Deutsche Bank (XETRA: DBKGn.DE / NYSE: DB) today reported results for fourth quarter and full year 2013. All figures reported herein are preliminary and unaudited. The Annual Report 2013 and Form 20-F, including the audited financial statements, are scheduled to be filed and published on 20 March 2014.
Jürgen Fitschen and Anshu Jain, Co-Chief Executive Officers, said: “2013 was the second successive year in which we have invested in the bank’s future growth and in further strengthening our controls while addressing legacy issues. These factors impacted our financial results. Nonetheless, underlying core business profitability was amongst the highest of the past decade, and we have made Deutsche Bank fitter, safer and better balanced. We expect 2014 to be a year of further challenges and disciplined implementation; however, we are confident of reaching our 2015 targets and delivering on our strategic vision for Deutsche Bank.”
Group Results (Table 1)
Fourth Quarter 2013
Deutsche Bank reported group net revenues in the fourth quarter of EUR 6.6 billion, 16% below the prior year period. The decline largely reflected weaker results in Corporate Banking & Securities (CB&S) and a smaller decrease in Global Transaction Banking (GTB) revenues. Quarterly revenues in Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management (DeAWM) were up 8% and unchanged in Private & Business Clients (PBC) from the prior year period.
Noninterest expenses in the fourth quarter of EUR 7.0 billion were 34% lower than in 4Q2012, which had included a substantial impairment of goodwill and intangibles as well as substantially higher litigation charges.
Loss before income taxes in the fourth quarter was EUR 1.2 billion and net loss was EUR 1.0 billion.
Full year 2013
Net revenues in 2013 were EUR 31.9 billion, a 5% decline from 2012. Most of the decline was attributable to CB&S revenues, along with a slight decrease in GTB, while PBC revenues in the year were unchanged and DeAWM revenues increased.
Noninterest expenses in 2013 were EUR 27.8 billion, down 11% from 2012, reflecting cost reductions achieved by the bank as well as the absence of a substantial impairment of goodwill and intangibles expense taken in 2012. IBIT for the full year was EUR 2.1 billion and net income was EUR 1.1 billion.
Specific items (Table 2)
Adjusted Cost Base (Tabel 3)
Capital, Liquidity and Funding (Table 4)
The bank’s Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) capital ratio in accordance with CRD 4 (fully loaded) was 9.7% at year end, unchanged versus 30 September 2013. The reported loss in the quarter was offset by the EUR 10 billion reduction of risk-weighted assets.
The leverage ratio, on an adjusted fully loaded basis according to CRD 4, remained unchanged at 3.1% at year end compared to 30 September 2013.
Corporate Banking & Securities (CB&S) (Table 5)
Fourth quarter 2013
The EUR 95 million IBIT for CB&S in 4Q2013 reflected lower revenues, as well as litigation costs and cost-to-achieve (CtA) spending related to the bank’s cost reduction efforts.
The 27% decline in CB&S revenues from the prior year period was mainly due to challenging conditions for our Fixed Income & Currencies business. Debt Sales & Trading quarterly revenues declined 31% from the prior year period, which more than offset 8% revenue growth in Equity Sales & Trading and stable year-over-year revenues in Origination & Advisory.
Fourth quarter results were also affected by a EUR 110 million charge for Debt Valuation Adjustment (DVA), and a EUR 149 million charge for Credit Valuation Adjustment (CVA), which offset a gain of EUR 83 million for Funding Valuation Adjustment (FVA). FVA is an adjustment being implemented in 4Q2013 that reflects the implicit funding costs borne by Deutsche Bank for uncollateralized derivative positions.
Excluding the effects of DVA, CVA and FVA, revenues in the fourth quarter decreased by 13% from the prior year period.
Most of the 41% decline CB&S noninterest expenses from 4Q2012 reflected the absence of a EUR 1.2 billion charge related to an impairment of intangible assets in the prior year period. Adjusted for the impairment, non-interest expenses declined 17% or EUR 457 million, driven by our cost reduction efforts and favorable foreign exchange rate movements.
Global Transaction Banking (GTB) (Table 6)
Fourth quarter 2013
GTB reported fourth quarter IBIT of EUR 95 million compared to a loss of 245 million in 4Q2012. The prior year period had included a number of charges related to the turn-around of the acquired commercial banking activities in the Netherlands. 4Q2013 included EUR 61 million of CtA and a EUR 57 million impairment of intangibles again related to the Netherlands commercial banking acquisition. Adjusted for those items, 4Q2013 IBIT was EUR 213 million.
The decrease in revenues by EUR 150 million, or 13%, versus 4Q2012 largely reflected the absence of a settlement payment for credit protection received from the seller related to the aforementioned acquisition in 4Q2012. Adjusted for that item, fourth quarter revenues were slightly above the prior year period, driven by strong transaction volumes and higher client balances that helped offset the margin pressure and the continued impact from the low interest rate environment.
The EUR 19 million increase in provision for credit losses to EUR 86 million from 4Q2012 mainly related to a single credit event in Trade Finance, which had also impacted first and second quarter 2013 provisions.
The 39% decline in noninterest expenses from 4Q2012 reflected the absence of charges taken in the prior year period related to the acquisition in the Netherlands and a litigation charge in 4Q2012. Adjusted for those effects, costs increased due to higher CtA and other expenses to support business growth.
Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management (DeAWM) (Table 7)
Fourth quarter 2013
DeAWM reported fourth quarter IBIT of EUR 199 million versus a loss of EUR 262 million in the prior year period that had included a substantial charge for the impairment of goodwill and intangibles and other non-recurring charges. Fourth quarter 2013 IBIT excluding CtA and litigation charges was EUR 328 million.
The 8% revenue increase from 4Q2012 largely reflected growth in higher margin products, in particular in the Active and Alternative Real Assets businesses.
The 28% decrease in noninterest expenses from the prior year period was mainly driven by a number of one-time charges in 4Q2012 which did not recur in 4Q2013. Excluding those prior year charges, and also excluding CtA and litigation, non-interest expenses fell 14%, or EUR 134 million, reflecting strong cost control efforts.
Asset outflows in the fourth quarter were EUR 8 billion and were mainly in cash and low margin products.
Private & Business Clients (PBC) (Table 8)
Fourth quarter 2013
PBC fourth quarter IBIT was EUR 219 million. The 24% decline from fourth quarter 2012 largely reflects increased CtA of EUR 252 million for both the integration of Postbank and the OpEx program. Adjusted for CtA, IBIT was 5% lower than in the prior year period.
While revenues remained stable versus 4Q2012, provision for credit losses increased by 12% versus prior year. Improvements in Germany were more than offset by an increase in provisions for Advisory Banking international.
Excluding the EUR 44 million increase in CtA, noninterest expenses were essentially unchanged versus 4Q2012.
Consolidation & Adjustments (C&A) (Table 9)
Fourth quarter 2013
C&A reported a loss before income taxes of EUR 635 million in the fourth quarter, the most material effect coming from a EUR 276 million FVA charge related to internal funding transactions with Treasury to mitigate interest rate exposure. The results also include charges of EUR 132 million for UK and German bank levies.
Non-Core Operations Unit (NCOU) (Table 10)
Fourth quarter 2013
NCOU recorded a loss before income taxes of EUR 1.1 billion in the fourth quarter reflecting the impact of our ongoing de-risking activities, litigation charges as well as a EUR 197 million loss related to the expected sale of BHF. The fourth quarter also included a EUR 171m charge for FVA.
The EUR 183 million increase in provision for credit losses versus 4Q2012 was largely due to specific credit events, mainly related to European Commercial Real Estate.
The EUR 788 million decrease in noninterest expenses from the fourth quarter 2012 was mainly the result of significantly lower litigation expense (EUR 222 million versus EUR 614 million) and by the absence of a EUR 421 million impairment of intangible assets in 4Q2012. Excluding these items, noninterest expenses were relatively unchanged.
Total assets (adjusted) of EUR 53 billion came down by EUR 42 billion, or 44%, versus December 2012, while CRD4 risk-weighted asset equivalents of EUR 60 billion were EUR 46 billion, or 43%, lower.
These figures are preliminary and unaudited. The Annual Report 2013 and Form 20-F are scheduled to be published on 20 March 2014. We currently anticipate to publish the 4Q2013 Financial Data Supplement on 29 January 2014. On the same day we will host a press conference in Frankfurt.
The preliminary 4Q / FY2013 results will be discussed in an Analyst Call on Monday, 20 January 2014, 11.00 CET.
The conference call will be transmitted via webcast: https://www.db.com/ir/video-audio.The complete press release is available here.
This release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts; they include statements about our beliefs and expectations and the assumptions underlying them. These statements are based on plans, estimates and projections as they are currently available to the management of Deutsche Bank. Forward-looking statements therefore speak only as of the date they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update publicly any of them in light of new information or future events.
By their very nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. A number of important factors could therefore cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Such factors include the conditions in the financial markets in Germany, in Europe, in the United States and elsewhere from which we derive a substantial portion of our revenues and in which we hold a substantial portion of our assets, the development of asset prices and market volatility, potential defaults of borrowers or trading counterparties, the implementation of our strategic initiatives, the reliability of our risk management policies, procedures and methods, and other risks referenced in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Such factors are described in detail in our SEC Form 20-F of 15 April 2013 under the heading “Risk Factors.” Copies of this document are readily available upon request or can be downloaded from www.deutsche-bank.com/ir.
This release also contains non-IFRS financial measures. For a reconciliation to directly comparable figures reported under IFRS, to the extent such reconciliation is not provided in this release, refer to the presentation to be held on 20 January 2014, which will be available at www.deutsche-bank.com/ir.
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