“Our efficiency this quarter demonstrates that we proceed to be a supply of stability for our shoppers during times of serious uncertainty,” stated CEO Sergio Ermotti, who came back to UBS final month to shepherd the Credit score Suisse takeover. “Our robust flows throughout international wealth administration and asset administration replicate our shoppers’ continued confidence and belief in us.”
UBS posted web revenue of practically $1.04 billion within the first quarter, down 52% from the identical interval a yr in the past regardless of the brand new inflows. Revenue was decreased because the financial institution put aside $665 million to cope with further anticipated prices of a U.S. Justice Division lawsuit alleging that the financial institution defrauded American traders with the sale of residential mortgage-backed securities that contributed to the 2008 international monetary disaster.
“We’re in superior discussions with the U.S. Division of Justice, and I’m happy that we’re making progress towards resolving this legacy matter that dates again 15 years,” Ermotti stated in a webcast.
UBS stated it purchased again $1.3 billion in shares in the course of the quarter however reiterated that the share-buyback program has been briefly suspended forward of the closing of the three billion Swiss franc ($3.25 billion) government-engineered takeover of Credit Suisse announced March 19.
The shopper inflows at UBS got here in marked distinction to the 61 billion Swiss francs (practically $69 billion) in outflows that Credit Suisse reported Monday for the primary three months of the yr. The troubled financial institution stated shoppers are nonetheless withdrawing property.
The pressured marriage of Switzerland’s two greatest banks — organized by the Swiss government department, central financial institution and monetary markets regulator — was designed to rescue Credit score Suisse and assist stabilize the worldwide monetary system after the collapse of two U.S. banks final month.
The status of 167-year-old Credit score Suisse had been pummeled lately over inventory worth declines, a string of scandals and the flight of customers anxious concerning the financial institution’s future.
UBS stated it expects the takeover “to strengthen our place as a number one and actually international wealth supervisor,” whereas additionally acknowledging that it “would require sustained diligent effort.” Chairman Colm Kelleher has stated there’s a “huge amount of risk” in combining the two global banks but additionally “big alternatives.”
The financial institution additionally pointed to excessive inflation, sluggish financial progress, geopolitical tensions akin to Russia’s conflict in Ukraine and considerations concerning the stability of banks being a attainable drag within the coming months.
“The macroeconomic state of affairs going ahead stays unsure, and whereas considerations concerning the stability of banks have abated, they haven’t gone away,” UBS stated in a press release. “Because of this, shopper exercise ranges might stay subdued within the second quarter of 2023.”
UBS shares have been down about 1.5% in noon buying and selling in Switzerland.