UBS said Tuesday that its first-quarter profits improved about 7%. It had net income of 1.05 billion Swiss francs, or about $1.2 billion, versus 988 million francs a year ago, beating estimates.
The company’s revenue in Q1 was about $7.23 billion, a drop of roughly 7% from last year, though it had net-new-money inflows of 12.8 billion Swiss francs into its wealth management units.
“I’m pleased with the first quarter as we demonstrated sustainable profitability across all business divisions and regions,” said Group CEO Sergio Ermotti, in a press release. “Dedicated and disciplined execution of our strategy for the benefit of clients and shareholders remains our top priority.”
Wealth Management Americas had a pretax profit of $272 million, up 7% from the prior period and 30% year over year; after adjustments, the pretax profit for Q1’14 was $284 million; expenses declined roughly 1% year over year.
Revenue for the U.S.-based unit was about 1.66 billion Swiss francs, down slightly from 1.67 billion a year ago.