Credit Suisse posts Q1 loss of $275 million after Archegos blowup and says it expects more pain from the fund’s implosion

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Thomas Gottstein, Credit Suisse CEO.

Credit Suisse, Switzerland’s second-biggest bank after UBS, reported first-quarter earnings on Thursday that showed the bank witnessed a slightly narrower net loss than analysts had expected.

A net loss of 252 million francs ($275 million) beat the 815 million francs ($890 million) mean estimate conducted by the bank’s own poll of analysts.

The bank said it had exited 97% of its trading positions related to a US-hedge fund. Credit Suisse has consistently been reluctant to name the fund, but the bank has cushioned the blow from its remaining exposure to Archegos Capital.

It expects to incur related losses of another 600 million francs ($654 million) in the second-quarter this year and said it would raise $2 billion to shore up its capital, in the aftermath of the hedge fund’s collapse.

Here are the key numbers:

  • Net Revenue: CHF 7.6 billion ($8.3 billion) versus CHF 5.2 billion ($5.6 billion) in Q4
  • International wealth management pre-tax profit: CHF 523 million ($571.3 million) versus CHF 442 million ($482 million) estimated
  • Revenue from investment-banking division: CHF 3.9 billion ($5.4 billion) versus CHF 2.2 billion ($3 billion) a year ago
  • Net loss: CHF 252 million ($275 million) versus CHF 353 million ($385 million) in Q4

“Our results for the first quarter of 2021 have been significantly impacted by a CHF 4.4 billion charge related to a US-based hedge fund,” CEO Thomas Gottstein said in a statement. “The loss we report this quarter, because of this matter, is unacceptable.”

“Among other decisive actions, we have made changes in our senior business and control functions; we have enhanced our risk review across the bank; we have launched independent investigations into these matters by external advisors, supervised by a special committee of the Board; and we have taken several capital-related actions,” he added.

Swiss regulator FINMA announced the same day that it has opened enforcement proceedings against the bank after it suffered losses in connection with Archegos.

Credit Suisse has emerged as the hardest-hit among the banks affected by the Archegos collapse. Other banks were quicker to wind down their related positions, leaving them relatively unscathed. The Swiss lender was already battling with a controversy linked to supply-chain finance as it had $10 billion worth of funds tied to Greensill Capital.

The impact on Credit Suisse from both the Archegos and Greensill saga could add up to $8.7 billion, Bloomberg reported, citing JPMorgan analysts.

Shares in Credit Suisse fell 5% in early European trading.

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Victoria’s Secret parent L Brands jumps on revised guidance as latest stimulus boosts sales

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  • Shares of L Brands, parent of lingerie retailer Victoria’s Secret, rose by nearly 7% on Friday.
  • The company raised its first-quarter earnings view to $0.85-$1 a share from $0.55 to $0.65 a share.
  • An uptick in sales appears to be driven by stimulus payments and easing COVID-19 restrictions.
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Shares of Victoria’s Secret parent company L Brands climbed Friday after lingerie retailer raised its quarterly earnings outlook, citing stimulus payments to Americans as a pillar of sales support.

L Brands now expects first-quarter earnings of $0.85-$1 per share, higher than its previous forecast of $0.55-$0.65 per share, excluding any charges related to the early extinguishment of debt. Analysts were looking for earnings of $0.62 per share, according to a survey of analysts at Yahoo Finance.

The shares tacked on 6.7% when they hit $63.40. This year, the stock has jumped nearly 60% and has risen over the past 12 months from about $12.50.

“Improved sales trends,” the company gauged, “are primarily driven by unusual shifts in consumer spending patterns, resulting from government stimulus payments, a relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions and other factors.”

The US government this month began sending out $1,400 checks to most Americans to help them deal financially with the COVID-19 health crisis. Meanwhile, more businesses have been reopening services with the vaccination of millions of people in the US against coronavirus. About 14% of the population has been fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The company said it’s seeing stronger activity at its Victoria’s Secret chain as well as its Bath & Body Works stores.

“The environment remains uncertain, and there is no assurance that these improved trends will continue,” L Brands said.

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