Royal Bank of Canada to acquire one of the UK’s largest wealth managers

The transaction is expected to be completed by end of Q3 2022

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Royal Bank of Canada to acquire one of the UK’s largest wealth managers. Source:

Royal Bank of Canada has announced the acquisition of UK-based Brewin Dolphin for approximately £1.6 billion on a fully diluted basis.

Brewin Dolphin is one of the UK’s leading independent providers of discretionary wealth management in the UK and Ireland. It has a network of over 30 offices and Assets under Management of £59 billion as of December 31, 2021.

The UK is a key growth market for RBC, and Brewin Dolphin provides us with an exceptional platform to significantly transform our wealth management business in the region, giving RBC Wealth Management a #3 market position in the UK and Ireland, in addition to being a market leader in Canada, with a growing position in the United States. By combining two highly complementary businesses, we will increase the depth and breadth of our services and position the combined business as a premier integrated wealth management provider to private and institutional clients
Doug Guzman, Group Head, RBC Wealth Management, RBC Insurance and RBC Investor & Treasury Services

The acquisition is anticipated to result in a ~40 bps reduction in RBC’s Common Equity Tier 1 (“CET1”) ratio at the Effective Date. RBC believes that the acquisition will result in an adjusted EPS accretion for RBC of ~1% in the first year following the Effective Date excluding the benefit of future revenue synergies.

Over the medium-term RBC believes that the combined wealth management business in the UK, Ireland and the Channel Islands can generate a revenue CAGR of ~9% and achieve adjusted profit before tax of ~C$0.5 billion including the benefit of cost and revenue synergies.

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