RBC, JPMorgan lead Canadian equity advisory in first quarter

Thu Apr 6, 2017 7:18am EDT
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By John Tilak

TORONTO (Reuters) - Royal Bank of Canada RY.TO, JPMorgan JPM.N and Bank of Montreal BMO.TO took the top three positions advising on Canadian equity issues in the first quarter, according to Thomson Reuters data released on Thursday.

The volume slipped about 13 percent to C$12.9 billion ($9.6 billion) from year-earlier levels, the figures showed. Toronto Dominion TD.TO and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce CM.TO finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

The five biggest deals of the quarter were in the energy sector, led by Cenovus Energy Inc's CVE.TO C$3 billion offering to help fund its acquisition of oil sands and natural gas assets from ConocoPhillips COP.N, followed by AltaGas Ltd's ALA.TO C$2.2 billion issue tied to its purchase of WGL Holdings WGL.N.

RBC and JPMorgan were advisors on both those deals, and TD helped advise the AltaGas offering.

Initial public offerings rebounded after a lackluster 2016, with Freshii Inc FRII.TO and Canada Goose Holdings Inc GOOS.TO listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

"We're seeing a resurgence of the IPO market in Canada. There's a ton of interest in non-resource names," said Benoit Lauzé, head of equity capital markets at CIBC.

"We feel the environment is much more stable than it was a year ago," added Lauzé, who advised on both the Freshii and Canada Goose offerings.

CIBC and RBC were jointly ranked No. 1 for advising on initial public offerings in the quarter.   Continued...

FILE PHOTO: The logo of the Bank of Montreal (BMO) is seen on their flagship location on Bay Street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada March 16, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Helgren/File Photo