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Swiss financial institution Julius Baer experiences 26% drop in first half revenue

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Swiss private bank Julius Baer is seen at their headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland February 2, 2022. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo

ZURICH (Reuters) -Julius Baer reported on Monday a 26% drop in shareholders’ profit for the first half of 2022, as the Swiss wealth manager was hit by what it called “one of the worst six-month periods for capital markets in decades.”

Net profit attributable to shareholders fell to 451 million Swiss francs ($468.28 million), missing analyst forecasts for 477 million francs according to Refinitiv data.

The Zurich-based private bank said its assets under management shrunk 11% to 428 billion francs, as it was hit by the downturn in global markets.

Chief Executive Philipp Rickenbacher said the period had seen “unprecedented geopolitical events that had a deep impact on asset valuations and client sentiment.”

But the bank said there had been a “meaningful recovery” in net new money of 1.5 billion francs since the end of April, which compensated the outflow of 2.7 million francs in the first four months of the year.

Western European clients contributed to the inflows, the bank said, while the impact of Asian clients de-leveraging their portfolios reduced from March onwards, it added.

($1 = 0.9631 Swiss francs)

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