UBS to buy back toxic SPV as profits rise
UBS announced on Tuesday that it intended to buy back the special purpose vehicle set up by the Swiss National Bank in 2008 to manage the bank’s toxic assets in the fallout of the Lehman Brothers collapse. The bank made the announcement along with the posting of its second quarter results, which saw profitability gains hindered by litigation and impairment charges.
The bank plans to exercise its option to acquire the SNB StabFund’s equity in the final quarter of the year in order to boost its Basel III capital ratio. The ratio stands at 11.2% and the bank estimates the acquisition of the StabFund will increase that by 70bp-90bp.
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