Credit Suisse Stock Is Up Even Though CEO Is Stepping Down after Surveillance Scandal

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by Tolu Ajiboye · 3 min read
Credit Suisse Stock Is Up Even Though CEO Is Stepping Down after Surveillance Scandal
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Credit Suisse has ended 2019 with figures in earnings that seems to leave all of its woes in the past, with optimism for 2020. CSGN stock is up though the CEO is leaving the company.

Credit Suisse has impressed analysts with interesting figures in its recent earnings report. The Swiss financial services company which had a pretty tumultuous year ìn 2019 seems to have risen above its problems. The recent earnings report surpassed market expectations significantly and is keeping the public quite optimistic about the company’s chances for 2020.

Credit Suisse (CSGN) stock is moving up. At the moment of writing, its price is 13.41 CHF. Six months ago, it was trading at around 11 CHF.

Credit Suisse New Earnings Report Figures

According to an official publication from the company, it successfully pulled in a 69% jump to 3.4 billion Swiss francs, about $3.48 billion, in net income for the entire 2019. Specific figures for the last quarter of 2019 reveal that the company made 852 million Swiss francs.

The publicized figure is interesting because market expectations from analysts put the company’s total 2019 income at 3.2 billion Swiss francs. Analysts also predicted 838.5 million Swiss francs for the last quarter specifically. 

The report also stated that the company’s net revenue which was 20.9 billion Swiss francs in 2018 rose to 22.4 billion for 2019. Furthermore, its Return on Tangible Equity (RoTE), climbed to 9% from 5% in 2018. 

Credit Suisse’s adjusted pre-tax income hit 5 billion Swiss francs from 4.2 billion back in 2018. This represents an 18% increase. The report also stated that the CET1 ratio climbed from 2018’s 12 6% to 12.7% last year.

There was however an increase in operating expenses, rising 1% to 17.4 billion from 2018 levels. The company also announced a 0.2776 Swiss francs proposal for cash dividend per share, for 2019. Shares have now risen 12% over the last 12 months.

Credit Suisse Earnings for 2020

Credit Suisse is optimistic about its chances for 2020. For example, it hopes that its RoTE will climb another 10% this year. The company also completed a share buyback program in 2019 worth 1 billion Swiss francs. It plans to do the same for 2020 if the market and economic conditions allow.

In a recent statement, the bank showed its bullishness for the new year.

“We have started the year strongly across all of our divisions, and as a result, are cautiously optimistic about the prospects for the year ahead.”

2019 Company Scandal

Last week, CoinSpeaker reported that CEO Tidjane Thiam will be stepping down from his position from tomorrow the 14th of February. The decision to exit follows a long-drawn surveillance scandal that rocked the Swiss company in 2019.

Credit Suisse former Wealth Management chief Iqbal Khan left the company to join UBS. Because of his departure, the former exec was trailed and spied on, for suspicions that he might be poaching staff and clients.

After an investigation conducted by private law firm Homburger, Thiam was exonerated. Regardless, the company’s board chairman Urs Rohner said that the situation put a significant dense in the bank’s image.

Thiam will be handing over to Thomas Gottstein, the current Credit Suisse Switzerland CEO.

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Tolu Ajiboye
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Tolu is a cryptocurrency and blockchain enthusiast based in Lagos. He likes to demystify crypto stories to the bare basics so that anyone anywhere can understand without too much background knowledge. When he's not neck-deep in crypto stories, Tolu enjoys music, loves to sing and is an avid movie lover.

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