ZURICH (1) – Credit Suisse (CSGN.S) has bulked up on provisions for anticipated credit score losses and cautioned over uncertainty throughout the coronavirus outbreak, even because it posted a 75% rise in first-quarter internet revenue on Thursday, far outpacing expectations.

FILE PHOTO: The emblem of Swiss financial institution Credit Suisse is seen at its headquarters on the Paradeplatz sq. in Zurich, Switzerland October 1, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Picture

The primary main European lender to report earnings because the pandemic upended markets and introduced companies and economies to a halt, Credit Suisse mentioned it constructed up over one billion Swiss francs in reserves throughout the quarter to replicate the difficult atmosphere and strain on oil costs.

“I’m really taking numerous consolation in how now we have managed up to now on this disaster… We’re very cautious, we’re very conscious of the general slowdown within the financial system,” mentioned Thomas Gottstein, presenting the financial institution’s outcomes for the primary time since taking over as chief government from Tidjane Thiam in February. “However I’m not shedding any sleep.”

Thiam give up after a scandal over spying on senior executives hit the financial institution’s status.

Credit Suisse noticed internet revenue rise to 1.314 billion Swiss francs ($1.35 billion) for January-March, effectively above analyst expectations for 997 million francs. Earnings have been helped by tax rebates and one-off features, and as a lift to buying and selling income from unstable markets and “exceptionally excessive ranges of shopper exercise” helped cushion a rout in deal-making.

Excluding one-off objects, a 2% achieve in income was erased in pre-tax earnings as provisions for credit score losses elevated seven-fold.

U.S. banks have already put aside billions of {dollars} to cowl potential mortgage defaults as a result of virus, and different European lenders are anticipated to do likewise after they begin reporting outcomes over the subsequent two weeks.

“It’s clear that within the brief time period, over the subsequent two or three quarters, with COVID-19 and the impression of it, (returns) are going to be challenged,” mentioned Gottstein.

Credit Suisse, which generates the majority of revenue from managing cash for the wealthy, mentioned its company lending enterprise was beginning to see some indicators of stress.

Provisions for credit score losses jumped to 568 million francs from 81 million francs within the first quarter of 2019, as every of the financial institution’s divisions – led by funding banking – elevated expectations for mortgage losses. Of the entire, 376 million francs associated to new U.S. accounting tips launched in January.

“We view these as respectable outcomes, with an excellent income and value efficiency,” Citi analysts mentioned in a shopper be aware, including value of danger appeared to have been front-loaded.

Credit Suisse shares pared again early buying and selling features to fall 1.1% by 0815 GMT.


The financial institution’s capital ratio fell to 12.1% from 12.7%, partly resulting from corporations drawing down from their credit score amenities. Chief Monetary Officer David Mathers mentioned the financial institution broadly anticipated a ratio of round 11.5% for the yr.

Its funding banking and capital markets division posted a 47% drop in income to 189 million francs as deal-making and IPOs floor to a standstill after a bumper begin. Nonetheless, its international markets buying and selling division benefited from a spike in buying and selling quantity as frenzied markets pivoted sharply downward – with slighter upward spikes – as traders reacted to evolving information in regards to the virus’ unfold and authorities’ reactions.

The funding financial institution noticed $147 million of mark-to-market losses in its leveraged underwriting portfolio and internet losses of $51 million on hedges in uncollateralised company derivatives publicity.

The financial institution general noticed roughly $11 billion of drawdowns on company revolving credit score amenities.

Mounted earnings income was up 17% to $1.2 billion, helped by larger quantity in macro and international credit score merchandise, although unrealised loss in leveraged finance offset among the features. Equities income was up 22% on the yr.

Worldwide Wealth Administration, the financial institution’s solely standalone wealth division, in the meantime, benefited from larger ranges of shopper exercise, with income up 6% to 1.5 billion francs.

Property beneath administration fell by 0.1 trillion francs to 1.four trillion francs on account of adverse market strikes.

The autumn in managed property is broadly anticipated to harm earnings in coming quarters, because the financial institution generates decrease charges from managing fewer property.

Previous to the financial institution’s January-March outcomes, analysts had on common anticipated full-year internet earnings to fall by 1 / 4 to 2.6 billion francs.

Bigger rival UBS (UBSG.S) has mentioned it expects to report a first-quarter revenue of round $1.5 billion on Tuesday.

Reporting by Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi; Modifying by Riham Alkousaa and Christopher Cushing