Half-year results: St.Galler Kantonalbank significantly increases profit

18.August 2021
ad hoc announcement pursuant to Art. 53 LR

St.Galler Kantonalbank increases its consolidated profit by 12.4 % to CHF 93.9 Mio. and achieves net new money growth of CHF 2.9 billion. It thus demonstrates its excellent positioning in the investment business.

Broad-based growth

St.Galler Kantonalbank continues to grow significantly and records net new money inflows of CHF 2.9 billion. Assets under management reach a new high of CHF 53.9 billion (+10.9 %). The strong growth is driven by Private Banking with net new money of CHF 1.9 billion, to which institutional investors contribute CHF 0.5 billion. In Retail Banking, net new money amounts to CHF 0.9 billion, with growth among natural persons accounting for around two-thirds. Customer loans increase by CHF 0.1 billion to CHF 28.2 billion (+0.5 %), with strong growth among private individuals being offset by repayments of short-term loans from institutional borrowers. The volume of COVID loans remains stable at CHF 0.1 billion.

«This growth confirms our strong positioning and the high level of customer confidence», says Christian Schmid, CEO of St.Galler Kantonalbank.

Profit significantly increased

At CHF 93.9 Mio., SGKB’s consolidated profit is 12.4 % higher than in the previous year.
Operating income increased by 2.6% to CHF 253.2 million. The expanded mortgage portfolio and the management of the SNB exemption limit can only partially compensate the effects of the persistently low interest rate environment and declining margins. As a result, gross interest income (CHF 153.5 million) is 1.4 % lower than in the previous year. After stock market prices had slumped in the first half of the previous year under the impact of the Corona pandemic, the 2021 Stock Exchange performed exceptionally well. The pleasing growth in new money and the positive stock market performance contribute to a 14.6 % increase in income from commission business and services (CHF 74.2 million). This demonstrates the excellent positioning of SGKB in the investment business. The trading business (CHF 20.6 million; +27.5 %) also benefited from the good stock market performance and the associated increase in investor activity.

Operating expenses increased by 3.0 % to CHF 134.3 million, mainly due to higher headcount and higher costs for IT and projects, while marketing and travel continue to generate lower costs due to the pandemic. While CHF 4.4 million net of default risk-related valuation allowances and provisions from the credit business were provided in the previous year, CHF 0.7 million net of valuation allowances and provisions from the credit business are reversed in the first half of 2021. This results in a positive effect of CHF 5.1 million compared to the previous year. The credit portfolio remains in very good condition.

Christian Schmid, CEO of St.Galler Kantonalbank: «The fact that we are already able to release provisions again on a net basis after the pandemic year 2020 demonstrates the robustness of our loan portfolio in an improving economic situation.»

Eastern Swiss economy robust

Economic development has gained significant momentum since the beginning of the year. Many companies in Eastern Switzerland have come through the past year better than initially expected. While the export-oriented industry already developed very well at the beginning of the year, the service sector was also able to benefit thanks to increasing easing from March onwards. In particular, the business situation in the catering and entertainment sectors, which were severely affected by the measures to combat the pandemic, brightened somewhat. Thanks to short-time working, COVID credits and hardship programs, it was possible to cushion the impact of the pandemic in many cases. Companies that were already in a solid position before the pandemic were more able to cope with the short-term drop in earnings. In the construction sector, sales even rose last year.

Outlook improved

For the second semester, St.Galler Kantonalbank expects a result in the extent of the first semester. The expectation for the year-end result of 2021 is adjusted upwards: a result above the one of the previous year is expected.

In CHF million 1st semester 2021 1st semester 2020 change
Operating income 253.2 246.7 + 2.6 %
Operating result 109.0 98.6 + 10.6 %
Consolidated profit 93.9 83.6 + 12.4%

In CHF million June 30, 2021 Dec. 31, 2020 change
Balance sheet total 39'487 38'548 + 2.4 %
Total loans to clients 28'165 28'016 + 0.5 %
Managed assets¹ 53'939 48'628 + 10.9 %
Shareholders' equity 2'590 2'591 0.0 %
Full-time equivalents
(average balance)
+ 0.3 %
- 0.0 %

¹) Managed assets = Client funds (Due to clients in savings and deposits, other due to clients, medium-term notes) and assets under management. Not included are custody assets (=assets that are held solely for transaction and storage purposes and for which the Bank offers no advice to the clients).

Detailed financials as well as video footage can be found at: www.sgkb.ch/finanzzahlen
Shareholder letter: www.sgkb.ch/aktionaersbrief

Jolanda Meyer

Leiterin Medienstelle
St. Leonhardstrasse 25
9001 St. Gallen

Adrian Kunz

Leiter Generalsekretariat
St. Leonhardstrasse 25
9001 St. Gallen
Ansicht vom Gebäude der Niederlassung der St.Galler Kantonalbank in St. Gallen