Net profit up 13%
> Solid results in a year marked by political and economic uncertainties and high volatility in financial markets.
> Consolidated net profit of CHF 63 million, up 13% on the 2015 level, with a proposed dividend of CHF 67.5 million.
> Assets under management of CHF 118.1 billion, up 2.9%, driven by CHF 1.7 billion of net new cash in the Bank's main markets (Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Asia).
> Robust financial situation with a capital ratio of 25.7%, well above the 12% legal minimum, representing surplus shareholders' equity of nearly CHF 580 million.
> Implementation of a new phase in the Group's strategy designed to reinforce its focus, its uniqueness and the integration of its businesses lines.
In 2016 Edmond de Rothschild (Suisse) S.A. saw its client funds grow by nearly CHF 1.7 billion. At 31 December 2016 assets under management stood at CHF 118.1 billion (CHF 114.8 billion at end-2015), an all-time high.
Consolidated earnings came to CHF 655.4 million, up nearly 3%. This fine showing was due in particular to the integration of the Group’s Israeli business, the good performance of asset-liability management and our successful partnerships, particularly in Asset Management. The growth of assets under management in our core markets enabled the Group to limit the pressure on margins, especially on asset-related fees.
Costs rose 4.1% to CHF 535 million, mainly owing to the integration of Edmond de Rothschild (Israel) and the investment being made for the Group's development.
Gross profit was stable at CHF 120 million (compared with CHF 123.8 million at end-2015, a 2.7% decrease). Consolidated net profit rose 13% to CHF 63 million (up from CHF 56 million at end-2015).
SOLID FINANCIAL SITUATION
The balance sheet of Edmond de Rothschild (Suisse) S.A. remained solid and liquid. This, combined with conservative risk management, resulted in a consolidated capital ratio of 25.7% at end-December 2016, well above the 12% legal minimum. Surplus shareholders' equity amounted to almost CHF 580 million.
NEW STRATEGIC PHASE
2016 was marked by the deployment of a new stage in the Edmond de Rothschild Group's strategy designed to strengthen our position as a conviction-driven investment house. There are three pillars to this strategy:
- Focusing efforts and investments to better serve clients in strategic markets. For this purpose Edmond de Rothschild (Suisse) SA decided to sell its Nassau subsidiary in 2016 and reconfigure its operations in Hong Kong and the UK.
- Investing in new expertise to enhance the range of the Group’s products, solutions and know-how. Edmond de Rothschild offers its clients high-value-added services and investment proposals. In particular, the Group has continued to expand its Private Equity division, one of its flagship businesses, by launching new generations of funds on existing themes and by facilitating private clients' access to this asset class. The assets under management of the Group’s infrastructure expertise last year topped a billion euros. Our real-estate expertise was once again rewarded, most notably by Thomson Reuters Lipper, which rated the real-estate SICAV ERRES as the best Swiss property fund. This unique range of products provides clients with access to long-term investment solutions that are rooted in the real economy.
- Better integrating all our expertise by bringing Private Banking and Asset Management closer together. Improved collaboration between our various business lines – Private Banking, Asset Management, Corporate Finance, Private Equity and Institutional & Fund Services – enables the Group to take full advantage of its combined strengths and offer innovative investment solutions to private and institutional clients.