Preliminary CET 1 ratio per end of June 2016 at 11.5% – group net profit for the second quarter 2016 in line with consensus

July 25 2016

On the basis of preliminary figures Commerzbank posted an Operating profit of €342 million (Q2 2015: €419 million). Net profit attributable to Commerzbank shareholders stood at €209 million in the second quarter 2016 (Q2 2015: €307 million). Both are in line with consensus.

The Common Equity Tier 1 ratio (CET 1) under full application of Basel 3 stood at 11.5% at the end of June 2016 (end of March 2016: 12.0%; end of June 2015: 10.5%) based on preliminary figures. This ratio includes a dividend accrual of 10 cents per share for the first half of 2016.

The change in the CET1 ratio mainly results from the following non-operating valuation and methodology effects:

  • Higher risk-weighted assets (RWA) in particular for operational risks due to the consideration of new external events factored in by external databases representing industrywide damage claims of banks.
  • Higher pension liabilities due to lower discount factors (reduced from 2% to 1.7%) as well as higher capital deductions from revaluation reserves in particular driven by higher credit spreads for Italian sovereign debt.

As already stated in the past, the capital ratio can be volatile in the current market environment. Commerzbank’s ambition remains to keep its capital ratio under full application of Basel 3 above SREP-requirements.

Figures shown in this release are preliminary. Commerzbank will publish its final figures for the second quarter 2016 on 2 August 2016.

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Commerzbank is a leading international commercial bank with branches and offices in more than 50 countries. The core markets of Commerzbank are Germany and Poland. With the business areas Private Customers, Mittelstandsbank, Corporates & Markets and Central & Eastern Europe, its private customers and corporate clients, as well as institutional investors, profit from a comprehensive portfolio of banking and capital market services. Commerzbank finances more than 30 per cent of Germany’s foreign trade and is the unchallenged leader in financing for SMEs. With its subsidiaries Comdirect and Poland’s M Bank it owns two of the world’s most innovative online banks. With approximately 1,050 branches and more than 90 advisory centres for business customers Commerzbank has one of the densest branch networks among German private banks. In total, Commerzbank boasts more than 16 million private customers, as well as 1 million business and corporate clients. The Bank, which was founded in 1870, is represented at all the world’s major stock exchanges. In 2015, it generated gross revenues of €9.8 billion with 51,300 employees.


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