Deutsche Bank is set to undergo a significant restructuring, with plans to cut 3,500 jobs in the coming years. This move comes as the boost to the bank’s earnings from higher interest rates begins to diminish. The German lender, which has approximately 7,000 employees in the UK, announced the job losses alongside a 16% decrease in profits, amounting to €4.2 billion (£3.6 billion). The decline in profits is attributed to the absence of the previous year’s one-off tax benefit that had boosted earnings.
Net profit was further impacted by costs associated with Deutsche Bank’s savings and efficiency program, amounting to €566 million allocated for restructuring and severance expenses. Despite these challenges, revenues experienced a 6% year-on-year increase to €28.9 billion, primarily attributed to the European Central Bank’s higher interest rates. However, the 5% growth in fourth-quarter revenues fell short of analyst expectations.
In response to the changing landscape, Chief Executive Christian Sewing aims to enhance profitability and increase returns to shareholders. Despite the challenges, Sewing praised the bank’s performance in what he described as “an uncertain environment.” He highlighted Deutsche Bank’s achievement of a pre-tax profit of nearly €5.7 billion, marking the highest level in 16 years.
Deutsche Bank’s stock showed a 1.1% increase in early trading in Frankfurt, and overall, the stock has gained approximately 7% since Christian Sewing assumed the role of CEO in 2018. This positive trajectory has resulted in the bank’s share price more than doubling from the lows observed almost four years ago.
The decision to cut jobs and undergo a restructuring aligns with Deutsche Bank’s strategic goal of adapting to market conditions and improving overall profitability. As the bank addresses the evolving financial landscape, the focus on efficiency and cost reduction aims to position Deutsche Bank for sustained success. The positive market response to Christian Sewing’s leadership indicates investor confidence in the bank’s strategic direction despite the current challenges in the financial industry.