- The Banca del Gottardo Group posted a net profit
of CHF 44.2 million in the first six months of 2005 versus CHF 44.3
million for the same period last year. Thus first-half results
equalled the solid results recorded for the same period last year.
Income from trading operations rose 11.6%.
Net revenues were CHF 236.9 million (CHF 239.4 million at
30.06.2004). The rising pressure on margins, especially for interest
activities, caused operating income to diminish by 1% compared with
the first half of 2004. This result was achieved by commission and
service fee activities generating CHF 125.8 million (-2.2%), net
interest activities CHF 71.1 million (-3.7%) and trading operations
CHF 36.5 million (+11.6%).
Operating expenses amounted to CHF 155.6 million, of which CHF
96.2 million were for personnel expenses and CHF 59.4 million for
other operating expenses. Total expenses were up 2.5% compared with
the year-ago period. This increase is due to further investments made
in developing banking activities. Depreciation and provisions fell by
14.1% to CHF 24 million (CHF 28 million at 30.06.2004).
The total value of client assets held by the Banca del Gottardo
Group reached nearly CHF 55 billion (CHF 41 billion at 31.12.2004).
During the same period the assets in custody included in this total
rose from CHF 6.6 billion to CHF 17.7 billion. This sharp jump is
attributable in particular to more intensive collaborative efforts
with Swiss Life. The assets under management reached CHF 37.3 billion
(CHF 34.4 billion at 31.12.2004). The CHF 2.9 billion growth is due
to net new money, performance and development of currency exchange
"Although the overall results are positive, further efforts are
still necessary to acquire new clients and boost our efficiency,"
said CEO Marco Netzer. "With the outsourcing on 1st of July 2005 of
the majority of our IT and back-office activities to the company
B-Source, in which a 37% capital share participation was acquired,
Banca del Gottardo took an important strategic step. This move will
help us to contain our costs and benefit, together with other banks,
from the development of a joint IT platform."
Banca del Gottardo, with head office in Lugano (Switzerland), is a
company in the Swiss Life Group, a leading provider of pensions and
life insurance in Europe.
The Bank has a well expanded national and international network.
With subsidiaries, branches and representative offices in Zurich,
Geneva, Lausanne, Bellinzona, Chiasso, Locarno, Bergamo, Milan, Rome,
Treviso, Turin, Athens, Luxembourg, Madrid, Monaco, Paris, Hong Kong
and Nassau (Bahamas). Banca del Gottardo is positioned to offer
top-of-the-line global financial services, delivered by a team of
highly qualified specialists, to its local and international
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