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Credit Suisse announces 3Q15 results

In 3Q15, we saw a continuation of both the positive trends seen in 2Q15 – strength in Asia and in equities and strong net new assets – and the negative trends with results impacted adversely by challenging market conditions and low levels of client activity, mainly in the fixed income sales and trading businesses.
  • Reported Core pre-tax income of CHF 861 million
  • Reported net income of CHF 779 million
  • Both Private Banking & Wealth Management and Investment Banking results were impacted by low levels of client activity and adverse market conditions
  • Continued strong net new assets of CHF 16.4 billion
  • Substantial leverage reduction in Investment Banking: Year-end target achieved ahead of schedule

Tidjane Thiam, Chief Executive Officer, said: “In the third quarter, difficult market conditions led to low client activity in both our Investment Banking and Private Banking & Wealth Management divisions. This translated into lower profits and was particularly visible in our fixed income sales and trading performance. The reduction of the capital allocation to the Investment Bank continued, with USD 615.4 billion of leverage exposure at the end of 3Q, thus achieving the year-end 2015 target that was announced in February 2015. We made good progress in our Private Banking & Wealth Management division with strong net new asset inflows across all regions. This is encouraging in an environment in which private clients tend to be cautious about their portfolios. Mandates penetration continued to increase. The quarter-on-quarter increase in our share of wallet in our Investment Banking advisory business as well as the revenue growth we achieved in our Corporate & Institutional Clients business are a testament to Credit Suisse’s strong relationships with corporate clients and entrepreneurs.

On the outlook, he said: “The adverse impact of difficult market conditions in the third quarter on client issuance and trading activity has continued so far in October, offsetting a resilient performance by our Asian business and sustained higher net interest income. In the coming months, we will focus on the implementation of our strategy, announced today. Our third-quarter results reinforce the need for a restructuring of the bank aimed at reducing the volatility of our earnings and better aligning the activities of our Investment Bank behind the needs of the clients of our Private Banking & Wealth Management division. Our aim remains to generate long-term, profitable and capital generative growth through the implementation of the strategy and organizational structure announced today.”

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