Commerzbank reported a net loss of 288 million euros ($320 million) in the third quarter on Friday, which managed to beat analyst estimates but was lower than the 235 million euro profit seen in the same period last year.
The German bank blamed the loss on "impairment on goodwill and other intangible assets" at a time when the company is undergoing a restructuring program and job losses.
"Commerzbank has a strong market position in corporate banking. We have seen further growth in retail banking and at our Polish subsidiary mBank. These are good prerequisites for the implementation of our Commerzbank 4.0 strategy, which will enable us to sustainably increase our profitability. We are pursuing our growth targets ambitiously, consistently, and forcefully," Martin Zielke, chairman of the board of managing directors at Commerzbank, said in the earnings report.
Stephan Engels, the chief financial officer of Commerzbank, told CNBC on Friday that, for the next two years, the company expects to book more restructuring charges following the announcement of its new strategy. He added that the bank would focus on digitalization and efficiency measures.
"The efficiency measures will be booked throughout 2017 and 2018," he said. "We are growing and we are currently growing our private customer segment both in Germany as well as in Poland. We have gained almost a million net new costumers over the last four years, so that makes us very much believe that we can be successful in this segment."