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UBS earnings Q2 2019

UBS introduced a web revenue of $1.Four billion for the second quarter of 2019. This in comparison with a web revenue of 1.28 billion Swiss francs ($1.29 billion) within the second quarter of 2018.

The Swiss-lender introduced that that is the very best second-quarter web revenue since 2010. The revenue enhance is available in regardless of declines in each its funding financial institution and wealth administration divisions.

Listed below are some key highlights for the quarter:

  • Working revenue hit $7.5 billion versus $7.6 billion a yr in the past
  • Return on tangible fairness stood at 11.9% versus 12% a yr in the past
  • Frequent fairness tier 1 capital ratio of 13.3% versus 13.4% a yr in the past

“We saw a normalization of the environment coming out of a good March into the rest of the quarter. I’d say the highlights were clearly: diversification paid off again,” Sergio Ermotti, chief govt officer of UBS informed CNBC’s Joumanna Bercetche.

World Wealth Administration down

UBS, nevertheless, noticed a decline in its world wealth administration enterprise in comparison with a yr in the past. The financial institution reported an working revenue of $886 million in comparison with over $1 billion within the second quarter of 2018.

Income in its funding financial institution division additionally fell from a yr in the past. It registered an working revenue of $440 million within the second quarter for this yr in comparison with $571 million a yr in the past.

Chatting with CNBC, Ermotti defined that “the u-turn in the interest rate environment in the U.S. has created pressure.”

Market expectations level to an rate of interest lower by the Federal Reserve later this month. The central financial institution had launched into a normalization path in 2015, after the worldwide and sovereign debt crises. Nonetheless, current information has proven worsening financial situations within the U.S.

In Europe, the outlook is comparable for financial coverage. The European Central Financial institution (ECB) stated in May that if incoming financial information doesn’t present an enchancment, then the central financial institution shall be ready to announce extra stimulus.

Ermotti informed CNBC that he’s unsure whether or not additional easing will propel the economic system. “I’m not sure going deeper into negative territory or using the QE (quantitative easing) is the way to get out of the problems…We need more structural answers,” he stated.

Ermotti warned “there are severe broader considerations than just the banking industry” from low charges.


Ermotti’s feedback are available in after the Swiss-lender warned in its newest outcomes {that a} return to financial stimulus from varied central banks might dent income going ahead. “A sharp drop in interest rates and expected rate cuts will continue to adversely affect net interest income compared with last year,” UBS stated.

Nonetheless, the Swiss financial institution expects {that a} diversified enterprise, stronger investor sentiment and better market volatility will assist offsetting impacts from adjustments to financial coverage.

Within the earlier quarter, UBS had introduced that slicing an additional $300 million from its 2019 prices after anticipating the autumn in revenues.

“We constantly look at ways from a structural and tactical point of view, and the 300 million were pretty much tactical. We always think constantly on how to optimize our cost base but at the same time we are investing in the future,” Ermotti stated Tuesday.


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