Deutsche Bank announces major overhaul of investment bank

Deutsche Bank’s cuts to its bond and equities trading will focus on the US and Asia. (Reuters)
Updated 26 April 2018
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Deutsche Bank announces major overhaul of investment bank

FRANKFURT: Deutsche Bank on Thursday announced cuts to its bond and equities trading in a major overhaul of its troubled investment bank after posting a 79 percent drop in net profit in the first quarter.
The cuts will result in job losses and include a scaling-back of its business with hedge funds. The bulk of the cuts will focus on the US and Asia.
The cuts are a move to become a more corporate-led bank and a return to the bank’s origins after rampant growth across the globe over past decades.
“Deutsche Bank is deeply rooted in Europe – here we want to provide our clients access to global financing and treasury solutions,” said Chief Executive Officer Christian Sewing. “This is what we will focus on more decisively going forward.”
The reduction in headcount is “painful but regrettably unavoidable to ensure our bank’s competitiveness in the long run,” he said.
Germany’s flagship lender fell short of expectations of analysts in the first quarter. Net income of €120 million was below the forecasts of net income of €379 million, according to a Reuters poll.
It was also below the €575 million posted in the first quarter of last year.


US-Saudi business council reports $13bn in contracts

Updated 24 May 2019
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US-Saudi business council reports $13bn in contracts

  • Improved oil prices, combined with a government focus on spending, contributed to the rise, the council said

LONDON: The value of joint Saudi-US contracts rose to $13 billion in the first quarter of 2019, according to a business council report.

That marked the highest value of awarded contracts since the first quarter of 2015, the US-Saudi Arabian Business Council said.

The value of contracts awarded during the first quarter amounted to about half of the total value in all of last year, it added.

The contracts “included many vital projects, notably in the oil, gas, water and transport sectors,” Abdallah Jum’ah, the co-chair of the council, was reported as saying by Asharq Al-Awsat.

Energy was the top sector, with $3.1 billion of the value of contracts awarded, with many struck by Saudi Aramco. 

Improved oil prices, combined with a government focus on spending, contributed to the rise, the council said.

The construction sector also looks set for a recovery after many projects were put on hold due to the oil-price crash.

“If the pace of awarding construction contracts witnessed during the first quarter of 2019 continues for the rest of the year, the index of awarding construction contracts may return to the range we witnessed before the canceling and postponing of mega projects due to lower oil revenue,” the council said.