Deutsche Bank (XETRA: DBKGn.DE / NYSE: DB) announced today that it has completed the formal establishment of its Non-Core Operations Unit (NCOU). First announced as a part of the Bank’s Strategy 2015+ in September of this year, the Bank has finalized the NCOU’s governance structure, financial reporting and relationship with the core business divisions.
The NCOU was established in November 2012 and is fully operational. Assets identified for the NCOU segment (as per 30 September 2012) totalled EUR 122 billion, with a pro-forma Basel 3 risk-weighted asset (RWA) equivalent of EUR 125 billion.
The Bank also published today preliminary restated segmental financial data arising from the establishment of the NCOU and implementation of its new segment structure in its core business divisions. This includes a refinement of coverage costs between Corporate Banking & Securities (CB&S) and Global Transaction Banking (GTB). The reallocation of these costs resulted in EUR 83 million of additional costs for GTB in 2011 and a corresponding reduction in CB&S costs during that period, in each case as restated to reflect the new segment structure.
Implementation of the new segment structure also covered the newly integrated Asset & Wealth Management (AWM) division, which now includes the former CB&S passive and third-party alternative assets businesses such as exchange traded funds (ETFs). As of 30 September 2012, the former CB&S businesses that have been transferred into AWM comprised EUR 100 billion in assets under management. For 2011, these businesses generated EUR 723 million in net revenues and EUR 303 million in income before income taxes.
These changes are now reflected in the preliminary restated segment financial information published today. The changes were reflected in the Strategy 2015+ aspirations communicated in September.
The fourth quarter 2012 so far was characterized by a continued difficult macroeconomic environment with low volatility and by the usual seasonal slowdown. Despite this environment, we have achieved solid operational results in October and November across all our core businesses.
However, our 4Q2012 results will include a number of specific items, for example, the already announced costs-to-achieve for our Operational Excellence and Postbank integration programs, negative impacts from de-risking and valuation adjustments to certain of our assets as well as charges related to our GTB business activities in the Netherlands. Our year-end closing activities including impairment reviews and the review of provisioning levels, are still ongoing. However, we currently expect these specific items to have a significant negative impact on the Bank’s earnings in 4Q2012.
The Bank reaffirms the published targets of its capital roadmap, including a reduction in non-core assets to a Basel 3 RWA equivalent of approximately EUR 90 billion and a pro-forma Basel 3 Core Tier 1 ratio (fully loaded) of 7.2% at 1 January 2013 and of at least 8% by the end of the first quarter 2013.
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