new reality.

Highlights

 For the three months ended For the year ended
In thousands of Canadian dollars, except when noted (Unaudited)October 31
2020
 July 31
2020
 Variance October 31
2019
 Variance October 31
2020
 October 31
2019
 Variance
                
Operating results               
Total revenue$243,539   $248,609  (2)% $241,638   1 % $971,009   $968,510    %
Net income$36,811   $36,217  2 % $41,343   (11)% $114,085   $172,710   (34)%
Adjusted net income(1)$42,311   $47,083  (10)% $47,966   (12)% $138,206   $193,227   (28)%
                
Operating performance               
Diluted earnings per share$0.79   $0.77  3 % $0.90   (12)% $2.37   $3.77   (37)%
Adjusted diluted earnings per share(1)$0.91   $1.02  (11)% $1.05   (13)% $2.93   $4.26   (31)%
Return on common shareholders' equity5.9 % 5.8%   6.6 %   4.4 % 7.0 %  
Adjusted return on common shareholders' equity(1)6.8 % 7.7%   7.8 %   5.5 % 7.9 %  
Net interest margin1.82 % 1.86%   1.84 %   1.84 % 1.81 %  
Efficiency ratio72.9 % 73.9%   74.8 %   75.6 % 75.0 %  
Adjusted efficiency ratio(1)69.9 % 68.1%   71.2 %   72.3 % 72.3 %  
Operating leverage1.3 % 3.4%   (2.9)%   (0.7)% (8.5)%  
Adjusted operating leverage(1)(2.7)% 9.3%   (0.9)%    % (7.8)%  
                
Financial position ($ millions)              
Loans and acceptances$33,193   $32,807  1 % $33,667   (1)%      
Total assets$44,168   $44,295   % $44,353    %      
Deposits$23,920   $24,570  (3)% $25,653   (7)%      
Common shareholders' equity$2,324   $2,292   1 % $2,303    %      
                
Key growth drivers ($ millions)             
Loans to Business customers$12,730   $12,704   —  % $12,966   (2)%      
Loans to Personal customers(2)$20,463   $20,103   2 % $20,700   (1)%      
Deposits from clients(3)$21,436   $22,045   (3)% $22,518   (5)%      
                
Basel III regulatory capital ratios              
Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) capital ratio(4)9.6 % 9.4%   9.0 %        
CET1 risk-weighted assets ($ millions)$19,669   $19,927    $20,407          
                
Credit quality               
Gross impaired loans as a % of loans and acceptances0.82 % 0.84%   0.52 %        
Net impaired loans as a % of loans and acceptances0.59 % 0.62%   0.40 %        
Provision for credit losses as a % of average loans and acceptances0.29 % 0.27%   0.15 %   0.35 % 0.13 %  
                
Common share information               
Closing share price(5)$26.21   $26.55  (1)% $45.30   (42)% $26.21   $45.30   (42)%
Price / earnings ratio (trailing four quarters)11.1 x 10.7x   12.0 x   11.1 x 12.0 x  
Book value per share$53.74   $53.15  1 % $54.02   (1)% $53.74   $54.02   (1)%
Dividends declared per share$0.40   $0.40   % $0.66   (39)% $2.14   $2.62   (18)%
Dividend yield6.1 % 6.0%   5.8 %   8.2 % 5.8 %  
Dividend payout ratio50.8 % 52.0%   73.5 %   90.2 % 69.3 %  
Adjusted dividend payout ratio(1)43.7 % 39.1%   62.6 %   72.9 % 61.4 %  


(1)Refer to the Non-GAAP Measures section.
(2)Including personal loans and residential mortgage loans.
(3)Including personal deposits from the Quebec Retail Network, the Advisors and Brokers channel, the Digital Direct to Customers offering and from Business customers.
(4)Using the Standardized Approach in determining credit risk and operational risk.
(5)Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) closing market price.

Medium-Term Performance Targets Retrospective

The following table shows the medium-term performance targets that were set a year ago and the Bank’s performance for 2020. These targets will be reviewed as further detailed below. These medium-term performance targets depend on a number of assumptions, as detailed in our 2019 Annual Report under the heading “Outlook”.

In billions of Canadian dollars, except per share and percentage amounts (Unaudited)Three-year
2022 Mid-term Targets(1)
 2020 2019 Variance 2020/2019
        
Adjusted financial performance(2)       
Adjusted return on common shareholders’ equityNarrow gap
to 250 bps(3)
 5.5% 7.9 % Current gap at
630 bps
Adjusted efficiency ratio<63% 72.3% 72.3 %  %
Adjusted diluted earnings per shareGrow by
5% to 10% annually
 $2.93  $4.26   (31)%
Adjusted operating leveragePositive % (7.8)% n.m.
        
Key growth drivers        
Loans to Business customersGrow to $17.5 B $12.7  $13.0   (2)%
Loans to Personal customers(4)Grow to $22.5 B $20.5  $20.7   (1)%
Deposits from clients(5)Grow to $26.0 B $21.4  $22.5   (5)%


(1)Mid-term targets, as set out in the 2019 Annual Report.
(2)The 2022 financial objectives are based on non-GAAP measures that exclude adjusting items related to restructuring plans and to business combinations. Refer to the Non-GAAP and Key Performance Measures section.
(3)Compared to the major Canadian banks, based on the Bank using the AIRB approach in determining credit risk and the Standardized approach in determining operational risk. The current gap is based on the average of major Canadian banks for the nine months ended July 31, 2020.
(4)Including personal loans and residential mortgage loans.
(5)Including personal deposits from the Quebec Retail Network, the Advisors and Brokers channel, the Digital Direct to Customers offering and from Business customers.

2020 performance summary

The financial impact of COVID-19, as of the second quarter of 2020, hampered our ability to deliver on most of our performance targets. Higher expected credit losses, primarily driven by the severe economic conditions, and lower interest income as a result of a decrease in certain targeted loan portfolios, contributed to lower performance, despite improved results from market driven activities in the second half of 2020 and the stabilization of expenses. Deposits from clients also decreased, as a result of lower loan levels and funding optimization measures. However, personal demand deposits increased by 27% over the last twelve months. Adjusted return on common shareholders’ equity was 5.5% in 2020 compared with 7.9% in fiscal 2019, and the ROE gap relative to the major Canadian banks was 630 bps. Adjusted diluted earnings per share of $2.93 for 2020 were down 31% year-over-year. The adjusted efficiency ratio of 72.3% for 2020 remained unchanged as compared to the 2019 level as both revenues and expenses finished the year at similar levels.

Reshaping the Bank for tomorrow

On October 30, 2020, Rania Llewellyn was appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer, and as a director of the Bank. Ms. Llewellyn brings more than 25 years of experience in the banking sector and is looking forward to pursuing opportunities to reshape the Bank for tomorrow.

In the coming months the management team will establish a renewed strategic direction for Laurentian Bank. As part of this review and in consideration of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bank's 2022 mid-term objectives will be revised or replaced.

Update on Key Initiatives

Over the past few years, we launched major initiatives with the objective of building a stronger foundation and modernizing the Bank in order to improve financial performance. The following section provides an update on these key projects.

Digital offering

In the first quarter of 2020, we launched LBC Digital, a direct-to-customer channel, expanding our customer reach from coast to coast. The initial digital offering includes chequing accounts, high-interest savings accounts and guaranteed investment certificates. This pan-Canadian launch provided us with the opportunity to welcome thousands of new customers. Over time, our goal is to broaden and deepen customer relationships and use this platform to build out a high-value and complete product suite. As at October 31, 2020, LBC Digital related demand deposits stood at $0.6 billion.

Core-banking system replacement program

In 2019, we completed Phase 1 of the core banking system replacement program resulting in the migration of all B2B Bank products and most of our loans to business customers to this new system. Given the impacts of COVID-19 on our business and following the recent change in management, we are currently reassessing the next phase of this project. Our latest estimate had set the project costs at approximately $250 million and, as at October 31, 2020, we had invested about 80% of that amount.

Evolution of 100% Advice model

In 2020, we completed the conversion of our traditional branch network to a 100% Advice model. Based on the evolving needs of our customers, this new operating model provides the right balance to serve the daily needs of our customers through electronic and phone solutions, as well as to focus on professional financial advice for more complex banking and investment needs. We will continue to right-size our branch network and gradually modify its design to be aligned with our 100% Advice model. All branch employees will now be 100% focused on advising customers on improving their financial health.

Advanced internal ratings-based approach to credit risk

As part of our plan to improve the Bank’s foundation, we pursued our initiative to adopt, subject to regulatory approval, the AIRB approach to credit risk throughout 2020. Given the impacts of COVID-19 on our business and following the recent change in management, we are currently reassessing this initiative and its timeline. Based on our latest assessment, we are not expecting to complete the process prior to the end of 2023.

Update on Efficiency Measures

Since 2019, we have been identifying opportunities to improve our efficiency. The conversion of our traditional branches to a 100% Advice model and the optimization of certain back-office functions in 2019 resulted in significant savings. As we entered 2020, we maintained our focus on improving efficiency. We merged 20 retail branches during the year (six in the fourth quarter). These measures are also attributed to recent changes in the economic landscape and the ongoing reduction in the number of customer branch visits. Customers will continue to be served by our Quebec Retail Network with locations that are reasonably proximate to converted branch locations. In May 2020, we also reduced headcount by approximately 100 people through attrition, retirement and targeted job reductions in order to realign our workforce with our operational needs, and provide leverage to improve efficiency. These measures resulted in restructuring charges of $18.3 million in 2020, which included severance charges and charges related to lease contracts.

Consolidated Results

Non-GAAP measures

Management uses both generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and non-GAAP measures to assess the Bank’s performance. Results prepared in accordance with GAAP are referred to as “reported” results. Non-GAAP measures presented throughout this document are referred to as “adjusted” measures and exclude amounts designated as adjusting items. Adjusting items relate to restructuring plans and to business combinations and have been designated as such as management does not believe they are indicative of underlying business performance. Non-GAAP measures are considered useful to readers in obtaining a better understanding of how management analyzes the Bank’s results and in assessing underlying business performance and related trends. Non-GAAP measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and are unlikely to be comparable to any similar measures presented by other issuers.

The following table shows adjusting items and their impact on reported results.

 For the three months ended For the year ended
In thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts (Unaudited)October 31
2020
 July 31
2020
 October 31
2019
 October 31
2020
 October 31
2019
          
Impact on income before income taxes         
Reported income before income taxes$41,647  $42,405  $47,926  $120,284  $196,165 
          
Adjusting items, before income taxes         
Restructuring charges(1)         
Severance charges2,253  7,047  1,735  12,321  6,474 
Other restructuring charges1,909  4,020  3,696  5,968  6,205 
 4,162  11,067  5,431  18,289  12,679 
Items related to business combinations         
Amortization of net premium on purchased financial instruments(2)100  127  284  638  1,452 
Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets(3)3,180  3,520  3,416  13,641  13,711 
 3,280  3,647  3,700  14,279  15,163 
 7,442  14,714  9,131  32,568  27,842 
Adjusted income before income taxes$49,089  $57,119  $57,057  $152,852  $224,007 
          
Impact on net income         
Reported net income$36,811  $36,217  $41,343  $114,085  $172,710 
          
Adjusting items, net of income taxes         
Restructuring charges(1)         
Severance charges1,659  5,178  1,274  9,057  4,752 
Other restructuring charges1,402  2,955  2,712  4,386  4,554 
 3,061  8,133  3,986  13,443  9,306 
Items related to business combinations         
Amortization of net premium on purchased financial instruments(2)77  93  209  472  1,067 
Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets(3)2,362  2,640  2,428  10,206  10,144 
 2,439  2,733  2,637  10,678  11,211 
 5,500  10,866  6,623  24,121  20,517 
Adjusted net income$42,311  $47,083  $47,966  $138,206  $193,227 
          
Impact on diluted earnings per share         
Reported diluted earnings per share$0.79  $0.77  $0.90  $2.37  $3.77 
          
Adjusting items         
Restructuring charges(1)0.07  0.19  0.09  0.31  0.22 
Items related to business combinations0.06  0.06  0.06  0.25  0.27 
 0.13  0.25  0.15  0.56  0.49 
Adjusted diluted earnings per share(4)$0.91  $1.02  $1.05  $2.93  $4.26 


(1)Restructuring and charges mainly result from the optimization of our Quebec Retail Network operations and the related streamlining of certain back-office and corporate functions. Restructuring charges also result from the reorganization of retail brokerage activities and other measures aimed at improving efficiency. Restructuring charges include severance charges, salaries, provisions, communication expenses and professional fees and charges related to lease contracts. Restructuring charges are included in Non-interest expenses. 
(2)Amortization of net premium on purchased financial instruments results from a one-time gain on a business acquisition in 2012 and is included in the Amortization of net premium on purchased financial instruments line item. 
(3)Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets results from business acquisitions and is included in the Non-interest expenses line item.
(4)The impact of adjusting items on a per share basis may not add due to rounding.

Three months ended October 31, 2020 compared with three months ended October 31,2019

Net income was $36.8 million and diluted earnings per share were $0.79 for the fourth quarter of 2020, compared with $41.3 million and $0.90 for the fourth quarter of 2019. Adjusted net income was $42.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, down 12% from $48.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, while adjusted diluted earnings per share were $0.91, down 13% compared with $1.05 for the fourth quarter of 2019.

Total revenue

Total revenue was $243.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, up 1% compared with $241.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2019.

Net interest income decreased by $3.9 million to $169.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, compared with $173.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2019. The decrease was mainly due to a year-over-year decrease in higher margin loan volumes, mainly as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on inventory financing activities, partly offset by improved funding costs. For the fourth quarter of 2020, the adoption of IFRS 16, Leases as of November 1, 2019 added $1.2 million to interest expenses related to the new lease liabilities and impacted net interest margin negatively by 1 basis point. Net interest margin was 1.82% for the fourth quarter of 2020, a decrease of 2 basis points compared with the fourth quarter of 2019, essentially for the same reasons.

Other income increased by $5.8 million or 8% to $74.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, compared with $68.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2019. The increase was mainly due to the strong contribution from capital market activities, which improved by $10.3 million compared with the fourth quarter of 2019. Other income for the fourth quarter of 2020 also included a net gain of $1.1 million on a securitization of a mortgage loan portfolio. This was partly offset by a decrease in service charges due to the ongoing changes to the retail banking environment and the related customers' banking behaviour, as well as by a decrease in VISA card service revenues stemming from lower transaction volumes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amortization of net premium on purchased financial instruments

For the fourth quarter of 2020, amortization of net premium on purchased financial instruments amounted to $0.1 million, compared with $0.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2019. Refer to the 2020 Annual Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information.

Provision for credit losses

The provision for credit losses amounted to $24.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2020 compared with $12.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, an increase of $11.6 million. The increase is mainly resulting from our revised assessment of the economic conditions, including the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, as detailed below.

Collective allowances are sensitive to model inputs, including macroeconomic variables in the forward-looking scenarios and their respective probability weighting, among other factors. The COVID-19 pandemic led to significant changes to this forward-looking information during 2020, resulting in an increase in expected credit losses. As the full extent of the COVID-19 impact on the Canadian and U.S. economies, including government and/or regulatory responses to the pandemic, remains highly uncertain, it is difficult to predict at this time how the increase in expected credit losses will translate into write-offs and whether we will be required to recognize additional increases in expected credit losses in subsequent periods.

Refer to the “Risk Appetite and Risk Management Framework” section of our Management Discussion and Analysis for additional information for the COVID-19 impact on credit risk and measurement uncertainty of expected credit loss estimates and Note 7, Loans and allowances for credit losses, to the Consolidated Financial Statements for more information on provision for credit losses and continuity of the allowance for credit losses.

Non-interest expenses

Non-interest expenses amounted to $177.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, a decrease of $3.2 million or 2% compared with the fourth quarter of 2019. Adjusted non-interest expenses amounted to $170.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, a decrease of $1.7 million or 1% compared with the fourth quarter of 2019.

Salaries and employee benefits amounted to $88.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, an increase of $4.1 million, compared with the fourth quarter of 2019. This increase is mainly due to higher performance-based compensation related to strong capital market activities and higher employee benefits, partly offset by a decrease in salaries reflecting the headcount reduction implemented in May 2020.

Premises and technology costs were $49.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, an increase of $0.9 million compared with the fourth quarter of 2019, essentially as a result of higher technology costs to support operations. Rent decreased by $4.9 million as a result of the introduction, as of November 1, 2019, of IFRS 16, Leases, as well as from a reduction in the square-footage utilization given the right-sizing of our Quebec Retail Network. This decrease was mostly offset by a $3.9 million increase in amortization on the newly created right-of-use assets. Including the impact of the interest charge on the new lease liabilities of $1.2 million, as noted above, overall rental costs remained relatively stable.

Other non-interest expenses were $34.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, a decrease of $7.0 million compared with the fourth quarter of 2019. The improvement mainly resulted from lower regulatory costs, as well as lower advertising, business development and travel expenses, ensuing from efficiency measures and current economic conditions.

Restructuring charges were $4.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2020 and mainly resulted from measures aimed at improving efficiency as detailed in the “Update on efficiency measures” section. Restructuring charges include severance charges, as well as charges and provisions related to the termination of lease contracts.

Efficiency ratio

The adjusted efficiency ratio was 69.9% for the fourth quarter of 2020, compared with 71.2% for the fourth quarter of 2019, as a result of lower adjusted expenses and an increase in other income. Adjusted operating leverage was positive year-over-year. The efficiency ratio on a reported basis was 72.9% for the fourth quarter of 2020, compared with 74.8% for the fourth quarter of 2019, as a result of lower expenses and an increase in other income.

Income taxes

For the quarter ended October 31, 2020, the income tax expense was $4.8 million, and the effective tax rate was 11.6%. The lower tax rate, compared to the statutory rate, is attributed to a lower taxation level of revenue from foreign operations, as well as from the favourable effect of holding investments in Canadian securities that generate non-taxable dividend income. For the quarter ended October 31, 2019, income tax expense was $6.6 million, and the effective tax rate was 13.7%. Year-over-year, the income tax rate decreased slightly.

Three months ended October 31, 2020 compared with three months ended July 31, 2020

Net income was $36.8 million and diluted earnings per share were $0.79 for the fourth quarter of 2020, compared with $36.2 million and $0.77 for the third quarter of 2020. Adjusted net income was $42.3 million and adjusted diluted earnings per share were $0.91 for the fourth quarter of 2020, compared with $47.1 million and $1.02 for the third quarter of 2020.

Total revenue decreased by $5.1 million to $243.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, compared with $248.6 million for the previous quarter.

Net interest income decreased by $4.2 million sequentially to $169.3 million. The decrease reflects the impact of lower inventory financing volumes due to higher repayments resulting from the increased demand for boats and other recreational vehicles, as well as of the inability of dealers to replenish their inventory as a result of the manufacturers’ production disruption. Net interest margin was 1.82% for the fourth quarter of 2020, a decrease of 4 basis points compared with 1.86% for the third quarter of 2020, mainly as a result of the lower proportion of higher-yielding loans to business customers.

Other income slightly decreased by $0.9 million to $74.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, compared with $75.1 million for the previous quarter. The decrease was mainly due to the lower contribution from capital markets in fourth quarter of 2020, compared with their historic high contribution in the third quarter of 2020, partly offset by higher lending fees and a net gain of $1.1 million on a securitization of a mortgage loan portfolio.

The line item “Amortization of net premium on purchased financial instruments” amounted to $0.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, essentially unchanged from the third quarter of 2020. Refer to the 2020 Annual Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information.

Provision for credit losses totaled $24.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, a $1.9 million increase compared with $22.3 million for the third quarter of 2020. The provision for credit losses for the fourth quarter of 2020 remains high and considers our revised assumptions, as noted above.

Non-interest expenses decreased by $6.2 million to $177.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2020 from $183.8 million in the third quarter of 2020. Adjusted non-interest expenses increased by $1.1 million and amounted to $170.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2020, compared with $169.2 million in the third quarter of 2020. The increase in adjusted non-interest expenses mainly results from a higher level of activity, as the economy began to reopen, as well as to sales tax adjustments and other year-end accruals. These increases were partially offset by a decrease in salaries and employee benefits, mostly as the third quarter results included a $2.7 million compensation charge related to the Bank's former President and Chief Executive Officer retirement. Restructuring charges for the fourth quarter of 2020 decreased by $6.9 million compared with the third quarter of 2020 and mainly resulted from measures aimed at improving efficiency. Restructuring charges include severance charges, as well as charges related to the termination of lease contracts.

Financial Condition

As at October 31, 2020, total assets amounted to $44.2 billion, relatively unchanged compared with $44.4 billion as at October 31, 2019, as the higher level of liquid assets mostly offset the decrease in loan portfolios.

Liquid assets

Liquid assets consist of cash, deposits with banks, securities and securities purchased under reverse repurchase agreements. As at October 31, 2020, these assets totaled $9.6 billion, an increase of $0.4 billion compared with $9.3 billion as at October 31, 2019.

We continue to prudently manage our level of liquid assets. The Bank's funding sources remain well diversified and sufficient to meet all obligations. Liquid assets represented 22% of total assets as at October 31, 2020, compared with 21% as at October 31, 2019.

Loans

Loans and bankers’ acceptances, net of allowances, stood at $33.0 billion as at October 31, 2020, a decrease of $0.5 billion or 2% compared with $33.6 billion as at October 31, 2019. During the year 2020, the negative impacts of COVID-19 hindered the Bank's ability to maintain its growth momentum in commercial loan portfolios.

Personal loans amounted to $4.1 billion as at October 31, 2020, a decrease of $0.5 billion or 12% since October 31, 2019, mainly as a result of the continued reduction in the investment loan portfolio, reflecting the continued reduction in the use of leverage by consumers, as well as, to a lesser extent, the decrease in other retail exposures.

Residential mortgage loans amounted to $16.3 billion as at October 31, 2020, an increase of $0.3 billion or 2% since October 31, 2019. The acquisition of mortgage loans from third parties, as part of our program to optimize the usage of the National Housing Act mortgage-backed securities allocations, has contributed to mitigating the impact of maturities.

Commercial loans and acceptances amounted to $12.7 billion as at October 31, 2020, a decrease of 2% since October 31, 2019. This decrease was mainly due to inventory financing volumes which were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic as a result of higher repayments due to the increased demand for boats and other recreational vehicles in Canada and the U.S. The inability of dealers to replenish their inventory as a result of the manufacturers' production disruption also affected inventory levels. This was partly offset by the increase in real estate lending, which showed resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic amidst the lower interest rate environment.

Other assets

Other assets stood at $1.5 billion as at October 31, 2020, essentially unchanged compared with October 31, 2019.

Liabilities

Deposits decreased by $1.7 billion or 7% to $23.9 billion as at October 31, 2020 compared with $25.7 billion as at October 31, 2019, in part to adapt to the reduction in loans and optimization of other funding sources. Personal deposits stood at $18.8 billion as at October 31, 2020, down $1.0 billion compared with October 31, 2019. The decrease resulted mainly from the lower term deposits sourced through intermediaries managed down to meet our funding needs, partly offset by higher volumes of demand deposits generated through the various direct to customer distribution channels of the Bank. In the first quarter of 2020, we launched our LBC Digital deposit offering. These deposits, amounting to $0.6 billion as at October 31, 2020, contribute to our well-diversified funding and provide the opportunity to develop new client relationships and cross-selling activities. In 2020, personal demand deposits sourced through our Quebec Retail Network increased by $0.3 billion, while other demand deposits from intermediaries increased by $0.4 billion. Business and other deposits decreased by $0.8 billion over the same period to $5.1 billion, mostly due to a decrease in institutional funding as we optimized our funding sources given lower asset levels.

Personal deposits represented 79% of total deposits as at October 31, 2020, compared with 77% as at October 31, 2019, and contributed to our good liquidity position.

Obligations related to securities sold short stood at $3.0 billion as at October 31, 2020, an increase of $0.4 billion compared to October 31, 2019.

Debt related to securitization activities increased by $1.3 billion compared with October 31, 2019 and stood at $10.2 billion as at October 31, 2020. Since the beginning of the year, mortgage loan securitization through both the CMHC programs and a third-party program, as well as securitization of investment loans more than offset maturities of liabilities related to the Canada Mortgage Bond program, as well as normal repayments.

Shareholders’ equity and regulatory capital

Shareholders’ equity amounted to $2,611.2 million as at October 31, 2020, compared with $2,567.7 million as at October 31, 2019.

Compared to a year ago, retained earnings decreased by $8.7 million, mainly as the net income contribution of $114.1 million was offset by dividends amounting to $104.1 million, as well as by other charges related to employee benefit plans and equity securities designated at fair value through other comprehensive income (FVOCI) of $11.4 million.

As mentioned in the “Basis of Presentation” section of our MD&A, the adoption of IFRS 16 at the outset of the year also contributed to reduce retained earnings by $7.3 million as at November 1, 2019. Increases in accumulated other comprehensive income (AOCI) of $31.3 million and common share issuance of $20.3 million as part of the Bank’s Shareholder Dividend Reinvestment and Share Purchase Plan, contributed positively to shareholders' equity. For additional information, please refer to the Consolidated Statement of Changes in Shareholders' Equity in the Annual Consolidated Financial Statements.

The Bank’s book value per common share was $53.74 as at October 31, 2020 compared to $54.02 as at October 31, 2019.

There were 43,238,083 common shares outstanding as at November 27, 2020.

The Common Equity Tier 1 capital ratio stood at 9.6% as at October 31, 2020, compared with 9.0% as at October 31, 2019. The increase compared with October 31, 2019 mainly results from the lower level of assets resulting from the current COVID-19 situation. This level of capital provides the Bank with the necessary operational flexibility to resume growth and to pursue key initiatives, prudently considering the economic conditions.

Condensed Interim Consolidated Financial Statements (unaudited)

Consolidated Balance Sheet

In thousands of Canadian dollars (Unaudited)As at October 31
2020
 As at October 31
2019
    
Assets   
Cash and non-interest bearing deposits with banks$69,661  $90,658 
Interest bearing deposits with banks603,181  322,897 
Securities   
At amortized cost3,109,698  2,744,929 
At fair value through profit or loss (FVTPL)2,414,939  3,242,146 
At fair value through other comprehensive income (FVOCI)274,579  312,861 
 5,799,216  6,299,936 
Securities purchased under reverse repurchase agreements3,140,228  2,538,285 
Loans   
Personal4,120,875  4,660,524 
Residential mortgage16,341,890  16,039,680 
Commercial12,730,360  12,646,332 
Customers' liabilities under acceptances  319,992 
 33,193,125  33,666,528 
Allowances for loan losses(173,522) (100,457)
 33,019,603  33,566,071 
Other   
Derivatives295,122  143,816 
Premises and equipment199,869  77,802 
Software and other intangible assets380,259  391,162 
Goodwill117,286  116,649 
Deferred tax assets62,216  37,045 
Other assets481,019  768,806 
 1,535,771  1,535,280 
 $44,167,660  $44,353,127 
    
Liabilities and shareholders' equity   
Deposits   
Personal$18,796,150  $19,747,260 
Business, banks and other5,124,053  5,905,344 
 23,920,203  25,652,604 
Other   
Obligations related to securities sold short3,020,709  2,618,147 
Obligations related to securities sold under repurchase agreements2,411,649  2,558,883 
Acceptances  319,992 
Derivatives127,412  112,737 
Deferred tax liabilities55,333  53,102 
Other liabilities1,487,174  1,207,567 
 7,102,277  6,870,428 
Debt related to securitization activities10,184,497  8,913,333 
Subordinated debt349,442  349,101 
Shareholders' equity   
Preferred shares244,038  244,038 
Common shares1,159,488  1,139,193 
Retained earnings1,152,973  1,161,668 
Accumulated other comprehensive income52,215  20,947 
Share-based compensation reserve2,527  1,815 
 2,611,241  2,567,661 
 $44,167,660  $44,353,127 

Consolidated Statement of Income

 For the three months ended For the year ended
In thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts (Unaudited)October 31
2020 
July 31
2020
October 31
2019
 October 31
2020
October 31
2019
          
Interest and dividend income         
Loans$290,794 $307,888 $360,367  $1,288,850 $1,440,102 
Securities10,662 13,230 18,318  57,798 76,562 
Deposits with banks281 152 2,120  4,294 8,356 
Other, including derivatives28,839 26,604 6,551  71,311 31,362 
 330,576 347,874 387,356  1,422,253 1,556,382 
          
Interest expense         
Deposits112,874 124,809 157,984  532,062 638,389 
Debt related to securitization activities42,531 43,911 44,961  179,930 172,419 
Subordinated debt3,824 3,825 3,835  15,222 15,214 
Other, including derivatives2,001 1,783 7,371  12,615 43,949 
 161,230 174,328 214,151  739,829 869,971 
          
Net interest income169,346 173,546 173,205  682,424 686,411 
          
Other income         
Lending fees16,893 15,607 16,630  62,595 61,459 
Fees and securities brokerage commissions12,570 12,634 11,919  48,030 43,892 
Commissions from sales of mutual funds11,183 10,666 10,706  42,985 42,892 
Service charges7,981 7,947 10,109  33,733 42,033 
Income from financial instruments9,082 12,905 (584) 33,728 12,460 
Card service revenues6,700 6,464 7,855  28,438 33,238 
Fees on investment accounts4,196 3,310 4,593  16,350 18,231 
Insurance income, net2,817 3,182 3,334  11,148 13,941 
Other2,771 2,348 3,871  11,578 13,953 
 74,193 75,063 68,433  288,585 282,099 
          
Total revenue243,539 248,609 241,638  971,009 968,510 
          
Amortization of net premium on purchased financial instruments100 127 284  638 1,452 
          
Provision for credit losses24,200 22,300 12,600  116,300 44,400 
          
Non-interest expenses         
Salaries and employee benefits88,811 92,483 84,755  370,535 357,396 
Premises and technology49,949 50,091 49,017  200,529 197,351 
Other34,670 30,136 41,625  144,434 159,067 
Restructuring charges4,162 11,067 5,431  18,289 12,679 
 177,592 183,777 180,828  733,787 726,493 
          
Income before income taxes41,647 42,405 47,926  120,284 196,165 
Income taxes4,836 6,188 6,583  6,199 23,455 
Net income$36,811 $36,217 $41,343  $114,085 $172,710 
          
Preferred share dividends, including applicable taxes2,874 3,198 3,196  12,466 12,966 
          
Net income available to common shareholders$33,937 $33,019 $38,147  $101,619 $159,744 
          
Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding (in thousands)         
Basic43,161 43,001 42,518  42,910 42,310 
Diluted43,161 43,001 42,583  42,929 42,356 
          
Earnings per share         
Basic$0.79 $0.77 $0.90  $2.37 $3.78 
Diluted$0.79 $0.77 $0.90  $2.37 $3.77 
          
Dividends declared per share         
Common share$0.40 $0.40 $0.66  $2.14 $2.62 
Preferred share - Series 13$0.26 $0.26 $0.26  $1.03 $1.06 
Preferred share - Series 15$0.37 $0.37 $0.37  $1.46 $1.46 

Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

 For the three months ended For the year ended
In thousands of Canadian dollars (Unaudited)October 31
2020
 July 31
2020
 October 31
2019
 October 31
2020
 October 31
2019
Net income$36,811  $36,217  $41,343  $114,085  $172,710 
          
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of income taxes         
Items that may subsequently be reclassified to the Statement of Income         
Net change in debt securities at FVOCI         
Unrealized net gains (losses) on debt securities at FVOCI(26) 683  (114) 1,559  2,327 
Reclassification of net (gains) losses on debt securities at FVOCI to net income(53) (57) 115  (103) (378)
 (79) 626  1  1,456  1,949 
Net change in value of derivatives designated as cash flow hedges(3,109) (8,345) (1,764) 22,544  33,293 
Net foreign currency translation adjustments         
Net unrealized foreign currency translation gains (losses) on investments in foreign operations(2,155) (19,119) (432) 5,005  445 
Net gains (losses) on hedges of investments in foreign operations1,201  6,413  (242) 2,263  (5,158)
 (954) (12,706) (674) 7,268  (4,713)
 (4,142) (20,425) (2,437) 31,268  30,529 
          
Items that may not subsequently be reclassified to the Statement of Income         
Remeasurement gains (losses) on employee benefit plans6,959  (801) (3,938) (5,420) (7,311)
Net gains (losses) on equity securities designated at FVOCI4,315  9,344  (3,338) (6,008) (18,411)
 11,274  8,543  (7,276) (11,428) (25,722)
Total other comprehensive income (loss), net of income taxes7,132  (11,882) (9,713) 19,840  4,807 
          
Comprehensive income$43,943  $24,335  $31,630  $133,925  $177,517 

Income Taxes — Other Comprehensive Income

The following table shows income tax expense (recovery) for each component of other comprehensive income.

 For the three months ended For the year ended
In thousands of Canadian dollars (Unaudited)October 31
2020
 July 31
2020
 October 31
2019
 October 31
2020
 October 31
2019
          
Net change in debt securities at FVOCI         
Unrealized net gains (losses) on debt securities at FVOCI$(29) $247  $140  $543  $846 
Reclassification of net (gains) losses on debt securities at FVOCI to net income(19) (21) (137) (37) (137)
 (48) 226  3  506  709 
          
Net change in value of derivatives designated as cash flow hedges(1,157) (3,010) (639) 8,094  12,034 
Net foreign currency translation adjustments         
Net gains (losses) on hedges of investments in foreign operations(422)   142  (320)  
Remeasurement gains (losses) on employee benefit plans2,459  (289) (1,443) (2,005) (2,666)
Net gains (losses) on equity securities designated at FVOCI1,556  3,371  (1,181) (2,169) (6,648)
 $2,388  $298  $(3,118) $4,106  $3,429 

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity

 For the year ended October 31, 2020
    Accumulated Other Comprehensive IncomeShare-based
compensation
reserve
 
In thousands of Canadian dollars (Unaudited)Preferred
shares
Common
shares
Retained
earnings
Debt
securities
at FVOCI
Cash
flow
hedges
Translation
of foreign
operations
TotalTotal
shareholders’
equity
          
Balance as at October 31, 2019$244,038 $1,139,193 $1,161,668 $328 $21,049 $(430)$20,947 $1,815 $2,567,661 
Impact of adoption of IFRS 16, Leases  (7,256)     (7,256)
Balance as at November 1, 2019244,038 1,139,193 1,154,412 328 21,049 (430)20,947 1,815 2,560,405 
Net income  114,085      114,085 
Other comprehensive income, net of income taxes         
Unrealized net gains on debt securities at FVOCI   1,559   1,559  1,559 
Reclassification of net gains on debt securities at FVOCI to net income   (103)  (103) (103)
Net change in value of derivatives designated as cash flow hedges    22,544  22,544  22,544 
Net unrealized foreign currency translation gains on investments in foreign operations     5,005 5,005  5,005 
Net gains on hedges of investments in foreign operations     2,263 2,263  2,263 
Remeasurement losses on employee benefit plans  (5,420)     (5,420)
Net losses on equity securities designated at FVOCI  (6,008)     (6,008)
Comprehensive income  102,657 1,456 22,544 7,268 31,268  133,925 
Issuance of share capital 20,295       20,295 
Share-based compensation       712 712 
Dividends         
Preferred shares, including applicable taxes  (12,466)     (12,466)
Common shares  (91,630)     (91,630)
Balance as at October 31, 2020$244,038 $1,159,488 $1,152,973 $1,784 $43,593 $6,838 $52,215 $2,527 $2,611,241 


 For the year ended October 31, 2019
    Accumulated Other Comprehensive IncomeShare-based
compensation
reserve
 
In thousands of Canadian dollars (Unaudited)Preferred
shares
Common
shares
Retained
earnings
Debt
securities
at FVOCI
Cash
flow
hedges
Translation
of foreign
operations
TotalTotal
shareholders’
equity
          
Balance as at November 1, 2018$244,038 $1,115,416 $1,138,383 $(1,621)$(12,244)$4,283 $(9,582)$268 $2,488,523 
Net income  172,710      172,710 
Other comprehensive income, net of income taxes         
Unrealized net gains on debt securities at FVOCI   2,327   2,327  2,327 
Reclassification of net gains on debt securities at FVOCI to net income   (378)  (378) (378)
Net change in value of derivatives designated as cash flow hedges    33,293  33,293  33,293 
Net unrealized foreign currency translation gains on investments in foreign operations     445 445  445 
Net losses on hedges of investments in foreign operations     (5,158)(5,158) (5,158)
Remeasurement losses on employee benefit plans  (7,311)     (7,311)
Net losses on equity securities designated at FVOCI  (18,411)     (18,411)
Comprehensive income  146,988 1,949 33,293 (4,713)30,529  177,517 
Issuance of share capital 23,777       23,777 
Share-based compensation       1,547 1,547 
Dividends         
Preferred shares, including applicable taxes  (12,966)     (12,966)
Common shares  (110,737)     (110,737)
Balance as at October 31, 2019$244,038 $1,139,193 $1,161,668 $328 $21,049 $(430)$20,947 $1,815 $2,567,661 

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

We may, from time to time, make written or oral forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities legislation, including in this document and the documents incorporated by reference herein, and in other documents filed with Canadian regulatory authorities or in other written or oral communications. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our business plans and strategies, priorities and financial objectives, the regulatory environment in which we operate, the anticipated impact of the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic on the Bank’s operations, earnings results and financial performance and statements under the headings “Outlook”, “COVID-19 Pandemic” and “Risk Appetite and Risk Management Framework” contained in our 2020 Annual Report, including the Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2020 and other statements that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements typically are identified with words or phrases such as “believe”, “assume”, “estimate”, “forecast”, “outlook”, "project", “vision”, “expect”, “foresee”, “anticipate”, “plan”, “goal”, “aim”, “target”, “may”, “should”, “could”, “would”, “will”, "intend” or the negative of these terms, variations thereof or similar terminology. 

By their very nature, forward-looking statements require us to make assumptions and are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific in nature. Material economic assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements contained in this document are set out in the 2020 Annual Report under the heading “Outlook”. There is significant risk that the predictions, forecasts, projections or conclusions will prove to be inaccurate, that our assumptions may not be correct, and that actual results may differ materially from such predictions, forecasts, projections or conclusions.

We caution readers against placing undue reliance on forward-looking statements, as a number of factors, many of which are beyond our control and the effects of which can be difficult to predict, could influence, individually or collectively, the accuracy of the forward-looking statements and cause actual future results to differ significantly from the targets, expectations, estimates or intentions expressed in the forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to risks relating to: the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Bank, our business, financial condition and prospects; technology, information systems and cybersecurity; technological disruption, competition and our ability to execute on our strategic objectives; the economic climate in the U.S. and Canada; accounting policies, estimates and developments; legal and regulatory compliance; fraud and criminal activity; human capital; insurance; business continuity; business infrastructure; environmental and social risk and climate change; and our ability to manage operational, regulatory, legal, strategic, reputational and model risks, all of which are described in more detail in the section titled “Risk Appetite and Risk Management Framework” beginning on page 43 of the 2020 Annual Report including the Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2020.

We further caution that the foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. Additional risks and uncertainties not currently known to us or that we currently deem to be immaterial may also have a material adverse effect on our financial position, financial performance, cash flows, business or reputation. Any forward-looking statements contained in this document represent the views of Management only as at the date hereof, are presented for the purposes of assisting investors and others in understanding certain key elements of the Bank’s current objectives, strategic priorities, expectations and plans, and in obtaining a better understanding of the Bank’s business and anticipated operating environment and may not be appropriate for other purposes. We do not undertake to update any forward-looking statements , whether oral or written, made by us or on our behalf whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent required by securities regulations. Additional information relating to the Bank can be located on the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com.

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Conference Call

Laurentian Bank Financial Group invites media representatives and the public to listen to the conference call to be held at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on December 4, 2020. The live, listen-only, toll-free, call-in number is 1-800-263-0877, code 9823383. A live webcast will also be available on the Group’s website under the Investor Centre tab, Financial Results.

The conference call playback will be available on a delayed basis at any time from 12:00 p.m. on December 4, 2020 until 12:00 p.m. on January 3, 2021, on our website under the Investor Centre tab, Financial Results.

The presentation material referenced during the call will be available on our website under the Investor Centre tab, Financial Results.

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About Laurentian Bank Financial Group

Founded in 1846, Laurentian Bank Financial Group is a diversified financial services provider whose mission is to help its customers improve their financial health. The Laurentian Bank of Canada and its entities are collectively referred to as Laurentian Bank Financial Group (the “Group” or the “Bank”).

With more than 2,900 employees guided by the values of proximity, simplicity and honesty, the Group provides a broad range of advice-based solutions and services to its personal, business and institutional customers. With pan-Canadian activities and a presence in the U.S., the Group is an important player in numerous market segments.

The Group has $44.2 billion in balance sheet assets and $27.8 billion in assets under administration. 


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