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Swiss bank giant UBS posts best Q3 in a decade despite pandemic

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Swiss bank giant UBS posts best Q3 in a decade despite pandemic

A sign of Swiss banking giant UBS is seen at a branch in Zurich on October 26, 2018. - UBS is on trial in Paris until November 15, 2018 over allegations it established a wide-ranging tax fraud scheme involving billions of euros. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)


UBS' net profit jumps 99% to $2.5 billion in the 3rd quarter of 2020, handily beating analyst expectations

Swiss banking giant UBS said on Tuesday, October 20, it nearly doubled its net profit in its best 3rd quarter in a decade, the latest in a string of global lenders to report better-than-expected results despite the coronavirus pandemic. 

The world’s largest wealth manager saw net profit jump 99% year-on-year to $2.5 billion, it said in a statement, handily beating analyst expectations for $1.5 billion.

The rise comes after net profit dropped by 11% in the 2nd quarter to June as the firm stepped up provisions for bad loans with the global economy in a tailspin due to the pandemic.

UBS’ profits received a one-off, 3rd quarter boost from the $631-million sale of a majority stake in its fund platform Fondcenter AG to Clearstream, a subsidiary of the Deutsche Borse group.

Its operating profit increased 26% to $8.9 billion, also surpassing analyst expectations.

Chief executive officer Sergio Ermotti said he was proud of the 3rd quarter results, his last at the helm, with ex-ING group chief Ralph Hamers taking over as CEO on November 1.

“UBS has all the options open to write another successful chapter of its history under Ralph’s leadership,” Ermotti said in the statement.

But UBS did not give any estimate of its outlook, due to a “high level of uncertainty.”

“Going forward, the pandemic and political uncertainties may lead to periods of higher market volatility and could affect client activity positively or negatively,” it said in the statement.

Other global banking giants to report surging profits this earnings season include Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, and Citigroup. – Rappler.com

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