Credit Suisse Delays Annual Report After Late SEC Query

Credit Suisse Delays Annual Report After Late SEC Query

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(Bloomberg) — Credit Suisse Group AG delayed the publication of its annual report and compensation details for 2022 after US regulators raised last-minute technical queries on previous statements. 

The Zurich-based lender was due to publish the reports on Thursday morning but received a late call from the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday evening, the bank said in a statement. The SEC had comments and questions about revisions Credit Suisse made to cash-flow statements related to the financial years 2019 and 2020, as well as related controls, the bank said.

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Credit Suisse confirmed its 2022 financial results, previously released on Feb. 9, adding that they are not affected by the regulators’ technical inquiries. No other regulators are involved, head of investor relations Kinner Lahkani said on a call with journalists. 

The question mark over the bank’s previous financial statements arrives at a time when the lender’s share price is hovering close to record lows. Long-time major shareholder Harris Associates said this week it had exited its stake in the bank, and the lender has said it will make a substantial loss this year amid a broad restructuring. 

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“We have generally not focused on cash flow statements; the amounts are relatively small and the restatement was previously disclosed,” analysts including Anke Reingen at Royal Bank of Canada said in a note. “However, questions with respect to accounting, especially from the SEC, are negative.”

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The bank did not disclose when it would publish the reports and said management believed it is “prudent to briefly delay” until they could better understand the nature of the regulators’ requests. 

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In its 2021 annual report, Credit Suisse said it had identified “not material” accounting issues related to certain securities lending and borrowing activities. That led to a number of revisions for the financial year 2020. As a result of the changes, the group’s total assets increased and reduced related leverage ratios by 10 basis points. 

For more information see the revisions made under Note 1 of the bank’s 2021 annual report. 

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—With assistance from Allegra Catelli.

(Updates with analyst comment)

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