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Aozora Net Falls 75% as Fees, Hedge Fund Returns Drop

Bloomberg – Aozora Bank Ltd., the Japanese lender controlled by U.S. buyout fund Cerberus Capital Management LP, said first-quarter profit fell 75 percent as fees declined and returns on investments in hedge funds withered.

Net income dropped to 9.33 billion yen ($86.6 million) in the three months ended June 30 from 37 billion yen a year earlier, Aozora said in a statement today. The Tokyo-based bank left unchanged its full-year profit forecast of 44 billion yen.

Aozora’s stock slumped 18 percent during the quarter, the biggest decline of any Japanese bank, after a parent operating loss of 25 billion yen in the year ended March 31. Chief Executive Officer Federico Sacasa and other executives took pay cuts after annual profit plunged 93 percent, the bank said last month.

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