Form 424B2 CREDIT SUISSE AG

January 21, 2022 1:26 PM EST

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Filed Pursuant to Rule 424(b)(2)

Registration Statement No. 333-238458-02

 

Pricing Supplement No. K1876 to the Underlying Supplement dated June 18, 2020, the Product Supplement No. I–B dated June 18, 2020, the Prospectus Supplement and Prospectus dated June 18, 2020

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$4,678,000

Digital Buffered S&P 500® Index-Linked Medium-Term Notes due 2023

 

The notes will not bear interest. The amount that you will be paid on your notes on the stated maturity date (December 20, 2023) is based on the performance of the S&P 500® Index (which we refer to as the underlier) as measured from and including the trade date (January 19, 2022) to and including the determination date (December 18, 2023). If the final underlier level on the determination date is greater than or equal to 85% of the initial underlier level (4532.76), you will receive the maximum settlement amount ($1,138.50 for each $1,000 face amount of your notes). If the final underlier level declines by more than 15% from the initial underlier level, you will be exposed on a leveraged basis to any depreciation in the final underlier level beyond the buffer amount, and the return on your notes will be negative. You could lose your entire investment in the notes. Any payment on the notes is subject to our ability to pay our obligations as they become due.

 

To determine your payment at maturity, we will calculate the underlier return, which is the percentage increase or decrease in the final underlier level from the initial underlier level. On the stated maturity date, for each $1,000 face amount of your notes, you will receive an amount in cash equal to:

 

·if the underlier return is greater than or equal to -15% (i.e., the final underlier level is greater than or equal to 85% of the initial underlier level), the maximum settlement amount; or

 

·if the underlier return is negative and is below -15% (i.e., the final underlier level is less than the initial underlier level by more than 15%), the sum of (i) $1,000 plus (ii) the product of (a) $1,000 times (b) the quotient of the initial underlier level divided by 85% of the initial underlier level times (c) the sum of the underlier return plus 15%.

 

Investing in the notes involves a number of risks. See “Additional Risk Factors Specific To Your Notes” beginning on page PS-11 of this pricing supplement and “Risk Factors” beginning on page PS-3 of the accompanying product supplement.

 

Original issue date: January 26, 2022 Original issue price: 100% of the face amount
Underwriting discount: 0% of the face amount Net proceeds to the issuer: 100% of the face amount

 

For more detailed information, please see “Supplemental plan of distribution (conflicts of interest)” on page PS-5 of this pricing supplement.

 

The agent for this offering, Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC (“CSSU”), is our affiliate. For more information, see “Supplemental plan of distribution (conflicts of interest)” on page PS-5 of this pricing supplement.

 

Neither the Securities and Exchange Commission nor any other regulatory body has approved or disapproved of these notes or passed upon the accuracy or adequacy of this pricing supplement, the accompanying product supplement, the accompanying underlying supplement, the accompanying prospectus supplement or the accompanying prospectus. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.

 

Credit Suisse currently estimates the value of each $1,000 face amount of the notes on the trade date is $997.50 (as determined by reference to our pricing models and the rate we are currently paying to borrow funds through issuance of the notes (our “internal funding rate”)). See “Additional Risk Factors Specific To Your Notes” in this pricing supplement.

 

The notes are not deposit liabilities and are not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other governmental agency of the United States, Switzerland or any other jurisdiction.

 

Credit Suisse

Pricing Supplement dated January 19, 2022.

 

 

 

The original issue price, underwriting discount and net proceeds to the issuer listed above relate to the notes we sell initially. We may decide to sell additional notes after the date of this pricing supplement, at issue prices and with underwriting discounts and net proceeds that differ from the amounts set forth above. The return (whether positive or negative) on your investment in the notes will depend in part on the issue price you pay for such notes.

 

We may use this pricing supplement in the initial sale of the notes. In addition, CSSU or any other affiliate of ours may use this pricing supplement in a market-making transaction in a note after its initial sale. Unless Credit Suisse or its agent informs the purchaser otherwise in the confirmation of sale, this pricing supplement is being used in a market-making transaction.

 

 

 

SUMMARY INFORMATION

 

We refer to the notes we are offering by this pricing supplement as the “offered notes” or the “notes”. Each of the offered notes, including your notes, has the terms described below.

 

You should read this pricing supplement together with the underlying supplement dated June 18, 2020, the product supplement dated June 18, 2020, the prospectus supplement dated June 18, 2020 and the prospectus dated June 18, 2020, relating to our Medium-Term Notes of which these notes are a part. You may access these documents on the SEC website at www.sec.gov as follows (or if such address has changed, by reviewing our filings for the relevant date on the SEC website):

 

·     Underlying Supplement dated June 18, 2020:

https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1053092/000095010320011950/dp130454_424b2-eus.htm

 

·     Product Supplement No. I–B dated June 18, 2020:
https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1053092/000095010320011955/dp130588_424b2-ps1b.htm

 

·     Prospectus Supplement and Prospectus dated June 18, 2020:

https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1053092/000110465920074474/tm2019510-8_424b2.htm

 

In the event the terms of the notes described in this pricing supplement differ from, or are inconsistent with, the terms described in the underlying supplement, product supplement, prospectus supplement or prospectus, the terms described in this pricing supplement will control.

 

Our Central Index Key, or CIK, on the SEC website is 1053092. As used in this pricing supplement, “we,” “us,” or “our” refers to Credit Suisse.

 

This pricing supplement, together with the documents listed above, contains the terms of the notes and supersedes all other prior or contemporaneous oral statements as well as any other written materials including preliminary or indicative pricing terms, fact sheets, correspondence, trade ideas, structures for implementation, sample structures, brochures or other educational materials of ours. We may, without the consent of the registered holder of the notes and the owner of any beneficial interest in the notes, amend the notes to conform to its terms as set forth in this pricing supplement and the documents listed above, and the trustee is authorized to enter into any such amendment without any such consent. You should carefully consider, among other things, the matters set forth in “Additional Risk Factors Specific To Your Notes” in this pricing supplement and “Risk Factors” in the accompanying product supplement, “Foreign Currency Risks” in the accompanying prospectus, and any risk factors we describe in the combined Annual Report on Form 20-F of Credit Suisse Group AG and us incorporated by reference therein, and any additional risk factors we describe in future filings we make with the SEC under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, as the notes involve risks not associated with conventional debt securities. You should consult your investment, legal, tax, accounting and other advisors before deciding to invest in the notes.

 

PS-3

 

Key Terms

 

Issuer: Credit Suisse AG (“Credit Suisse”), acting through its London Branch.

 

Underlier: the S&P 500® Index (Bloomberg symbol, “SPX <Index>”), as maintained by S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC (“S&P”). For more information on the underlier, see “The Reference Indices—The S&P Dow Jones Indices—The S&P U.S. Indices—The S&P 500® Index” in the accompanying underlying supplement.

 

Underlier Publisher: S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC

 

Specified currency: U.S. dollars (“$”)

 

Face amount: each note will have a face amount of $1,000; $4,678,000 in the aggregate for all the offered notes; the aggregate face amount of the offered notes may be increased if the issuer, at its sole option, decides to sell an additional amount of the offered notes on a date subsequent to the date of this pricing supplement.

 

Purchase at amount other than face amount: the amount we will pay you at the stated maturity date for your notes will not be adjusted based on the issue price you pay for your notes, so if you acquire notes at a premium (or discount) to face amount and hold them to the stated maturity date, it could affect your investment in a number of ways. The return on your investment in such notes will be lower (or higher) than it would have been had you purchased the notes at face amount. Also, the stated buffer level would not offer the same measure of protection to your investment as would be the case if you had purchased the notes at face amount. See “Additional Risk Factors Specific to Your Notes If You Purchase Your Notes at a Premium to Face Amount, the Return on Your Investment Will Be Lower Than the Return on Notes Purchased at Face Amount and the Impact of Certain Key Terms of the Notes Will be Negatively Affected” on page PS-12 of this pricing supplement.

 

United States Federal Income Tax Consequences of Investing in the Notes: please refer to “Material U.S. Federal Income Tax Considerations” herein for a discussion of certain United States federal income tax considerations for making an investment in the notes.

 

Cash settlement amount (on the stated maturity date): for each $1,000 face amount of your notes, we will pay you on the stated maturity date an amount in cash equal to:

 

·if the final underlier level is greater than or equal to the buffer level, the maximum settlement amount; or

 

·if the final underlier level is less than the buffer level, the sum of (1) $1,000 plus (2) the product of (i) $1,000 times (ii) the downside participation rate times (iii) the sum of the underlier return plus the buffer amount.

 

Initial underlier level: 4532.76

 

Final underlier level: the closing level of the underlier on the determination date, except in the circumstances described under “Description of the Securities — Postponement of calculation dates” on page PS-22 of the accompanying product supplement and subject to adjustment as provided under “Description of the Securities — Changes to the calculation of an underlying” on page PS-24 of the accompanying product supplement.

 

Underlier return: the quotient of (1) the final underlier level minus the initial underlier level divided by (2) the initial underlier level, expressed as a percentage.

 

Maximum settlement amount: for each $1,000 face amount of the notes, $1,138.50.

 

Buffer level: 85% of the initial underlier level.

 

Buffer amount: 15%

 

Downside participation rate: the quotient of the initial underlier level divided by the buffer level, which equals approximately 117.65%.

 

Trade date: January 19, 2022

 

Original issue date: January 26, 2022

 

PS-4

 

Determination date: December 18, 2023, subject to postponement as described under “Description of the Securities — Postponement of calculation dates” on page PS-22 of the accompanying product supplement.

 

Stated maturity date: December 20, 2023, subject to postponement as described under “Description of the Securities — Postponement of calculation dates” on page PS-22 of the accompanying product supplement. If the stated maturity date is not a business day, the stated maturity date will be postponed to the next following business day. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary set forth in the accompanying product supplement, if the determination date is postponed as provided under “Determination date” above, the stated maturity date will be postponed to the second business day following the determination date as postponed.

 

No interest: the offered notes will not bear interest.

 

No listing: the offered notes will not be listed on any securities exchange or interdealer quotation system.

 

No redemption: the offered notes will not be subject to redemption.

 

Closing level: as described under “Description of the Securities — Certain definitions” on page PS-19 of the accompanying product supplement.

 

Business day: as described under “Description of the Securities — Certain definitions” on page PS-19 of the accompanying product supplement.

 

Trading day: as described under “Description of the Securities — Certain definitions” on page PS-19 of the accompanying product supplement.

 

Use of proceeds and hedging: as described under “Supplemental Use of Proceeds and Hedging” on page PS-16 of the accompanying product supplement.

 

ERISA: as described under “ERISA Considerations” on page PS-45 of the accompanying product supplement.

 

Supplemental plan of distribution (conflicts of interest): under the terms and subject to the conditions contained in a distribution agreement dated May 7, 2007, as amended, which we refer to as the distribution agreement, we have agreed to sell the notes to CSSU.

 

The distribution agreement provides that CSSU is obligated to purchase all of the notes if any are purchased.

 

Credit Suisse AG expects to agree to sell to CSSU, and CSSU expects to agree to purchase from Credit Suisse AG the aggregate face amount of the offered notes specified on the front cover of this pricing supplement. CSSU proposes initially to offer the notes to the public at the original issue price set forth on the cover page of this pricing supplement, and to certain unaffiliated securities dealers at such price.

 

We expect to deliver the notes against payment for the notes on the original issue date indicated herein, which may be a date that is greater than two business days following the trade date. Under Rule 15c6-1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, trades in the secondary market generally are required to settle in two business days, unless the parties to a trade expressly agree otherwise. Accordingly, if the original issue date is more than two business days after the trade date, purchasers who wish to transact in the notes more than two business days prior to the original issue date will be required to specify alternative settlement arrangements to prevent a failed settlement.

 

The agent for this offering, CSSU, is our affiliate. In accordance with FINRA Rule 5121, CSSU may not make sales in this offering to any of its discretionary accounts without the prior written approval of the customer. A portion of the net proceeds from the sale of the notes will be used by CSSU or one of its affiliates in connection with hedging our obligations under the notes.

 

For further information, please refer to “Underwriting (Conflicts of Interest)” in the accompanying product supplement.

 

Calculation agent: Credit Suisse International

 

PS-5

 

Events of Default: With respect to these notes, the first bullet of the first sentence of “Description of Debt Securities—Events of Default” in the accompanying prospectus is amended to read in its entirety as follows:

 

·a default in payment of the principal or any premium on any debt security of that series when due, and such default continues for 30 days;&NegativeTh​

 

CUSIP no.: 22553PFP9

 

ISIN no.: US22553PFP99

 

FDIC: the notes are not deposit liabilities and are not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other governmental agency of the United States, Switzerland or any other jurisdiction.

 

PS-6

 

Supplemental Terms of the Notes

 

For purposes of the notes offered by this pricing supplement, all references to each of the following defined terms used in the accompanying product supplement will be deemed to refer to the corresponding defined term used in this pricing supplement, as set forth in the table below:

 

Product Supplement Defined Term Pricing Supplement Defined Term
Maturity date Stated maturity date
Valuation date Determination date
Final level Final underlier level
Initial level Initial underlier level
Securities Notes or offered notes
Principal amount Face amount
Redemption amount Cash settlement amount
Underlying Underlier
Underlying return Underlier return
Downside leverage factor Downside participation rate

 

In addition, with respect to the Digital Buffered S&P 500® Index-Linked Medium-Term Notes, please refer to Key Terms above for the following terms: maximum settlement amount, buffer level, buffer amount and downside participation rate.

 

PS-7

 

HYPOTHETICAL EXAMPLES

 

The following table and chart are provided for purposes of illustration only. They should not be taken as an indication or prediction of future investment results and are intended merely to illustrate the impact that the various hypothetical final underlier levels on the determination date could have on the cash settlement amount at maturity assuming all other variables remain constant.

 

The examples below are based on a range of final underlier levels that are entirely hypothetical; no one can predict what the underlier level will be on any day throughout the life of your notes, and no one can predict what the final underlier level will be.

 

The following examples reflect hypothetical rates of return on the offered notes assuming that they are purchased on the original issue date at the face amount and held to the stated maturity date. If you sell your notes in a secondary market prior to the stated maturity date, your return will depend upon the market value of your notes at the time of sale, which may be affected by a number of factors that are not reflected in the table below such as interest rates, the volatility of the underlier and our creditworthiness. The information in the table also reflects the key terms and assumptions in the box below.

 

Key Terms and Assumptions
Face amount $1,000 per note
Maximum settlement amount $1,138.50 per note
Buffer level 85% of the initial underlier level
Downside participation rate the quotient of the initial underlier level divided by the buffer level
Buffer amount 15%
A market disruption event does not occur on the originally scheduled determination date and the originally scheduled determination date is a trading day.
During the term of the notes, the underlier is not discontinued, the method of calculating the underlier does not change and the underlier is not otherwise modified.
Notes purchased on the original issue date at the face amount and held to the stated maturity date.

 

The actual performance of the underlier over the life of your notes, as well as the amount payable at maturity, if any, may bear little relation to the hypothetical examples shown below or to the historical underlier levels shown elsewhere in this pricing supplement. For information about the historical levels of the underlier during recent periods, see “The Underlier” below. Before investing in the offered notes, you should consult publicly available information to determine the levels of the underlier between the date of this pricing supplement and the date of your purchase of the offered notes.

 

The levels in the left column of the table below represent hypothetical final underlier levels and are expressed as percentages of the initial underlier level. The amounts in the right column represent the hypothetical cash settlement amounts per $1,000 face amount of notes, based on the corresponding hypothetical final underlier level (expressed as a percentage of the initial underlier level).

 

PS-8

 

 

Hypothetical Final Underlier Level

(as Percentage of Initial Underlier Level)

Hypothetical Cash Settlement Amount

(per $1,000 Face Amount of Notes)

  150.00% $1,138.50
  140.00% $1,138.50
  130.00% $1,138.50
  120.00% $1,138.50
  113.85% $1,138.50
  110.00% $1,138.50
  105.00% $1,138.50
  100.00% $1,138.50
  95.00% $1,138.50
  90.00% $1,138.50
  85.00% $1,138.50
  75.00% $882.35
  50.00% $588.24
  25.00% $294.12
  0.00% $0.00

 

If, for example, the final underlier level were determined to be 25.00% of the initial underlier level, you will be exposed on a leveraged basis to any depreciation in the final underlier level beyond the buffer amount, and the cash settlement amount that we would deliver on your notes at maturity would be approximately $294.12 per $1,000 face amount of your notes, as shown in the table above. As a result, if you purchased your notes on the original issue date at the face amount and held them to the stated maturity date, you would lose approximately 70.588% of your investment (if you purchased your notes at a premium to face amount you would lose a correspondingly higher percentage of your investment). Alternatively, if the final underlier level were determined to be 150.00% of the initial underlier level, the cash settlement amount that we would deliver on your notes at maturity would be capped at the maximum settlement amount of $1,138.50 per $1,000 face amount of your notes, as shown in the table above. As a result, if you held your notes to the stated maturity date, you would not benefit from any performance of the underlier over 85.00% of the initial underlier level.

 

The following chart shows a graphical illustration of the hypothetical cash settlement amounts that we would pay on your notes on the stated maturity date, if the final underlier level (expressed as a percentage of the initial underlier level) were any of the hypothetical levels shown on the horizontal axis. The chart shows that any hypothetical final underlier level (expressed as a percentage of the initial underlier level) of less than the buffer level (the section left of the buffer level marker on the horizontal axis) would result in a hypothetical cash settlement amount of less than $1,000 per $1,000 face amount of your notes (the section below the $1,000 marker on the vertical axis). The chart also shows that any hypothetical final underlier level (expressed as a percentage of the initial underlier level) of greater than or equal to the buffer level (the section right of the buffer level marker on the horizontal axis) would result in a fixed return on your investment.

 

PS-9

 

 

The cash settlement amounts shown above are entirely hypothetical; they are based on hypothetical closing levels for the underlier on the determination date and on assumptions that may prove to be inaccurate. The actual market value of your notes on the stated maturity date or at any other time, including any time you may wish to sell your notes, may bear little relation to the hypothetical cash settlement amounts shown above, and these amounts should not be viewed as an indication of the financial return on an investment in the offered notes. The hypothetical cash settlement amounts on notes held to the stated maturity date in the examples above assume you purchased your notes at their face amount and have not been adjusted to reflect the actual issue price you pay for your notes. The return on your investment (whether positive or negative) in your notes will be affected by the amount you pay for your notes. If you purchase your notes for a price other than the face amount, the return on your investment will differ from, and may be significantly lower than, the hypothetical returns suggested by the above examples. Please read “Risk Factors — Unpredictable economic and market factors may affect the value of the securities prior to maturity” on page PS-8 of the accompanying product supplement.

 

We cannot predict the actual final underlier level or what the market value of your notes will be on any particular trading day, nor can we predict the relationship between the underlier level and the market value of your notes at any time prior to the stated maturity date.  The actual amount that you will receive, if any, at maturity and the rate of return on the offered notes will depend on the actual final underlier level determined by the calculation agent as described above.  Moreover, the assumptions on which the hypothetical returns are based may turn out to be inaccurate.  Consequently, the amount of cash to be paid in respect of your notes, if any, on the stated maturity date may be very different from the information reflected in the table and chart above.

PS-10

 

ADDITIONAL RISK FACTORS SPECIFIC TO YOUR NOTES

 

An investment in the notes is subject to the risks described below, as well as the risks described under “Risk Factors” in the accompanying product supplement.  You should carefully review these risks as well as the terms of the notes described herein and in the accompanying prospectus as supplemented by the accompanying prospectus supplement, the accompanying product supplement, and the accompanying underlying supplement of Credit Suisse. Your notes are a riskier investment than ordinary debt securities.  Also, your notes are not equivalent to investing directly in the stocks comprising the underlier.  You should carefully consider whether the offered notes are suited to your particular circumstances.

 

Risks Relating to the Notes Generally

 

The Amount Payable on Your Notes Is Not Linked to the Level of the Underlier at Any Time Other than the Determination Date

 

The final underlier level will be based on the closing level of the underlier on the determination date (subject to postponement as described elsewhere in the accompanying product supplement). Therefore, if the closing level of the underlier dropped precipitously on the determination date, the cash settlement amount for your notes may be significantly less than it would have been had the cash settlement amount been linked to the closing level of the underlier prior to such drop in the level of the underlier. Although the actual level of the underlier on the stated maturity date or at other times during the life of your notes may be higher than the final underlier level, you will not benefit from the closing level of the underlier at any time other than on the determination date.

 

You May Lose Your Entire Investment in the Notes

 

You can lose your entire investment in the notes. The cash payment on your notes, if any, on the stated maturity date will be based on the performance of the underlier as measured from the initial underlier level to the closing level of the underlier on the determination date. If the final underlier level is less than the buffer level, you will have a loss, for each $1,000 of the face amount of your notes, equal to the product of (a) $1,000 times (b) the downside participation rate times (c) the sum of the underlier return plus the buffer amount. Thus, you will be exposed on a leveraged basis to any depreciation in the final underlier level beyond the buffer amount, and the return on your notes will be negative. You may lose your entire investment in the notes, which would include any premium to face amount you paid when you purchased the notes.

 

Also, the market price of your notes prior to the stated maturity date may be significantly lower than the purchase price you pay for your notes. Consequently, if you sell your notes before the stated maturity date, you may receive far less than the amount of your investment in the notes.

 

Regardless of the Amount of Any Payment You Receive on the Notes, Your Actual Yield May Be Different in Real Value Terms

 

Inflation may cause the real value of any payment you receive on the notes to be less at maturity than it is at the time you invest. An investment in the notes also represents a forgone opportunity to invest in an alternative asset that generates a higher real return. You should carefully consider whether an investment that may result in a return that is lower than the return on alternative investments is appropriate for you.

 

Your Notes Will Not Bear Interest

 

You will not receive any interest payments on your notes. As a result, even if the cash settlement amount payable for your notes on the stated maturity date exceeds the face amount of your notes, the overall return you earn on your notes may be less than you would have earned by investing in a non-indexed debt security of comparable maturity, including our other debt securities, that bears interest at a prevailing market rate.

 

PS-11

 

The Probability that the Final Underlier Level Will Be Less Than the Buffer Level Will Depend on the Volatility of the Underlier

 

“Volatility” refers to the frequency and magnitude of changes in the level of the underlier. The greater the expected volatility with respect to the underlier on the trade date, the higher the expectation as of the trade date that the final underlier level could be less than the buffer level, indicating a higher expected risk of loss on the notes. The terms of the notes are set, in part, based on expectations about the volatility of the underlier as of the trade date. The volatility of the underlier can change significantly over the term of the notes. The level of the underlier could fall sharply, which could result in a significant loss of principal. You should be willing to accept the downside market risk of the underlier and the potential to lose a significant amount of your principal at maturity.

 

Your Maximum Gain on the Notes Is Limited to the Maximum Settlement Amount

 

If the final underlier level is greater than or equal to the buffer level, for each $1,000 face amount of the notes, you will receive at maturity a payment that will equal the maximum settlement amount, regardless of the appreciation in the underlier, which may be significant. Accordingly, the amount payable on your notes may be significantly less than it would have been had you invested directly in the underlier.

 

We May Sell Additional Notes at a Different Issue Price

 

At our sole option, we may decide to sell an additional aggregate face amount of the notes subsequent to the date of this pricing supplement at issue prices and with underwriting discounts and net proceeds that differ from the amounts set forth on the cover page. The issue price of the notes in the subsequent sale may differ substantially (higher or lower) from the original issue price you paid as provided on the cover of this pricing supplement.

 

If You Purchase Your Notes at a Premium to Face Amount, the Return on Your Investment Will Be Lower Than the Return on Notes Purchased at Face Amount and the Impact of Certain Key Terms of the Notes Will be Negatively Affected

 

The cash settlement amount will not be adjusted based on the issue price you pay for the notes. If you purchase the notes at a price that differs from the face amount of the notes, then the return on your investment in such notes held to the stated maturity date will differ from, and may be substantially less than, the return on the notes purchased at face amount. If you purchase your notes at a premium to face amount and hold them to the stated maturity date the return on your investment in the notes will be lower than it would have been had you purchased the notes at face amount or a discount to face amount. In addition, the impact of the buffer level and the maximum settlement amount on the return on your investment will depend upon the price you pay for your notes relative to face amount. For example, if you purchase your notes at a premium to face amount, the maximum settlement amount will permit a lower percentage increase in your investment in the notes than would have been the case for notes purchased at face amount or a discount to face amount. Similarly, the buffer level, while still providing some protection for the return on the notes, will allow a greater percentage decrease in your investment in the notes than would have been the case for notes purchased at face amount or a discount to face amount.

 

The U.S. Federal Tax Consequences of an Investment in the Notes Are Unclear

 

There is no direct legal authority regarding the proper U.S. federal tax treatment of the notes, and we do not plan to request a ruling from the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”). Consequently, significant aspects of the tax treatment of the notes are uncertain, and the IRS or a court might not agree with the treatment of the notes as prepaid financial contracts that are treated as “open transactions.” If the IRS were successful in asserting an alternative treatment of the notes, the tax consequences of the ownership and disposition of the notes, including the timing and character of income recognized by U.S. investors and the withholding tax consequences to non-U.S. investors, might be materially and adversely affected. Moreover, future legislation, Treasury regulations or IRS guidance could adversely affect the U.S. federal tax treatment of the notes, possibly retroactively.

 

PS-12

 

Risks Relating to the Underlier

 

You Have No Shareholder Rights or Rights to Receive Any of the Equity Securities Comprising the Underlier

 

Investing in the notes will not make you a holder of any of the equity securities comprising the underlier. Neither you nor any other holder or owner of the notes will have any voting rights, any right to receive dividends or other distributions, any rights to make a claim against the issuers of, or any other rights with respect to, the equity securities comprising the underlier. The cash settlement amount will be paid in cash and you will have no right to receive delivery of any equity securities comprising the underlier.

 

Government Regulatory Action, Including Legislative Acts and Executive Orders, Could Result in Material Changes to the Underlier and Could Negatively Affect Your Return on the Notes

 

Government regulatory action, including legislative acts and executive orders, could materially affect the underlier. For example, in response to recent executive orders, stocks of companies that are determined to be linked to the People's Republic of China military, intelligence and security apparatus may be delisted from a U.S. exchange, removed as a component in indices or exchange traded funds, or transactions in, or holdings of, securities with exposure to such stocks may otherwise become prohibited under U.S. law. If government regulatory action results in such consequences, there may be a material and negative effect on the notes.

 

Risks Relating to the Issuer

 

The Notes Are Subject to the Credit Risk of Credit Suisse

 

Investors are dependent on our ability to pay all amounts due on the notes and, therefore, if we were to default on our obligations, you may not receive any amounts owed to you under the notes. In addition, any decline in our credit ratings, any adverse changes in the market’s view of our creditworthiness or any increase in our credit spreads is likely to adversely affect the value of your notes prior to maturity.

 

Credit Suisse is Subject to Swiss Regulation

 

As a Swiss bank, Credit Suisse is subject to regulation by governmental agencies, supervisory authorities and self-regulatory organizations in Switzerland. Such regulation is increasingly more extensive and complex and subjects Credit Suisse to risks. For example, pursuant to Swiss banking laws, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) may open resolution proceedings if there are justified concerns that Credit Suisse is over-indebted, has serious liquidity problems or no longer fulfills capital adequacy requirements. FINMA has broad powers and discretion in the case of resolution proceedings, which include the power to convert debt instruments and other liabilities of Credit Suisse into equity and/or cancel such liabilities in whole or in part. If one or more of these measures were imposed, such measures may adversely affect the terms and market value of the notes and/or the ability of Credit Suisse to make payments thereunder and you may not receive any amounts owed to you under the notes.

 

Risks Relating to Conflicts of Interest

 

Hedging and Trading Activity

 

We, any dealer or any of our or their respective affiliates may carry out hedging activities related to the notes, including in instruments related to the underlier. We, any dealer or any of our or their respective affiliates may also trade instruments related to the underlier from time to time. Any of these hedging or trading activities on or prior to the Trade Date and during the term of the notes could adversely affect our payment to you at maturity.

 

Potential Conflicts

 

PS-13

 

We and our affiliates play a variety of roles in connection with the issuance of the notes, including acting as calculation agent and as an agent of the offering of the notes, hedging our obligations under the notes and determining their estimated value. In addition, the distributor from which you purchase the notes may conduct hedging activities in connection with the notes. In performing these duties, the economic interests of us, our affiliates and the distributor are potentially adverse to your interests as an investor in the notes. Further, hedging activities may adversely affect any payment on or the value of your notes. Any profit in connection with such hedging activities will be in addition to any other compensation that we and our affiliates or the distributor receives for the sale of the notes, which creates an additional incentive to sell the notes to you.

 

Risks Relating to the Estimated Value and Secondary Market Prices of the Notes

 

Unpredictable Economic and Market Factors Will Affect the Value of the Notes

 

The payout on the notes can be replicated using a combination of the components described in “The Estimated Value of the Notes on the Trade Date Is Less Than the Price to Public.” Therefore, in addition to the level of the underlier, the terms of the notes at issuance and the value of the notes prior to maturity may be influenced by factors that impact the value of fixed income securities and options in general such as:

 

·the expected and actual volatility of the underlier;

 

·the time to maturity of the notes;

 

·the dividend rate on the equity securities comprising the underlier;

 

·interest and yield rates in the market generally;

 

·investors’ expectations with respect to the rate of inflation;

 

·geopolitical conditions and economic, financial, political, regulatory, judicial or other events that affect the equity securities comprising the underlier or markets generally and which may affect the level of the underlier; and

 

·our creditworthiness, including actual or anticipated downgrades in our credit ratings.

 

Some or all of these factors may influence the price that you will receive if you choose to sell your notes prior to maturity. The impact of any of the factors set forth above may enhance or offset some or all of any change resulting from another factor or factors.

 

The Estimated Value of the Notes on the Trade Date Is Less Than the Price to Public

 

The initial estimated value of your notes on the trade date (as determined by reference to our pricing models and our internal funding rate) is less than the original issue price. The original issue price of the notes includes any discounts or commissions as well as transaction costs such as expenses incurred to create, document and market the notes and the cost of hedging our risks as issuer of the notes through one or more of our affiliates (which includes a projected profit). These costs will be effectively borne by you as an investor in the notes. These amounts will be retained by Credit Suisse or our affiliates in connection with our structuring and offering of the notes (except to the extent discounts or commissions are reallowed to other broker-dealers or any costs are paid to third parties).

 

On the trade date, we value the components of the notes in accordance with our pricing models. These include a fixed income component valued using our internal funding rate, and individual option components valued using proprietary pricing models dependent on inputs such as volatility, correlation, dividend rates, interest rates and other factors, including assumptions about future market events and/or environments. These inputs may be market-observable or may be based on assumptions made by us in our discretionary judgment. As such, the payout on the notes can be replicated using a combination of these components, and the value of these components, as determined by us using our pricing models, will impact the terms of the notes at issuance. Our option valuation models are proprietary. Our pricing

 

PS-14

 

models take into account factors such as interest rates, volatility and time to maturity of the notes, and they rely in part on certain assumptions about future events, which may prove to be incorrect.

 

Because Credit Suisse’s pricing models may differ from other issuers’ valuation models, and because funding rates taken into account by other issuers may vary materially from the rates used by Credit Suisse (even among issuers with similar creditworthiness), our estimated value at any time may not be comparable to estimated values of similar notes of other issuers. A fee will also be paid to SIMON Markets LLC, an electronic platform affiliated with Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC. Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC is acting as a dealer in connection with the distribution of the notes.

 

Effect of Interest Rate Used in Estimating Value

 

The internal funding rate we use in structuring notes such as these notes is typically lower than the interest rate that is reflected in the yield on our conventional debt securities of similar maturity in the secondary market (our “secondary market credit spreads”). If on the trade date our internal funding rate is lower than our secondary market credit spreads, we expect that the economic terms of the notes will generally be less favorable to you than they would have been if our secondary market credit spread had been used in structuring the notes. We will also use our internal funding rate to determine the price of the notes if we post a bid to repurchase your notes in secondary market transactions. See “—Secondary Market Prices” below.

 

Secondary Market Prices

 

If Credit Suisse (or an affiliate) bids for your notes in secondary market transactions, which we are not obligated to do, the secondary market price (and the value used for account statements or otherwise) may be higher or lower than the original issue price and the estimated value of the notes on the trade date. The estimated value of the notes on the cover of this pricing supplement does not represent a minimum price at which we would be willing to buy the notes in the secondary market (if any exists) at any time. The secondary market price of your notes at any time cannot be predicted and will reflect the then-current estimated value determined by reference to our pricing models, the related inputs and other factors, including our internal funding rate, customary bid and ask spreads and other transaction costs, changes in market conditions and deterioration or improvement in our creditworthiness. In circumstances where our internal funding rate is higher than our secondary market credit spreads, our secondary market bid for your notes could be less favorable than what other dealers might bid because, assuming all else equal, we use the higher internal funding rate to price the notes and other dealers might use the lower secondary market credit spread to price them. Furthermore, assuming no change in market conditions from the trade date, the secondary market price of your notes will be lower than the original issue price because it will not include any discounts or commissions and hedging and other transaction costs. If you sell your notes to a dealer in a secondary market transaction, the dealer may impose an additional discount or commission, and as a result the price you receive on your notes may be lower than the price at which we may repurchase the notes from such dealer.

 

We (or an affiliate) may initially post a bid to repurchase the notes from you at a price that will exceed the then-current estimated value of the notes. That higher price reflects our projected profit and costs, which may include discounts and commissions that were included in the original issue price, and that higher price may also be initially used for account statements or otherwise. We (or our affiliate) may offer to pay this higher price, for your benefit, but the amount of any excess over the then-current estimated value will be temporary and is expected to decline over a period of approximately three months.

 

The notes are not designed to be short-term trading instruments and any sale prior to maturity could result in a substantial loss to you. You should be willing and able to hold your notes to maturity.

 

Lack of Liquidity

 

The notes will not be listed on any securities exchange. Credit Suisse (or its affiliates) intends to offer to purchase the notes in the secondary market but is not required to do so. Even if there is a secondary market, it may not provide enough liquidity to allow you to trade or sell the notes when you wish to do so.

 

PS-15

 

Because other dealers are not likely to make a secondary market for the notes, the price at which you may be able to trade your notes is likely to depend on the price, if any, at which Credit Suisse (or its affiliates) is willing to buy the notes. If you have to sell your notes prior to maturity, you may not be able to do so or you may have to sell them at a substantial loss.

 

PS-16

 

THE UNDERLIER

 

The historical levels of the underlier should not be taken as an indication of future performance, and no assurance can be given as to the closing level of the underlier on any trading day during the term of the notes, including on the determination date. We cannot give you assurance that the future performance of the underlier will result in any return of your investment. Any payment on the notes is subject to our ability to pay our obligations as they become due.

 

In addition, information about the underlier may be obtained from other sources including, but not limited to, the underlier sponsor’s website (including information regarding (i) the underlier’s top ten constituents and (ii) the underlier’s sector weightings). We are not incorporating by reference into this document the website or any material it includes. Neither the issuer nor the agent makes any representation that such publicly available information regarding the underlier is accurate or complete.

 

For additional information on the S&P 500® Index, see “The Reference Indices—The S&P Dow Jones Indices—The S&P U.S. Indices—The S&P 500® Index” in the accompanying underlying supplement or S&P’s website.

 

The following graph sets forth the historical performance of the underlier based on its closing levels from January 3, 2017 to January 19, 2022. The closing level of the underlier on January 19, 2022 was 4532.76. We obtained the historical information below from Bloomberg, without independent verification.

 

 

PS-17

 

UNITED STATES FEDERAL TAX CONSIDERATIONS

 

This discussion supplements and, to the extent inconsistent therewith, supersedes the discussion in the accompanying product supplement under “United States Federal Tax Considerations.”

 

There are no statutory, judicial or administrative authorities that address the U.S. federal income tax treatment of the notes or instruments that are similar to the notes. In the opinion of our counsel, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, which is based on current market conditions, a note should be treated as a prepaid financial contract that is an “open transaction” for U.S. federal income tax purposes. However, there is uncertainty regarding this treatment.

 

Assuming this treatment of the notes is respected and subject to the discussion in “United States Federal Tax Considerations” in the accompanying product supplement, the following U.S. federal income tax consequences should result:

 

·You should not recognize taxable income over the term of the notes prior to maturity, other than pursuant to a sale or other disposition.

 

·Upon a sale or other disposition (including retirement) of a note, you should recognize capital gain or loss equal to the difference between the amount realized and your tax basis in the note. Such gain or loss should be long-term capital gain or loss if you held the note for more than one year.

 

We do not plan to request a ruling from the IRS regarding the treatment of the notes, and the IRS or a court might not agree with the treatment described herein. In particular, the IRS could treat the notes as contingent payment debt instruments, in which case the tax consequences of ownership and disposition of the notes, including the timing and character of income recognized, could be materially and adversely affected. Moreover, the U.S. Treasury Department and the IRS have requested comments on various issues regarding the U.S. federal income tax treatment of “prepaid forward contracts” and similar financial instruments and have indicated that such transactions may be the subject of future regulations or other guidance. In addition, members of Congress have proposed legislative changes to the tax treatment of derivative contracts. Any legislation, Treasury regulations or other guidance promulgated after consideration of these issues could materially and adversely affect the tax consequences of an investment in the notes, possibly with retroactive effect. You should consult your tax advisor regarding possible alternative tax treatments of the notes and potential changes in applicable law.

 

Non-U.S. Holders. Subject to the discussions in the next paragraph and in “United States Federal Tax Considerations—Tax Consequences to Non-U.S. Holders” and “United States Federal Tax Considerations—FATCA” in the accompanying product supplement, if you are a Non-U.S. Holder (as defined in the accompanying product supplement) of the notes, you generally should not be subject to U.S. federal withholding or income tax in respect of any amount paid to you with respect to the notes, provided that (i) income in respect of the notes is not effectively connected with your conduct of a trade or business in the United States, and (ii) you comply with the applicable certification requirements.

 

As discussed under “United States Federal Tax Considerations—Tax Consequences to Non-U.S. Holders—Dividend Equivalents under Section 871(m) of the Code” in the accompanying product supplement, Section 871(m) of the Internal Revenue Code generally imposes a 30% withholding tax on “dividend equivalents” paid or deemed paid to Non-U.S. Holders with respect to certain financial instruments linked to U.S. equities or indices that include U.S. equities. Treasury regulations under Section 871(m), as modified by an IRS notice, exclude from their scope financial instruments issued prior to January 1, 2023 that do not have a “delta” of one with respect to any U.S. equity. Based on the terms of the notes and representations provided by us, our counsel is of the opinion that the notes should not be treated as transactions that have a “delta” of one within the meaning of the regulations with respect to any U.S. equity and, therefore, should not be subject to withholding tax under Section 871(m).

 

A determination that the notes are not subject to Section 871(m) is not binding on the IRS, and the IRS may disagree with this determination. Moreover, Section 871(m) is complex and its application may depend on your particular circumstances, including your other transactions. You should consult your tax advisor regarding the potential application of Section 871(m) to the notes.

 

PS-18

 

If withholding tax applies to the notes, we will not be required to pay any additional amounts with respect to amounts withheld.

 

You should read the section entitled “United States Federal Tax Considerations” in the accompanying product supplement. The preceding discussion, when read in combination with that section, constitutes the full opinion of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP regarding the material U.S. federal tax consequences of owning and disposing of the notes.

 

You should also consult your tax advisor regarding all aspects of the U.S. federal income and estate tax consequences of an investment in the notes and any tax consequences arising under the laws of any state, local or non-U.S. taxing jurisdiction.

 

PS-19

 

VALIDITY OF THE NOTES

 

In the opinion of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, as United States counsel to Credit Suisse, when the notes offered by this pricing supplement have been executed and issued by Credit Suisse and authenticated by the trustee pursuant to the indenture, and delivered against payment therefor, such notes will be valid and binding obligations of Credit Suisse, enforceable against Credit Suisse in accordance with their terms, subject to (i) applicable bankruptcy, insolvency and similar laws affecting creditors’ rights generally, (ii) concepts of reasonableness and equitable principles of general applicability (including, without limitation, concepts of good faith, fair dealing and the lack of bad faith) and (iii) possible judicial or regulatory actions giving effect to governmental actions or foreign laws affecting creditors’ rights, provided that such counsel expresses no opinion as to the effect of fraudulent conveyance, fraudulent transfer or similar provision of applicable law on the conclusions expressed above. This opinion is given as of the date of this pricing supplement and is limited to the laws of the State of New York, except that such counsel expresses no opinion as to the application of state securities or Blue Sky laws to the notes. Insofar as this opinion involves matters governed by Swiss law, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP has relied, without independent inquiry or investigation, on the opinion of Homburger AG, dated October 29, 2021 and filed by Credit Suisse as an exhibit to a Current Report on Form 6-K on October 29, 2021. The opinion of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP is subject to the same assumptions, qualifications and limitations with respect to such matters as are contained in the opinion of Homburger AG. In addition, the opinion of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP is subject to customary assumptions about the establishment of the terms of the notes, the trustee’s authorization, execution and delivery of the indenture and its authentication of the notes, and the validity, binding nature and enforceability of the indenture with respect to the trustee, all as stated in the opinion of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP dated October 29, 2021, which was filed by Credit Suisse as an exhibit to a Current Report on Form 6-K on October 29, 2021. Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP expresses no opinion as to waivers of objections to venue, the subject matter or personal jurisdiction of a United States federal court or the effectiveness of service of process other than in accordance with applicable law. In addition, such counsel notes that the enforceability in the United States of Section 10.08(c) of the indenture is subject to the limitations set forth in the United States Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976.

 

PS-20

 

We have not authorized anyone to provide any information or to make any representations other than those contained or incorporated by reference in this pricing supplement, the accompanying product supplement, the accompanying underlying supplement, the accompanying prospectus supplement or the accompanying prospectus. We take no responsibility for, and can provide no assurance as to the reliability of, any other information that others may give you. This pricing supplement, the accompanying product supplement, the accompanying underlying supplement, the accompanying prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus is an offer to sell only the notes offered hereby, but only under circumstances and in jurisdictions where it is lawful to do so. The information contained in this pricing supplement, the accompanying product supplement, the accompanying underlying supplement, the accompanying prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus is current only as of the respective dates of such documents.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Pricing Supplement

 

  Page
Summary Information PS-3
Hypothetical Examples PS-8
Additional Risk Factors Specific to Your Notes PS-11
The Underlier PS-17
United States Federal Tax Considerations PS-18
Validity of the Notes PS-20

 

Product Supplement No. I–B dated June 18, 2020

 

Summary PS-1
Risk Factors PS-3
Supplemental Use of Proceeds and Hedging PS-16
Description of the Securities PS-18
The Underlyings or Basket PS-27
United States Federal Tax Considerations PS-28
ERISA Considerations PS-45
Underwriting (Conflicts of Interest) PS-47
Notice to Investors PS-49

 

Underlying Supplement dated June 18, 2020

 

 The Securities US-1
 The Reference Indices US-2

 

Prospectus Supplement dated June 18, 2020

 

Risk Factors S-1
Description of Notes S-4
Plan of Distribution (Conflicts of Interest) S-8
Incorporation by Reference S-16

 

Prospectus dated June 18, 2020

 

About This Prospectus 1
Limitations on Enforcement of U.S. Laws 1
Where You Can Find More Information 2
Forward-Looking Statements  3
Use of Proceeds 5
Capitalization and Indebtedness 6
Credit Suisse Group 7
Credit Suisse 9
Credit Suisse (USA) 10
Description of Debt Securities 11
Special Provisions Relating to Debt Securities Denominated in a Foreign Currency 41
Foreign Currency Risks 44
Description of Warrants 46
Description of Shares 49
Description of the Guaranteed Senior Debt Securities of Credit Suisse (USA) 54
Description of the Guarantees of the Guaranteed Senior Debt Securities of Credit Suisse (USA) 55
ERISA 57
Taxation 59
Plan of Distribution (Conflicts of Interest) 71
Market-Making Activities 74
Legal Matters 75
Experts 76
Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm 76
Change in Registrants’ Certifying Accountant 76

 

 

 

 

 



 

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