Our business strategy is guided by our ultimate goal of creating value for shareholders, clients and employees. Our business model is that of a universal bank with solid local roots, and we believe that this is the best way to ensure profitable growth going forward. Our operations are focused on four core businesses – Retail Banking, Private Banking, Corporate Banking, and Trading – but we remain active in select niche activities offering significant growth and profitability potential. Our risk profile is moderate, and we take an active approach to equity capital management.
In 2019, we defined a new strategic phase that builds on those we have been implementing for more than ten years. This next phase aims to maintain the positive trend that the Bank’s business lines have been experiencing over the past few years. It is also designed to position the Bank to respond to the main challenges we will face in the coming years, such as heightened competition, persistently low interest rates, advancements in digital technology, and ever-changing customer needs.
For the business lines, we are targeting:
- Above-market growth in asset management, SMEs, and onshore private banking;
- At least market growth in retail banking;
- A focus on the profitability of our commodities trade finance and large corporates businesses;
- Continued development of our other business lines.
We have identified several strategic focus areas that will enable us to meet future challenges. These goals include:
- Continuing to improve our service quality along the entire value chain to create an even better customer experience;
- Enhancing our distribution channels (branches, digital services, and call centers) to give customers an integrated multichannel experience;
- Capturing more of the cross-selling potential inherent in our universal bank business model;
- Implementing operational improvements through targeted measures;
- Increasing our attractiveness as an employer and fostering continuous skills development among our employees;
- Sharpening our focus on corporate social responsibility (CSR) measures, including a wider range of sustainable banking products, socially responsible investment options, and mortgage solutions.
The Group aims to achieve sustainable growth, with revenues and operating profit trending along the same lines as in recent years. We are targeting a cost/income ratio of 57%–59% and a CET1 ratio of at least 13%; our ROE target based on this minimum target CET1 ratio is now 13.5%–14.5%. These targets should be viewed from a long-term perspective.
In line with the approach adopted over the last 15 years, BCV decided in 2022 to extend its dividend policy for another five years beginning with the 2023 reporting period. We intend to pay an ordinary dividend of CHF 3.80–4.20 per share, barring significant changes in the economic or regulatory environment or in the Bank’s situation.