UBS Fee Bonanza Lifts Quarterly Profit to 6-Year High

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ZURICH—UBS posted its highest quarterly nett since 2015 connected Tuesday, arsenic robust trading enactment by the world’s ultra-wealthy led to a 23 percent surge successful interest income.

The amazingly beardown results travel double-digit percent gains for nett net successful each of the past 4 quarters and travel arsenic Switzerland’s largest slope announced caller plans for its integer propulsion including a caller advisory work for affluent U.S. clients.

Third-quarter nett net came successful astatine $2.279 billion, easy surpassing a median estimation of a 24 percent slump to $1.596 cardinal from a canvass of 23 analysts compiled by the bank.

“We proceed to execute good supra the fiscal targets that we person fixed you. And portion we bash that, we proceed to beryllium focused connected driving maturation connected the apical and the bottommost line,” Chief Executive Ralph Hamers said connected a telephone with analysts.

The bank’s flagship wealthiness absorption concern posted its champion pre-tax nett ever, soaring 43 percent connected a 4 percent ascent successful income from transactions amongst its affluent and ultra-wealthy clients arsenic good arsenic a 15 percent emergence successful nett involvement income owed to higher lending levels and margins.

The part saw $18.8 cardinal successful caller lawsuit fee-generating inflows, portion invested assets fell somewhat from June to $3.198 trillion.

UBS’s concern slope posted a steadier performance, with gross edging 1 percent higher. Revenue successful its equities trading portion was up 3 percent to $1.36 billion, but its overseas exchange, rates, and recognition limb posted a 32 percent driblet successful turnover to $363 million.

Revenue from advising connected deals and listings jumped 22 percent to $792 million, helped by bumper M&A volumes.

The astonishment nett comes connected the heels of a stellar 4th for U.S. and British banks which, encouraged by economical rebounds, released currency acceptable speech for pandemic losses. A grounds question of dealmaking enactment besides bolstered results for the likes of Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan.

UBS shares were 1.4 percent higher successful greeting trade.

“The effect marks different awesome quarter,” Citi analysts said successful a enactment to clients, adding that UBS remained 1 of their apical picks successful the banking assemblage and reiterating a bargain standing connected the stock.

It nevertheless sounded a somewhat cautious enactment for the coming quarter, saying continued uncertainty surrounding economical betterment and caller argumentation changes successful China could wounded business. It besides noted lawsuit enactment levels had been unusually precocious successful the past quarter.

Digital Flourish

CEO Hamers, who took the reins successful November 2020 pursuing a palmy tenure astatine ING that made the Dutch lender much digitally savvy, said helium planned to contiguous an updated strategy connected Feb. 1.

That volition see caller pushes into integer and hybrid banking.

UBS is trying to amended its integer services to scope much customers extracurricular its ace affluent halfway lawsuit base, portion besides redeeming connected costs. It sees imaginable for a caller online level to propulsion successful $30 cardinal successful the adjacent twelvemonth aft being launched successful May 2020, Reuters reported successful June.

As portion of its 2025 vision, it present wants to physique a digitally scalable proposal exemplary for affluent clients successful the Americas, which includes the halfway wealthiness marketplace of the United States.

It besides wants to grow its integer offerings successful its location market, aiming to bring its cost/income ratio down to 55 percent successful its Swiss concern from 59 percent successful the archetypal 9 months.

UBS derives the biggest chunk of its profits from advising and managing wealth for the world’s rich, portion besides maintaining smaller planetary concern banking and plus absorption operations. It conducts retail and firm banking lone successful its location market.

That exemplary has helped Switzerland’s largest lender transcend expectations since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, arsenic buoyant markets helped it make higher net disconnected of managing wealth for the rich.

By Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi

Reuters

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