The Board of Managing Directors of Deutsche Bank resolved to cancel 40,000,000 shares. The corresponding reduction of share capital will be filed shortly for registration in the Commercial Register. After registration, the share capital will consist of 581,854,246 shares. The remaining shares from the buyback program were used in connection with Deutsche Bank's equity-based staff compensation program.
It will be proposed at the General Meeting on 10 June 2003, that the Board of Managing Directors be authorized to repurchase again up to 10 percent of the share capital.
Dr. Josef Ackermann, Spokesman of the Board of Managing Directors of Deutsche Bank, said, "Completion of the share buyback program means that another of Deutsche Bank's four strategic initiatives has been successfully implemented. By returning capital to the bank's shareholders, we improve return on equity and earnings per share."
Please find attached details on the share buyback.
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