Deutsche Bank says big-bang restructuring on track

Deutsche Bank’s net profits reached €401 million on the back of €6.6 billion in revenue. (AFP)
Updated 25 July 2018
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Deutsche Bank says big-bang restructuring on track

  • Analysts surveyed by data company Factset had earlier forecast profits of around €120 million
  • It finished integrating of subsidiary Postbank into its retail banking division in May

FRANKFURT: Germany’s biggest lender Deutsche Bank said Wednesday a major restructuring under its new chief executive was in full swing, as it confirmed second-quarter profits that beat analysts’ previous expectations.
Net profits reached €401 million ($468 million) on the back of €6.6 billion in revenue, in line with preliminary figures the lender released earlier this month.
Analysts surveyed by data company Factset had earlier forecast profits of around €120 million.
But the result was still 14 percent lower than last year’s second-quarter earnings of €466 million.
“We accelerated the reshaping of our bank significantly and proved the resilience of our global business” between April and June, said CEO Christian Sewing, who took over from crisis firefighter John Cryan in April with promises of a far-reaching shakeup.
Deutsche highlighted some €239 million in costs for restructuring and employee severance — twice as much as the same quarter last year — as around 1,700 workers left.
It added that it was “on track” to slash another 1,500 from its total headcount to dip below 93,000 by the end of the year, with a further ambition to shrink “well below” 90,000 by the end of 2019.
Meanwhile it finished integrating of subsidiary Postbank into its retail banking division in May.
And in its investment banking division, Deutsche reported “substantial” reductions in “leveraged” — or borrowing-fueled — holdings of stocks and bonds, accounting for most of an €85-billion reduction in such exposures across the bank.
There was slower progress on cutting costs, which fell 1.0 percent to €5.6 billion in adjusted terms in the second quarter.
But executives said they remained committed to reducing outlays from last year’s €23.8 billion to €23 billion in 2018.


EU fines Nike $14 million for blocking cross-border sales of football merchandise

Updated 25 March 2019
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EU fines Nike $14 million for blocking cross-border sales of football merchandise

  • The European Commission said Nike’s illegal practices occurred between 2004 to 2017
  • Sales restrictions relate to licensed merchandise for FC Barcelona, Manchester United, Juventus, Inter Milan, AS Roma and the French Football Federation

BRUSSELS: US sportswear maker Nike was hit with a $14.14 million (€12.5 million) fine on Monday for blocking cross-border sales of football merchandise of some of Europe’s best-known clubs, the latest EU sanction against such restrictions.
The European Commission said Nike’s illegal practices occurred between 2004 to 2017 and related to licensed merchandise for FC Barcelona, Manchester United, Juventus, Inter Milan, AS Roma and the French Football Federation.
The European Union case focused on Nike’s role as a licensor for making and distributing licensed merchandise featuring a football club’s brands and not its own trademarks.
The sanction came after a two-year investigation triggered by a sector inquiry into e-commerce in the 28-country bloc. The EU wants to boost online trade and economic growth.
European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Nike’s actions deprived football fans in other countries of the opportunity to buy their clubs’ merchandise such as mugs, bags, bed sheets, stationery and toys.
“Nike prevented many of its licensees from selling these branded products in a different country leading to less choice and higher prices for consumers,” she said in a statement.
Nike’s practices included clauses in contracts prohibiting out-of-territory sales by licensees and threats to end agreements if licensees ignored the clauses. Its fine was cut by 40 percent after it cooperated with the EU enforcer.