Remember, back in December 2008, when Credit Suisse announced it would be paying out bonuses comprised of toxic assets? And Brady Dougan was staring at the business end of a hissy fit from many a miffed employee, who thought good and hard about threatening to leave before realizing it was cold out there? Apparently things turned out pretty okay for them.
The toxic-asset bonuses given to senior Credit Suisse Group AG bankers at the depths of the 2008 financial crisis are turning out to be almost as good as gold. Credit Suisse employees who got $5.05 billion of junk-grade loans and commercial-mortgage-backed bonds in late 2008 as part of annual bonuses have reaped gains of 75 percent on the payouts since the end of that year through Nov. 30, people with knowledge of the results said. Gold futures returned 98 percent in the period, while Credit Suisse’s shares declined 23 percent. The gains, which also beat the 4.8 percent return of two- year Treasuries, show how the rebound in debt markets from the lows of 2008 has sweetened the Zurich-based bank’s executive bonuses compared with the cash and stock bonuses rivals paid.
“It worked out in favor of the employees,” said Ann Rutledge, a former Moody’s Investors Service analyst who’s now a principal at R&R Consulting in New York, which rates mortgage bonds and other asset-backed securities. Looking back, “market valuations would have been at all-time lows” when the internal asset pool was set up.
Credit Suisse Toxic Bonuses Provide 75% Returns [Bloomberg]