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“It’s Going To Be Carnage” – Deutsche Begins Culling 18,000 Employees

Tyler Durden
July 9th, 2019
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This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge.

Deutsche Bank (DB) shares have continued to sell-off ahead of the United States market open. They were recently off 5% at a new session low, as the bank’s shareholders have apparently realized that DB won’t be able to return to profitability with no revenue.

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Some readers might have dismissed warnings of “Lehman-style” scenes outside Deutsche Bank’s global offices as hysteria related to the bank’s restructuring. But the mass firings that will eventually cull some 18,000 employees, roughly 20% of the bank’s global workforce, have already begun.

After announcing the bank’s most radical restructuring plan in two decades, CEO Christian Sewing on Sunday revealed that the bank would immediately move ahead with the steep job cuts. On Monday, whole teams of equity traders in Tokyo and the bank’s other Asian offices were let go, the first step toward winding down the bank’s equities sales and trading operation. The bank is also planning cutbacks to its fixed income, and rates, trading business. Shares bounced in pre-market trading on Sunday, but have since turned lower; in recent trade, DB shares were off nearly 2%.


Though DB didn’t disclose the regional breakdown of the job cuts, it’s widely believed that roughly 50% of the employees in its bloated investment bank will be let go. That would mean the bank’s offices in New York and London will be the hardest hit.

One Singapore-based employee whose team had not been hit by the cuts told the FT on Monday: “The mood is always depressed in Deutsche.”

The FT said DB staff working in London will receive “notification risk” notices, effectively a warning that they might soon be fired, offered a ‘consultation session with HR, and then given the rest of the day off.

“People know the bank is not doing well…It’s not like a party…This is really sad what is going on right now in the bank, but I guess from top management’s point of view that is what is needed to be done,” said one Deutsche staff member in London who declined to be named.

As a reminder, here are the highlights of the “radical transformation” as published by the bank:

  • Creating a fourth business division called the Corporate Bank which will be comprised of the Global Transaction Bank and the German commercial banking business.
  • Exiting the Equities Sales & Trading business and reducing the amount of capital used by the Fixed-Income Sales & Trading business, in particular Rates.
  • Returning 5 billion euros of capital to shareholders starting in 2022, facilitated by a new Capital Release Unit (CRU) to which the bank plans initially to transfer approximately 288 billion euros, or about 20% of Deutsche Bank’s leverage exposure, and 74 billion euros of risk-weighted assets (RWA) for wind-down or disposal.
  • Funding the transformation through existing resources including maintaining a minimum Common Equity Tier 1 ratio of 12.5%. The bank expects to execute its restructuring without the need to raise additional capital.
  • As a result, the bank’s leverage ratio is expected to increase to 4.5% in 2020 and approximately 5% from 2022.
  • Reducing adjusted costs by 2022 by approximately 6 billion euros to 17 billion euros, a reduction by a quarter of the current cost base.
  • Targeting a Return on Tangible Equity of 8% by 2020.
  • Investing 13 billion euros in technology by 2022, to drive efficiency and further improve products and services.

The layoffs come as DB refocuses on its core European corporate business, while also planning to package some €74 billion in derivatives into a ‘bad bank’. Most of the job cuts will land outside Germany, partly because Germany’s powerful unions will shield employees from the ax. The bank has committed not to fire any German retail employees against their will until mid-2021, and since 2017 it has been reducing headcount through natural attrition.

One fund manager in Germany described CEO Sewing’s cuts as “a crash diet” to help the bank get back in shape, adding that the steps are long overdue.

“The announced measures are a crash diet,” said Alexandra Annecke, fund manager at Germany’s third-largest asset manager Union Investment.

As the cuts begin, one staffer warned: “it is going to be carnage” inside the bank’s London office on Monday.


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Author: Tyler Durden
Date: July 9th, 2019
Website: https://www.zerohedge.com

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    • Stuart says:

      This is absolutely nothing to laugh about. DB is one of the two or three most systemically important banks in the world. If it should collapse in an unorganized fashion, the predictions of a world wide great depression will almost certainly come true. Fortunately, TPTB have seen this coming for years. Hopefully the bank regulating idiots have some semblance of a plan. It appears they do. However, you saw how the Lehman collapse damn near took down the financial system. DB is many times bigger and more important. If they screw this up it could very well be the financial apocalypse trigger event.
      You guys know how I laugh at the Chicken Littles but the prudent will keep an eye on this and keep a larger than normal amount of cash on hand. Just sayin’

  1. rellik says:

    I’m very sure the failure of DB won’t affect my income, investments, or credit union balances. A Depression can only help me if food, energy, goods, and tax costs decrease. I won’t lose money. I certainly won’t lose my job. Bring it on.

    • Stuart says:

      “DB won’t affect my income, investments, or credit union balances”

      Can’t speak to income my friend, but the other two you would almost certainly be mistaken about.

      • rellik says:

        I only invest in TBills.
        My local credit union is very heavily invested
        in local real estate, which holds it’s value quite
        I do not have a for profit bank account.
        I’m about the most paranoid conservative
        investor you’d come across.
        Real estate never loses money.
        I guess “The good earth” Pearl S. Buck
        had a profound effect on me.

        • Stuart says:

          None of that is immune from a systemic monetary crisis my friend. You gonna withdraw 2 acres of real estate from your credit union?
          In 1919 the German Mark was one of the strongest currencies in the world and backed by gold & silver. Yet the people who invested in German treasury debt would loose everything in the next decade.
          Do not fool yourself into complacency.

          • rellik says:

            The value of gold and silver is subjective.
            The value of land is the food it can grow or produce.
            I’m not complacent, just trying to make my way through
            an imperfect world, deal with imperfect men, and beat
            them with the system they built.
            Aloha friend!

  2. aljamo says:

    How in hell does a bank go bankrupt? Color me confused.

  3. Yohan Smythe says:

    The sooner the better

  4. N-49 says:

    Systematically important, my a**!

  5. Old Guy says:

    I hope Stuart is correct and it causes a depression. The talk about recessions. they aint diddly squat. I want a bone slaking Depression to reverse inflation. bring it on let the culling begin.

    • rellik says:

      Well said!
      But you and I possibly are the only
      guys here on fixed incomes that are
      being destroyed by inflation.
      An inflation purposely being
      enacted by the Fed.

      • cranerigger says:

        relik, good points. I’m another person on a fixed income and the inflation caused by the Federal Reserve is an attempt to transfer wealth from those that have to those that don’t.

        Any communist (Demonrat) will tell you that incomes should be equal. Forget all the principles of sound economic philosophy. The dumb b*st*rds don’t realize that “same pay doesn’t result in same results.” Some people will waste their money, others will make it grow.

        Communism results in everyone being poor. There is no incentive for people to excel.