December 1, 2016 6:49 am

CIBC posts better-than-expected $931 million quarterly profit

A photograph of the CIBC sign in Toronto's financial district in downtown Toronto on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009. CIBC reported that its quarterly profit climbed nearly 50 per cent from a year ago to $1.44 billion, although much of the jump came from the sale of its minority stake in American Century Investments.

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Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Canada’s fifth-biggest lender, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, driven by strong performance in its capital markets business.

The company said the unit gained from higher equity trading and underwriting revenue, as well as a rise in financing activity in the fourth quarter.

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Net income from capital markets business surged 52.5 percent to C$276 million in the quarter ended Oct. 31.

CIBC has been expanding in the United States to help offset slow growth in its domestic market and said in June it would buy Chicago-based PrivateBancorp in a $3.8 billion cash-and-share deal, its biggest ever acquisition.

Proxy advisory firms Glass Lewis and Egan-Jones on Thursday recommended that PrivateBancorp’s shareholders vote in favor of the sale to CIBC.

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The bank’s total net income rose to $931 million, or C$2.32 per share, from C$778 million, or C$1.93 cents per share, a year earlier.

Excluding items, the company earned C$2.60 per share, beating the average analysts’ estimate of C$2.48, according to Thomson Reuters.

CIBC also raised its dividend to C$1.24 per share from C$1.21 per share.

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