Credit Suisse Group AG (ETR: CSX) said on Thursday its net loss in the first quarter came in at £198.40 million, attributed to a roughly £3.41 billion hit from the recent Archegos scandal that more than offset robust performance at its investment banking and wealth management segments.
Credit Suisse shares closed the regular session about 1% up on Thursday. The stock is now trading at a per-share price of £7.24. Learn more about the stock market volatility
Credit Suisse slashed the proposed dividend and waived 2020 bonuses
Following the scandal, Lara Warner (chief risk and compliance office) stepped down immediately. Brian Chin (investment bank CEO) is also scheduled to exit the role on 30th April. In addition, Credit Suisse’s executive board slashed the proposed dividend and waived 2020 bonuses to cut costs.
Adjusted net revenue, as per the financial services firm, could have jumped to £5.83 billion (35% annualised growth) without the Archegos loss, after which Credit Suisse is tapping investors for cash. The Zurich-headquartered company is expected to report another £472 million in the second quarter.
Excluding the scandal, CEO Thomas Gottstein said on Thursday:
“It was one of our best quarters in the history of Credit Suisse. Definitely the best quarter in the last ten years. The loss we had in Archegos was unacceptable, and we had to take actions in terms of management changes. We are reducing our exposure in this business; we are reviewing our risk, controls and systems in that area.”
Other notable figures in Credit Suisse’s report on Thursday include £5.98 billion of net revenue and £3.07 billion of total operating expenses. CET1 capital ratio in Q1 stood at 12.2% versus 12.9% in the comparable quarter of last year.
CEO Gottstein’s comments in an interview with CNBC
Gottstein also told CNBC’s Geoff Cutmore in an interview that he does not intend to resign due to the Archegos scandal.
“Look, this is the time for action, for remediation and to take the company to the next level. This is the time for solutions. We had a very difficult first quarter in terms of these two incidents, but at the same time, the operation performance that you saw in the first quarter proved our strategy was right, and we are on the right track.”
Credit Suisse, as per the chief executive, doesn’t have a “risk culture problem”. At the time of writing, the global wealth manager is valued at £17.74 billion and has a price to earnings ratio of 8.70.
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