UBS sells $8bn of Credit Suisse assets to Apollo

UBS announced the sale of Credit Suisse’s securitised products business to Apollo Global Management as part of its move to shed non-core assets following its takeover of the collapsed banking group.

UBS said Apollo will purchase $8 billion of “senior secured financing facilities” — and said it expects to make a net gain of about $300 million from the deal in the first quarter of 2024.

Credit Suisse was rescued in March last year in a government-sponsored operation.

UBS said: “This mutually beneficial agreement aligns with UBS’s strategy of winding down and simplifying its Non-Core and Legacy (NCL) portfolio and with Apollo’s continued momentum in growing Atlas as a standalone origination platform.

“For UBS, these actions will allow the bank to further accelerate its plans to unwind and more efficiently simplify its NCL portfolio, while minimizing any disruption to clients, and reduce risk-weighted assets and leverage ratio denominator in NCL.

“UBS Group expects to recognize a net gain in the first quarter of 2024 of around USD 0.3 billion from the conclusion of these agreements and the assignment of the senior secured financing facilities while Credit Suisse AG is expected to recognize a net loss of around USD 0.9 billion.

“The differences reflect adjustments UBS Group made under IFRS as part of the purchase price allocation at the closing of the acquisition of Credit Suisse Group, as well as provisions made by UBS Group in the second and third quarter of 2023 that are not recognised under Credit Suisse AG’s US GAAP accounting policies.”

UBS Group CEO Sergio Ermotti said: “We’re pleased with this mutual agreement with Apollo. As we execute on our integration plans, this is another example of our relentless focus on working with clients and counterparties to free up capital from Non-Core activities and reducing costs and complexity.”

Apollo CEO Marc Rowan said: “We are pleased to finalize the Atlas transition in partnership with UBS, in an economically neutral manner for our firm.

“This caps off a quarter marked by record origination and capital raising for Atlas, where we have generated USD 24 billion originations since inception and have secured capital to support over USD 40 billion of client assets.”