Rothschild & Co: 2020 – 1st quarter release

Very strong start to 2020 impacted by COVID-19 in March

Business highlights

  • Global Advisory: revenue down 8% to €269.1 million (Q1 2019: €292.5 million), with the effects of the economic shocks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic being felt only later in the quarter
  • Wealth & Asset Management: record first quarter with revenue up 10% to €130.8 million (Q1 2019: €118.5 million), reflecting the strong growth of Assets under Management (AuM) during 2019 and high level of transaction fees in Q1 2020
  • Merchant Banking: revenue down 14% to €20.7 million (Q1 2019: €24.1 million), reflecting unrealised negative asset valuation effects in March, and down 9% when compared to the average first quarter revenue for the previous three years
  • First quarter revenue impacted positively by currency translation effects of €5 million

Our response to COVID-19

  • Our priority is the safety and welfare of our employees. Nearly all of our employees are now working remotely. A small number of critical staff are still working in our offices and we have ceased all travel.
  • Our service to our clients has not been affected. We remain in constant dialogue with them through various secured technologies allowing us to maintain our efficiency and responsiveness.
  • The Managing Partner monitors the situation on a daily basis and an Operations Committee meets frequently to respond to operational issues as they arise, while trying to anticipate the next potential phases and their possible impact.
  • The Group is financially resilient; we have a strong balance sheet with a capital ratio of 20% and high levels of liquidity. Our prudent approach to the business is also reflected in our conservative loan book.
  • Thanks to our staff, clients and operating synergies from our three-business model, the Group is confident it will emerge from this crisis stronger and fully able to continue to support our clients and future business opportunities.

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