Deutsche Bank beats expectations despite 27% drop in profit, jump in costs

by | Jul 26, 2023 | Financial

A Deutsche Bank AG branch in the financial district of Frankfurt, Germany, on Friday, May 6, 2022.Alex Kraus | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesDeutsche Bank on Wednesday reported a net profit of 763 million euros ($842 million) for the second quarter of 2023, narrowly beating expectations despite a 27% year-on-year decline.The bank’s net profit attributable to shareholders slightly topped a prediction of 737 million euros in a Reuters poll of analysts, though marked a significant drop from the 1.046 billion euros reported in the same quarter of 2022, while net revenues rose 11% year-on-year to 7.4 billion euros.related investing news Citi downgrades Goldman Sachs, says targets will take time to be reachedBrian Evans21 hours agoHowever, second-quarter non-interest expenses rose 15% year-on-year to 5.6 billion euros, with adjusted costs up 4% to 4.9 billion euros. Nonoperating costs includes 395 million euros in litigation charges and 260 million euros in “restructuring and severance related to execution of strategy.”In its first-quarter report, the bank flagged job cuts for its non-client facing staff and reported a sharper-than-expected year-on-year fall in investment bank revenues.Deutsche’s corporate and private banking divisions enjoyed a strong quarter with revenues up 25% and 11% year-on-year, respectively, benefiting from the higher interest rate environment. However, its businesses more closely tied to the financial market backdrop — the investment banking and asset management divisions — saw revenues fall 11% and 6%, respectively.Deutsche Bank CFO James von Moltke told CNBC that this could be attributed to an unusually strong second quarter of 2022, as market volatility boosted trading volumes and revenues.Cost savingsSpeaking to CNBC’s Silvia Amaro on Wednesday, von Moltke said the bank had upped its target for cost savings from 2 billion euros to 2.5 billion euros in a bid to offset the impact of inflation, and was also making substantial business investments to “support future revenue growth,” invest in technology and improve its controls.”So for us, it’s a balancing act between delivery on the expense objectives and some of those inflationary impacts. In recent quarters, we’ve succeeded very well, we’ve delivered on our guidance of costs essentially flat to the fourth quarter of last year,” von Moltke said.”That’s something that we’re aiming to continue. We feel like the progress we’re making and those expense initiatives is considerable and accelerating.”Wednesday’s result marked a 12th straight quarterly profit since the German lender completed a sweeping restructuring plan that began in 2019 with the aim of cutting costs and improving profitability.”In the first half of 2023 we again demonstrated good growth momentum across a diversified business portfolio, underlying earnings power and balance sheet resilience. This puts us on a good track towards our 2025 financial targets,” said Deutsche Bank CEO Christian …

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