By Pietro Lombardi
Credit Suisse Group AG will launch a buyback of up to 1.5 billion Swiss francs ($1.52 billion) next year, when it expects to deliver growing profitability and dividends.
The Swiss bank /zigman2/quotes/205269278/delayed CH:CSGN -0.59% targets a return on tangible equity, a key measure of profitability, of roughly 10% next year, up from the more than 8% it expects to achieve this year. Should markets support revenue growth, the bank’s RoTE may reach roughly 11%, the Swiss bank said Wednesday ahead of its investor day. In the medium term, RoTE is expected to rise above 12%.
The bank said it would distribute at least 50% of its 2020 net income to shareholders, via a mix of dividends and buyback. A share buyback of up to CHF1.5 billion for 2020 has been approved, depending on market conditions, with at least CHF1 billion expected to take place.
Dividends are expected to grow by at least 5% per year.
The bank also gave an update on its performance for the last quarter of the year, which it said has improved compared with the same period last year.