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UBS's second-quarter 2013 result
UBS adjusted¹ profit before tax CHF 1 billion
BIS Basel III fully applied CET1 capital ratio 11.2%
UBS to acquire SNB StabFund equity, boosting BIS Basel III CET1
capital ratio by 70-90 basis points in fourth quarter 2013
Zurich/Basel, 30 July 2013 – UBS delivered a second-quarter adjusted¹ profit before tax of
CHF 1,022 million. On a reported basis, profit before tax was CHF 1,020 million. UBS’s underlying performance was strong in an environment that remained challenging. The result was achieved despite pre-tax charges for the quarter totaling approximately CHF 865 million for litigation matters and certain other significant provisions and an impairment of financial assets, as the firm continued to address issues from the past. UBS reinforced its position as the best-capitalized bank in its peer group with its BIS Basel III fully applied common equity tier 1 ratio increasing to 11.2%. Halfway through the year, the firm surpassed its Basel III risk-weighted asset (RWA) reduction target for the year, with Group Basel III fully applied RWA down CHF 20 billion to CHF 239 billion, primarily due to reductions in Non-core and Legacy Portfolio.
UBS expects to exercise the option to acquire the SNB StabFund’s equity in the fourth quarter of 2013, and estimates that this transaction will boost its industry-leading fully applied BIS Basel III CET1 capital ratio by an additional 70-90 basis points in the fourth quarter.
Wealth Management delivered its highest profit in four years excluding charges related to the Swiss-UK tax agreement and restructuring costs, and it attracted robust inflows. Wealth Management Americas achieved another record profit as well as record revenues, invested assets and productivity per financial advisor. UBS’s wealth management businesses have attracted net new money of over CHF 36 billion year-to-date, up over 50% on the first half of 2012. Retail & Corporate’s profit increased despite the ongoing low interest environment. Global Asset Management delivered a steady adjusted¹ result in a challenging quarter. The Investment Bank deployed its resources efficiently to deliver another strong performance.
UBS continued its disciplined strategic execution
- Adjusted¹ Group profit before tax CHF 1,022 million; net profit attributable to UBS shareholders CHF 690 million; diluted earnings per share CHF 0.18
- Adjusted¹ Group operating income CHF 7,251 million compared with CHF 7,983 million in the prior quarter, mainly reflecting lower net interest and trading income
- Adjusted¹ Group operating expenses CHF 6,229 million compared with CHF 6,081 million in the prior quarter, predominantly reflecting higher general and administrative costs
- Fully applied BIS Basel III CET1 ratio up 1.1% to 11.2%; phase-in BIS Basel III CET1 ratio up 0.9% to 16.2%
- Continued successful deleveraging of Group balance sheet; down CHF 85 billion to
CHF 1,129 billion
- Swiss SRB leverage ratio up to 3.9%; leverage, funding and liquidity ratios all comfortably above regulatory requirements
Commenting on UBS’s second-quarter results, Group Chief Executive Officer
Sergio P. Ermotti said, "I am very pleased with our performance this quarter. The results show that our strategy is right and we're ahead on execution. Every quarter since we set the strategy in 2011, we have executed it in a very clear and disciplined way building an unmatched capital position and delivering for our clients.”
Second-quarter 2013 net profit attributable to UBS shareholders CHF 690 million
Second-quarter 2013 net profit attributable to UBS shareholders was CHF 690 million compared with CHF 988 million in the first quarter of 2013. On an adjusted basis, the second-quarter profit before tax was CHF 1,022 million compared with CHF 1,901 million in the prior quarter. On a reported basis, profit before tax was CHF 1,020 million compared with CHF 1,447 million in the prior quarter. Operating income decreased by CHF 386 million, primarily due to lower net interest and trading income. Operating expenses increased by CHF 42 million, predominantly as a result of higher general and administrative expenses, partly offset by decreased variable compensation performance awards. In the second quarter, we recorded a tax expense of CHF 125 million compared with CHF 458 million in the prior quarter. Net profit attributable to preferred noteholders was CHF 204 million compared with zero in the first quarter.
Wealth Management’s profit before tax in the second quarter was CHF 557 million compared with CHF 664 million in the prior quarter. Adjusted profit before tax decreased by CHF 83 million to
CHF 607 million and included a charge of CHF 104 million in relation to the Swiss-UK tax agreement. Excluding also this charge, profit before tax was CHF 711 million, an increase of
CHF 21 million from the previous quarter. Operating income was CHF 1,953 million compared with
CHF 1,913 million in the prior quarter. The gross margin on invested assets decreased 1 basis point to 90 basis points as average invested assets increased faster than income. Operating expenses increased by CHF 146 million to CHF 1,396 million, mainly due to the charge in relation to the Swiss-UK tax agreement. All regions contributed to net new money inflows of
CHF 10.1 billion. The cost / income ratio increased to 71.5% from 64.9%. Adjusted for restructuring costs of CHF 50 million in the second quarter and CHF 26 million in the prior quarter, the cost / income ratio increased to 69.0% from 63.6% and was within our target range of 60% to 70%.
Wealth Management Americas’ profit before tax was USD 258 million compared with
USD 251 million in the prior quarter. Adjusted for restructuring charges, profit before tax increased by USD 7 million to USD 269 million from USD 262 million. Operating income was
USD 1,792 million compared with USD 1,737 million in the prior quarter. Operating expenses were
USD 1,534 million compared with USD 1,486 million. Net new money inflows declined to USD 2.8 billion from USD 9.2 billion, partly reflecting client withdrawals of around USD 2.5 billion associated with annual income tax payments. The gross margin on invested assets was unchanged at
80 basis points and remained within the target range of 75 to 85 basis points. The gross margin from recurring income increased 3 basis points due to higher managed account fees and interest income, while the gross margin from non-recurring income decreased 3 basis points due to lower transaction-based revenue and lower realized gains from sales of financial investments held in the available-for-sale portfolio. The cost / income ratio was 85.6%, broadly in line with 85.5% in the prior quarter. On an adjusted basis, the cost / income ratio was 85.0% compared with 84.9% in the prior quarter, and remained within the target range of 80% to 90%.
The Investment Bank recorded a profit before tax of CHF 775 million compared with
CHF 977 million in the prior quarter. Adjusted profit before tax was CHF 806 million compared with CHF 928 million. Adjusted return on attributed equity for the quarter was 38% compared with 47% in the prior quarter, and was consistent with our target of over 15%. Operating income was
CHF 2,250 million compared with CHF 2,783 million in the prior quarter. Both Corporate Client Solutions and Investor Client Services reported lower revenues. Total operating expenses decreased 18% to CHF 1,475 million from CHF 1,806 million, mainly due to lower variable compensation accruals. Adjusted for restructuring charges of CHF 31 million in the second quarter compared with CHF 6 million in the first quarter, operating expenses decreased 20% to
CHF 1,444 million from CHF 1,800 million. Fully applied Basel III RWA decreased slightly to
CHF 67 billion as of 30 June 2013 from CHF 69 billion as of 31 March 2013, and were consistent with our target of less than CHF 70 billion. Funded assets decreased to CHF 179 billion as of
30 June 2013 from CHF 186 billion as of 31 March 2013, and were consistent with our target of less than CHF 200 billion. The cost / income ratio increased to 65.7% from 64.8%. On an adjusted basis, the cost / income ratio improved to 64.3% from 65.9%, slightly better than our target range of 65% to 85%.
Global Asset Management‘s profit before tax was CHF 138 million compared with
CHF 190 million in the prior quarter. Adjusted for a gain of CHF 34 million on the disposal of its Canadian domestic business in the first quarter and restructuring charges in both quarters, profit before tax was CHF 152 million compared with CHF 160 million, mainly due to higher operating expenses. Operating expenses were CHF 352 million compared with CHF 327 million in the first quarter. Operating income was CHF 489 million compared with CHF 517 million in the prior quarter. Excluding money market flows, net new money inflows from third parties were CHF 1.6 billion compared with CHF 4.2 billion in the prior quarter. The total gross margin was 33 basis points compared with 35 basis points in the first quarter. Excluding the gain on disposal of the Canadian domestic business in the first quarter, the gross margin remained unchanged as the effect of higher net management fees due to higher average invested assets was offset by lower performance fees. It remained within our target gross margin range of 32 to 38 basis points. The cost / income ratio was 72.0% compared with 63.2% in the first quarter. Adjusted for restructuring charges and the gain on disposal of the Canadian domestic business, the cost / income ratio was 69.1%, compared with 66.9% in the prior quarter, remaining within our target range of 60% to 70%.
Retail & Corporate‘s profit before tax was CHF 377 million compared with CHF 347 million in the prior quarter. Adjusted profit before tax increased to CHF 390 million from CHF 362 million, reflecting higher operating income and broadly stable operating expenses. Operating income was CHF 948 million compared with CHF 919 million in the prior quarter. Net new business volume growth was negative 2.7%, reflecting a small number of corporate outflows including an outflow related to the issuance of a banking license to Swiss PostFinance, compared with positive 4.7% in the previous quarter. The net interest margin increased 3 basis points to 157 basis points, reflecting 2% higher net interest income and a slightly higher average loan volume. The net interest margin was within the target range of 140 to 180 basis points. The cost / income ratio improved by
2.2 percentage points to 60.0%, mainly reflecting higher income. Adjusted for restructuring charges, the cost / income ratio improved to 58.7% from 60.6%, bringing it within our target range of 50% to 60%.
Corporate Center – Core Functions recorded a loss before tax of CHF 142 million compared with a loss before tax of CHF 719 million in the previous quarter. On an adjusted basis, the loss before tax was CHF 275 million compared with a loss before tax of CHF 398 million in the prior quarter. Treasury income remaining in Corporate Center – Core Functions after allocations to the business divisions was negative CHF 136 million compared with negative CHF 255 million in the prior quarter. Expenses remaining after allocations to the business divisions and Corporate Center – Non-core and Legacy Portfolio declined by CHF 113 million.
Corporate Center – Non-core and Legacy Portfolio recorded a loss before tax of
CHF 927 million in the second quarter of 2013 compared with a loss before tax of CHF 245 million in the previous quarter. On an adjusted basis, the result before tax was a loss of CHF 909 million compared with an adjusted loss before tax of CHF 84 million in the prior quarter. This was mainly due to higher charges for provisions for litigation, regulatory and similar matters, lower revenues in rates and credit portfolios within Non-core, a lower gain from the revaluation of our option to acquire the SNB StabFund’s equity, and an impairment charge related to certain disputed receivables as well as a negative debit valuation adjustment on our derivatives portfolio. Balance sheet assets declined by CHF 82 billion. Fully applied BIS Basel III RWA decreased by CHF 17 billion to
CHF 78 billion.
Balance sheet: As of 30 June 2013, our balance sheet stood at CHF 1,129 billion, a decrease of CHF 85 billion from 31 March 2013. Funded assets, which represent total assets excluding positive replacement values and collateral delivered against over-the-counter derivatives, were reduced by CHF 32 billion to CHF 765 billion, mainly in the Corporate Center – Non-core and Legacy Portfolio and the Investment Bank, primarily due to a reduction in trading portfolio assets and reflecting the ongoing implementation of our strategy.
Capital management: Our phase-in BIS Basel III common equity tier 1 (CET1) ratio was 16.2% as of 30 June 2013, an increase of 0.9 percentage points from 31 March 2013. Our phase-in BIS Basel III CET1 capital decreased by CHF 0.8 billion to CHF 39.4 billion at the end of the second quarter of 2013. Our phase-in Basel III RWA decreased by CHF 19.8 billion to CHF 242.6 billion. On a fully applied basis, our BIS Basel III CET1 ratio increased 1.1 percentage points to 11.2% and our fully applied RWA declined to CHF 239.2 billion. Consistent with what we have said previously, we expect to reach our 13% BIS Basel III fully applied CET1 ratio target in 2014.
Invested assets: Group invested assets stood at CHF 2,348 billion at the end of the second quarter, a decrease of CHF 25 billion on the prior quarter. Of these, invested assets in Wealth Management decreased by CHF 8 billion to CHF 862 billion as negative market performance of CHF 19 billion more than offset net new money inflows of CHF 10 billion and positive currency translation effects of CHF 1 billion. In Wealth Management Americas, invested assets decreased by CHF 2 billion to CHF 843 billion. In US dollar terms, invested assets increased by USD 1 billion to USD 892 billion, reflecting continued net new money inflows, mostly offset by negative market performance of USD 2 billion. Global Asset Management’s invested assets decreased by
CHF 13 billion to CHF 586 billion due to negative currency translation effects of CHF 6 billion, negative market movements of CHF 5 billion and net new money outflows.
Outlook – At the end of the second quarter the market reaction to the eventual end of quantitative easing in the US served as a reminder that looser monetary policy across the globe has not resolved the underlying challenges related to structural fiscal and economic issues. For the first half of 2013, our revenue growth and business flows evidence the fact that we continued to manage our businesses effectively in challenging market conditions. However, for the third quarter of 2013, client confidence and activity levels could be impacted further by the continued absence of sustained and credible improvements to unresolved European sovereign debt and banking system issues and US fiscal issues, and by the mixed outlook for global growth. This would make improvements in prevailing market conditions unlikely and, together with the seasonal decline in activity levels traditionally associated with the summer holiday season, would consequently generate headwinds for revenue growth, net interest margins and net new money. Nevertheless, we remain confident that our wealth management businesses will continue to attract net new money, reflecting new and existing clients’ steadfast trust in the firm, and that the actions we have taken will ensure the firm’s long-term success and will deliver sustainable returns for our shareholders going forward.
¹ Unless otherwise indicated, “adjusted” figures exclude each of the following items, to the extent applicable, on a Group and business division level: own credit gain on financial liabilities designated at fair value for the Group of CHF 138 million in 2Q13 (CHF 181 million loss in 1Q13), net restructuring charges of CHF 140 million for the Group in 2Q13 (net charges of CHF 246 million in 1Q13), a gain of CHF 34 million on the disposal of Global Asset Management’s Canadian domestic business in 1Q13, a gain on the sale of the remaining proprietary trading business in the Investment Bank of CHF 55 million and an associated foreign currency translation loss of CHF 24 million in Corporate Center – Core Functions in 1Q13, and a net loss of CHF 92 million for the Group incurred on the buyback of debt in a public tender offer in 1Q13.
UBS’s second quarter 2013 report, shareholders’ letter, media release and slide presentation will be available from Tuesday, 30 July, 06.45 (CEST) at www.ubs.com/quarterlyreporting.
UBS will hold the presentation of its second quarter 2013 results on Tuesday, 30 July. The results will be presented by Sergio P. Ermotti, Group Chief Executive Officer, Tom Naratil, Group Chief Financial Officer, Caroline Stewart, Global Head of Investor Relations, and Hubertus Kuelps, Group Head of Communications & Branding.
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- 03.00 US EDT
Please note: The presentation and Q&A session will be broadcast via audio (NOT video) webcast with a simultaneous slideshow at www.ubs.com/quarterlyreporting.
Webcast playbacks: An audio playback of the webcast will be available from 12.00 CEST on
30 July 2013. An indexed, on-demand version of the webcast will be available from 18.00 (CEST).
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