Credit Suisse tasks $1.6 billion fourth-quarter loss

Switzerland’s second biggest bank Credit Suisse is seen here beside a Swiss flag in downtown Geneva.

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Credit Suisse on Wednesday forecasted a 1.5 billion Swiss franc ($1.6 billion) fourth-quarter loss as it carries out a huge tactical overhaul.

The embattled loan provider last month revealed a raft of procedures to resolve consistent underperformance in its financial investment bank and a series of danger and compliance failures that have actually saddled it with regularly high lawsuits expenses.

“These decisive measures are expected to result in a radical restructuring of the Investment Bank, an accelerated cost transformation, and strengthened and reallocated capital, each of which are progressing at pace,” the bank stated in a market upgrade on Wednesday.

Credit Suisse exposed that it had actually continued to experience net property outflows, and stated these circulations were roughly 6% of properties under management at the end of the 3rd quarter. The Zurich-based bank flagged last month that this pattern continued in the very first 2 weeks of October, after reports cast doubt over its liquidity position and credit default swaps surged. Credit default swaps are a kind of monetary derivative that supply the purchaser with defense versus default. 

“In wealth management, these outflows have reduced substantially from the elevated levels of the first two weeks of October 2022 although have not yet reversed,” Credit Suisse stated Wednesday.

The group anticipates to tape a 75 million Swiss franc loss connected to the sale of its shareholding in British wealth tech platform Allfunds group, while lower deposits and lowered properties under management are anticipated to result in a fall in net interest earnings, repeating commissions and charges, which the bank stated is most likely to result in a loss for its wealth management department in the 4th quarter.

“Together with the adverse revenue impact from the previously disclosed exit from the non-core businesses and exposures, and as previously announced on October 27, 2022, Credit Suisse would expect the Investment Bank and the Group to report a substantial loss before taxes in the fourth quarter 2022, of up to CHF ~1.5 billion for the Group,” the bank stated.

“The Group’s actual results will depend on a number of factors including the Investment Bank’s performance for the remainder of the quarter, the continued exit of non-core positions, any goodwill impairments, and the outcome of certain other actions, including potential real estate sales.”

Credit Suisse verified that it has actually started pursuing the targeted 15%, or 2.5 billion Swiss francs, decrease of its expense base by 2025 with a targeted decrease of 1.2 billion Swiss francs in 2023. Layoffs of 5% of the bank’s labor force are in progress together with decreases to “other non-compensation related costs.”

The bank revealed recently that it would speed up the restructure of its financial investment bank by offering a considerable part of its securitized items group (SPG) to Apollo Global Management, decreasing SPG properties from $75 billion to roughly $20 billion by the middle of 2023.

“These actions and other deleveraging measures including, but not limited to, in the non-core businesses, are expected to strengthen liquidity ratios and reduce the funding requirements of the Group,” it stated Wednesday.


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