Credit Suisse to borrow up to $54bn from Swiss central bank

Credit score Suisse plans to borrow as much as SFr50bn ($54bn) from the Swiss central financial institution and purchase again about SFr3bn of its debt, in an try to spice up its liquidity and calm traders a day after the financial institution’s share value plummeted.

The Swiss Nationwide Financial institution had stated on Wednesday it was prepared to supply a liquidity backstop to Credit score Suisse after the troubled lender’s shares fell as a lot as 30 per cent.

The sell-off got here after the chair of Saudi Nationwide Financial institution, a serious Credit score Suisse shareholder, dominated out any additional funding. It additionally adopted turbulent commerce in world banking shares within the wake of Silicon Valley Financial institution’s collapse.

In a press release on Thursday, Credit score Suisse stated it had taken the choice “to pre-emptively strengthen its liquidity” by borrowing the funds from the Swiss central financial institution underneath a mortgage facility and short-term liquidity facility.

It plans to make a money tender provide for 10 US dollar-denominated senior debt securities value as much as $2.5bn and 4 euro-denominated senior debt securities value as much as €500mn. The gives will expire on March 22.

Chief govt Ulrich Körner stated the measures “display decisive motion to strengthen Credit score Suisse as we proceed our strategic transformation”. Körner’s restructuring has included promoting off part of Credit score Suisse’s funding financial institution and slicing hundreds of jobs.

“My workforce and I are resolved to maneuver ahead quickly to ship an easier and extra centered financial institution constructed round shopper wants,” added Körner, who was appointed chief govt in July.

The transfer is the most recent try by Credit score Suisse to regain investor confidence after a sequence of scandals and setbacks rocked the Swiss financial institution and pushed its inventory value to a document low.

Credit score Suisse shares closed down 24.2 per cent on Wednesday, pushing its market worth beneath SFr7bn. Shares within the financial institution, which raised SFr4bn of capital just some months in the past, are down 39 per cent this yr and 85 per cent over the previous two years.

The sell-off in Credit score Suisse shares on Wednesday weighed on financial institution shares in Europe and the US, that are additionally reeling from the closure of SVB, the most important US financial institution failure since 2008. Its implosion got here after long-dated Treasury bonds it had invested in collapsed in worth.

Traders stated Credit score Suisse’s issues have been a reminder that Europe’s banks additionally had giant bond portfolios, the paper worth of which has been hammered by rising rates of interest.

For Credit score Suisse, the most recent share value drop added to what has already been a difficult week. On Tuesday, the financial institution revealed that its auditor, PwC, had recognized “materials weaknesses” in its monetary reporting controls, resulting in the delay of the publication of its annual report.

On Wednesday, Saudi Nationwide Financial institution chair Ammar Alkhudairy stated “the reply is totally not” when requested if SNB can be open to offering capital to Credit score Suisse. SNB purchased a ten per cent stake in Credit score Suisse final yr.

He stated proudly owning a big share of the financial institution would lead to undesirable regulatory necessities, although he added he supported Credit score Suisse’s restructuring plan and didn’t suppose it wanted extra capital.

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