Deutsche Bank expects to make €66 mil profit in Q1 to beat forecasts

Sewing is optimistic for 2020 and convinced Deutsche Bank’s radical transformation will pay off. (Reuters pic)

FRANKFURT AM MAIN: Germany’s biggest lender Deutsche Bank said it expects to report a net profit of €66 million for the first quarter, beating market forecasts.

Turnover is expected to reach €6.4 billion while provisions for credit losses should amount to €500 million, it said in a statement on its website late Sunday.

The bank’s common equity tier 1 ratio, the main bank solvency ratio, was 12.8% at the end of the quarter, down from 13.6% at the end of 2019, it said.

“In light of the current macroeconomic environment”, Deutsche Bank “has made the clear decision to allow capital to fall modestly and temporarily below its target in order to support clients and the broader economy at this time of economic crisis”.

The bank is due to release its quarterly results on Wednesday.

“The short-term implications of the Covid-19 pandemic make it difficult for the bank to accurately reflect the timing and the magnitude of changes to its original capital plan,” it said.

“Deutsche Bank’s priority is to stand by its clients without compromising on capital strength.”

The German group lost €5.72 billion in 2019, its fifth consecutive net loss, and in July announced a major restructuring plan.

“We’re very satisfied that our first-quarter results demonstrate the progress we’re making with the transformation of our bank, the operating strength of our business, and our resilience,” chief executive Christian Sewing said in the statement.

At the end of January, Sewing said he was optimistic for 2020 and convinced that the radical transformation of the German banking giant would pay off further ahead.