Swiss authorities reveal cost of Credit Suisse’s liquidity lifeline

Credit Suisse will have to pay interest on the emergency lifeline it has been offered © Keystone / Anthony Anex

Switzerland’s authorities have revealed the interest rates Credit Suisse and UBS will pay for the CHF250 billion ($273 billion) emergency lifeline the Swiss banks have been offered.

This content was published on April 1, 2023 - 15:19

Credit Suisse will pay an interest rate equal to the current Swiss National Bank’s policy rate of 1.5% plus 0.5% for access to the emergency liquidity assistance (ELA) scheme, the central bank said on Thursday.

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Credit Suisse said earlier in March it intended to borrow up to CHF50 billion under the facility, which requires loans to be covered by collateral in the form of mortgages and pledged securities.

In measures announced alongside the emergency takeover of Credit Suisse by rival UBS engineered by the authorities, the two banks were also given access to CHF100 billion in additional liquidity assistance (ELA+).

This central bank assistance is available to the banks at an interest of 3% plus its policy rate.

To help it mitigate the impact of hefty outflows, Credit Suisse was also given access to an additional CHF100 billion public liquidity backstop, for which it has to pay a 3% risk premium evenly split between the national bank and the Swiss state.

On top of this Credit Suisse owes Switzerland a 0.25% commitment premium for the public liquidity backstop.

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