Deutsche Bank has made its biggest quarterly loss in four years as it counts the costs of plans to reduce its global workforce by 18,000.
The German lender made a €3.1bn (£2.8bn) net loss in the second quarter, driven by €3.4bn in costs related to job cuts and reorganisation at the bank.
Deutsche Bank expects the turnaround strategy to cost a total of €7.4bn and is aiming to return to profit next year.
It is the bank’s biggest quarterly net loss since the third quarter of 2015, when that figure reached €6bn, and is the second largest since the final months of 2008, when the financial crisis took hold. It also follows a €201m profit in the first quarter of 2019.
Even without the extra charges, Deutsche’s net income would have dropped by more than 40% to €231m in the second quarter, compared with the same period a year earlier. Further restructuring charges are expected to dent the bank’s earnings in the second half of the year and the lender is expected to report a full-year loss for 2019.
The company’s shares were down 2.3% at €6.97 in afternoon trading on Wednesday.
In a message to staff, the chief executive, Christian Sewing, said: “The past few weeks have been extremely challenging for all of us … but we can say with confidence that we have passed the first hurdle
“By and large our strategy is no longer being called into question, either by our investors or by the media or – most importantly – by our clients. And I have the impression that you too believe we are on the right track.”
Sewing said the job cull had been “painful” but that it was important not to leave staff “in limbo”. “Where our restructuring creates the need for further reductions, we will do everything we can to be able to communicate our decisions as soon as possible.”
Deutsche Bank also confirmed negotiations were on track to sell part of its trading business to BNP Paribas. The deal would involve moving Deutsche staff over to its French banking rival, with some reports suggesting up to 300 jobs could be saved as a result.