(AP) -- Swiss banking giant UBS AG on Tuesday said its first-half net profit rose by 13 percent on the same period last year, to SFr3.962 billion ($2.64 billion) from SFr3.51 ($2.34 billion).This content was published on August 24, 1999 - 13:27
(AP) -- Swiss banking giant UBS AG on Tuesday said its first-half net profit rose by 13 percent on the same period last year, to SFr3.962 billion ($2.64 billion) from SFr3.51 ($2.34 billion).
UBS, formed last year from the merger of Union Bank of Switzerland and Swiss Bank Corp., said in a statement the result was "well within expectations considering the background of an ambitious and challenging integration process."
That integration was completed on schedule, UBS said. "We have put ourselves in a position as quickly as possible to concentrate on further building the franchise and accelerating its growth," chief executive Marcel Ospel added.
UBS said the first-half figure was adjusted to take into account pretax gains on divestments both this year and last year.
This year, UBS booked a pretax gain of SFr1.8 billion ($1.2 billion) from the sale of its equity stake in Swiss Life, a shareholding in the Julius Baer bank and from the disposal of the international operations of its global trade finance business.
In March, UBS announced a net profit of SFr3.03 billion (then $2.2 billion) for 1998 after hedge-fund losses and an out-of-court settlement of Holocaust claims in the United States, the company said.
UBS said "is confident for 1999 as a whole."
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