By Cristina Roca 
 

UniCredit SpA reported a drop in first-quarter earnings Thursday, dragged by rising provisions related to its Russian business, and cautioned that a planned buyback will depend on its performance in the country.

The Italian bank posted a net profit of 247 million euros ($262.4 million), compared with EUR829 million a year earlier and consensus expectations of EUR455 million.

Excluding UniCredit's Russian business, which swung to a loss, net profit was EUR1.16 billion, the bank said.

The bank booked loan-loss provisions of EUR1.28 billion, the bulk of which related to Russia. It said it is confident it can deliver a EUR1 billion buyback, though that remains subject to its performance in Russia.

UniCredit, Italy's second-largest bank by assets, said in March that it was considering pulling out of Russia in light the war in Ukraine. It didn't provide an update on its review of its Russian activities.

Revenue rose 7.3% to EUR5.02 billion, compared with analyst views of EUR4.44 billion, according to a company-compiled consensus.

Common equity Tier 1 ratio, a measure of banks' capital strength, stood at 14% at the end of the quarter, down from 15% at the end of 2021.

The company reiterated its 2022 goals, including revenue of about EUR16 billion, though it said they apply to its performance excluding Russia. The bank is also committed to its goal to return at least EUR16 billion to shareholders by 2024, it said.

 

Write to Cristina Roca at cristina.roca@wsj.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

May 05, 2022 01:58 ET (05:58 GMT)

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