Shares of a German lender fell as much as 14% after a profit warning due to the struggling commercial real estate market in the U.S. Deutsche Pfandbriefbank shares
slumped as the German lender late on Tuesday said it would increase its risk provisions due to “persistent weakness in the commercial real estate market.” It now sees pretax profits for the year between €90 million ($96 million) and €110 million, versus its guidance at the beginning of the year for a pretax profit between €170 million and €200 million. The bank, informally called PBB, also cancelled its special dividend.
In a presentation, Deutsche Pfandbriefbank said structural changes in locations and preferences were leading some tenants to avoid central business districts. “At time of origination, all U.S. office properties financed by PBB were in A-locations – now, ~5-10% are considered B-locations,” the bank said. However, it also said about 80% of the market correction is assumed to have happened. “Many ex-prime locations are likely to achieve prime status again in expected market recovery,” the bank said. The property values of the non-performing loans it has have dropped 41% on average, the bank said, and even those of its performing loans fell 24%. At the end of September, 63% of its U.S. portfolio was in New Yo …