UBS Says Q2 Pre-Tax Profits Bounced From Year Ago

Editorial Staff, July 20, 2021


Global wealth management saw $25 billion of net new fee-generating assets with inflows in all regions, the banking group said.

UBS today said that its global wealth management business logged $1.29 billion in pre-tax profits in the second quarter of 2021, dipping from $1.4 billion in the previous quarter but still up sharply (47 per cent) from $880 million a year ago. 

Recurring net fee income rose by 30 per cent year-on-year, reflecting positive market performance and higher net new fee-generating assets, the Zurich-listed banking group said. Transaction-based income rose by 16 per cent on high levels of client activity. 

Net credit loss costs narrowed to $14 million, from $64 million a year earlier.

Like other banks reporting financial results in the past few days, UBS’s results benefited from having been able to cut the amount of provisions for credit losses made a year ago to handle the pandemic. At group level, UBS said pre-tax profit was $2.593 billion, rising 64 per cent on a year ago, and that result included credit loss releases of $80 million. 

Among further details of its global wealth management business, UBS said its cost/income ratio narrowed by 3.3 percentage points to 73.1 per cent, as income rose by 19 per cent and operating costs rose by 14 per cent. 

Fee-generating assets rose to $1.416 trillion at the end of June this year, rising 7 per cent sequentially; the bank logged $25 billion of net new fee-generating assets, translating to an annualized growth rate of 8 per cent in the quarter, it said. Total invested assets stood at $3.2 trillion.

Americas business

Within the Americas region, UBS said that pre-tax profit rose by $278 million to $505 million. Operating income increased by $598 million, or 30 per cent, to $2.615 billion, mainly driven by  higher recurring net fee and transaction-based income. The cost/income ratio narrowed to 80.9 per cent from 86.5 per cent. Fee-generating assets rose by 7 per cent sequentially to $845 billion, mainly driven by positive market performance of $38.1 billion and net new fee-generating assets of $13.5 billion.

At the end of June the bank said it had a Common Equity Tier 1 ratio of 14.5 per cent.

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