Deutsche Bank releases Q2 2017 financial results

Pre-tax profit of € 822 million vs. € 408 million in the second quarter of 2016

Revenues of € 6.6 billion, down 10% year-on-year

Provision for credit losses of € 79 million, down 70% year-on-year

Noninterest expenses of € 5.7 billion, down 15% year-on-year

Headcount down by 4,656 full-time equivalents (FTE) vs. end of second quarter 2016

Fully loaded Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) ratio at 14.1% at quarter end, pro forma for capital raise

Positive net money inflows

The first half year of 2017 in summary:

Group net revenues in the second quarter of 2017 decreased 10% to € 6.6 billion versus the prior year.

Provisions for credit losses were € 79 million, a 70% decline versus the second quarter of 2016, primarily driven by broad-based improved performance in the Corporate & Investment Bank (CIB). Reductions in the Private & Commercial Bank (PCB) were driven by a release in Postbank.

Noninterest expenses in the second quarter of 2017 decreased 15% versus the prior year to € 5.7 billion reflecting lower restructuring and impairment costs, the effects from disposals and the closure of the Non-Core Operations Unit (NCOU), lower litigation costs and cost-management efforts.

Adjusted costs declined by 6% versus the prior year period to € 5.6 billion, driven mainly by ongoing cost management efforts, the closure of NCOU, disposals in 2016, lower IT costs and lower professional fees.

Second-quarter 2017 net income was € 466 million compared to € 20 million in the prior year period. The post-tax return on tangible shareholders’ equity was 3.2%.

The Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) capital ratio increased to 14.1% on a fully loaded pro forma basis in the quarter. Fully loaded pro forma CET1 capital increased by € 7.9 billion to € 50.1 billion, principally driven by the net proceeds of the capital raise.

Risk Weighted Assets (RWA, fully loaded) decreased by € 3 billion in the second quarter to € 355 billion driven by a € 6 billion reduction in RWA as a result of the weakening US dollar in the quarter.

The CRD4 Leverage Ratio increased to 3.8% on a fully loaded pro forma basis. Leverage exposure in the quarter increased by € 73 billion to € 1,443 billion. The increase in leverage exposure reflected a € 64 billion change in the reporting of pending settlements and a € 52 billion increase in cash balances, partially offset by a € 45 billion reduction as a result of the weakening US dollar in the quarter.

The CET1 capital ratio and CRD4 leverage ratio are presented on a pro forma basis as of June 30, 2017, because the European Central Bank (ECB) granted permission on July 26, 2017 for the inclusion of the € 8 billion gross proceeds from the capital raise according to Article 26 (3) CRR. Prior to this, the capital and leverage ratios for Deutsche Bank Group as of June 30, 2017 for regulatory purposes amounted to 11.8% for CRR/CRD 4 Common Equity Tier 1 ratio (fully loaded), 12.6% for the CET1 ratio (phased-in), 3.2% for CRR/CRD 4 leverage ratio (fully loaded) and 3.7% for CRR/CRD 4 leverage ratio (phased-in).

Corporate & Investment Bank net revenues declined by 16% versus the prior period to € 3.6 billion in the second quarter of 2017, including a negative impact of € 104 million from Debt Valuation Adjustments (versus losses of € 11 million in the second quarter of 2016). Excluding this effect, revenues were 14% lower than in the prior year period.

Global Transaction Banking net revenues were € 975 million, a decrease of 12% from the prior year period, and were impacted by tightened margins including changes in funding cost allocation together with the impact of reductions in the business perimeter in 2016. Cash Management revenues were slightly lower, as the recent US dollar interest rate increases were more than offset by the client and product perimeter reductions in 2016. Trade revenues were lower driven by margin pressure.

Origination and Advisory revenues were € 563 million in the second quarter of 2017, a decrease of 7% versus the prior year period. Lower Debt Origination revenues partially offset an increase in Advisory revenues.

Financing revenues were € 554 million, down 5% compared to the second quarter of 2016, with good performance across asset-based lending and commercial real estate offset by lower revenues in investment-grade lending.

Sales & Trading (Fixed Income & Currencies, or FIC) revenues were € 1.1 billion and declined 12% versus the prior year period due to lower client activity, particularly in FX, partially offset by higher credit revenues. Sales & Trading (Equity) revenues of € 537 million declined by 28% compared to the second quarter of 2016, predominantly driven by a decline in Prime Finance revenues.

Noninterest expenses were € 3.0 billion in the second quarter of 2017, a 19% decline from the prior year period reflecting the non-recurrence of a goodwill impairment booked in the second quarter of 2016, lower restructuring costs and reduced litigation provisions. Adjusted costs of € 3.0 billion declined by 6% versus the prior period, largely driven by reductions in non-compensation costs.

Private & Commercial Bank net revenues of € 2.6 billion decreased 7% in the second quarter of 2017, principally driven by the absence of gains from the sale of shares in VISA Europe reported in the prior year period and the lower revenue base as a result of the sale of the Private Client Services (PCS) business in 2016. The continued negative impact of the lower interest rate environment on deposit revenues was to a great extent counterbalanced by growth in loan revenues and higher fee income from current accounts and investment products.

Provision for credit losses were € 22 million, compared to € 101 million in the prior year quarter driven by a provision release in Postbank and selective portfolio sales in a continued benign economic environment.

Noninterest expenses of € 2.2 billion in the second quarter of 2017 declined by 3% from the prior year period, largely reflecting lower restructuring charges and a lower cost base as a result of the PCS sale. Since the beginning of the year, the bank has closed 177 branches out of the target total closures of 188 in PCC Germany.

Deutsche Asset Management net revenues in the second quarter of 2017 of € 676 million were 4% below the second quarter of last year. Excluding the impact of the Abbey Life gross-up in the second quarter of 2016, revenues increased 7% versus the prior year period, mainly due to higher performance fees in Alternatives and higher management fees reflecting improved market conditions.

Noninterest expenses were € 442 million in the second quarter, a decrease of 17% versus the prior year period. Excluding the policyholder positions in Abbey Life reported in the prior year period, noninterest expenses declined by 4% due to lower restructuring and severance expenses, partially offset by higher compensation and benefit expenses.

Re-disseminated by The Asian Banker

Diary of Activities
The Future of Finance, Vietnam
12 January 2018 | Vietnam
Malaysia Innovation Tour
19 - 22 March 2018 | Malaysia
Excellence in Digital Finance Convention
22 March 2018 | Malaysia
The Future of Finance, West Africa
19 April 2018 | Nigeria