Credit Suisse Profits Down 34 Percent


Swiss bank Credit Suisse says net profit fell 34 percent in the first quarter as bond-market woes hurt earnings at its investment banking business.

Profit fell to 859 million Swiss francs ($979 million) from 1.303 billion francs in the same quarter a year ago. Group core revenues fell 8 percent to 6.469 billion francs ($7.375 billion).

The bank said Wednesday it saw lower revenues and earnings at its investment banking division, which faced "a challenging market environment." The division saw less client activity in bond sales and trading and took a 297-million-franc loss on businesses it considers non-strategic and is planning to sell or wind down. It also cited difficulties in emerging markets.

CEO Brady Dougan called it a "strong performance," citing stronger asset inflows and more money under management from the wealthy. He said the bank made a 14 percent return on equity in businesses it plans to keep, within reach of its longer term target of 15 percent.

The investment bank's troubles were partly offset by the private banking and wealth management business, which Dougan said saw "a meaningful increase in the share of assets under management from ultra-high net worth clients." Income before taxes rose 15 percent to 1.102 billion francs.

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