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UBS Q3 net profit solid despite trading scandal

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 12:51

Zurich: Swiss bank UBS AG reported better-than-expected third-quarter net profit on Tuesday although an accounting gain helped cancel out 1.849 billion Swiss francs billion loss on unauthorised trades it uncovered last month.

Net profit fell to 1.018 billion francs, compared to average analyst forecasts for 276 million francs and steady from the 1.0 billion francs it posted in the second quarter, already hit by falling trading volumes.

It said a 1.765 billion franc gain on the value of its own debt helped make up for the 1.849 billion trading loss and 387 million francs of restructuring costs it booked after announcing 3,500 job cuts in August.

This accounting gain -- which occurs because the bank could profit from buying back its own bonds at lower levels -- also gave a big boost this quarter to profits at most U.S. banks.

However, UBS results also mirrored their U.S. peers in showing declining bond and stock revenues as sovereign debt worries spiralled in the three months to September.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 12:51
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