Press Release

Credit Suisse Group completes review related to revaluation of certain asset-backed securities positions in its CDO trading business

Final valuation reduction of CHF 2.86 billion is CHF 200 million less than previously estimated.

Valuation reduction of CHF 1.18 billion (CHF 789 million net of tax) relating to the fourth quarter of 2007, and CHF 1.68 billion relating to the first quarter of 2008.

Revised income from continuing operations for 2007 of CHF 7.8 billion is down 6% from the record level in 2006.

With regard to 2008, including valuation reductions, Credit Suisse was profitable through the end of February. In light of the difficult market conditions in March, at this time, Credit Suisse believes it is unlikely to be profitable in the first quarter.

Zurich,  March 20, 2008 Credit Suisse Group today announced the completion of an internal review related to the revaluation of certain asset-backed securities positions in the Collateralized Debt Obligations (CDO) trading business within its Investment Banking division.

Credit Suisse recorded a total valuation reduction of CHF 2.86 billion (USD 2.65 billion), of which CHF 1.18 billion is related to the fourth quarter of 2007, and CHF 1.68 billion to the first quarter of 2008. Net income for Credit Suisse for the fourth quarter and full-year 2007 has been revised by CHF 789 million to CHF 540 million, and CHF 7,760 million, respectively.

Reflecting the good performance for 2007 and the strong capitalization with a year-end BIS tier 1 ratio of 11.1%, the proposal for a CHF 2.50 per share dividend to the shareholders' meeting remains unchanged.

With regard to 2008, including these valuation reductions, Credit Suisse was profitable through the end of February. However, in light of the difficult market conditions in March, at this time, Credit Suisse believes it is unlikely to be profitable in the first quarter.

Following its revaluation review, Credit Suisse has determined that the pricing errors were, in part, the result of intentional misconduct by a small number of traders. These employees have been terminated or have been suspended and are in the process of being disciplined under local employment law. The review also found that the controls put in place to prevent or detect this activity were not effective.

The Executive Board of Credit Suisse will oversee a series of remedial actions:
- Reassignment of the trading responsibility for the CDO trading business and enhancement of related control processes.
- Improvement of the effectiveness of supervisory reviews and formalization of escalation procedures.
- Improvement of the coordination among trading, product control and risk management and addition of further resources.
- Improvement of training and enhancement of tools and other technical resources available to our employees.

Brady Dougan, Chief Executive Officer of Credit Suisse Group, said: "This incident is unacceptable and it does not represent the high standard of Credit Suisse. Our overall control framework remains sound. We are taking strong action to remediate and move forward." Mr. Dougan added: "Credit Suisse continues to be well positioned through the challenging and volatile markets that have existed since the middle of 2007. We are one of the world's best capitalized banks, and our funding is conservative. Our Private Banking business continues to perform very well. Client momentum across our businesses is strong. We benefit from our diverse mix of businesses, our extensive global reach and our integrated banking model. I am confident in our ability to navigate current market conditions and deliver long-term value to our shareholders."

2007 Annual Report available online from today

Credit Suisse Group today published its 2007 Annual Report (including the Form 20-F filed with the US SEC) online in English at www.credit-suisse.com/annualreporting. The Annual Report will be available in print in English on April 4, 2008.

The Annual Report contains a detailed presentation of Credit Suisse's strategy, annual financial statements for 2007 with management discussion and analysis, risk and treasury management and corporate governance.

Enquiries

  • Media Relations Credit Suisse, Tel. +41 844 33 88 44, media.relations@credit-suisse.com
  • Investor Relations Credit Suisse, Tel. +41 44 333 71 49, investor.relations@credit-suisse.com
Credit Suisse Group
As one of the world's leading banks, Credit Suisse provides its clients with private banking, investment banking and asset management services worldwide. Credit Suisse offers advisory services, comprehensive solutions and innovative products to companies, institutional clients and high-net-worth private clients globally, as well as retail clients in Switzerland. Credit Suisse is active in over 50 countries and employs approximately 48,000 people. Credit Suisse's parent company, Credit Suisse Group, is a leading global financial services company headquartered in Zurich. Credit Suisse Group's registered shares (CSGN) are listed in Switzerland and, in the form of American Depositary Shares (CS), in New York. Further information about Credit Suisse can be found at www.credit-suisse.com.

Cautionary statement regarding forward-looking information
This press release contains statements that constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. In addition, in the future we, and others on our behalf, may make statements that constitute forward-looking statements. Such forwardlooking statements may include, without limitation, statements relating to the following:
- our plans, objectives or goals;
- our future economic performance or prospects;
- the potential effect on our future performance of certain contingencies; and
- assumptions underlying any such statements.
Words such as "believes," "anticipates," "expects," "intends" and "plans" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements but are not the exclusive means of identifying such statements. We do not intend to update these forward-looking statements except as may be required by applicable securities laws. By their very nature, forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, and risks exist that predictions, forecasts, projections and other outcomes described or implied in forwardlooking statements will not be achieved. We caution you that a number of important factors could cause results to differ materially from the plans, objectives, expectations, estimates and intentions expressed in such forward-looking statements. These factors include:
- the ability to maintain sufficient liquidity and access capital markets;
- market and interest rate fluctuations;
- the strength of the global economy in general and the strength of the economies of the countries in which we conduct our operations, in particular the risk of a US or global economic downturn in 2008;
- the direct and indirect impacts of continuing deterioration of subprime and other real estate markets;
- further adverse rating actions by credit rating agencies in respect of structured credit products or other credit-related exposures or of monoline insurers;
- the ability of counterparties to meet their obligations to us;
- the effects of, and changes in, fiscal, monetary, trade and tax policies, and currency fluctuations;
- political and social developments, including war, civil unrest or terrorist
- activity;
- the possibility of foreign exchange controls, expropriation, nationalization or confiscation of assets in countries in which we conduct our operations;
- operational factors such as systems failure, human error, or the failure to implement procedures properly;
- actions taken by regulators with respect to our business and practices in one or more of the countries in which we conduct our operations;
- the effects of changes in laws, regulations or accounting policies or practices;
- competition in geographic and business areas in which we conduct our operations;
- the ability to retain and recruit qualified personnel;
- the ability to maintain our reputation and promote our brand;
- the ability to increase market share and control expenses;
- technological changes;
- the timely development and acceptance of our new products and services and the perceived overall value of these products and services by users;
- acquisitions, including the ability to integrate acquired businesses successfully, and divestitures, including the ability to sell non-core assets;
- the adverse resolution of litigation and other contingencies; and
- our success at managing the risks involved in the foregoing.
We caution you that the foregoing list of important factors is not exclusive. When evaluating forward-looking statements, you should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and events, as well as the information set forth in our Form 20-F Item 3 - Key Information - Risk Factors.

Secondary Content