Commerzbank raises targets for 2024
March 1 2022
Regarding the war in Ukraine and Commerzbank’s exposure in Russia
Commerzbank is deeply concerned about Russia’s attack on a sovereign European country and feels for the people in Ukraine.It is closely monitoring further developments in Russia and Ukraine and will continuously adapt its business strategy and risk assessment to the current situation.Commerzbank’s exposure in Russia and Ukraine is manageable and has already been significantly reduced in the past. At €1.3bn, the Russian net exposure corresponds to around 0.4% of Commerzbank’s total exposure. On top of this exposure, the Bank has around €0.6bn Russia related exposure which consists mostly of pre-export financing of commodities. The net exposure in Ukraine is less than €0.1bn. The Bank is complying fully with political decisions and sanctions.Commerzbank employs around 135 people in Russia, where it mainly supports German SMEs and international companies with relations to Germany. Commerzbank has one employee in Ukraine.So far, the Bank has not factored in any impact of the volatile situation to its financial planning.
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Commerzbank is the leading bank for the German Mittelstand and a strong partner for around 28,000 corporate client groups and around 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. Following the integration of Comdirect, private and small-business customers benefit from the services offered by one of Germany’s most advanced online banks combined with personal advisory support on site. Its Polish subsidiary mBank S.A. is an innovative digital bank that serves approximately 5.5 million private and corporate customers, predominantly in Poland, but also in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. In 2021, Commerzbank generated gross revenues of some €8.5 billion with around 46,500 employees.
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