Press Release

Credit Suisse Group reported net income attributable to shareholders of CHF 2.1 billion in 1Q10 and core net revenues of CHF 9.0 billion. The return on equity attributable to shareholders was 22.3% and diluted earnings per share were CHF 1.63. The tier 1 ratio was 16.4% as of the end of 1Q10.

Brady W. Dougan, Chief Executive Officer, said: "In the first quarter of 2010 we provided further evidence that our client-focused, capital-efficient strategy and reduced-risk business model can generate stable, high-quality earnings. We are pleased that we were able to improve our operating performance compared to the strong first quarter of 2009 and achieve an industry-leading return on equity and capital position. We also generated strong client flows and maintained our track record of attracting strong net new assets.
Market conditions in the second quarter to date have remained similar to those in the first quarter and we are confident that our business model will enable us to continue to generate high-quality results in good as well as in more challenging market conditions."

Commenting on Private Banking, he said: "We believe that we will further improve our profitability in Private Banking when markets and the demand for comprehensive solutions recover. We also expect to benefit from a higher interest rate environment. We are positioned to perform well in the changing regulatory environment in cross-border banking as we have been building a multi-shore business with a robust compliance framework for many years. We will continue to invest in strengthening and expanding our international presence."

Commenting on Investment Banking, he said: "Investment Banking is thriving as a result of the action we took to reposition the business in the changed financial services landscape. We believe that we have a significant opportunity to extend our market share gains across our Investment Banking businesses as we build our distribution platform and expand our client base. We are significantly increasing our distribution capabilities in our securities businesses by growing our flow sales headcount across key businesses, including our rates and foreign exchange, emerging markets and credit products businesses."

Commenting on Asset Management, he said: "We are focusing on core fee-generating businesses in which we believe we can excel – asset allocation, the Swiss businesses and alternative investments. Asset Management is expected to benefit further from the strategic measures undertaken last year and to be a significant contributor of value to the bank and to our clients in 2010 and beyond."

Business Highlights:

  • Strong results overall with improved operating performance versus 1Q09, industry-leading return on equity; risk levels among lowest in industry; continued to generate strong net new assets.
  • Results demonstrate continued successful execution of client-focused, capital-efficient strategy; over last five quarters, average operating net income of CHF 1.9 billion, average underlying return on equity of 21% and average net new assets of CHF 14.0 billion for the Group.
  • Solid Private Banking pre-tax income of CHF 0.9 billion and very strong net new assets of CHF 18.6 billion from international and Swiss businesses.
  • High-quality results in Investment Banking: pre-tax income of CHF 1.8 billion; strong pre-tax return on economic capital of 37.2%; continued strong momentum in client franchise; sustained market share gains across securities businesses; strong underwriting and advisory pipeline.
  • Asset Management pre-tax income of CHF 0.2 billion and strong net new assets of CHF 11.2 billion across most asset classes.
  • Very strong capital base and liquidity position; well positioned to meet new liquidity rules announced by Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA).

Credit Suisse
Date: 22.04.2010

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