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TD Bank Group Comments on OSFI's Advisory on the Phase-Out of Non-Qualifying Capital Instruments under Basel III
TORONTO, Feb. 7 /CNW/ - TD Bank Group (TD) (TSX and NYSE: TD) announced today that it has reviewed and analyzed the advisory released by the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) on February 4, 2011 clarifying the phase-out of non-qualifying capital instruments under Basel III and OSFI's expectations with respect to the use of redemption rights under regulatory event clauses in non-qualifying capital instruments.
As stated in the advisory, OSFI intends to adopt the Basel III changes in its domestic capital guidance. Under the Basel III rules text, any non-qualifying capital instruments outstanding as of 2022, the final year of the phase-out period, will not be recognized as regulatory capital. Based on the rules set out in OSFI's advisory, TD currently expects to exercise a regulatory event redemption right only in 2022 in respect of the TD Capital Trust IVTM Notes - Series 2 outstanding at that time.
TD's expectations are based on a number of factors and assumptions, including, but not limited to TD's current and expected future capital position taking into account the expected redemptions of TD's capital instruments, the assumption that other redemption rights, as applicable, are not exercised or other capital management actions are not taken, and current market conditions. These expectations are not intended to apply to capital instruments issued by TD's U.S. subsidiaries. Given the uncertainty related to the financial, economic, legislative and regulatory environments, these factors - some of which are beyond TD's control and the effects of which can be difficult to predict - could change materially over time and result in a change in the expectations expressed in this press release.
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