Standard Chartered posted stronger-than-expected first-quarter results and said restructuring costs were in line with its plans, lifting its shares by 10 percent on Tuesday.
Chief Executive Bill Winters said the results, including a bumper statutory profit that was more than double the previous quarter, reflected “good progress on our strategic objectives.”
Investors responded positively to the emerging markets-focused bank’s pretax profit of $589 million (404 million pounds), against a loss of $4.05 billion in the final quarter of 2015, driving the bank’s shares up 10.2 percent to 573.5 pence by 0905 GMT.
The positive result marks a welcome rebound for Standard Chartered shareholders after the bank reported its first full-year annual loss in 26 years in 2015, hit by hefty restructuring costs and weak commodity prices.
Standard Chartered is the first of the major U.K.-based banks to report first-quarter earnings, with investors braced for one of the worst collective sets of results since the financial crisis.
The London-based bank said its first-quarter income was down 24 percent to $3.3 billion in the first quarter of 2015, but it was broadly stable compared with the fourth quarter last year.
Its Common Equity Tier 1 ratio had risen 50 basis points to 13.1 per cent since the end of the year-end, benefiting from a reduction in risk-weighted assets, rising profits and a gain on foreign currency moves, it added.
Total operating expenses were down 10 per cent year on year to $2.2 billion and the bank said it remained on budget with a sweeping restructuring plan across its Asian, African and European business.
Former JPMorgan investment banker Winters announced plans to ax 15,000 jobs and raised $5.1 billion in capital in November in a bid to cut costs and bolster reserves. “We remain confident in the estimated total cost of our planned restructuring ... of around $3 billion to be incurred before the end of 2016,” the bank said in a statement.