Credit Suisse has mentioned it can borrow as much as 50bn Swiss francs (£44.5bn) from the Swiss central financial institution to shore up its liquidity.
The financial institution mentioned it was “taking decisive action to pre-emptively strengthen its liquidity”, after a drop in its shares intensified fears of a worldwide monetary disaster.
“This additional liquidity would support Credit Suisse’s core businesses and clients as Credit Suisse takes the necessary steps to create a simpler and more focused bank built around client needs,” it mentioned in an announcement.
Credit Suisse, Switzerland’s second largest lender, is the primary main world financial institution to be given such a lifeline for the reason that 2008 monetary crash – although central banks prolonged liquidity extra usually to banks throughout instances of market stress corresponding to in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.
It got here after the Swiss National Bank and the Swiss monetary markets regulator pledged emergency funding could be obtainable if it was wanted.
The central financial institution issued an assurance that Credit Suisse met “the capital and liquidity requirements imposed on systemically important banks”.
FTSE 100 takes £75bn hit as Europe turns into new focus of Silicon Valley Bank fallout
Shares fall by as much as 30%
Credit Suisse rattled markets on Wednesday by saying it had discovered “material weaknesses” in its monetary reporting processes for 2021 and 2022.
Its market worth fell by as much as 30% after the most important shareholder, Saudi National Bank, mentioned it will not present any additional monetary help as a result of guidelines forestall it from elevating its fairness stake above 10%, near the place it presently sits.
It prompted an automated pause in buying and selling of Credit Suisse shares on the Swiss market and tanked shares of different European banks – some by double digits.
Concerns about banking sector
The FTSE misplaced £75bn in mixed market worth by the shut on Wednesday after struggling its deepest fall on a factors foundation for the reason that early days of the COVID disaster.
Speaking at a monetary convention within the Saudi capital of Riyadh on Wednesday, Credit Suisse chairman Axel Lehmann defended the financial institution, saying “we already took the medicine” to cut back dangers.
When requested if he would rule out authorities help sooner or later, he replied: “That’s not a topic… We are regulated. We have strong capital ratios, very strong balance sheet. We are all hands on deck, so that’s not a topic whatsoever.”
Credit Suisse has confronted a number of crises in recent times, from a company spying scandal, losses associated to the collapse of a provide chain finance group Greensill Capital and the collapse of hedge fund administration firm Archegos Capital.
In an annual report on Tuesday the financial institution mentioned buyer deposits fell 41% (159.6bn Swiss francs or £142bn) on the finish of final yr in comparison with the yr earlier than.
The turmoil has added to issues concerning the broader banking sector after Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank, two US mid-size corporations, collapsed final week.