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Union Bancaire Privée posts net result of CHF79.5m


Union Bancaire Privée has announced net earnings of CHF79.5 million as at the end of June 2015, down 3 per cent from CHF82 million one year earlier, showing that it has successfully mitigated the negative impact of the SNB's actions in January.

Thanks to sustained sales activity, UBP has seen net inflows of more than CHF2 billion from both institutional and private clients.
Assets under management, primarily denominated in foreign currencies, were down slightly (-1.8 per cent) on June 2014, coming in at CHF93.1 billion. This figure does not include the assets of Coutts International, the acquisition of which was announced at the end of March 2015.
"With 80 per cent of our assets being denominated in foreign currencies, the strengthening of the Swiss franc has been a significant drag on our revenues. The impact of this has been estimated to be CHF20 million over the first six months of the year, and it could increase in the second half of 2015," says Guy de Picciotto (pictured), UBP's CEO. "The fact that we have maintained our results is a clear sign of our ability to manage our costs and to offer our clients high-performance products and services that respond to their needs.”
As at 30 June 2015, assets under management came to CHF93.1 billion, compared with CHF94.8 billion one year earlier. The 1.8 per cent decline is a direct result of the exchange-rate effect, however, the negative impact of this was significantly limited thanks to inflows from institutional clients, and from private clients in the Bank's growth markets.
Income was stable, coming in at CHF379.5 million, compared with CHF380.8 million at the end of June 2014, boosted by solid trading activity.
The slight (+1.7 per cent) rise in operating expenses, which totalled CHF252.6 million – versus CHF248.4 million for the same period last year – is the result of the early effects of integrating Coutts International and investments made in the Bank's growth regions: in the first half of the year, amongst other outlays, UBP set up a joint venture in Shanghai with an asset management team, and reinforced its sales teams in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Nonetheless, UBP continues to keep a tight rein on costs, improving its consolidated cost/income ratio (66.6 per cent) in the first half of the year, despite its cost base being denominated in Swiss francs and its revenues being principally in euros and dollars.
The balance sheet, which is highly liquid, totalled CHF19.45 billion, up 5 per cent on the same period in 2014. Conservative risk-management has enabled UBP to maintain an excellent financial base and to achieve a Tier 1 capital ratio of 30.5 per cent (before the integration of Coutts International).
Half-year dominated by the acquisition of Coutts International
The main event of these first six months was the announcement of the acquisition of Coutts International. The teams have been fully mobilised on the integration roll-out, and the programme is on schedule. UBP's priority is to ensure a smooth transition for everyone involved. The preparatory work since the announcement has confirmed that the two businesses' respective product ranges and corporate cultures perfectly complement one another, which will benefit their clients.

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