UBS publishes Annual Report 2018

UBS’s Annual Report 2018 and Compensation Report available at

ZURICH & BASEL, Switzerland–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Regulatory News:


The Annual Report 2018 provides comprehensive and detailed information
on the firm, its strategy, business, governance, financial performance
and risk, treasury and capital management, as well as on the regulatory
and operating environment for the financial year 2018. UBS Group AG’s
consolidated financial statements are presented in US dollars for the
first time in order to align with the change of the functional currency
of UBS Group AG and UBS AG’s Head Office in Switzerland from Swiss
francs to US dollar and UBS AG’s London branch from British pounds to US

UBS net profit attributable to shareholders for 2018 was USD 4.5 billion
and diluted earnings per share were USD 1.18. The 2018 results and the
balance sheet as of 31 December 2018 differ from those presented in the
unaudited fourth quarter 2018 report published on 22 January 2019 as a
result of adjusting events after the reporting period. Provisions for
litigation, regulatory and similar matters increased, which reduced 2018
operating profit before tax and 2018 net profit attributable to
shareholders by USD 382 million. As a result, basic earnings per share
decreased by USD 0.10 and diluted earnings per share by USD 0.09. Refer
to the shareholder letter, “Note 21 Provisions and contingent
liabilities” and “Note 38 Events after the reporting period” in the
“Consolidated financial statements” section.

UBS’s Annual Report 2018 includes the following sections:

  • Introduction includes the Letter to shareholders, key figures,
    UBS’s evolution including the current legal structure, and short
    profiles of the Board of Directors and Group Executive Board. It also
    explains the firm’s external reporting approach and provides an
    overview on our long-term value creation approach.
  • Our strategy, business model and environment describes UBS’s
    strategy, performance targets and measurement, our businesses and
    environment and includes a new section that explains how our business
    model is geared towards long-term value creation for our stakeholders.
    This section also outlines demographic trends in the firm’s workforce
    and describes how personnel are managed and developed. In addition, it
    discusses UBS’s standards for corporate behavior and responsibility
    including its overarching sustainability approach in UBS in
    Furthermore, the chapter contains detailed information on
    how we aim at improving clients’ experiences and increasing efficiency
    and effectiveness by utilizing technology and provides an update on
    regulation and supervision, regulatory and legal developments and risk
  • Financial and operating performance focuses on the performance
    of UBS and each business division, as well as Corporate Center, for
    the past three financial years.
  • Risk, treasury and capital management describes UBS’s risk
    management framework and provides information on our treasury and
    capital management.
  • Corporate governance and compensation provides information
    about UBS’s governance structure and sets out the guiding principles
    that govern the compensation framework as well as details of the
    compensation of senior management and the Board of Directors.
  • Financial statements includes the audited consolidated
    financial statements of UBS Group AG for 2018, prepared in accordance
    with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), as well as
    audited standalone financial statements of UBS Group AG for 2018
    prepared in accordance with the Swiss Code of Obligations.

Annual Reports and Form 20-F

Information on UBS Group AG and on UBS AG is available on
as follows:

  • The Annual Report for UBS Group AG.
  • The combined Annual Report, including management discussion and
    analysis on a consolidated UBS Group AG basis, UBS AG consolidated
    financial statements, additional information for UBS AG (consolidated)
    with respect to risk profile as well as capital and leverage ratios in
    line with the requirements for Swiss systemically relevant banks, and
    supplemental disclosures required under US Securities and Exchange
    Commission (SEC) regulations for both UBS Group AG (consolidated) and
    UBS AG (consolidated). This document forms the basis for our combined
    Form 20-F filing.
  • Auszug aus dem Geschäftsbericht, the German translation of selected
    sections of UBS’s Annual Report 2018. This includes the Letter to
    shareholders, UBS Group AG key figures, audited UBS Group AG
    (consolidated) financial statements including disclosures required by
    IFRS in the Risk, treasury and capital management section, as well as,
    Group performance, Corporate governance, Compensation and UBS Group AG
    (standalone) financial statements.
  • Select Swiss franc disclosures, including selected financial and
    regulatory information in Swiss francs for UBS Group AG (consolidated)
    and UBS AG (consolidated and standalone).

Shareholders may request a hard copy of UBS’s Annual Report 2018 free of

In addition, we provide at

  • Under “Annual reporting”, a consolidated Global Reporting
    Initiative (GRI) document, implementing the EU directive 2014/95 on
    disclosures of non-financial information, providing comprehensive
    disclosures on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors.
  • Under “Time series“, we have provided our historical time
    series and key figures information as of 31 December 2018.
  • Under “SEC filings“, UBS Group AG and UBS AG Form 20-F
    (including our XBRL filing) and documents furnished to the SEC on Form
    6-K. SEC documents are also available at
  • Under “Pillar 3 disclosures”, disclosures required under Basel
    III Pillar 3 regulations for UBS Group AG and its significant
    regulated subsidiaries and sub-groups, which are published together in
    a single report.
  • Under “Holding company and significant regulated subsidiaries and
    standalone legal entity financial and regulatory
    information for those legal entities and sub-groups within the UBS
    Group that are considered by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory
    Authority (FINMA) to be significant for Pillar 3 reporting purposes.
    This includes: (i) the audited standalone financial statements for UBS
    AG and UBS Switzerland AG, prepared in accordance with Swiss GAAP
    (Finma Circular 2015/1 and Banking Ordinance); (ii) standalone
    regulatory disclosures for UBS AG and UBS Switzerland AG.
  • Under “Other subsidiaries“, we have provided the standalone
    financial statements as of 31 December 2018 for UBS Group Funding
    (Switzerland) AG.

Selected financial and regulatory information for all our significant
regulated subsidiaries and sub-groups, including information for UBS
Limited standalone and UBS Americas Holding LLC consolidated, is
included in our Annual Report 2018.


Printed copies

Shareholders can order printed copies of UBS Group AG’s Annual Report
and Compensation Report via

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