Credit Suisse warns of loss on higher legal provisions


By Cristina Roca

Credit Suisse Group AG said Wednesday that it expects to report a loss for the first quarter as a result of increasing provisions for a number of legal issues.

The Swiss lender said it increased provisions by about 600 million Swiss francs ($629.9 million), taking the total sum set aside for legal matters in the first quarter to about CHF700 million. All the matters originated more than a decade ago, Credit Suisse said.

“Our underlying results have been adversely impacted by a reduction in capital market issuances and by lower business activity,” the bank added.

It also estimates that the war in Ukraine will result in about CHF200 million of negative revenue and credit-loss provisions.

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