Commerzbank continues to aim for a significantly higher net profit in 2023 despite additional burdens in Poland

September 28 2023

  • As result of European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling, mBank expects additional provisions for Swiss franc loans of €342 million
  • Operating result of Commerzbank AG in Q2 to be impacted by corresponding amount
  • CFO Bettina Orlopp: “With its highly profitable core business, its extensive provisions, and its good capital base, mBank can approach the consequences of the ruling from a strong position.”

For the second quarter of 2023, Commerzbank’s subsidiary mBank expects the booking of additional provisions of 1.513 billion Polish zloty (equivalent around €342 million) for its Swiss franc loan portfolio. The main reason for this is the announced review of the provisioning model for legal risks following a ruling on 15 June 2023 by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on the foreign currency loans of an mBank competitor. Overall, the provision for legal risks arising from mBank’s Swiss franc loans now amounts to a total of PLN 7.517 billion (around €1.7 billion).
The additional provisions in Poland will have a corresponding negative impact on Commerzbank’s operating result in the second quarter of the current year. Despite this burden, Commerzbank still aims for a net result in 2023 well above that of 2022. The outlook depends on the further development of mBank’s Swiss franc mortgages and is based on the assumption of only a mild recession in Germany.
“With its highly profitable core business, its extensive provisions, and its good capital base, mBank can approach the consequences of the ruling from a strong position,” said Commerzbank Chief Financial Officer Bettina Orlopp. “mBank will continue to drive forward its successful settlement programme with borrowers. In addition, a legal solution to the foreign currency issue in Poland would be desirable.”

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Commerzbank is the leading bank for the German Mittelstand and a strong partner for around 26,000 corporate client groups and almost 11 million private and small-business customers in Germany. The Bank’s two Business Segments – Private and Small-Business Customers and Corporate Clients – offer a comprehensive portfolio of financial services. Commerzbank transacts approximately 30 per cent of Germany’s foreign trade and is present internationally in almost 40 countries in the corporate clients’ business. The Bank focusses on the German Mittelstand, large corporates, and institutional clients. As part of its international business, Commerzbank supports clients with German connectivity and companies operating in selected future-oriented industries. In the Private and Small-Business Customers segment, the Bank is at the side of its customers with its brands Commerzbank and comdirect: online and mobile, in the advisory centre, and personally in its branches. Its Polish subsidiary mBank S.A. is an innovative digital bank that serves approximately 5.7 million private and corporate customers, predominantly in Poland, as well as in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

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