Form FWP ROYAL BANK OF CANADA Filed by: ROYAL BANK OF CANADA
|Free Writing Prospectus
(To the Prospectus, the Prospectus Supplement and the Product Prospectus Supplement, each dated September 14, 2021)
|Filed Pursuant to Rule 433
Registration No. 333-259205
September 14, 2021
|Royal Bank of Canada||$
Capped Dual Directional Barrier Notes
Due October 5, 2022
Linked to the S&P 500® Index
Senior Global Medium Term Notes, Series I
|•||The Notes are designed for investors who seek a one-for-one return based on the appreciation of the S&P 500® Index (the “Index”), subject to the Maximum Upside Return set forth below, and a
one-for-one positive return based on the depreciation of the Index if the Index does not decrease by more than 17.55%. Investors should be willing to forgo interest and dividend payments and, if the Index declines by more than 17.55%, be
willing to lose some or all of their principal.
|•||Senior unsecured obligations of Royal Bank of Canada maturing October 5, 2022.(a)(b) Any payments on the Notes are subject to our credit risk.|
|•||Minimum denominations of $10,000 and integral multiples of $1,000 in excess thereof.|
|•||The Notes are expected to price on or about September 17, 2021(b) (the “Pricing Date”) and are expected to be issued on or about September 22, 2021(b) (the “issue date”).|
|Key Terms||Terms used in this free writing prospectus, but not defined herein, will have the meanings ascribed to them in the product prospectus supplement.|
|Issuer:||Royal Bank of Canada|
|Reference Asset:||S&P 500® Index (Bloomberg symbol “SPX”)|
|If the Final Level is greater than the Initial Level, you will receive a cash payment that provides you with a return equal to the Percentage Change, subject to the Maximum Upside Return. Accordingly, if the
Percentage Change is positive, your payment per $1,000 in principal amount of the Notes will be calculated as follows:
$1,000 + ($1,000 x Percentage Change), subject to the Maximum Upside Return of $1,070
The payment on the Notes in this case will not exceed $1,070 for each $1,000 in principal amount.
If the Final Level is equal to or less than the Initial Level but greater than or equal to the Barrier Level, resulting in a Percentage Change that is equal to or less than 0% but greater than or equal -17.55%, you
$1,000 + [$1,000 x (-1 x Percentage Change)]
If the Final Level is less than the Barrier Level, you will lose 1% of the principal amount of your Notes for every 1% that the Final Level declines from the Initial Level. Accordingly, if the Percentage Change is
$1,000 + ($1,000 x Percentage Change)
If the Final Level is less than the Initial Level by more than 17.55%, you will lose 1% of the principal amount of your Notes for every 1% that the Percentage Change is less
|Percentage Change:||The performance of the Index from the Initial Level to the Final Level, calculated as follows:
Final Level – Initial Level
|Maximum Return:||$1,070.00 per $1,000 in principal amount of the Notes.|
|Barrier Level:||82.45% of the Initial Level|
|Initial Level:||The closing level of the Index on the Pricing Date.|
|Final Level:||The arithmetic average of the closing levels of the Index on each of the Valuation Dates.|
|Valuation Dates:||September 26, 2022, September 27, 2022, September 28, 2022, September 29, 2022 and September 30, 2022(a)(b)|
|Maturity Date:||October 5, 2022(a)(b)|
|Calculation Agent:||RBC Capital Markets, LLC|
|Estimated Value:||The initial estimated value of the Notes as of the Pricing Date is expected to be between $933.12 and $983.12 per $1,000 in principal amount, and will be less than the price to
public. The final pricing supplement relating to the Notes will set forth our estimate of the initial value of the Notes as of the Pricing Date. The actual value of the Notes at any time will reflect many factors, cannot be predicted with
accuracy, and may be less than this amount.
(a) Subject to postponement if a market disruption event occurs, as described under “General Terms of the Notes—Market Disruption Events” in the product prospectus supplement.
(b) Expected. If we make any change to the expected Pricing Date and issue date, the Valuation Dates and the maturity date will be changed so that the stated term of the Notes remains the same.
Investing in the Notes involves a number of risks. See “Selected Risk Considerations” beginning on page FWP-5 of this free writing prospectus, “Additional Risk Factors Specific to the Notes” beginning
on page PS-4 of the product prospectus supplement, and “Risk Factors” beginning on page S-1 of the prospectus supplement and beginning on page 1 of the prospectus.
The Notes will not be listed on any U.S. securities exchange or quotation system. Neither the Securities and Exchange Commission nor any state securities commission has approved or disapproved of
these securities or determined that this free writing prospectus is truthful or complete. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.
The Notes will not constitute deposits insured by the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation, the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other Canadian or U.S. government agency or
instrumentality. The Notes are not subject to conversion into our common shares under subsection 39.2(2.3) of the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation Act.
|Price to Public1||Underwriting Commission2||Proceeds to Royal Bank of Canada|
1 Certain fiduciary accounts purchasing the Notes will pay a purchase price of $990.00 per Note, and the placement agents will forgo any fees with respect to sales made to
those accounts. The price to the public for all other purchases of the Notes is 100%.
2 JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and their affiliates will act as placement agents for the Notes and will receive a fee from the Issuer that will not
exceed $10.00 per $1,000 in principal amount of the Notes, but will forgo any fees for sales to certain fiduciary accounts.
|RBC Capital Markets, LLC||JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.||J.P. Morgan Securities LLC|
Royal Bank of Canada has filed a registration statement (including a product prospectus supplement, a prospectus supplement, and a prospectus) with the SEC for the offering to which
this free writing prospectus relates. Before you invest, you should read those documents and the other documents relating to this offering that we have filed with the SEC for more complete information about us and this offering. You may obtain these
documents without cost by visiting EDGAR on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, Royal Bank of Canada, any agent or any dealer participating in this offering will arrange to send you the product prospectus supplement, the prospectus
supplement and the prospectus if you so request by calling toll-free at 1-877-688-2301.
You may revoke your offer to purchase the Notes at any time prior to the pricing as described on the cover of this free writing prospectus. We reserve the right to change the terms
of, or reject any offer to purchase the Notes prior to their issuance. In the event of any changes to the terms of the Notes, we will notify you and you will be asked to accept such changes in connection with your purchase. You may also choose to
reject such changes, in which case we may reject your offer to purchase.
ADDITIONAL TERMS OF THE NOTES
You should read this free writing prospectus together with the prospectus dated September 14, 2021, as supplemented by the prospectus supplement dated September 14, 2021 and the product prospectus
supplement dated September 14, 2021, relating to our Senior Global Medium-Term Notes, Series I, of which these Notes are a part. Capitalized terms used but not defined in this free writing prospectus will have the meanings given to them in the
product prospectus supplement. In the event of any conflict, this free writing prospectus will control. You should read this free writing prospectus carefully.
This free writing prospectus, together with the documents listed below, contains the terms of the Notes and supersedes all prior or contemporaneous oral statements as well as any other written
materials including preliminary or indicative pricing terms, correspondence, trade ideas, structures for implementation, sample structures, brochures or other educational materials of ours. You should carefully consider, among other things, the
matters set forth in “Risk Factors” in the prospectus supplement and “Additional Risk Factors Specific to the Notes” in the product prospectus supplement, as the Notes involve risks not associated with conventional debt securities. We urge you to
consult your investment, legal, tax, accounting and other advisors before you invest in the Notes. You may access these documents on the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) website at www.sec.gov as follows (or if that address has changed,
by reviewing our filings for the relevant date on the SEC website):
Prospectus dated September 14, 2021:
Prospectus Supplement dated September 14, 2021:
Product Prospectus Supplement ERN-EI-1 dated September 14, 2021:
Our Central Index Key, or CIK, on the SEC website is 1000275. As used in this free writing prospectus, “Royal Bank,” “we,” “us,” or “our” refers to Royal Bank of Canada.
What Is the Total Return on the Notes at Maturity Assuming a Range of Performance for the Index?
The following table illustrates the hypothetical total return at maturity on the Notes. The “total return,” as used in this free writing prospectus, is the number, expressed as a
percentage, that results from comparing the payment at maturity per $1,000 in principal amount of the Notes to $1,000. The hypothetical total returns and examples set forth below assume a hypothetical Initial Level of 1,000.00, a hypothetical Barrier
Level of 824.50, the Maximum Upside Return of $1,070.00 per $1,000 in principal amount of the Notes, and hypothetical Final Levels as set forth below. The actual Initial Level and Barrier Level will be determined on the Pricing Date, and the actual
Final Level will be determined based on the arithmetic average of the closing levels of the Index on each of the Valuation Dates.
The hypothetical total returns and examples set forth below are for illustrative purposes only and may not be the actual total returns applicable to a purchaser of the Notes. The
numbers appearing in the following table and examples have been rounded for ease of analysis. The examples below do not take into account any tax consequences from investing in the Notes.
|Final Level||Percentage Change||Payment at Maturity||Total Return on the Notes|
Hypothetical Examples of Amounts Payable at Maturity
The following examples illustrate how the payments set forth in the table above are calculated.
Example 1: The level of the Index increases from the Initial Level to a Final Level of 1,050, resulting in a Percentage Change of 5%.
Because the Percentage Change is positive, the investor will receive a payment at maturity of $1,050 per $1,000 in principal amount of the Notes, calculated as follows:
$1,000 + ($1,000 x 5%) = $1,050
Example 2: The level of the Index increases from the Initial Level to a Final Level of 1,200, resulting in a Percentage Change of 20%.
In this example, the Percentage Change would result in a payment that is greater than the Maximum Upside Return. Accordingly, the payment on the Notes would be $1,070.00 per $1,000
in principal amount, representing the Maximum Upside Return. In this case, your return on the Notes is less than the return represented by the Percentage Change.
Example 3: The level of the Index decreases from the Initial Level to a Final Level of 900, resulting in a Percentage Change of -10%.
Because the Percentage Change is negative, but the Final Level is greater than the Barrier Level, the investor will receive a payment at maturity of $1,100 per $1,000 in principal
amount of the Notes, calculated as follows:
$1,000 + [$1,000 x (-1 x -10%)] = $1,100
In this case, the return on the Notes is positive, even though the Percentage Change is negative and the Final Level is less than the Initial Level.
Example 4: The level of the Index decreases from the Initial Level to a Final Level of 500, resulting in a Percentage Change of -50%.
Because the Percentage Change is negative and the Final Level is less than the Barrier Level, the investor will receive a payment at maturity of $500 per $1,000 in principal amount
of the Notes, calculated as follows:
$1,000 + ($1,000 x -50%) = $500
Selected Purchase Considerations
|•||Appreciation Potential — The Notes provide the opportunity to participate in the appreciation of the Index, on a one-for-one basis up to the Maximum Upside Return.|
|•||Potential for a Positive Return if the Level of the Index Decreases — If the level of the Index decreases, but by no more than 17.55%, you will receive a positive return on
the Notes, equal to a 1% positive return for each 1% that the level of the Index has decreased.
|•||Limited Protection Against Loss — Payment at maturity of the principal amount of the Notes is protected against a decline in the Final Level, as
compared to the Initial Level, of up to 17.55%. If the Final Level is less than the Initial Level by more than 17.55%, you will lose an amount equal to 1% of the principal amount of your Notes for every 1% that the Percentage Change is less
Selected Risk Considerations
An investment in the Notes involves significant risks. Investing in the Notes is not equivalent to investing directly in the Index. These risks are explained in more detail in the
section “Additional Risk Factors Specific to the Notes” in the product prospectus supplement. In addition to the risks described in the prospectus supplement and the product prospectus supplement, you should consider the following:
Risks Relating to the Terms and the Structure of the Notes
|•||You May Lose All or a Portion of the Principal Amount at Maturity —Investors in the Notes will lose all or a substantial portion of their principal amount if the Final Level
is less than the Barrier Level. In such a case, you will lose 1% of the principal amount of your Notes for each 1% that the Final Level is less than the Initial Level, and you may lose up to 100% of your investment.
|•||The Notes Do Not Pay Interest and Your Return May Be Lower than the Return on a Conventional Debt Security of Comparable Maturity — There will be no periodic interest
payments on the Notes as there would be on a conventional fixed-rate or floating-rate debt security having the same maturity. The return that you will receive on the Notes, which could be negative, may be less than the return you could earn
on other investments. Even if your return is positive, your return may be less than the return you would earn if you bought one of our conventional senior interest bearing debt securities.
|•||Your Potential Payment at Maturity Is Limited — The Notes will provide less opportunity to participate in the appreciation of the Index than an investment in a security
linked to the Index providing full participation in that appreciation, because the return on the Notes if the Percentage Change is positive will not exceed the Maximum Upside Return. Accordingly, your return on the Notes may be less than your
return would be if you made an investment in a security directly linked to the positive performance of the Index.
If the level of the Index decreases, so that you benefit from the absolute return feature of the Notes, your maximum positive return on the Notes will be 17.55% of
the principal amount.
|•||Payments on the Notes Are Subject to Our Credit Risk, and Changes in Our Credit Ratings Are Expected to Affect the Market Value of the Notes — The Notes are our senior
unsecured debt securities. As a result, your receipt of the amount due on the maturity date is dependent upon our ability to repay our obligations at that time. This will be the case even if the level of the Index increases after the Pricing
Date. No assurance can be given as to what our financial condition will be at the maturity of the Notes.
|•||You Will Not Have Any Rights to the Securities Included in the Index — As a holder of the Notes, you will not have voting rights or rights to receive cash dividends or other
distributions or other rights that holders of securities included in the Index would have. The Final Level will not reflect any dividends paid on the securities included in the Index, and accordingly, any positive return on the Notes may be
less than the potential positive return on those securities.
|•||The Payments on the Notes Are Subject to Postponement Due to Market Disruption Events or Unavailability of the Level of the Index — The payment at maturity, the Valuation
Dates and the Index are subject to adjustment as described in the product prospectus supplement. For a description of what constitutes a market disruption event as well as the consequences of that market disruption event and the
unavailability of the level of the Index on the Valuation Dates, see “General Terms of the Notes—Unavailability of the Level of the Reference Asset” and “—Market Disruption Events” in the product prospectus supplement.
|•||The Tax Treatment of the Notes Is Uncertain — Significant aspects of the tax treatment of an investment in the Notes are uncertain. You should consult your tax adviser about
your tax situation.
Risks Relating to the Secondary Market for the Notes
|•||There May Not Be an Active Trading Market for the Notes—Sales in the Secondary Market May Result in Significant Losses — There may be little or no secondary market for the
Notes. The Notes will not be listed on any securities exchange. RBCCM and our other affiliates may make a market for the Notes; however, they are not required to do so. RBCCM or any other affiliate of ours may stop any market-making
activities at any time. Even if a secondary market for the Notes develops, it may not provide significant liquidity or trade at prices advantageous to you. We expect that transaction costs in any secondary market would be high. As a result,
the difference between bid and asked prices for your Notes in any secondary market could be substantial.
|•||Many Economic and Market Factors Will Impact the Value of the Notes — In addition to the level of the Index on any day, the value of the Notes will be affected by a number of
economic and market factors that may either offset or magnify each other, including:
|•||the expected volatility of the Index;|
|•||the time to maturity of the Notes;|
|•||the dividend rate on the securities included in the Index;|
|•||interest and yield rates in the market generally;|
|•||a variety of economic, financial, political, regulatory or judicial events; and|
|•||our creditworthiness, including actual or anticipated downgrades in our credit ratings.|
Risks Relating to the Initial Estimated Value of the Notes
|•||The Initial Estimated Value of the Notes Will Be Less than the Price to the Public — The initial estimated value that will be set forth in the final pricing supplement for
the Notes does not represent a minimum price at which we, RBCCM or any of our affiliates would be willing to purchase the Notes in any secondary market (if any exists) at any time. If you attempt to sell the Notes prior to maturity, their
market value may be lower than the price you paid for them and the initial estimated value. This is due to, among other things, changes in the level of the Index, the borrowing rate we pay to issue securities of this kind, and the inclusion
in the price to the public of the underwriting discount and the costs relating to our hedging of the Notes. These factors, together with various credit, market and economic factors over the term of the Notes, are expected to reduce the price
at which you may be able to sell the Notes in any secondary market and will affect the value of the Notes in complex and unpredictable ways. Assuming no change in market conditions or any other relevant factors, the price, if any, at which
you may be able to sell your Notes prior to maturity may be less than your original purchase price. The Notes are not designed to be short-term trading instruments. Accordingly, you should be able and willing to hold your Notes to maturity.
|•||The Initial Estimated Value of the Notes That We Will Provide in the Final Pricing Supplement Will Be an Estimate Only, Calculated as of the Pricing Date — The value of the Notes at any time after the Pricing Date will vary based on many factors, including changes in market conditions, and cannot be predicted with accuracy. As a result, the actual value you would receive if you sold
the Notes in any secondary market, if any, should be expected to differ materially from the initial estimated value of your Notes.
Risks Relating to Conflicts of Interest
|•||We and Our Affiliates May Have Adverse Economic Interests to the Holders of the Notes — We, RBCCM and our other respective affiliates trade the securities represented by the
Index, and other financial instruments related to the Index, on a regular basis, for their accounts and for other accounts under our or their management. We, RBCCM and our other affiliates may also issue or underwrite or assist unaffiliated
entities in the issuance or underwriting of other securities or financial instruments that relate to the Index. To the extent that we or any of our affiliates serves as issuer, agent or underwriter for such securities or financial
instruments, our or their interests with respect to such products may be adverse to those of the holders of the Notes. Any of these trading activities could potentially affect the performance of the Index and, accordingly, could affect the
value of the Notes, and the amounts, if any, payable on the Notes.
We or our affiliates may currently or from time to time engage in business with the issuers of the securities represented by the Index, including extending loans to, or making equity investments
in, or providing advisory services to them, including merger and acquisition advisory services. In the course of this business, we or our
affiliates may acquire non-public information about these companies, and we will not disclose any such information to you. None of us or our affiliates makes any representation or warranty to any
purchaser of the Notes with respect to any matters whatsoever relating to our business with the issuer of any security included in the Index or future price movements of any such security.
Additionally, we or our affiliates may serve as issuer, agent or underwriter for additional issuances of securities with returns linked or related to changes in the level the Index. By introducing
competing products into the marketplace in this manner, we could adversely affect the value of the Notes.
We may hedge our obligations under the Notes through certain affiliates, who would expect to make a profit on such hedge. We or our affiliates may adjust these hedges by, among other things,
purchasing or selling those assets at any time, including around the time of the Valuation Dates, which could have an impact on the return of the Notes. Because hedging our obligations entails risk and may be influenced by market forces beyond our or
our affiliates’ control, such hedging may result in a profit that is more or less than expected, or it may result in a loss.
|•||We May Issue Research That Is Inconsistent with an Investment in the Notes — We or our affiliates may issue research reports on securities that are, or may become, components
of the Index. We may also publish research from time to time on financial markets and other matters that may influence the levels of the Index or the value of the Notes, or express opinions or provide recommendations that may be inconsistent
with the purchasing or holding the Notes or with the investment view implicit in the Notes or the Index. You should make your own independent investigation of the merits of investing in the Notes and the Index.
The following graph sets forth the historical performance of the Index from January 1, 2016 to September 10, 2022. On September 10, 2022, the closing level of the Index was 4,458.58. The red horizontal
line represents a hypothetical Barrier Level of 3,676.10, which is 82.45% of that closing level (rounded to two decimal places).
We obtained the Index closing levels below from Bloomberg L.P. We have not independently verified the accuracy or completeness of the information obtained from Bloomberg L.P. The historical levels of
the Index should not be taken as an indication of future performance, and no assurance can be given as to the closing level of the Index on the Valuation Dates. We cannot give you assurance that the performance of the Index will result in the return
of any of your initial investment.
Information Regarding the Index
The SPX is intended to provide an indication of price movements among U.S. large capitalization stocks. The calculation of the level of the SPX is based on the relative value of the aggregate market
value of the common stocks of 500 companies as of a particular time compared to the aggregate average market value of the common stocks of 500 similar companies during the base period of the years 1941 through 1943.
S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC (“S&P”) calculates the SPX by reference to the prices of the constituent stocks of the SPX without taking account of the value of dividends paid on those stocks. As a
result, the return on the Notes will not reflect the return you would realize if you actually owned the SPX constituent stocks and received the dividends paid on those stocks.
Effective with the September 2015 rebalance, consolidated share class lines will no longer be included in the SPX. Each share class line will be subject to public float and liquidity criteria
individually, but the company’s total market capitalization will be used to evaluate each share class line. This may result in one listed share class line of a company being included in the SPX while a second listed share class line of the same
company is excluded.
Computation of the SPX
While S&P currently employs the following methodology to calculate the SPX, no assurance can be given that S&P will not modify or change this methodology in a manner that may affect the Payment
Historically, the market value of any component stock of the SPX was calculated as the product of the market price per share and the number of then outstanding shares of such component stock. In March
2005, S&P began shifting the SPX halfway from a market capitalization weighted formula to a float-adjusted formula, before moving the SPX to full float adjustment on September 16, 2005. S&P’s criteria for selecting stocks for the SPX did not
change with the shift to float adjustment. However, the adjustment affects each company’s weight in the SPX.
Under float adjustment, the share counts used in calculating the SPX reflect only those shares that are available to investors, not all of a company’s outstanding shares. Float adjustment excludes
shares that are closely held by control groups, other publicly traded companies or government agencies.
In September 2012, all shareholdings representing more than 5% of a stock’s outstanding shares, other than holdings by “block owners,” were removed from the float for purposes of calculating the SPX.
Generally, these “control holders” will include officers and directors, private equity, venture capital and special equity firms, other publicly traded companies that hold shares for control, strategic partners, holders of restricted shares, ESOPs,
employee and family trusts, foundations associated with the company, holders of unlisted share classes of stock, government entities at all levels (other than government retirement/pension funds) and any individual person who controls a 5% or greater
stake in a company as reported in regulatory filings. However, holdings by block owners, such as depositary banks, pension funds, mutual funds and ETF providers, 401(k) plans of the company, government retirement/pension funds, investment funds of
insurance companies, asset managers and investment funds, independent foundations and savings and investment plans, will ordinarily be considered part of the float.
Treasury stock, stock options, equity participation units, warrants, preferred stock, convertible stock, and rights are not part of the float. Shares held in a trust to allow investors in countries
outside the country of domicile, such as depositary shares and Canadian exchangeable shares are normally part of the float unless those shares form a control block.
For each stock, an investable weight factor (“IWF”) is calculated by dividing the available float shares by the total shares outstanding. Available float shares are defined as the total shares outstanding less shares held
by control holders. This calculation is subject to a 5% minimum threshold for control blocks. For example, if a company’s officers and directors hold 3% of the company’s shares, and no other control group holds 5% of the company’s shares, S&P
would assign that company an IWF of 1.00, as no control group meets the 5% threshold. However, if a company’s officers and directors hold 3% of the company’s shares and another control group holds 20% of the company’s shares, S&P would assign an
IWF of 0.77, reflecting the fact that 23% of the company’s outstanding shares are considered to be held for control. As of July 31, 2017, companies with multiple share class lines are no longer eligible for inclusion in the SPX. Constituents of the
SPX prior to July 31, 2017 with multiple share class lines are grandfathered in and continue to be included in the SPX. If a constituent company of the SPX reorganizes
into a multiple share class line structure, that company will remain in the SPX at the discretion of the S&P Index Committee in order to minimize turnover.
The SPX is calculated using a base-weighted aggregate methodology. The level of the SPX reflects the total market value of all 500 component stocks relative to the base period of the years 1941 through
1943. An indexed number is used to represent the results of this calculation in order to make the level easier to use and track over time. The actual total market value of the component stocks during the base period of the years 1941 through 1943 has
been set to an indexed level of 10. This is often indicated by the notation 1941-43 = 10. In practice, the daily calculation of the SPX is computed by dividing the total market value of the component stocks by the “index divisor.” By itself, the
index divisor is an arbitrary number. However, in the context of the calculation of the SPX, it serves as a link to the original base period level of the SPX. The index divisor keeps the SPX comparable over time and is the manipulation point for all
adjustments to the SPX, which is index maintenance.
Index maintenance includes monitoring and completing the adjustments for company additions and deletions, share changes, stock splits, stock dividends, and stock price adjustments due to company
restructuring or spinoffs. Some corporate actions, such as stock splits and stock dividends, require changes in the common shares outstanding and the stock prices of the companies in the SPX, and do not require index divisor adjustments.
To prevent the level of the SPX from changing due to corporate actions, corporate actions which affect the total market value of the SPX require an index divisor adjustment. By adjusting the index
divisor for the change in market value, the level of the SPX remains constant and does not reflect the corporate actions of individual companies in the SPX. Index divisor adjustments are made after the close of trading and after the calculation of
the SPX closing level.
Changes in a company’s total shares outstanding of 5% or more due to public offerings are made as soon as reasonably possible. Other changes of 5% or more (for example, due to tender offers, Dutch
auctions, voluntary exchange offers, company stock repurchases, private placements, acquisitions of private companies or non-index companies that do not trade on a major exchange, redemptions, exercise of options, warrants, conversion of preferred
stock, notes, debt, equity participations, at-the-market stock offerings or other recapitalizations) are made weekly, and are generally announced on Fridays for implementation after the close of trading the following Friday (one week later). If a 5%
or more share change causes a company’s IWF to change by five percentage points or more, the IWF is updated at the same time as the share change. IWF changes resulting from partial tender offers are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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These trademarks have been licensed for use by S&P. “Standard & Poor’s®”, “S&P 500®” and “S&P®” are trademarks of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC. These trademarks have been sublicensed
for certain purposes by us. The SPX is a product of S&P and/or its affiliates and has been licensed for use by us.
The Notes are not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC or any of their respective affiliates (collectively, “S&P Dow Jones Indices”).
S&P Dow Jones Indices make no representation or warranty, express or implied, to the holders of the Notes or any member of the public regarding the advisability of investing in securities generally or in the Notes particularly or the ability of
the SPX to track general market performance. S&P Dow Jones Indices’ only relationship to us with respect to the SPX is the licensing of the SPX and certain trademarks, service marks and/or trade names of S&P Dow Jones Indices and/or its third
party licensors. The SPX is determined, composed and calculated by S&P Dow Jones Indices without regard to us or the Notes. S&P Dow Jones Indices have no obligation to take our needs or the needs of holders of the Notes into consideration in
determining, composing or calculating the SPX. S&P Dow Jones Indices are not responsible for and have not participated in the determination of the prices, and amount of the Notes or the timing of the issuance or sale of the Notes or in the
determination or calculation of the equation by which the Notes are to be converted into cash. S&P Dow Jones Indices have no obligation or liability in connection with the administration, marketing or trading of the Notes. There is no assurance
that investment products based on the SPX
will accurately track index performance or provide positive investment returns. S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and its subsidiaries are not investment advisors. Inclusion of a security or futures
contract within an index is not a recommendation by S&P Dow Jones Indices to buy, sell, or hold such security or futures contract, nor is it considered to be investment advice. Notwithstanding the foregoing, CME Group Inc. and its affiliates may
independently issue and/or sponsor financial products unrelated to the Notes currently being issued by us, but which may be similar to and competitive with the Notes. In addition, CME Group Inc. and its affiliates may trade financial products which
are linked to the performance of the SPX. It is possible that this trading activity will affect the value of the Notes.
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Supplemental Plan of Distribution
JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and its affiliates will act as placement agents for the Notes and will receive a fee from the Issuer that will not exceed $10.00 per $1,000 in
principal amount of the Notes, but will forgo any fees for sales to certain fiduciary accounts. We or one of our affiliates will also pay an expected fee to a broker-dealer that is unaffiliated with us for providing certain electronic platform
services with respect to this offering.
We expect that delivery of the Notes will be made against payment for the Notes on or about September 22, 2021, which is more than two business days following the Pricing Date. Under Rule 15c6-1 of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934, trades in the secondary market generally are required to settle in two business days, unless the parties to any such trade expressly agree otherwise. Accordingly, purchasers who wish to trade the Notes on any date
prior to two business days before delivery will be required to specify alternative settlement arrangements to prevent a failed settlement.
In addition, RBCCM or another of its affiliates or agents may use this document in market-making transactions after the initial sale of the Notes, but is under no obligation to do so and may discontinue
any market-making activities at any time without notice.
The value of the Notes shown on your account statement will be based on RBCCM’s estimate of the value of the Notes if RBCCM or another of our affiliates were to make a market in the Notes (which it is
not obligated to do). That estimate will be based upon the price that RBCCM may pay for the Notes in light of then prevailing market conditions, our creditworthiness and transaction costs. For a period of approximately six (6) months after the issue
date of the Notes, the price shown on your account statement may initially be higher than RBCCM’s estimated value of the Notes. This is because the estimated value of the Notes will reflect the reduction of the underwriting discount and our hedging
costs and profits; however, the value of the Notes shown on your account statement during that period is expected to be a higher amount, reflecting the amortization of RBCCM’s underwriting discount and our estimated profit from hedging the Notes.
After this period, if RBCCM repurchases your Notes, it expects to do so at prices that reflect its estimated value.
The Notes are our debt securities, the return on which is linked to the performance of the Index. As is the case for all of our debt securities, including our structured notes, the economic terms of the
Notes reflect our actual or perceived creditworthiness at the time of pricing. In addition, because structured notes result in increased operational, funding and liability management costs to us, we typically borrow the funds under these Notes at a
rate that is more favorable to us than the rate that we might pay for a conventional fixed or floating rate debt security of comparable maturity. This relatively lower implied borrowing rate, which is reflected in the economic terms of the Notes,
along with the fees and expenses associated with structured notes, typically reduces the initial estimated value of the Notes at the time the terms of the Notes are set.
In order to satisfy our payment obligations under the Notes, we may choose to enter into certain hedging arrangements (which may include call options, put options or other derivatives) on the issue date
with RBCCM or one of our other subsidiaries. The terms of these hedging arrangements take into account a number of factors, including our creditworthiness, interest rate movements, the volatility of the Index, and the tenor of the Notes. The economic
terms of the Notes depend in part on the terms of these hedging arrangements.
The lower implied borrowing rate, the underwriting commission and the hedging-related costs relating to the Notes reduce the economic terms of the Notes to you and result in the initial estimated value
for the Notes (estimated at the time the terms of the Notes are set) being less than their public offering price. See “Selected Risk Considerations—The Initial Estimated Value of the Notes Will Be Less than the Price to the Public” above.
U.S. Federal Tax Consequences
The following disclosure supplements, and to the extent inconsistent supersedes, the discussion in the product prospectus supplement under “Supplemental Discussion of U.S. Federal Income Tax
In the opinion of our counsel, Ashurst LLP, it would generally be reasonable to treat a Note with terms described herein as a pre-paid cash-settled derivative contract in respect of the Index for U.S. federal income tax
purposes, and the terms of the Notes require a holder and us (in the absence of a change in law or an administrative or judicial ruling to the contrary) to treat the Notes for all tax purposes in accordance with such characterization. However, the
U.S. federal income tax consequences of your investment in the Notes are uncertain and the Internal Revenue
Service (the “IRS”) could assert that the Notes should be taxed in a manner that is different from that described in the preceding sentence.
Under Section 871(m) of the Code, a “dividend equivalent” payment is treated as a dividend from sources within the United States. Such payments generally would be subject to a 30% U.S. withholding tax if paid to a non-U.S.
holder. Under U.S. Treasury Department regulations, payments (including deemed payments) with respect to equity-linked instruments (“ELIs”) that are “specified ELIs” may be treated as dividend equivalents if such specified ELIs reference an interest
in an “underlying security,” which is generally any interest in an entity taxable as a corporation for U.S. federal income tax purposes if a payment with respect to such interest could give rise to a U.S. source dividend. However, the IRS has issued
guidance that states that the U.S. Treasury Department and the IRS intend to amend the effective dates of the U.S. Treasury Department regulations to provide that withholding on dividend equivalent payments will not apply to specified ELIs that are
not delta-one instruments and that are issued before January 1, 2023. Based on our determination that the Notes are not delta-one instruments, non-U.S. holders should not be subject to withholding on dividend equivalent payments, if any, under the
Notes. However, it is possible that the Notes could be treated as deemed reissued for U.S. federal income tax purposes upon the occurrence of certain events affecting the Index or the Notes (for example, upon the Index rebalancing), and following
such occurrence the Notes could be treated as subject to withholding on dividend equivalent payments. Non-U.S. holders that enter, or have entered, into other transactions in respect of the Index or the Notes should consult their tax advisors as to
the application of the dividend equivalent withholding tax in the context of the Notes and their other transactions. If any payments are treated as dividend equivalents subject to withholding, we (or the applicable withholding agent) would be
entitled to withhold taxes without being required to pay any additional amounts with respect to amounts so withheld.