Weare executing our strategy to drive growth and efficiency: During 1Q22, we remained focused on executing our strategy. Sustainability remains an important topic for our clients and for us, and this quarter, we launched a new climate transition fund in collaboration with Aon. We saw USD 8bn commitments into private markets from our wealth management clients, who benefit from our scale to receive institutional-like access and pricing. We also continued to improve our mobile applications, helping our clients connect with us easily. In the quarter, more than half of our personal banking clients in Switzerland were active on mobile banking.
We are helping our clients navigate challenging markets: Macroeconomic, geopolitical and market factors created a high level of uncertainty in the first quarter, with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, COVID-related restrictions and lockdowns, higher volatility, the lower economic growth outlook, and concerns about higher inflation and the monetary policy response. Our clients continued to put their trust in us to navigate this environment. This led to USD 19bn in net new fee-generating asset flows1 in GWM, USD 14bn net new money excluding money market flows in AM, and CHF 1bn net new investment products for Personal Banking.
We delivered strong firm-wide results while managing risk: 1Q22 PBT was USD 2,729m (up 19% YoY), including net credit loss expenses of USD 18m. The cost/income ratio was 70.7%, 3.1 percentage points lower YoY. Operating income increased by 8% YoY, while operating expenses increased by 4%. Net profit attributable to shareholders was USD 2,136m (up 17% YoY), with diluted earnings per share of USD 0.61. Return on CET1 capital was 19.0%. The quarter-end CET1 capital ratio was 14.3% (guidance: ~13%) and the CET1 leverage ratio was 4.16% (guidance: >3.7%). We repurchased USD 1.7bn of shares in 1Q22, and we intend to repurchase a total of around USD 5bn of shares during 2022.
A definition of each alternative performance measure, the method used to calculate it and the information content are presented under “Alternative performance measures” in the appendix to our 1Q22 report.
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1 Net new fee-generating assets exclude the effects on fee-generating assets of strategic decisions by UBS to exit markets or services.