Deutsche Bank is planning to overhaul its trading operations by creating a so-called bad bank to hold tens of billions of euros of non-core as sets, a source close to the matter said on Monday.
The overhaul, first reported by the Financial Times, will also include shrinking or shutting equity and rates trading businesses outside of
bad bank would house or sell as sets valued at up to 50 billion euros ($56 billion)- after adjusting for risk - and comprising mainly long-dated derivatives.
The measures are part of a significant restructuring of the investment
bank, a major source of revenue for Germany's largest lender, which has struggled to generate sustainable profits since the 2008 financial crisis.
It is trying to turn itself around, but has faced hurdles such as allegations of money laundering and failed stress tests.
Its attempt to create a German champion through a merger with Commerz
bank failed in April.
In May, Chief Executive Officer Christian Sewing promised shareholders "tough cutbacks" at its underperforming investment
Deutsche, which have recently traded at record lows, were up 1.4% in late trading in Frankfurt, shedding some of their gains but still topping the list of German blue-chip companies. Deutsche said in an emailed statement in response to the FT report that it was "working on measures to accelerate its transformation so as to improve its sustainable profitability. We will update all stakeholders if and when required".
The restructuring costs will force the
bank to officially walk away from a key profitability target, Germany's Handelsblatt reported separately later on Monday.
bank had aimed for a 4% return on tangible equity, but most analysts have long believed the bank would miss the target.
bank declined to comment on the Handelsblatt report.
The effort by Sewing to overhaul the
bank marks a further shift by the German lender away from investment banking to focus on more stable forms of revenue, such as transaction banking.
bank is planning cuts at its US equities business, including prime brokerage and equity derivatives, to win over shareholders unhappy about its performance, four sources familiar with the matter told Reuters in May.
Sewing is expected to announce changes in July. The
Deutsche created a similar division for non-core investments in 2012 with 128 billion euros in risk-weighted as sets. Deutsche wound up the unit nearly four years later, in 2016. bank reports second-quarter earnings on July 24.