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Credit Suisse Q3 profit falls 38%, misses estimates
[ZURICH] Credit Suisse Group on Thursday posted a 38 per cent fall in third-quarter net profit, as a surge in investment banking failed to offset a slowdown in wealth management, while a one-off boost last year left this year's figure looking flat.
Profit reached 546 million Swiss francs (S$818.5 million) for July-September. That compared with the 572 million franc median of 17 analyst estimates compiled by the Swiss bank.
A year earlier, Credit Suisse received a 327 million franc revenue boost from the sale of its InvestLab fund platform.
In a statement, the bank said it is focused on supporting clients "through the persisting Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant economic challenges. We would expect this environment to continue to result in elevated levels of transactional and trading activity."
Chief executive Thomas Gottstein in July announced a broad round of cost cuts, including merging the global markets trading division and advisory-focused investment banking and capital markets unit, as his first major strategic stamp on the bank.
The newly merged investment banking unit saw pre-tax profit rise to 370 million francs, with increased trading helping equity and fixed income sales and trading surge 5 per cent and 10 per cent, while capital markets and advisory revenue rose 33 per cent.
A drop in revenue at its international wealth management unit, a sore point in the second quarter, was more pronounced than analysts had anticipated.