Looking back on a year of challenges and success

2022 financial performance

Our globally diversified business, with strong positions across Switzerland, Asia Pacific, EMEA and the US, enabled us to deliver value for both our clients and our shareholders in this challenging environment. Our outstanding client franchises are underpinned by a balance sheet for all seasons, a strong risk culture and an intense focus on costs. This enabled us to deliver good results in 2022 and achieve our Group financial targets for the full year, with a net profit attributable to shareholders of USD 7.6 billion, a return on CET1 capital of 17.0% and a cost/income ratio of 72.1%. We also maintained a strong capital position, ending the year with a CET1 capital ratio of 14.2% and a CET1 leverage ratio of 4.42%, both significantly above our guidance.

Our capital returns today and in the future

We remain committed to delivering attractive capital returns and creating long-term sustainable value for our shareholders. For the 2022 financial year, the Board of Directors is proposing a dividend to UBS Group AG shareholders of USD 0.55 per share, an increase of 10% year over year. Having also repurchased USD 5.6 billion of shares in 2022, we are returning USD 7.3 billion of capital to our shareholders for the financial year.

Clients are at the center of everything we do

Helping clients to achieve their financial goals is the essence of what we do. We aim to differentiate our service by delivering a client experience that is personalized, relevant, on-time and seamless. This is our promise to clients. With evolving client needs, we’re adapting by making our wealth coverage more needs-based, digital and effective. In wealth management, our focus remains on our core wealth, global family and institutional wealth clients, while expanding our coverage of entrepreneurs, women and the next generation of wealthy individuals. We’re launching and scaling digitally customizable services, enhancing personally advised wealth with digital support and expanding our custom offerings for global family and institutional wealth to cater for the different needs of our clients.

Our compensation approach in 2022

The 2022 performance award pool continues to reflect our strict pay-for-performance philosophy, our disciplined approach in managing compensation over business cycles and alignment to shareholder interests. Reflecting our overall results while also considering our underlying results, the 2022 performance award pool was USD 3.3 billion, a decrease of 10% compared with 2021.

Environmental, social and governance in the compensation determination process

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) objectives are considered in the compensation determination process in objective setting, performance award pool funding, performance evaluation and compensation decisions. ESG-related objectives have been embedded in our Pillars and Principles since they were established in 2011. In 2021, we introduced explicit sustainability objectives in the non-financial goal category of the Group CEO and GEB scorecards. These sustainability objectives are linked to our priorities, and their progress is measured via robust quantitative metrics and qualitative criteria. Within the Annual Report, we provide an overview of our metrics and progress achieved in 2022, including climate-related goals under the priority “Planet.” Sustainability objectives are individually assessed for each GEB member, and consequently directly impact their performance assessments and compensation decisions.

Our Reports

UBS Annual Reporting

Each year, our collection of reports is a transparent way for us to share our progress and aspirations.

Annual Report

Our Annual Report provides comprehensive information about the firm, its business, governance and financial performance. It contains both audited and non-audited information.