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Press releases for the year 2019
 

Economic seminar 2019
Sustainable development: good practices and added value for companies

Geneva, 29 October 2019 – The 12th economic study published by the Geneva Chamber of Commerce (CCIG) and BCGE, in collaboration with the Cantonal Statistical Office (OCSTAT), aims, through numerous examples, to show companies that sustainable development offers many opportunities and advantages. It also provides tips on how to introduce a process in your company that is both simple and pragmatic. This study, written by Aline Yazgi, will be presented and discussed at the Economic Event today.

 

BCGE – The Banque Cantonale de Genève places new Swiss franc-denominated Additional Tier 1 Bonds

Geneva, 16 October 2019 – BCGE has successfully placed perpetual Additional Tier 1 (AT1) subordinated bonds in a CHF 135 million transaction mostly with private banks and institutional investors in Switzerland. The transaction helps to optimise BCGE’s capital structure and flexibility.


 

BCGE – Representation of the City of Geneva on the Board of Directors

 

BCGE – New division exclusively for companies and appointment of Virginie Fauveau as its head as a Member of the Executive Board.

Geneva, 26 September 2019 – The Banque Cantonale de Genève is adapting its structure in response to the strong growth in its business relations with corporate and institutional clients. It is thus creating a new division dedicated exclusively to Geneva and Swiss companies. This new entity will be headed by Virginie Fauveau, who will be appointed Member of the Executive Board as of 1 January 2020. The bank will thus comprise six divisions, four of which will be part of the "Front", specialising in Geneva, corporate, international and institutional clients.


 

BCGE – The 1816 online trading platform welcomes its 9,000th investor

Geneva, 18 September 2019 – Banque Cantonale de Genève's online trading solution passed the 9,000 user mark this summer and manages assets with a value of nearly CHF 800 million. The platform is easy to use, secure and offers access to the main stock exchanges at favourable conditions.


 

BCGE – Continued increase in profitability

Geneva, 6 August 2019 – The Banque Cantonale de Genève ended the half-year with a growth of 11.9% in its operating profit, which reached a new record level: CHF 94.6 million. Net profit was up 13.9% at CHF 59.3 million. Half-year turnover rose to CHF 220.1 million representing an increase of 5.8%. Results increased strongly thanks to the continued diversification and development of strategic business lines in Geneva, Switzerland and internationally. Productivity is at the same level as top universal Swiss banks with a cost/income ratio of 53.4%. Profitability saw a further increase: return on equity (ROE) rose 7.4%, while the earnings to equity progressed by 11.9%. Assets under management and custody at the BCGE group crossed the threshold of CHF 30 billion. For the full 2019 financial year, the bank expects operating profitability to be close to that of 2018.




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BCGE – The Banque Cantonale de Genève at the top of the ranking

Geneva, 2nd July 2019 – The CEO of the Banque Cantonale de Genève, Blaise Goetschin, was awarded by the Obermatt Institute in its selection of the best CEOs of the year. In 2019, he rose to 1st place in the "Financial Institutions: Switzerland" ranking.


 

BCGE – As of next year the "International Clients" and "Corporate & Institutional Clients" divisions of the Banque Cantonale de Genève will be headed by Yves Spörri and Constantino Cancela.

Geneva, 27 June 2019 – The international division of BCGE is currently managed by Pierre-Olivier Fragnière, Member of the Executive Board, who will retire on 31 December 2019. Yves Spörri will take over the management of this division, which includes all the international activities of the Bank, as of 1 January 2020. A member of the Executive Board, he is currently head of the Corporate & Institutional Clients division. Constantino Cancela, currently Senior Vice President, responsible for the BCGE Asset Management business unit, will be promoted to Member of the Executive Board as of 1 January 2020 and will henceforth be responsible for the management of the Corporate & Institutional Clients division.


 

BCGE – A comprehensive range of services for SMEs

Geneva, 11 June 2019 – BCGE is committed to serving companies by offering them a very complete range of banking solutions. This was presented at a press conference on 11 June 2019. BCGE serves one in three companies in Geneva. Entities specialising in SMEs, self-employed and independent professionals meet a wide range of needs, from the creation to the transfer of a company.


 

BCGE signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI)

 

BCGE – Lydia Albrecht, new head of Communications

Geneva, 28 May 2019 – Lydia Albrecht will take over as spokesperson and head of the Communications department on 1 June 2019. Hélène De Vos Vuadens, who has been in charge of these functions since 2011, wishes to give a new orientation to her professional activities.


 

Western Switzerland’s GDP 2019 : Western Switzerland's retailers impacted by e-commerce

Changes in the retail sector – including the growth of e-commerce, competition from cross-border shopping, and a drop in non-food prices – have affected sales in Switzerland’s French-speaking cantons to different degrees. According to data issued today in the 15th study on French-speaking Switzerland’s GDP, retail sales across the region fell by an average of 7.7% from 2008 to 2018. The sharpest declines were seen in Jura (-9.1%), Neuchâtel (-14.0%) and Vaud (-12.1%), while Fribourg (-1.5%), Geneva (-3%) and Valais (-5.3%) suffered less.

 

BCGE – 17% dividend increase

Geneva, 30 April 2019 – The Banque Cantonale de Genève held its 25th Annual General Meeting today with 578 shareholders, representing 88.53% of the voting rights, in attendance. The shareholders approved the 2018 annual accounts and voted in favour of the dividend of CHF 3.40 per share. The outlook for 2019 is positive and supported by first-quarter indications.


 

Agenda of the General Assembly

Geneva, 08.04.2019

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Announcement of dividend dates

Geneva, 08.04.2019

30 April 2019
Dividend announcement

3 May 2019
Ex date

6 May 2019
Record date

7 May 2019
Payment date
 

BCGE – Successful issue of a new bond

Genève, le 25.03.2019 – The Banque Cantonale de Genève (BCGE), in partnership with the cantonal banks of Basel (BKB) and Zurich (ZKB) and the UBS has issued a CHF 120 million bond with a fixed coupon of 0.125% maturing on 23.04.2026. The operation has been highly successful with investors.


 

Annual report 2018
Significant increases in operating profit and dividend

Geneva, 22.03.2019 – The Banque Cantonale de Genève recorded excellent 2018 results. Operating profit reached CHF 161.3 million, up 25.7%, driven by commercial income and innovation. Net profit also rose sharply to CHF 91.2 million (+11.7%). The bank's competitive position is confirmed.

The 2018 annual report is now available in electronic format, subject to this version being approved by the annual general meeting on 2 Mai 2018 (French only).





Pour prendre connaissance des résultats des exercices précédents, cliquez ici.


 

BCGE – Incorrect information creates confusion about the integrity of the electronic mail systems of several banks

 

2018 Annual Results
Significant increases in operating profit (+26%) and dividend (+17%)

Geneva, 26 February 2019 – The Banque Cantonale de Genève recorded excellent 2018 results. Operating profit reached CHF 161.3 million, up 25.7%, driven by commercial income and innovation. Net profit also rose sharply to CHF 91.2 million (+11.7%). The bank's competitive position is confirmed by three macro indicators: income exceeding CHF 400 million, mortgage loans (at CHF 11.4 billion, +3.7%) and assets under management and administration (at CHF 26.7 billion, +1.2%). Productivity is at the same level as the leading universal Swiss banks with international activities, with a cost income ratio of 56.7%. Costs are well under control. Current operating expenses have been reduced. This enables the bank to commit more resources to enhance their commercial offer for companies and individuals, including in digital banking. Profitability, expressed by operating profit to equity of 10.5%, is at its highest level compared to peers. The bank finances the economy, mainly in Geneva, with loans of CHF 16.6 billion. For 2019, the bank expects operating profitability to be close to 2018 levels. The dividend of CHF 3.40 proposed to the Annual General Meeting represents an increase of 17.2%.






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BCGE – Acquisition of a Swiss institutional management specialist

 

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