Deutsche Bank (XETRA: DBKGn.DE / NYSE: DB) was subject to the 2011 EU-wide stress test conducted by the European Banking Authority (EBA), in cooperation with the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin), Deutsche Bundesbank, the European Central Bank (ECB), the European Commission (EC) and the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB).
Deutsche Bank notes the announcements made today by the EBA, the BaFin and Deutsche Bundesbank on the EU-wide stress test and fully acknowledges the outcomes of this exercise.
The EU-wide stress test, carried out across 91 banks covering over 65% of the EU banking system total assets, seeks to assess the resilience of European banks to severe shocks and their specific solvency to hypothetical stress events under certain restrictive conditions.
The assumptions and methodology were established to assess banks’ capital adequacy against a 5% Core Tier 1 capital benchmark and are intended to restore confidence in the resilience of the banks tested. The adverse stress test scenario was set by the ECB and covers a two-year time horizon (2011-2012). The stress test has been carried out using a static balance sheet assumption as at December 2010. The stress test does not take into account future business strategies and management actions and is not a forecast of Deutsche Bank’s profits.
As a result of the assumed shock, the estimated consolidated Core Tier 1 capital ratio of Deutsche Bank would change to 6.5% under the adverse scenario in 2012 compared to 8.8%( ) as of end of 2010. This result does not take into account future mitigating actions planned by Deutsche Bank.
Based on a Core Tier 1 ratio of 9.7%(1) as of 31 March 2011, its comprehensive RWA mitigation and capital retention projections, and the sound economic environment in its home market Germany, Deutsche Bank feels well prepared to reach its target of a Core Tier 1 ratio in excess of 8% at the beginning of 2013 under the then applicable, stricter Basel 3 rules.
The EU-wide stress test requires that the results and weaknesses identified, which will be disclosed to the market, are acted on to improve the resilience of the financial system. Following completion of the EU-wide stress test, the results determine that Deutsche Bank meets the capital benchmark set out for the purpose of the stress test. The bank will continue to ensure that appropriate capital levels will be maintained.
The detailed results of the stress test under the baseline and adverse scenarios as well as information on Deutsche Bank credit exposures and exposures to central and local governments are provided in the accompanying disclosure tables based on the common format provided by the EBA.
The stress test was carried out based on the EBA common methodology and key common assumptions (e.g. constant balance sheet, uniform treatment of securitisation exposures) as published in the EBA Methodological note. Therefore, the information relative to the baseline scenarios is provided only for comparison purposes. Neither the baseline scenario nor the adverse scenario should in any way be construed as a bank's forecast or directly compared to the bank's other published information.
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(1) Reflects the Core Tier 1 relevant capital reported to the German regulatory authorities. For 31 December 2010 and 31 March 2011 the Core Tier 1 ratios published under the Basel 2 framework were 8.7% and 9.6% respectively. Further explanation is available on page 314 of the 2010 Financial Report.
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 March 2011 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 may also contain non-IFRS financial measures. For a reconciliation to directly comparable figures reported under IFRS, refer to the 1Q2011 Financial Data Supplement, which available at www.deutsche-bank.com/ir.
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