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UBS: 2Q22 net profit of USD 2.1bn, 18.9% return on CET1 capital (Ad hoc announcement pursuant to Article 53 of the SIX Exchange Regulation Listing Rules)

·29 min read

ZURICH, July 26, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

UBS: (NYSE:UBS) (SWX:UBSN):

UBS’s 2Q22 results materials are available at ubs.com/investors
The audio webcast of the earnings call starts at 09:00 CEST, 26 July 2022

A definition of each alternative performance measure, the method used to calculate it and the information content are presented under "Alternative performance measures" in the appendix to our 2Q22 report.

Group highlights

  • We are helping our clients navigate challenging markets
    Amidst an acceleration in market declines across equity and fixed income, we focused on being close to our clients and supporting them with advice, liquidity and execution across our USD 3.9trn ecosystem. Against this backdrop, Global Wealth Management net new fee-generating assets flows were muted at USD 0.4bn globally, but they were over USD 3bn positive in APAC. We saw USD 12bn of outflows in Asset Management, primarily from equities. With loans of close to USD 400bn and deposits over USD 500bn we saw combined net interest income up 15% year-on-year for GWM and P&C. Client activity was robust but differentiated across segments as institutional clients remained very active, with 10% growth in Global Markets revenues, on the back of high volatility, whereas private investors remained generally on the sidelines. Nonetheless, our clients committed USD 3.9bn in private markets and invested USD 4.0bn in separately managed accounts. Momentum also stayed positive in our modular digital mandate offering, My Way, as well as in investment products in Switzerland, each contributing USD 0.5bn of inflows. Finally, with USD 239bn Sustainable Finance invested assets we are more than halfway towards our USD 400bn aspiration by 2025.

  • We are executing our strategy to drive sustainable growth and efficiency
    We are using technology to improve how clients interact with us and how we work. Our mobile-only retail clients in Switzerland now represent around a third of our client base, a 30% growth versus last year. To support them, we expanded our offering and capabilities with UBS key4. In APAC, we launched Circle One, a platform that will bring the best of UBS's global ecosystem directly to our clients. We are improving how we manage, change and develop technology, and we are fostering our engineering culture. For instance, 60% of our applications are currently on the cloud – half in the public and half in the private cloud. Engineers make up 65% of the technology teams that have transitioned to agile, 10 percentage points more than pre-agile. We deployed new AI technology in over 500 applications, and we decommissioned around 300 applications year to date to simplify our tech estate. We achieved this while remaining disciplined on costs, progressing our cost-saving program as planned and investing in our growth initiatives.

  • We delivered strong reported results and good underlying performance
    2Q22 PBT was USD 2,615m (up 1% YoY). This included the sale of our stake in a joint venture as announced in 1Q22. Our capital-light business model, proactive risk management and exposure to rising interest rates contributed to the quarter’s good performance. The cost/income ratio was 70.6%, an improvement of 1.2 percentage points YoY. Total revenues were broadly flat YoY, while operating expenses decreased by 1%. Net profit attributable to shareholders was USD 2,108m (up 5% YoY), with diluted earnings per share of USD 0.61. Return on CET1 capital was 18.9%. The quarter-end CET1 capital ratio was 14.2% (guidance: ~13%) and the CET1 leverage ratio was 4.37% (guidance: >3.7%). We repurchased USD 1.6bn of shares in 2Q22 and USD 3.3bn in the first half of the year, and we expect to repurchase a total of around USD 5bn of shares during 2022, as planned.

Ralph Hamers, UBS’s Group CEO

"The second quarter was one of the most challenging periods for investors in the last 10 years. Inflation continues to be high, the war in Ukraine is ongoing, as are strict Covid policies in parts of Asia. In these uncertain times, our clients rely on our powerful ecosystem to navigate markets and invest for the long term.

Institutional clients remained active on the back of high volatility. We supported them with advice and execution while handling very high volumes. At the same time, private clients stayed on the sidelines. We continued to support them with deposits and loan offerings, both of which saw particularly robust year-on-year growth in the Americas.

We also grew our ecosystem this quarter for the benefit of our clients. For instance, our offering for separately managed accounts in the US as well as our digital platforms continued to attract inflows. And clients’ demand for and commitments to private markets as a source of diversification and returns increased. This is an area where we see much more potential.

We took further steps to deliver a more personalized, relevant, on-time and seamless experience to our clients. We launched our UBS key4 banking app, a 24/7 digital-only offering that caters to the fast-growing segment of mobile-only clients in Switzerland. And we rolled-out our new Circle One app in Asia Pacific, which connects clients to experts, thought leaders and actionable trade ideas. We expanded our My Way platform to include an actively managed commodities module. All of these developments were made possible by our agile teams.

Our headline numbers for the quarter were strong. Our underlying performance reflected a good result in an environment with lower asset levels, higher volatility and increasing rates. This shows the strength of our strategy and globally diversified business model.

Heading into the second half of the year, we are well positioned to support clients in an operating environment that remains uncertain."

Second quarter 2022 performance overview – Group

Group

2Q22

1H22

Targets/guidance

Return on CET1 capital

18.9%

18.9%

15–18%

Return on tangible equity

16.4%

16.2%

Cost/income ratio

70.6%

70.7%

70–73%

Net profit attributable to shareholders

USD 2.1bn

USD 4.2bn

CET1 capital ratio

14.2%

14.2%

~13%

CET1 leverage ratio

4.37%

4.37%

>3.7%

Tangible book value per share

USD 15.51

USD 15.51

Buybacks

USD 1.6bn

USD 3.3bn

~5bn in FY22

Group PBT USD 2,615m, +1% YoY

PBT was USD 2,615m, including net credit loss expenses of USD 7m. The cost/income ratio was 70.6%, 1.2 percentage points lower YoY. Total revenues were flat YoY, largely supported by an 848m gain from the sale of a minority interest in the Mitsubishi Corp.-UBS Realty Inc. joint venture to KKR & Co Inc., while operating expenses decreased by 1%. Net profit attributable to shareholders was USD 2,108m (up 5% YoY), with diluted earnings per share of USD 0.61. Return on CET1 capital was 18.9%.

Second quarter 2022 performance overview – Business Divisions and Group Functions

Global Wealth Management

2Q22

1H22

Targets/guidance

Profit before tax

USD 1.2bn

USD 2.5bn

PBT growth

(11%) YoY

(9%) YoY

10–15% over the cycle

Invested assets

USD 2.8trn

USD 2.8trn

Net new fee-generating assets1

USD 0.4bn

USD 19.8bn

Personal & Corporate Banking

Profit before tax

CHF 0.4bn

CHF 0.8bn

Return on attributed equity (CHF)

18%

18%

Net new investment products

CHF 0.5bn

CHF 1.4bn

Asset Management

Profit before tax

USD 1.0bn

USD 1.1bn

Invested assets

USD 1.0trn

USD 1.0trn

Net new money excl. money markets

USD (12bn)

USD 2bn

Investment Bank

Profit before tax

USD 0.4bn

USD 1.3bn

Return on attributed equity

12%

20%

RWA and LRD vs. Group

32% / 30%

32% / 30%

Up to 1/3

Global Wealth Management (GWM) PBT USD 1,157m, (11%) YoY

Total revenues decreased by 2% YoY. Net interest income increased by 24%, mainly reflecting higher deposit revenues, which were driven by both higher deposit margins, as a result of rising interest rates, and increased deposit volumes. Recurring net fee income decreased by 6%, primarily driven by negative market performance and foreign currency effects, partly offset by net new fee-generating assets over the past twelve months. Transaction-based income decreased by 17%, mainly driven by lower levels of client activity, particularly in the Americas and Asia Pacific. Net credit loss releases were USD 3m, compared with net releases of USD 14m in 2Q21. Operating expenses were up 1%, mainly driven by an increase in provisions for litigation, regulatory and similar matters, as well as higher expenses for travel and entertainment, professional fees, and outsourcing. The cost/income ratio was 75.3%, up 2.2 percentage points YoY. Loans decreased sequentially to USD 227bn, with USD 0.9bn of net new loans. Invested assets decreased by 11% sequentially to USD 2,811bn. Fee-generating assets were down 12% sequentially to USD 1,244bn. Net new fee-generating assets1 were USD 0.4bn.

Personal & Corporate Banking (P&C) PBT CHF 398m, (13%) YoY

Total revenues increased by 2% reflecting a CHF 49m increase from strong business momentum, with higher net interest, recurring net fee and transaction-based income. This was partly offset by lower other income. Net credit loss expenses were CHF 33m compared with CHF 42m net credit loss releases in 2Q21. Operating expenses increased by 1%, mainly driven by higher investments in technology in 2Q22 and releases of litigation, regulatory and similar matters in 2Q21. These effects were almost entirely offset by lower personnel expenses in 2Q22. The cost/income ratio was 57.7%, 0.7 percentage points lower YoY.

Asset Management (AM) PBT USD 959m, +276% YoY

Total revenues of USD 1,372m included a gain of USD 848m from the sale of our shareholding in the Mitsubishi Corp.-UBS Realty Inc. joint venture. Net management fees decreased by 12%, reflecting negative market performance and foreign currency effects, partly offset by net new money generation over the past twelve months. Performance fees decreased by USD 31m, mainly in our Hedge Fund Businesses and Equities. Invested assets decreased by 11% sequentially to USD 1,026bn. Net new money was negative USD 11.7bn (negative USD 12.1bn excluding money market flows), primarily driven by Equities.

Investment Bank (IB) PBT USD 410m, (39%) YoY

Total revenues decreased by 14%. Global Markets revenues increased by 10% or USD 151m, partly due to an USD 87m loss in 2Q21 incurred from the exit of remaining exposure relating to the default of a US-based client of our prime brokerage business in 1Q21. Excluding that loss, revenues increased by USD 64m, or 4%, primarily driven by higher revenues in Rates and Foreign Exchange, partly offset by lower Credit and Cash Equities revenues. Global Banking revenues decreased by 57%, or USD 504m, mostly driven by lower Capital Markets revenues, compared with a 51% decrease in the overall global fee pool. Operating expenses decreased by 5%, mainly driven by favorable foreign currency effects and lower variable compensation, partly offset by higher expenses on technology and increases across a number of other expense lines. The cost/income ratio was 81.8%, an 8.2 percentage point increase YoY. Return on attributed equity was 12.3%.

Group Functions PBT USD (324)m, compared with USD (124)m in 2Q21

Extending UBS’s leadership in sustainable finance

Sustainable finance has been a firm-wide priority at UBS for years. Our aim is to continue to help private and institutional clients meet their investment objectives through sustainable finance, making it a critical component of our strategy. In addition, the firm wants to be the provider of choice for clients who wish to mobilize capital toward the achievement of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

Contributing to a common framework

To increase transparency regarding the environmental impact of financial investments, the Swiss Federal government, together with the financial industry and NGOs, has developed and is now piloting the "Swiss Climate Scores". These are six indicators (greenhouse gas emissions, exposure to fossil fuel activities, global warming potential, verified commitments to net-zero, credible climate stewardship, and management to net-zero) based on existing and internationally established criteria and methods that measure the Paris alignment of financial assets, providing a common framework for financial institutions. UBS was significantly involved in its development as part of the working group and we are currently evaluating which products will be in scope for the UBS pilot.

From ozone to oxygen

At UBS we understand that climate and nature are deeply intertwined. As in the financial world, where assets exist that give rise to flows of revenue, nature consists of stocks of environmental assets that give rise to associated flows of benefits to people and the economy. Biodiversity is an essential characteristic of nature that is critical to maintaining the quality, resilience and quantity of ecosystem assets and the provision of ecosystem services that business and society rely upon.

Natural capital and biodiversity loss is expressed most directly in SDGs 14 and 15 ("Life below water" and "Life on Land", respectively). However, it is also linked to others, such as SDG 13 "Climate Action" and SDG 2 "Zero Hunger." Our commitment to the Principles for Responsible Banking and our participation in the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures and Banking for Impact demonstrate our desire to achieve positive impacts and reduce potentially adverse impacts on biodiversity and natural capital.

In a recently published white paper "From ozone to oxygen", our sustainability experts from across the firm consider how the financial world could contribute to the protection and restoration of our planet’s natural capital including geology, soil, air, water and all living organisms. The paper highlights different areas, including necessary policy innovations, the implementation of frameworks, and the role that investors and the private sector can play in improving our collective response to the impending challenges linked to natural capital.

Entering new partnerships for more impact

Neuberger Berman, a private, independent, employee-owned investment manager, has reframed its existing global high-yield fund in close partnership with UBS. The enhanced UCITS fund will invest in high-yield bonds globally, with the primary aim of engaging systematically with issuers on objectives related to the UN SDGs, seeking to generate competitive yield and total returns. The fund will be available to UBS clients in Switzerland and other select international markets exclusively for six months, after which the fund will open to all eligible global investors outside of the US.

As the world shifts toward a lower carbon future, UBS is committed to partnering with other leading organizations to identify and advance innovative, scalable ways forward through technological progress. In support of this goal, we are delighted to participate in the launch of the NextGen CDR Facility comprehensive carbon removal initiative, an exciting step on the journey to develop the solutions the world needs to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

Information in this news release is presented for UBS Group AG on a consolidated basis unless otherwise specified. Financial information for UBS AG (consolidated) does not differ materially from UBS Group AG (consolidated) and a comparison between UBS Group AG (consolidated) and UBS AG (consolidated) is provided at the end of this news release.

1 Net new fee-generating assets exclude the effects on fee-generating assets of strategic decisions by UBS to exit markets or services.

Our key figures

As of or for the quarter ended

As of or year-to-date

USD m, except where indicated

30.6.22

31.3.22

31.12.21

30.6.21

30.6.22

30.6.21

Group results

Total revenues

8,917

9,382

8,705

8,897

18,299

17,574

Credit loss expense / (release)

7

18

(27)

(80)

25

(108)

Operating expenses

6,295

6,634

7,003

6,384

12,929

12,790

Operating profit / (loss) before tax

2,615

2,729

1,729

2,593

5,344

4,891

Net profit / (loss) attributable to shareholders

2,108

2,136

1,348

2,006

4,244

3,830

Diluted earnings per share (USD)1

0.61

0.61

0.38

0.55

1.22

1.04

Profitability and growth2

Return on equity (%)

14.6

14.3

8.9

13.7

14.4

13.1

Return on tangible equity (%)

16.4

16.0

10.0

15.4

16.2

14.7

Return on common equity tier 1 capital (%)

18.9

19.0

11.9

19.3

18.9

18.8

Return on leverage ratio denominator, gross (%)

3.4

3.5

3.3

3.4

3.5

3.4

Cost / income ratio (%)

70.6

70.7

80.5

71.8

70.7

72.8

Effective tax rate (%)

19.0

21.4

21.4

22.4

20.2

21.5

Net profit growth (%)

5.1

17.1

(17.6)

62.8

10.8

35.5

Resources2

Total assets

1,113,193

1,139,922

1,117,182

1,086,519

1,113,193

1,086,519

Equity attributable to shareholders

56,845

58,855

60,662

58,765

56,845

58,765

Common equity tier 1 capital3

44,798

44,593

45,281

42,583

44,798

42,583

Risk-weighted assets3

315,685

312,037

302,209

293,277

315,685

293,277

Common equity tier 1 capital ratio (%)3

14.2

14.3

15.0

14.5

14.2

14.5

Going concern capital ratio (%)3

19.0

19.2

20.0

20.2

19.0

20.2

Total loss-absorbing capacity ratio (%)3

33.7

34.2

34.7

35.6

33.7

35.6

Leverage ratio denominator3

1,025,422

1,072,953

1,068,862

1,039,939

1,025,422

1,039,939

Common equity tier 1 leverage ratio (%)3

4.37

4.16

4.24

4.09

4.37

4.09

Liquidity coverage ratio (%)4

161

160

155

156

161

156

Net stable funding ratio (%)4

121

122

119

115

121

115

Other

Invested assets (USD bn)5

3,912

4,380

4,596

4,485

3,912

4,485

Personnel (full-time equivalents)

71,294

71,697

71,385

71,304

71,294

71,304

Market capitalization1

52,475

65,775

61,230

53,218

52,475

53,218

Total book value per share (USD)1

17.45

17.57

17.84

16.90

17.45

16.90

Tangible book value per share (USD)1

15.51

15.67

15.97

15.05

15.51

15.05

1 Refer to the "Share information and earnings per share" section of the UBS Group second quarter 2022 report for more information. 2 Refer to the "Targets, aspirations and capital guidance" section of our Annual Report 2021 for more information about our performance targets. 3 Based on the Swiss systemically relevant bank framework as of 1 January 2020. Refer to the "Capital management" section of the UBS Group second quarter 2022 report for more information. 4 The final Swiss net stable funding ratio (NSFR) regulation became effective on 1 July 2021. Prior to this date, the NSFR was based on estimated pro forma reporting. Refer to the "Liquidity and funding management" section of the UBS Group second quarter 2022 report for more information. 5 Consists of invested assets for Global Wealth Management, Asset Management and Personal & Corporate Banking. Refer to "Note 32 Invested assets and net new money" in the "Consolidated financial statements" section of our Annual Report 2021 for more information.

Income statement

For the quarter ended

% change from

Year-to-date

USD m

30.6.22

31.3.22

30.6.21

1Q22

2Q21

30.6.22

30.6.21

Net interest income

1,665

1,771

1,628

(6)

2

3,436

3,241

Other net income from financial instruments measured at fair value through profit or loss

1,619

2,226

1,479

(27)

9

3,845

2,787

Net fee and commission income

4,774

5,353

5,557

(11)

(14)

10,127

11,248

Other income

859

32

233

268

891

297

Total revenues

8,917

9,382

8,897

(5)

0

18,299

17,574

Credit loss expense / (release)

7

18

(80)

(64)

25

(108)

Personnel expenses

4,422

4,920

4,772

(10)

(7)

9,343

9,573

General and administrative expenses

1,370

1,208

1,103

13

24

2,578

2,192

Depreciation, amortization and impairment of non-financial assets

503

506

509

(1)

(1)

1,009

1,026

Operating expenses

6,295

6,634

6,384

(5)

(1)

12,929

12,790

Operating profit / (loss) before tax

2,615

2,729

2,593

(4)

1

5,344

4,891

Tax expense / (benefit)

497

585

581

(15)

(15)

1,082

1,053

Net profit / (loss)

2,118

2,144

2,012

(1)

5

4,262

3,838

Net profit / (loss) attributable to non-controlling interests

10

8

6

29

89

18

9

Net profit / (loss) attributable to shareholders

2,108

2,136

2,006

(1)

5

4,244

3,830

Comprehensive income

Total comprehensive income

1,079

(72)

2,602

(59)

1,008

2,263

Total comprehensive income attributable to non-controlling interests

(17)

26

20

9

10

Total comprehensive income attributable to shareholders

1,097

(98)

2,582

(58)

999

2,252

Comparison between UBS Group AG consolidated and UBS AG consolidated

As of or for the quarter ended 30.6.22

As of or for the quarter ended 31.3.22

As of or for the quarter ended 31.12.21

USD m, except where indicated

UBS Group
AG
consolidated

UBS AG
consolidated

Difference
(absolute)

UBS Group
AG
consolidated

UBS AG
consolidated

Difference
(absolute)

UBS Group AG
consolidated

UBS AG
consolidated

Difference
(absolute)

Income statement

Total revenues

8,917

9,036

(119)

9,382

9,494

(112)

8,705

8,819

(114)

Credit loss expense / (release)

7

7

0

18

18

0

(27)

(27)

0

Operating expenses

6,295

6,577

(282)

6,634

6,916

(282)

7,003

7,227

(224)

Operating profit / (loss) before tax

2,615

2,452

163

2,729

2,559

170

1,729

1,619

109

of which: Global Wealth Management

1,157

1,130

27

1,310

1,283

27

563

541

22

of which: Personal & Corporate Banking

413

409

4

428

420

8

365

362

3

of which: Asset Management

959

959

0

174

176

(2)

334

328

6

of which: Investment Bank

410

388

22

929

908

21

713

710

3

of which: Group Functions

(324)

(433)

110

(112)

(227)

115

(246)

(321)

75

Net profit / (loss)

2,118

1,974

144

2,144

2,012

132

1,359

1,266

93

of which: net profit / (loss) attributable to shareholders

2,108

1,964

144

2,136

2,004

132

1,348

1,255

93

of which: net profit / (loss) attributable to non-controlling interests

10

10

0

8

8

0

11

11

0

Statement of comprehensive income

Other comprehensive income

(1,039)

(1,009)

(30)

(2,216)

(2,134)

(82)

(181)

(197)

16

of which: attributable to shareholders

(1,011)

(981)

(30)

(2,234)

(2,152)

(82)

(177)

(194)

16

of which: attributable to non-controlling interests

(28)

(28)

0

18

18

0

(4)

(4)

0

Total comprehensive income

1,079

965

114

(72)

(121)

50

1,178

1,069

109

of which: attributable to shareholders

1,097

982

114

(98)

(148)

50

1,171

1,062

109

of which: attributable to non-controlling interests

(17)

(17)

0

26

26

0

7

7

0

Balance sheet

Total assets

1,113,193

1,112,474

719

1,139,922

1,139,876

46

1,117,182

1,116,145

1,037

Total liabilities

1,056,010

1,057,390

(1,380)

1,080,711

1,081,558

(847)

1,056,180

1,057,702

(1,522)

Total equity

57,184

55,085

2,099

59,212

58,319

893

61,002

58,442

2,559

of which: equity attributable to shareholders

56,845

54,746

2,099

58,855

57,962

893

60,662

58,102

2,559

of which: equity attributable to non-controlling interests

339

339

0

356

356

0

340

340

0

Capital information

Common equity tier 1 capital

44,798

42,317

2,481

44,593

41,577

3,016

45,281

41,594

3,687

Going concern capital

59,907

56,359

3,548

60,053

55,956

4,097

60,488

55,434

5,054

Risk-weighted assets

315,685

313,448

2,238

312,037

309,374

2,664

302,209

299,005

3,204

Common equity tier 1 capital ratio (%)

14.2

13.5

0.7

14.3

13.4

0.9

15.0

13.9

1.1

Going concern capital ratio (%)

19.0

18.0

1.0

19.2

18.1

1.2

20.0

18.5

1.5

Total loss-absorbing capacity ratio (%)

33.7

32.8

0.9

34.2

33.1

1.0

34.7

33.3

1.3

Leverage ratio denominator

1,025,422

1,024,811

612

1,072,953

1,072,766

186

1,068,862

1,067,679

1,183

Common equity tier 1 leverage ratio (%)

4.37

4.13

0.24

4.16

3.88

0.28

4.24

3.90

0.34

Information about results materials and the earnings call

UBS’s second quarter 2022 report, news release and slide presentation are available from 06:45 CEST on Tuesday, 26 July 2022, at ubs.com/quarterlyreporting.

UBS will hold a presentation of its second quarter 2022 results on Tuesday, 26 July 2022. The results will be presented by Ralph Hamers (Group Chief Executive Officer), Sarah Youngwood (Group Chief Financial Officer), Sarah Mackey (Head of Investor Relations), and Marsha Askins (Head Communications & Branding).

Time

09:00 CEST
08:00 BST
03:00 US EDT

Audio webcast

The presentation for analysts can be followed live on ubs.com/quarterlyreporting with a simultaneous slide show.

Webcast playback

An audio playback of the results presentation will be made available at ubs.com/investors later in the day.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains statements that constitute "forward-looking statements," including but not limited to management’s outlook for UBS’s financial performance, statements relating to the anticipated effect of transactions and strategic initiatives on UBS’s business and future development and goals or intentions to achieve climate, sustainability and other social objectives. While these forward-looking statements represent UBS’s judgments, expectations and objectives concerning the matters described, a number of risks, uncertainties and other important factors could cause actual developments and results to differ materially from UBS’s expectations. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led to heightened volatility across global markets, to the coordinated implementation of sanctions on Russia and Belarus, Russian and Belarusian entities and nationals, and to heightened political tensions across the globe. In addition, the war has caused significant population displacement, and if the conflict continues, the scale of disruption will increase and may come to include wide-scale shortages of vital commodities, including causing food insecurity. The speed of implementation and extent of sanctions, as well as the uncertainty as to how the situation will develop, may have significant adverse effects on the market and macroeconomic conditions, including in ways that cannot be anticipated. This creates significantly greater uncertainty about forward-looking statements. Other factors that may affect our performance and ability to achieve our plans, outlook and other objectives also include, but are not limited to: (i) the degree to which UBS is successful in the ongoing execution of its strategic plans, including its cost reduction and efficiency initiatives and its ability to manage its levels of risk-weighted assets (RWA) and leverage ratio denominator (LRD), liquidity coverage ratio and other financial resources, including changes in RWA assets and liabilities arising from higher market volatility; (ii) the degree to which UBS is successful in implementing changes to its businesses to meet changing market, regulatory and other conditions; (iii) increased interest rate volatility in major markets; (iv) developments in the macroeconomic climate and in the markets in which UBS operates or to which it is exposed, including movements in securities prices or liquidity, credit spreads, and currency exchange rates, and the effects of economic conditions, including increasing inflationary pressures, market developments, and increasing geopolitical tensions, and changes to national trade policies on the financial position or creditworthiness of UBS’s clients and counterparties, as well as on client sentiment and levels of activity, including the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures taken to manage it, which have had and may also continue to have a significant adverse effect on global and regional economic activity, including disruptions to global supply chains and labor market displacements; (v) changes in the availability of capital and funding, including any changes in UBS’s credit spreads and ratings, as well as availability and cost of funding to meet requirements for debt eligible for total loss-absorbing capacity (TLAC); (vi) changes in central bank policies or the implementation of financial legislation and regulation in Switzerland, the US, the UK, the European Union and other financial centers that have imposed, or resulted in, or may do so in the future, more stringent or entity-specific capital, TLAC, leverage ratio, net stable funding ratio, liquidity and funding requirements, heightened operational resilience requirements, incremental tax requirements, additional levies, limitations on permitted activities, constraints on remuneration, constraints on transfers of capital and liquidity and sharing of operational costs across the Group or other measures, and the effect these will or would have on UBS’s business activities; (vii) UBS’s ability to successfully implement resolvability and related regulatory requirements and the potential need to make further changes to the legal structure or booking model of UBS Group in response to legal and regulatory requirements, or other external developments; (viii) UBS’s ability to maintain and improve its systems and controls for complying with sanctions in a timely manner and for the detection and prevention of money laundering to meet evolving regulatory requirements and expectations, in particular in current geopolitical turmoil; (ix) the uncertainty arising from domestic stresses in certain major economies; (x) changes in UBS’s competitive position, including whether differences in regulatory capital and other requirements among the major financial centers adversely affect UBS’s ability to compete in certain lines of business; (xi) changes in the standards of conduct applicable to our businesses that may result from new regulations or new enforcement of existing standards, including measures to impose new and enhanced duties when interacting with customers and in the execution and handling of customer transactions; (xii) the liability to which UBS may be exposed, or possible constraints or sanctions that regulatory authorities might impose on UBS, due to litigation, contractual claims and regulatory investigations, including the potential for disqualification from certain businesses, potentially large fines or monetary penalties, or the loss of licenses or privileges as a result of regulatory or other governmental sanctions, as well as the effect that litigation, regulatory and similar matters have on the operational risk component of our RWA, as well as the amount of capital available for return to shareholders; (xiii) the effects on UBS’s cross-border banking business of sanctions, tax or regulatory developments and of possible changes in UBS’s policies and practices relating to this business; (xiv) UBS’s ability to retain and attract the employees necessary to generate revenues and to manage, support and control its businesses, which may be affected by competitive factors; (xv) changes in accounting or tax standards or policies, and determinations or interpretations affecting the recognition of gain or loss, the valuation of goodwill, the recognition of deferred tax assets and other matters; (xvi) UBS’s ability to implement new technologies and business methods, including digital services and technologies, and ability to successfully compete with both existing and new financial service providers, some of which may not be regulated to the same extent; (xvii) limitations on the effectiveness of UBS’s internal processes for risk management, risk control, measurement and modeling, and of financial models generally; (xviii) the occurrence of operational failures, such as fraud, misconduct, unauthorized trading, financial crime, cyberattacks, data leakage and systems failures, the risk of which is increased with cyberattack threats from nation states and while COVID-19 control measures require large portions of the staff of both UBS and its service providers to work remotely; (xix) restrictions on the ability of UBS Group AG to make payments or distributions, including due to restrictions on the ability of its subsidiaries to make loans or distributions, directly or indirectly, or, in the case of financial difficulties, due to the exercise by FINMA or the regulators of UBS’s operations in other countries of their broad statutory powers in relation to protective measures, restructuring and liquidation proceedings; (xx) the degree to which changes in regulation, capital or legal structure, financial results or other factors may affect UBS’s ability to maintain its stated capital return objective; (xxi) uncertainty over the scope of actions that may be required by UBS, governments and others to achieve goals relating to climate, environmental and social matters, as well as the evolving nature of underlying science and industry and governmental standards and regulations; and (xxii) the effect that these or other factors or unanticipated events may have on our reputation and the additional consequences that this may have on our business and performance. The sequence in which the factors above are presented is not indicative of their likelihood of occurrence or the potential magnitude of their consequences. Our business and financial performance could be affected by other factors identified in our past and future filings and reports, including those filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC). More detailed information about those factors is set forth in documents furnished by UBS and filings made by UBS with the SEC, including UBS’s Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended 31 December 2021. UBS is not under any obligation to (and expressly disclaims any obligation to) update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Rounding

Numbers presented throughout this news release may not add up precisely to the totals provided in the tables and text. Percentages and percent changes disclosed in text and tables are calculated on the basis of unrounded figures. Absolute changes between reporting periods disclosed in the text, which can be derived from numbers presented in related tables, are calculated on a rounded basis.

Tables

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