Subject to the receipt of regulatory approvals and satisfaction of other customary closing conditions, this transaction is expected to close in the first half of calendar 2013. TD expects its Tier 1 capital ratio to decrease by approximately 20 bps on closing, on a pro forma basis as at TD's last quarter ending July 31, 2012, and its common equity tier 1 ratio to decrease by approximately 14 bps under Basel III on a fully phased in basis. In addition, TD expects the portfolio to produce a return on assets of approximately 100 bps in the first year. The transaction will be funded with available resources.
About TD Bank Group
The Toronto-Dominion Bank and its subsidiaries are collectively known as TD Bank Group (TD). TD is the sixth largest bank in North America by branches and serves approximately 22 million customers in four key businesses operating in a number of locations in key financial centres around the globe: Canadian Personal and Commercial Banking, including TD Canada Trust and TD Auto Finance Canada; Wealth and Insurance, including TD Waterhouse, an investment in TD Ameritrade, and TD Insurance; U.S. Personal and Commercial Banking, including TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, and TD Auto Finance U.S.; and Wholesale Banking, including TD Securities. TD also ranks among the world's leading online financial services firms, with approximately 8.5 million online customers. TD had CDN$806 billion in assets on July 31, 2012. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades under the symbol "TD" on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges.
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