A Friendship Gone Sour

UBS has lost over $350 million by investing in Facebook.


Swiss lender, UBS lost 349m Swiss francs ($356m) by investing in Facebook shares, more than halving its profits.

UBS's second quarter profits were $425m Swiss francs ($434m; £276m), compared with 1bn francs a year earlier.

Facebook was valued at $104bn at its flotation in May, but the shares are now 39% below the initial sale price.

As a result, UBS's investment bank reported a loss in the quarter, compared with a profit of 730m Swiss francs a year earlier.