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UBS recently reported its first quarterly profit since acquiring Credit Suisse, with net profit of $1.8 billion marking a significant increase from a year ago. The Swiss lender saw its shares surge by 10% in response to the positive results, demonstrating confidence in the bank’s strength and ability to deliver progress on its integration plans. Analysts noted that the results exceeded expectations, with a 45% increase in revenue and $27 billion in net new money attracted to its global wealth management business in the first quarter.

In an effort to ensure the success of the merger, UBS has committed to cutting costs by $13 billion by the end of 2026, including reductions in staffing. The acquisition of Credit Suisse was completed last year as part of a government-led rescue operation to prevent a global financial crisis, with integration efforts expected to continue for at least two more years. CEO Sergio Ermotti has emphasized the importance of this year in advancing the combination of the two banks across over 50 countries, aiming to achieve significant integration milestones, such as the merger of operations in Switzerland in the third quarter.

Although UBS’s shares have risen by over 54% in the past year, recent proposals from Switzerland’s finance ministry for increased capital requirements have led to a selloff in the bank’s stock. The additional capital requirements could potentially amount to 25 billion Swiss francs, sparking concerns from UBS. Ermotti reiterated the bank’s position that the need for Credit Suisse’s rescue was not due to a lack of capital, and the bank is currently adding around $20 billion to its capital buffers as a result of the merger. UBS plans to engage with regulatory authorities to provide input and seek a proportionate outcome on the capital requirements.

Overall, UBS’s strong quarterly performance, with increased revenue and new money attracted to its global wealth management business, signifies progress in the integration of Credit Suisse. The bank’s commitment to cost-cutting measures and achieving significant milestones in the merger process are crucial to ensuring the success of the acquisition. However, challenges remain with proposed capital requirements potentially impacting UBS’s financial position, prompting the bank to advocate for a balanced and transparent approach to regulatory discussions. Ermotti’s leadership and strategic direction will be key in navigating these challenges and continuing to drive growth and success for UBS in the future.

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