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Ralph Hamers, UBS's CEO said:

 

"Our strong 2020 results clearly demonstrate the true strength of our franchise and the commitment of our employees. It was a challenging year for our clients, for our colleagues, and for our communities alike, which makes these results even more gratifying.

 

We stood for stability, maintained connectivity, and provided the advice and solutions our clients needed. And, in turn, they entrusted us with their business -- with over a hundred billion dollars in net new money. Additionally, invested assets across asset and wealth management reached record levels, now at 4.1 trillion dollars, Group revenues were up 12%, and we generated a strong return on CET1 capital at 17.6%. We met or exceeded every single one of our growth and returns targets.

 

As significant to me, though, is that every single business division and region played a role in this success. Global Wealth Management and Asset Management recorded double-digit profit before tax growth, while the Investment Bank achieved a 20% return on attributed equity. Regionally, profit before tax in the Americas and Asia Pacific increased by over 1 billion each. Our universal bank in Switzerland benefited from a resilient economy, supported by effective government-backed lending programs in partnership with the banks. It is this broad-based strength that has allowed us to stand by our clients, our team and those in need throughout the pandemic.

 

We worked across the firm to deliver the best of UBS to our clients and grow our leadership in specific areas like sustainability. In 2020, we became the first major global financial institution to recommend sustainable over traditional investments for Global Wealth Management clients and rolled out Climate Aware strategies across additional asset classes in Asset Management.

 

All this said, there is one thing I know we can count on: change is constant and we need to stay flexible and make UBS even more fit for the future. Many of the things that attracted me to UBS -- the client franchise, strong brand, clear focus on being the world's leading wealth manager complemented by focused investment bank and asset management businesses, just to name a few -- are the strengths we'll build on as we focus our efforts on defining our strategic priorities to unlock our full potential."

 

2020 financial performance -- selected highlights

 
Group 
Return on CET1 capital           17.6%       Target: 12--15% 
Return on tangible equity        12.9% 
Cost/income ratio                73.0%       Target: 75--78% 
Net profit attributable to 
shareholders                     USD 6.6bn 
Diluted earnings per share       USD 1.79 
CET1 capital ratio               13.8%       Guidance: 13% 
CET1 leverage ratio              3.85%       Guidance: >3.7% 
Tangible book value per share    USD 14.93 
 
Global Wealth Management 
Profit before tax                USD 4.1bn 
                                             Target: 10--15% over the 
PBT growth                       20.4%       cycle 
Invested assets                  USD 3.0trn 
 
Personal & Corporate Banking 
Profit before tax                CHF 1.2bn 
Return on attributed equity 
 (CHF)                           14.1% 
Net new business volume growth 
 for Personal Banking (CHF)      6.9% 
 
Asset Management 
Profit before tax                USD 1.5bn 
Invested assets                  USD 1.1trn 
 
Investment Bank 
Profit before tax                USD 2.5bn 
Return on attributed equity      19.7% 
RWA and LRD vs. Group            33% / 30%   Guidance: up to 1/3 
 

Capital returns to shareholders

 

The second tranche of the 2019 dividend (USD 0.365 per share) was paid on 27 November 2020 following shareholder approval at an extraordinary general meeting on 19 November 2020.

 

For 2020, the Board of Directors intends to propose a dividend to UBS Group AG shareholders of USD 0.37 per share. Subject to approval by shareholders at the Annual General Meeting scheduled for 8 April 2021, the dividend will be paid on 15 April 2021 to shareholders of record on 14 April 2021. The ex-dividend date will be 13 April 2021.

 

The balance between cash dividends and share repurchases has been adjusted from 2020 onward, with a greater weight toward share repurchases as compared with prior years' returns. We remain committed to returning excess capital to our shareholders and delivering total capital returns consistent with our previous levels.

 

Before COVID-related restrictions on share repurchases were introduced, we repurchased CHF 350 million (USD 364 million) of our shares in the first quarter of 2020. During the fourth quarter of 2020, we also increased our capital reserve for future share repurchases from USD 1.5 billion to USD 2.0 billion. We will resume repurchasing shares shortly after the publication of our fourth quarter 2020 report.

 

In the first quarter of 2021, we intend to repurchase the remaining CHF 100 million of the existing three-year share repurchase program, while launching a new three-year program of up to CHF 4 billion, of which up to USD 1 billion is to be executed in the first quarter of 2021.

 

Outlook

 

Investor sentiment improved in the fourth quarter of 2020, largely on the basis of the strong rebound in economic activity seen through the third quarter, combined with greater optimism regarding the availability and effective distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, as well as continued fiscal and monetary stimulus that contributed to generally more positive views on the timing and extent of a sustainable economic recovery.

 

However, recent developments, including economic and political situations in some large economies and geopolitical tensions, have again raised questions around the shape and pace of the recovery. The growing numbers of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations as well as lockdowns and similar measures imposed to control the pandemic add to existing concerns about the shape of the overall recovery and the severity and duration of the effects of the pandemic in certain economic sectors.

 

In these uncertain times, our clients particularly value expert guidance and we remain focused on supporting them with advice and solutions. We expect our revenues in the first quarter of 2021 to be positively influenced by seasonal factors such as higher client activity, compared with the fourth quarter of 2020. Higher asset prices should have a positive effect on recurring fee income in our asset gathering businesses. However, the continued uncertainty in the environment could affect both asset prices and client activity. While supporting market sentiment, low and persistently negative interest rates and expectations of continuing easy monetary policy will remain headwinds to net interest income sequentially.

 

With its balance sheet for all seasons and its diversified business model, UBS (NYSE:UBS) (SWX:UBSN) remains well positioned to drive sustainable long-term value for our clients and shareholders.

 

Fourth quarter 2020 performance overview

 

Group PBT USD 2,057m, +122% YoY

 

Group PBT was USD 2,057m (up 122% YoY), including net credit loss expenses of USD 66m. The cost/income ratio was 74.1%, a 12.7 percentage point improvement YoY, as income (before credit loss expense) increased by 16% and total operating expenses decreased by 1%. Net profit attributable to shareholders was USD 1,708m (up 137% YoY), with diluted earnings per share of USD 0.46. Return on CET1 capital(2) was 17.5%.

 

Global Wealth Management (GWM) PBT USD 936m, +22% YoY

 

GWM delivered PBT growth in all regions. Recurring net fee income increased 5%, reflecting higher average invested assets, partly offset by lower margins. Net interest income rose by 2%, as higher revenues from lending more than offset the ongoing pressure from lower USD interest rates on deposits. Transaction-based income decreased 2%, with the increase from continued high client activity more than offset by a USD 75m fee paid by P&C in 4Q19 related to a shift of business. Net credit loss releases were USD 7m. The cost/income ratio improved to 78.2%, down 3.1 percentage points YoY, as income increased by 3% and operating expenses reduced by 1%. Loans grew by 6% QoQ to USD 213bn, with over USD 8bn of net new loans. Invested assets rose to an all-time high of USD 3,016bn, up 10% sequentially. Net new money was USD 21.1bn, supported by inflows in all regions.

 

Personal & Corporate Banking (P&C) PBT CHF 318m, +4% YoY

 

The main driver of the 3% YoY increase in operating income was higher transaction-based income, primarily as a result of a CHF 73m fee booked in 4Q19 for a shift of business from GWM. Excluding this fee in the prior year, lower credit card fees and revenues from foreign exchange transactions were the main driver of a decrease in transaction-based income, reflecting the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on travel and leisure spending by clients. Lower deposit revenues related to the ongoing low interest rate environment mainly drove the 8% decrease in net interest income. Recurring net fee income rose 8%. Net credit loss releases were CHF 20m. The cost/income ratio was 66.0%, an increase of 0.7 percentage points YoY, as income increased by 2% and operating expenses increased by 3%. Net new business volume growth for Personal Banking was 4.8%.

 

Asset Management (AM) PBT USD 401m, +123% YoY

 

Operating income increased by 40% YoY with 167% higher performance fees, while net management fees rose 14%. The increase in performance fees was mainly driven by increases in our Hedge Fund Businesses, reflecting both strong investment performance in a constructive market environment and annual performance fee recognition for certain products. The cost/income ratio was 48.1%, a 19.2 percentage point improvement YoY, with 40% income growth and flat operating expenses (up USD 1m). Invested assets increased 11% QoQ to USD 1,092bn, above the USD 1trn mark for the first time. Net new money was USD 22.2bn (USD 38.0bn excluding money market flows).

 

Investment Bank (IB) PBT USD 529m, compared with USD (22)m in 4Q19

 

Nearly all businesses delivered a double-digit increase in revenues YoY. Global Markets revenue increased by 21% or USD 248m, primarily driven by higher client activity levels, particularly across equity derivatives, cash equities and credit product lines. Global Banking was up 33% or USD 167m, with a significant increase in Equity Capital Markets and Advisory. Credit loss expenses were USD 91m. The cost/income ratio was 70.5%, an improvement from over 100% in 4Q19, as income grew by 25% and operating expenses decreased by 13%. Expenses in the prior-year quarter included USD 110m of restructuring expenses and a USD 110m impairment of goodwill, without which, operating expenses would have been flat YoY (down USD 1m). Annualized return on attributed equity was 16.8%.

 

Group Functions PBT USD (161)m, compared with USD (306)m in 4Q19

 

Full year 2020 performance overview

 

Group PBT USD 8,226m, +47% YoY

 

Group PBT was USD 8,226m (up 47% YoY), including net credit loss expenses of USD 694m. The cost/income ratio was 73.0%, a 7.4 percentage point improvement YoY, as income (before credit loss expense) increased by 14% and total operating expenses increased by 4%. Net profit attributable to shareholders was USD 6,629m (up 54% YoY), with diluted earnings per share of USD 1.79. Return on CET1 capital(2) was 17.6%.

 

Global Wealth Management (GWM) PBT USD 4,091m, +20% YoY

 

GWM delivered PBT growth in all regions. Operating income grew by 4% on high levels of client engagement throughout the year and greater market volatility that led to a 17% improvement in transaction-based income. Net interest income increased by 2%, as higher revenues from lending more than offset pressure from lower USD interest rates. Recurring net fee income increased 1%, with shifts in invested assets into lower-margin funds and advisory mandates offsetting the effect from higher average invested assets. Credit loss expenses were USD 88m. The cost/income ratio improved to 75.6%, down 3.5 percentage points YoY, as income increased by 5% and operating expenses were flat. Loans grew by 19% YoY to USD 213bn, with USD 26bn of net new loans and growth in all regions. Invested assets rose to an all-time high of USD 3,016bn, up 14% YoY. Net new money was USD 43.3bn, mainly from APAC and EMEA.

 

Personal & Corporate Banking (P&C) PBT CHF 1,175m, (18%) YoY

 

The main driver of the reduction in PBT was CHF 243m of credit loss expenses. Stage 3 credit loss expenses were CHF 120m, including expenses of CHF 54m related to a case of fraud at a commodity trade finance counterparty. Continued headwinds from persistenly low and negative interest rates led to a 3% YoY reduction in net interest income. Lower credit card fees and revenues from foreign exchange transactions were the main driver of a decrease in transaction-based income, reflecting the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on travel and leisure spending by clients. Recurring net fee income increased by 7%, largely reflecting increased custody and mandate revenues due to higher client asset levels. The cost/income ratio was 61.2%, a 0.3 percentage point increase YoY, as income reduced by 2% and operating expenses decreased by 1%. Net new business volume growth for Personal Banking was 6.9%.

 

Asset Management (AM) PBT USD 1,455m, +174% YoY

 

AM's PBT, excluding the USD 571m gain on sale of a majority stake in Fondcenter in 3Q20, was up 66% to USD 884m. On the same basis, operating income increased by 24% on nearly USD 300m higher performance fees, while net management fees rose 10%. The cost/income ratio excluding the Fondcenter sale was 63.2%, a 9.4 percentage point improvement YoY, as 24% income growth outstripped the 8% increase in operating expenses. Invested assets increased 21% YoY to USD 1,092bn, above the USD 1trn mark for the first time. Net new money was USD 80.1bn (USD 87.5bn excluding money market flows).

 

Investment Bank (IB) PBT USD 2,482m, +217% YoY

 

Most businesses delivered a double-digit increase in revenues YoY. Global Markets revenue increased by 33% or USD 1,779m, due to higher client activity levels, resulting from market conditions, particularly across foreign exchange, rates, equity derivatives, cash equities and credit product lines, reflecting the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on financial markets and ensuing client transactions. Global Banking was up 23% or USD 441m, reflecting higher revenues in Capital Markets, partly offset by lower revenues in Advisory. Credit loss expenses were USD 305m. The cost/income ratio was 70.7%, an 18.1 percentage point improvement YoY, as 30% income growth outstripped the 4% increase in operating expenses. Return on attributed equity was 19.7%.

 

Group Functions PBT USD (1,060)m, compared with USD (577)m in 2019

 

Our response to COVID-19

 

The COVID-19 pandemic caused an unprecedented situation for UBS and its employees in 2020. It has required our ongoing focus on safeguarding the well-being of our employees and their families, serving our clients and ensuring operational continuity.

 

In response to the pandemic, governments have taken measures to severely constrain movement, limiting public gatherings, requiring working from home where possible, and closing down or restricting non-essential retail and business activity. These measures resulted in a significantly adverse effect on global economic activity and the most severe downturn in global GDP since World War II, followed by an uneven rebound in economic activity.

 

Governmental measures to support the economy

 

Governments and central banks offered and continue to offer significant fiscal and monetary support intended to help firms and employees to remain solvent through the COVID-19 pandemic, while financial services firms were provided with exceptional access to liquidity in the first phase of the pandemic. In addition, a number of regulatory and supervisory measures have been temporarily introduced, seeking to provide banks with increased flexibility in deploying capital and liquidity resources to support economies.

 

Our support for clients and the economies in which we operate

 

Throughout 2020, we actively engaged in lending activities across our businesses to support our clients and the real economy. As the pandemic intensified and market liquidity became limited, we experienced higher drawdowns on committed credit facilities by corporate clients in the Investment Bank and in Personal & Corporate Banking.

 

The program established by the Swiss Federal Council in March 2020 to support small and medium-sized entities (SMEs) by granting loans closed on 31 July 2020. As of that date, we had committed CHF 2.7 billion of loans up to CHF 0.5 million, which are 100% guaranteed by the Swiss government, and CHF 0.6 billion of loans between CHF 0.5 million and CHF 20 million, which are 85% government-guaranteed. The total amount drawn on our loan commitments under the program was CHF 1.8 billion on 31 December 2020. We intend to donate any potential profits from this program to COVID-19 relief efforts, although no such profits were made in 2020.

 

In the US, we are supporting the lending programs created under the CARES Act for small businesses. Working with a partner, we made up to USD 2 billion available under the Paycheck Protection Program during 2020 and provided loans under the program in the amount of USD 656 million as of 31 December 2020. We donated around USD 2 million of fees earned on such loans in 2020 to COVID-19 relief efforts.

 

Our previous investments in technology enabled us to maintain facilitated connectivity within and across our businesses and support functions. Leveraging existing and newly integrated tools, this resulted in new ways of digitally interacting with clients.

 

Across our business divisions, we continued to support our clients with advice needed to manage their assets, along with investment solutions and global insights to help them navigate the significant market volatility and uncertain economic outlook. Our dynamic risk management enabled our business and our clients to successfully navigate the volatile market conditions.

 

Our support for communities

 

Recognizing the strain and hardship the current situation is causing across our communities, we have committed USD 30 million to various COVID-related aid projects that provide support across the communities in which we operate. A part of this amount is used to match the USD 15 million raised by our clients and our employees for the UBS Optimus Foundation's COVID-19 Response Fund, which supports various organizations, including healthcare organizations that facilitate testing and increase capacity for emergency treatments.

 

Our support for employees

 

Our employees' response to the pandemic has been remarkable; they have demonstrated resilience, dedication and client focus through an unrelenting year. More than 95% of internal and external staff are able to work concurrently on a remote basis and our employees have been working from home to a significant degree since the first quarter. We continue to monitor country- and location-specific developments, as well as governmental requirements, and adapt our plans for the return of employees to our offices accordingly, prioritizing the health of our employees and clients.

 

Recognizing the additional pressure placed on employees by shuttered workplaces and schools, restricted activities and varying degrees of lockdown, we introduced a range of measures throughout 2020 to help employees adapt. For example, we offered extra flexibility to care for children and introduced a variety of tools and resources to support employees' physical, mental, financial and social well-being.

 

As a sign of appreciation for their contribution throughout this challenging year, and acknowledging that the pandemic may have resulted in unforeseen expenses, the Group Executive Board awarded UBS's employees at less senior ranks a one-time cash payment equivalent to one week's salary.

 

In the third quarter of 2020, we modified the forfeiture conditions of certain outstanding deferred compensation awards for eligible employees in order to provide additional career flexibility during this time of uncertainty. Outstanding deferred compensation awards granted to Group Executive Board members, those granted under the Long-Term Incentive Plan, as well as those granted to financial advisors in the US, are not affected by these changes.

 

Operational resilience

 

With the bulk of our workforce working outside of our offices since late March 2020, we face new challenges and operational risks, including maintenance of supervisory and surveillance controls, as well as increased fraud and data security risks. The existing resilience built into our operations and the effectiveness of our business continuity management and operational risk procedures have been critical in handling the ongoing pandemic and circumstances related to it, and have enabled us to continue to serve our stakeholders without material negative impact.

 

As a result of our prior investments in infrastructure and execution of our established business continuity management frameworks, we have managed the record transaction volumes experienced in March 2020 along with extreme spikes in volatility and limited liquidity in some markets without material disruption in our service to clients.

 

Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on our financial and capital position

 

Despite the uncertainties caused by the pandemic, the negative effects of the COVID-related crisis on our financial and capital positions were limited in 2020.

 

Although we experienced an increase in credit loss expenses under IFRS 9 in 2020, we maintained a strong capital and liquidity position in the face of the adverse economic developments, the sharp decline in market valuations and the increased levels of volatility.

 

In the fourth quarter of 2020, credit loss expenses were at lower levels than those seen in prior quarters of 2020.

 

Overall, we expect elevated credit loss expenses to persist for at least as long as the COVID-19 containment measures continue, although at levels lower than in the first half of 2020. Due to the credit quality of our portfolio, we remain confident in our ability to maintain our overall strength and stability and to continue to support our clients.

 

Commitment to sustainable performance

 

UBS is committed to creating long-term positive value for its clients, employees, investors and society and the firm made substantial progress on this commitment in 2020. This is illustrated by recognition UBS has received throughout the year for its commitment to improving performance under ESG criteria and for its efforts in offering clients sustainable finance products and services.

 

Recognized leader in sustainability

 

UBS extended its leading position in sustainability after being ranked number one globally for the sixth consecutive year in the Diversified Financial Services and Capital Markets Industry of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). This is the most widely recognized corporate sustainability rating, and the confirmation of the firm's leading position rewards its continuous commitment to being at the vanguard of these developments for over 20 years. UBS is among the top-ranked companies across a wide range of criteria including Sustainable Finance, Risk & Crisis Management, Operational Eco-Efficiency, Climate Strategy, Talent Attraction & Retention, Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy, and Human Rights.

 

In addition, UBS has been recognized for leadership in corporate sustainability by global environmental non-profit CDP. UBS is one of only 5% of the 5,800+ companies scored that are A-listed for environmental transparency and action to cut emissions, mitigate climate risks and develop the low-carbon economy.

 

UBS has also become a founding member of the "Net Zero Asset Managers initiative" bringing together a group of 30 international asset management firms committed to support investing aligned with the goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 or sooner.

 

Strengthening the focus on sustainable finance

 

Sustainable finance has long been a firm-wide priority. UBS continues to help its clients respond to growing interest in navigating the risks and opportunities from climate change and a range of 21st century risks.

 

For instance, UBS saw net sales in Global Wealth Management of USD 7bn for Global Wealth Management and Personal & Corporate Banking's 100% SI multi-asset mandate, with invested assets now at USD 20bn, compared with just over USD 1bn roughly three years ago. Sustainable investments are now the firm's preferred solution for private clients investing globally, and UBS was the first major global financial institution to make this recommendation in 2020. In Asset Management, sustainability focused assets similarly enjoyed very strong growth, with assets more than doubling during the year to USD 97bn. UBS is committed to offering choice to its clients to mobilize capital and manage risks.

 

Extended certification for equal pay practices

 

UBS takes pay equity seriously and takes clear steps to make sure that employees with similar roles, performance and experience are rewarded equally and fairly. The firm has long embedded pay equity into its compensation policies and practices and regularly engages independent third-parties to analyze compensation data.

 

After becoming one of the first banks certified by the Swiss foundation EQUAL-SALARY in April 2020 for its equal pay practices in Switzerland, UBS is proud to announce that it is now also certified as an EQUAL-SALARY employer in the United Kingdom, United States of America, Singapore and Hong Kong. This confirms UBS's ongoing global commitment to this important topic. In order to get certified, UBS underwent a multi-faceted audit including an in-depth statistical analysis on pay, an HR policy review and interviews with employees, management and HR.

 

Information in this news release is presented for UBS Group AG on a consolidated basis unless otherwise specified. Financial information for UBS AG (consolidated) does not differ materially from UBS Group AG (consolidated) and a comparison between UBS Group AG (consolidated) and UBS AG (consolidated) is provided at the end of this news release.

 
(1) Loans and advances to customers (on-balance sheet) and guarantees and loan 
commitments (off-balance sheet) included within Banking products in the table 
"Banking and traded products exposure in our business divisions and Group 
Functions" in the Risk management and control section of the fourth quarter 
2020 report. 
 
(2) Return on CET1 capital is calculated as annualized net profit attributable 
to shareholders divided by average common equity tier 1 capital. 
 
(3) Shareholders whose shares are held through SIX (ISIN CH0244767585) will 
receive dividends in Swiss francs, based on a published exchange rate 
calculated to five decimal places immediately before the ex-dividend date. 
Shareholders holding shares through DTC (ISIN: CH0244767585; CUSIP: H42097107) 
will be paid dividends in US dollars. 
 
(4) Subject to approval by shareholders at the Annual General Meeting 
scheduled for 8 April 2021, the dividend will be paid on 15 April 2021 to 
shareholders of record as of 14 April 2021. The ex-dividend date will be 13 
April 2021. In accordance with Swiss tax law, 50% of the dividend will be paid 
out of retained earnings and the balance will be paid out of capital 
contribution reserves. Dividends paid out of capital contribution reserves are 
not subject to Swiss withholding tax. The portion of the dividend paid out of 
retained earnings will be subject to a 35% Swiss withholding tax. For US 
federal income tax purposes, we expect that the dividend will be paid out of 
current or accumulated earnings and profits. 
 
 
Performance of our business divisions and Group Functions(1) 
                 For the quarter ended 31.12.20 
                             Personal 
                 Global      &          Asset 
                 Wealth      Corporate  Manage-  Investment  Group 
USD million      Management  Banking    ment      Bank       Functions  Total 
Operating 
 income          4,277       992        774      2,011       63         8,117 
of which: 
 valuation gain 
 on auction 
 rate 
 securities                                                  134        134 
 
Operating 
 expenses        3,341       640        372      1,482       225        6,060 
of which: 
 impairment of 
 internally 
 generated 
 software(2)                                                 67         67 
 
Operating 
 profit / 
 (loss) before 
 tax             936         353        401      529         (161)      2,057 
 
                 For the quarter ended 31.12.19 
                             Personal 
                 Global      &          Asset 
                 Wealth      Corporate  Manage-  Investment  Group 
USD million      Management  Banking    ment      Bank       Functions  Total 
Operating 
 income          4,150       881        551      1,681       (211)      7,052 
of which: net 
 gains / 
 (losses) from 
 properties 
 held for sale                                               (29)       (29) 
 
Operating 
 expenses        3,384       571        371      1,703       95         6,124 
of which: 
 impairment of 
 goodwill                                        110                    110 
of which: net 
 restructuring 
 expenses(3)     21          3          7        110         4          146 
 
Operating 
 profit / 
 (loss) before 
 tax             766         310        180      (22)        (306)      928 
 
 
1 The components of operating income and operating expenses disclosed in this 
table are items that are not recurring or necessarily representative of the 
underlying business performance for the reporting period specified. 2 Relates 
to impairment of internally generated software resulting from a decision in 
the fourth quarter of 2020 to not proceed with an internal business transfer 
from UBS Switzerland AG to UBS AG. 3 Includes restructuring expenses related 
to legacy cost programs. 
 
 
Performance of our business divisions and Group Functions(1) 
                 For the year ended 31.12.20 
                             Personal 
                 Global      &          Asset 
                 Wealth      Corporate  Manage-  Investment  Group 
USD million      Management  Banking    ment      Bank       Functions  Total 
Operating 
 income          17,045      3,651      2,974    9,214       (494)      32,390 
of which: net 
 gain from the 
 sale of a 
 majority stake 
 in Fondcenter 
 AG              60                     571                             631 
of which: gain 
 on the sale of 
 intellectual 
 property 
 rights                                          215                    215 
of which: net 
 gains from 
 properties 
 sold or held 
 for sale                                                    64         64 
of which: 
 valuation gain 
 on auction 
 rate 
 securities                                                  134        134 
of which: gain 
 related to 
 investment in 
 associates      6           19                                         26 
of which: gain 
 on the sale of 
 equity 
 investment 
 measured at 
 fair value 
 through profit 
 or loss         4           18                                         22 
 
Operating 
 expenses        12,955      2,392      1,519    6,732       567        24,163 
of which: 
 acceleration 
 of expenses in 
 relation to 
 outstanding 
 deferred 
 compensation 
 awards          46          3          22       229         58         359 
of which: 
 expenses 
 associated 
 with 
 terminated 
 real estate 
 leases                                                      72         72 
of which: 
 impairment of 
 internally 
 generated 
 software(2)                                                 67         67 
of which: net 
 restructuring 
 expenses(3)     72          5          6        24          0          107 
 
Operating 
 profit / 
 (loss) before 
 tax             4,091       1,259      1,455    2,482       (1,060)    8,226 
 
                 For the year ended 31.12.19 
                             Personal 
                 Global      &          Asset 
                 Wealth      Corporate  Manage-  Investment  Group 
USD million      Management  Banking    ment      Bank       Functions  Total 
Operating 
 income          16,353      3,715      1,938    7,269       (385)      28,889 
of which: net 
 foreign 
 currency 
 translations 
 losses(4)                                                   (35)       (35) 
of which: net 
 losses from 
 properties 
 held for sale                                               (29)       (29) 
 
Operating 
 expenses        12,955      2,274      1,406    6,485       192        23,312 
of which: 
 impairment of 
 goodwill                                        110                    110 
of which: net 
 restructuring 
 expenses(3)     68          17         33       168         (2)        284 
 
Operating 
 profit / 
 (loss) before 
 tax             3,397       1,441      532      784         (577)      5,577 
 
 
1 The components of operating income and operating expenses disclosed in this 
table are items that are not recurring or necessarily representative of the 
underlying business performance for the reporting period specified. 2 Relates 
to impairment of internally generated software resulting from a decision in 
the fourth quarter of 2020 to not proceed with an internal business transfer 
from UBS Switzerland AG to UBS AG. 3 Reflects expenses for new restructuring 
initiatives. Prior-year comparative figures also include restructuring 
expenses related to legacy cost programs. 4 Related to the disposal or closure 
of foreign operations. 
 
 
Our key figures 
                           As of                           As of 
                            or for the                      or for the 
                            quarter ended                   year ended 
USD million, except 
where indicated            31.12.20   30.9.20    31.12.19  31.12.20   31.12.19 
Group results 
Operating income           8,117      8,935      7,052     32,390     28,889 
Operating expenses         6,060      6,357      6,124     24,163     23,312 
Operating profit / (loss) 
 before tax                2,057      2,578      928       8,226      5,577 
Net profit / (loss) 
 attributable to 
 shareholders              1,708      2,093      722       6,629      4,304 
Diluted earnings per 
 share (USD)(1)            0.46       0.56       0.19      1.79       1.14 
Profitability and 
growth(2) 
Return on equity (%)       11.5       14.4       5.2       11.5       7.9 
Return on tangible equity 
 (%)                       12.9       16.2       5.9       12.9       9.0 
Return on common equity 
 tier 1 capital (%)        17.5       21.9       8.2       17.6       12.4 
Return on risk-weighted 
 assets, gross (%)         11.4       12.7       10.8      11.7       11.0 
Return on leverage ratio 
 denominator, gross 
 (%)(3)                    3.2        3.7        3.1       3.4        3.2 
Cost / income ratio (%)    74.1       70.4       86.8      73.0       80.5 
Effective tax rate (%)     16.6       18.8       21.6      19.2       22.7 
Net profit growth (%)      136.6      99.5       129.4     54.0       (4.7) 
Resources(2) 
Total assets               1,125,765  1,065,153  972,194   1,125,765  972,194 
Equity attributable to 
 shareholders              59,517     59,451     54,501    59,517     54,501 
Common equity tier 1 
 capital(4)                39,966     38,197     35,535    39,966     35,535 
Risk-weighted assets(4)    289,101    283,133    259,208   289,101    259,208 
Common equity tier 1 
 capital ratio (%)(4)      13.8       13.5       13.7      13.8       13.7 
Going concern capital 
 ratio (%)(4)              19.5       19.2       20.0      19.5       20.0 
Total loss-absorbing 
 capacity ratio (%)(4)     35.2       34.5       34.6      35.2       34.6 
Leverage ratio 
 denominator(4)            1,037,150  994,366    911,322   1,037,150  911,322 
Leverage ratio 
 denominator (with 
 temporary FINMA 
 exemption)(5)             944,323    907,181              944,323 
Common equity tier 1 
 leverage ratio (%)(4)     3.85       3.84       3.90      3.85       3.90 
Common equity tier 1 
 leverage ratio (%) (with 
 temporary FINMA 
 exemption)(5)             4.23       4.21                 4.23 
Going concern leverage 
 ratio (%)(4)              5.4        5.5        5.7       5.4        5.7 
Going concern leverage 
 ratio (%) (with 
 temporary FINMA 
 exemption)(5)             6.0        6.0                  6.0 
Total loss-absorbing 
 capacity leverage ratio 
 (%)(4)                    9.8        9.8        9.8       9.8        9.8 
Liquidity coverage ratio 
 (%)(6)                    152        154        134       152        134 
Other 
Invested assets (USD 
 billion)(7)               4,187      3,807      3,607     4,187      3,607 
Personnel (full-time 
 equivalents)              71,551     71,230     68,601    71,551     68,601 
Market capitalization(8)   50,013     40,113     45,661    50,013     45,661 
Total book value per 
 share (USD)(8)            16.76      16.57      15.07     16.76      15.07 
Total book value per 
 share (CHF)(8)            14.84      15.27      14.59     14.84      14.59 
Tangible book value per 
 share (USD)(8)            14.93      14.78      13.28     14.93      13.28 
Tangible book value per 
 share (CHF)(8)            13.22      13.61      12.86     13.22      12.86 
 
 
1 Refer to "Earnings per share (EPS) and shares outstanding" in the 
"Consolidated financial information" section of the UBS Group fourth quarter 
2020 report for more information. 2 Refer to the "Performance targets and 
measurement" section of our Annual Report 2019 for more information about our 
performance targets. 3 The leverage ratio denominators used for the return 
calculations relating to the respective periods in 2020 do not reflect the 
effects of the temporary exemption that has been granted by FINMA in 
connection with COVID-19. Refer to the "Recent developments" section of the 
UBS Group second quarter 2020 report for more information. 4 Based on the 
Swiss systemically relevant bank framework as of 1 January 2020. Refer to the 
"Capital management" section of the UBS Group fourth quarter 2020 report for 
more information. 5 Refer to the "Recent developments" section of the UBS 
Group second quarter 2020 report and the "Capital management" section of the 
UBS Group fourth quarter 2020 report for further details about the temporary 
FINMA exemption. 6 Refer to the "Balance sheet, liquidity and funding 
management" section of the UBS Group fourth quarter 2020 report for more 
information. 7 Includes invested assets for Global Wealth Management, Asset 
Management and Personal & Corporate Banking. 8 Refer to "UBS shares" in the 
"Capital management" section of the UBS Group fourth quarter 2020 report for 
more information. 
 
 
Income statement 
                   For the quarter              % change    For the year 
                    ended                        from        ended 
USD million        31.12.20  30.9.20  31.12.19  3Q20  4Q19  31.12.20  31.12.19 
Net interest 
 income            1,622     1,517    1,262     7     29    5,862     4,501 
Other net income 
 from financial 
 instruments 
 measured at fair 
 value through 
 profit or loss    1,453     1,769    1,381     (18)  5     6,960     6,842 
Credit loss 
 (expense) / 
 release           (66)      (89)     (8)       (26)  765   (694)     (78) 
Fee and 
 commission 
 income            5,543     5,211    4,856     6     14    20,961    19,110 
Fee and 
 commission 
 expense           (459)     (440)    (458)     4     0     (1,775)   (1,696) 
Net fee and 
 commission 
 income            5,084     4,771    4,398     7     16    19,186    17,413 
Other income       24        967      19        (97)  30    1,076     212 
Total operating 
 income            8,117     8,935    7,052     (9)   15    32,390    28,889 
Personnel 
 expenses          3,989     4,631    3,902     (14)  2     17,224    16,084 
General and 
 administrative 
 expenses          1,444     1,173    1,618     23    (11)  4,813     5,288 
Depreciation and 
 impairment of 
 property, 
 equipment and 
 software          617       538      480       15    29    2,069     1,765 
Amortization and 
 impairment of 
 goodwill and 
 intangible 
 assets            10        15       125       (33)  (92)  57        175 
Total operating 
 expenses          6,060     6,357    6,124     (5)   (1)   24,163    23,312 
Operating profit 
 / (loss) before 
 tax               2,057     2,578    928       (20)  122   8,226     5,577 
Tax expense / 
 (benefit)         341       485      200       (30)  70    1,583     1,267 
Net profit / 
 (loss)            1,717     2,094    727       (18)  136   6,644     4,310 
Net profit / 
 (loss) 
 attributable to 
 non-controlling 
 interests         9         0        6               52    15        6 
Net profit / 
 (loss) 
 attributable to 
 shareholders      1,708     2,093    722       (18)  137   6,629     4,304 
 
Comprehensive 
income 
Total 
 comprehensive 
 income            1,799     2,180    (1,567)   (17)        8,384     5,091 
Total 
 comprehensive 
 income 
 attributable to 
 non-controlling 
 interests         27        7        10        299   175   36        2 
Total 
 comprehensive 
 income 
 attributable to 
 shareholders      1,773     2,173    (1,577)   (18)        8,348     5,089 
 
 
Comparison between UBS Group AG consolidated and UBS AG consolidated 
                   As of                                   As of                                   As of 
                    or for the                              or for the                              or for the 
                    quarter ended                           quarter ended                           quarter ended 
                    31.12.20                                30.9.20                                 31.12.19 
USD million, 
except where       UBS Group AG  UBS AG        Difference  UBS Group AG  UBS AG        Difference  UBS Group AG  UBS AG        Difference 
indicated          consolidated  consolidated  (absolute)  consolidated  consolidated  (absolute)  consolidated  consolidated   (absolute) 
 
Income statement 
Operating income   8,117         8,220         (103)       8,935         9,038         (103)       7,052         7,145         (93) 
Operating 
 expenses          6,060         6,252         (192)       6,357         6,560         (203)       6,124         6,332         (207) 
Operating profit 
 / (loss) before 
 tax               2,057         1,968         89          2,578         2,478         100         928           814           114 
of which: Global 
 Wealth 
 Management        936           926           9           1,057         1,042         14          766           754           12 
of which: 
 Personal & 
 Corporate 
 Banking           353           353           (1)         335           335           0           310           311           (1) 
of which: Asset 
 Management        401           401           0           739           739           0           180           180           0 
of which: 
 Investment Bank   529           528           1           632           623           9           (22)          (18)          (4) 
of which: Group 
 Functions         (161)         (241)         79          (184)         (261)         77          (306)         (413)         107 
Net profit / 
 (loss)            1,717         1,644         73          2,094         2,018         76          727           628           100 
of which: net 
 profit / (loss) 
 attributable to 
 shareholders      1,708         1,635         73          2,093         2,018         76          722           622           100 
of which: net 
 profit / (loss) 
 attributable to 
 non-controlling 
 interests         9             9             0           0             0             0           6             6             0 
 
Statement of 
comprehensive 
income 
Other 
 comprehensive 
 income            83            54            29          86            70            16          (2,295)       (1,475)       (819) 
of which: 
 attributable to 
 shareholders      65            36            29          80            64            16          (2,299)       (1,479)       (819) 
of which: 
 attributable to 
 non-controlling 
 interests         18            18            0           6             6             0           4             4             0 
Total 
 comprehensive 
 income            1,799         1,697         102         2,180         2,088         92          (1,567)       (847)         (720) 
of which: 
 attributable to 
 shareholders      1,773         1,671         102         2,173         2,081         92          (1,577)       (857)         (720) 
of which: 
 attributable to 
 non-controlling 
 interests         27            27            0           7             7             0           10            10            0 
 
Balance sheet 
Total assets       1,125,765     1,125,327     438         1,065,153     1,064,621     532         972,194       971,927       267 
Total liabilities  1,065,928     1,067,182     (1,254)     1,005,409     1,006,868     (1,459)     917,519       918,031       (512) 
Total equity       59,836        58,145        1,691       59,744        57,753        1,991       54,675        53,896        779 
of which: equity 
 attributable to 
 shareholders      59,517        57,825        1,691       59,451        57,461        1,991       54,501        53,722        779 
of which: equity 
 attributable to 
 non-controlling 
 interests         319           319           0           293           293           0           174           174           0 
 
Capital 
information 
Common equity 
 tier 1 capital    39,966        38,192        1,773       38,197        38,652        (454)       35,535        35,233        302 
Going concern 
 capital           56,254        52,622        3,632       54,396        53,004        1,392       51,842        47,191        4,650 
Risk-weighted 
 assets            289,101       286,743       2,358       283,133       281,442       1,691       259,208       257,831       1,376 
Common equity 
 tier 1 capital 
 ratio (%)         13.8          13.3          0.5         13.5          13.7          (0.2)       13.7          13.7          0.0 
Going concern 
 capital ratio 
 (%)               19.5          18.4          1.1         19.2          18.8          0.4         20.0          18.3          1.7 
Total 
 loss-absorbing 
 capacity ratio 
 (%)               35.2          34.2          1.0         34.5          34.2          0.3         34.6          33.9          0.7 
Leverage ratio 
 denominator       1,037,150     1,036,771     379         994,366       994,015       352         911,322       911,228       94 
Leverage ratio 
 denominator 
 (with temporary 
 FINMA 
 exemption)(1)     944,323       969,396       (25,073)    907,181       931,978       (24,797) 
Common equity 
 tier 1 leverage 
 ratio (%)         3.85          3.68          0.17        3.84          3.89          (0.05)      3.90          3.87          0.03 
Common equity 
 tier 1 leverage 
 ratio (%) (with 
 temporary FINMA 
 exemption)(1)     4.23          3.94          0.29        4.21          4.15          0.06 
Going concern 
 leverage ratio 
 (%)               5.4           5.1           0.3         5.5           5.3           0.1         5.7           5.2           0.5 
Going concern 
 leverage ratio 
 (%) (with 
 temporary FINMA 
 exemption)(1)     6.0           5.4           0.5         6.0           5.7           0.3 
Total 
 loss-absorbing 
 capacity 
 leverage ratio 
 (%)               9.8           9.5           0.3         9.8           9.7           0.1         9.8           9.6           0.2 
 
 
 
1 Refer to the "Recent developments" section of the UBS Group second quarter 
2020 report and the "Capital management" section of the UBS Group fourth 
quarter 2020 report for further details about the temporary FINMA exemption. 
 

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