As a regulated financial services company that operates globally, Canaccord Genuity employs a disciplined capital allocation strategy, complemented by ongoing business continuity planning, both of which are integral to the Company's firm wide and continuous risk management practices.
TORONTO, March 25, 2020 /CNW/ - In light of the recent volatility driven by the current global healthcare and economic crisis, Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. (TSX: CF, the "Company", "Canaccord Genuity") provides the following business and operational update for its shareholders.
"Our collective priority is supporting our wealth management and capital markets clients through this rapidly changing market backdrop, while doing our part to protect our employees and clients and stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities," said Dan Daviau, President & CEO of Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. "Whether we are finding financing solutions for growth companies, advising issuers on prospective transactions or helping our wealth management clients navigate new market realities, we remain guided by our long-term priorities of limiting our exposure to risk, and ensuring disciplined capital management in any market backdrop."
Canaccord Genuity's firmwide business continuity plan is designed to ensure that businesses in all our geographies can continue to provide uninterrupted service for clients.
- The Company has made significant investments in recent years to advance its infrastructure, trading and technology platforms; all protocols, capacity and capabilities are tested regularly.
- All business units are equipped to operate remotely and collaborate seamlessly in a secure environment.
- With our remote technology fully deployed and operational, the full complement of CG resources will be available to clients through off-site capabilities, as well as on-site where and if, safely available.
The Company's financial position provides the flexibility to operate effectively within all market environments, including the unprecedented market activity of recent weeks.
- For the first nine months of fiscal 2020, which ended December 31, 2019, the Company's combined global wealth management operations contributed 59% of total adjusted1 net income.
- To date, the reduction in the value of our assets under administration (client assets) has been in-line with the broader market with the equities component impacted the greatest; we continue to prudently monitor and manage all client activity, including margin and trading activity, to ensure compliance with best practices and regulatory requirements.
- There have been no material losses incurred in the Company's capital markets trading operations.
- Although we expect that investment banking and advisory revenue will naturally be subdued in the upcoming fiscal quarter, the activity in the current fiscal quarter has been at reasonable levels and we continue to actively engage with our clients and have been successful in closing several transactions.
While we are not immune to the setbacks created by the current market environment, we remain focused on our strategic priorities and we are committed to operating our business for long-term value.
- We have a dedicated COVID-19 Global Response Team in place that meets regularly and ensures that we are sharing resources and best practices globally.
- We operate our business efficiently and we continue to move forward with our previously disclosed strategy to remove $20 million from our fixed cost base, in connection with our objective of sustainably improving our margins once markets stabilize.
During the first nine months of fiscal 2020, we returned over $77 million to our shareholders through dividends and share buybacks and reduced our outstanding share count by more than 7%. Our commitment to enhancing value for our shareholders has not changed.
As the current environment is dynamic, we will continue to monitor changes within all our businesses and geographies and adjust our plans, strategies and communications appropriately. The Company is scheduled to release its financial results for the fourth quarter and full 2020 fiscal year on June 2, 2020.
ABOUT CANACCORD GENUITY GROUP INC.
Through its principal subsidiaries, Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. (the "Company") is a leading independent, full-service financial services firm, with operations in two principal segments of the securities industry: wealth management and capital markets. Since its establishment in 1950, the Company has been driven by an unwavering commitment to building lasting client relationships. We achieve this by generating value for our individual, institutional and corporate clients through comprehensive investment solutions, brokerage services and investment banking services. The Company has wealth management offices located in Canada, the UK, Guernsey, Jersey, the Isle of Man and Australia. Canaccord Genuity, the international capital markets division, operates in North America, UK & Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East.
Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. is publicly traded under the symbol CF on the TSX.
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Figures excluding significant items are non-IFRS measures. See Non-IFRS measures on page 6 of the Q3/20 MD&A. Net income attributable to common shareholders is calculated as the net income adjusted for non-controlling interests and preferred share dividends
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