Deutsche Bank boss warns on staff bonuses

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$6.5bn of expected write-downs may hurt year-end bonuses.

Bloomberg News reports that Deutsche Bank co-CEO John Cryan indicated that $6.5bn of write-downs may hurt bonuses, a potential further blow to morale as the lender weighs cutting thousands of jobs.

Deutsche Bank expects to incur charges that will materially impact third quarter 2015 results. The bank is likely to unveil it's biggest quarterly loss in at least a decade and may eliminate a dividend that’s stood since Germany’s postwar reconstruction as he tries to overhaul the firm without asking shareholders for more capital.

'While compensation considerations are not based on this year’s financial results alone, our shareholders will rightly expect employees to share something of the burden', Cryan said in a memo to staff. 'Having said that, you have my personal commitment to try to achieve a fair balance between staff and shareholder interests'.

Here's the full Deutsche Bank statement:

Deutsche Bank (XETRA: DBKGn.DE/NYSE: DB) expects to incur charges that will materially impact third quarter 2015 results:

An impairment of all goodwill and certain intangibles in Corporate Banking & Securities (CB&S) and Private & Business Clients (PBC) of approximately EUR 5.8 billion. This is largely driven by the impact of expected higher regulatory capital requirements on the measurement of the value of these segments as well as current expectations regarding the disposal of Postbank.

An impairment of the carrying value of Deutsche Bank's 19.99% stake in Hua Xia Bank Co. Ltd. of approximately EUR 0.6 billion. This reflects an updated valuation triggered by a change of the intent of the holding as Deutsche Bank no longer considers this stake to be strategic.

Litigation provisions of approximately EUR 1.2 billion, the majority of which are not expected to be tax deductible. Final litigation provisions in the quarter may be affected by further events before we finalize and report third quarter results.

The impairment of goodwill and intangibles and of the Hua Xia investment will have no significant impact on Deutsche Bank's regulatory capital ratios. Deutsche Bank currently expects to report a fully-loaded CRR/CRD4 Common Equity Tier 1 ratio for the third quarter of approximately 11%, which includes the impact of European Banking Authority Regulatory Technical Standards (“Prudential Valuation”) that were adopted in the quarter.

Based on these charges, Deutsche Bank expects to report a third quarter income before income taxes (IBIT) loss of approximately EUR 6.0 billion and a net loss of EUR 6.2 billion. Year-to-date results through the third quarter are expected to be an IBIT loss of approximately EUR 3.3 billion and a net loss of EUR 4.8 billion.

Excluding the impact of the impairment of goodwill and intangibles, the third quarter IBIT loss would be approximately EUR 0.2 billion and the net loss would be approximately EUR 0.4 billion, largely reflecting the litigation provisions and Hua Xia impairment. On the same basis, Deutsche Bank expects to remain profitable year-to-date through the third quarter with IBIT of approximately EUR 2.5 billion and net income of approximately EUR 0.9 billion.

As part of the planning for the implementation of Strategy 2020, the Management Board will recommend a reduction or possible elimination of the Deutsche Bank common share dividend for the fiscal year of 2015.

All the aforementioned amounts are estimates. The final amounts will be determined in the coming weeks and will be disclosed in our announcement of third quarter results, together with details of the implementation of Strategy 2020, which is now scheduled to occur on October 29.

To access the complete Bloomberg News article hit the link below:

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