LONDON — Deutsche Bank on Wednesday reported a net profit of 182 million euros ($214 million) for the third quarter, as Germany's largest lender looks to emerge from the coronavirus crisis.
This surpassed expectations of a 114 million euro loss and marked a sharp improvement from the 77 million euro net loss attributable to shareholders in the previous quarter.
Provisions for bad loans totaled 273 million euros, adding to the 761 million euros allocated in the second quarter and 506 million in the first.
The bank benefited in particular from strong performance in its investment bank, where net revenues were up 43% year-on-year to 2.4 billion euros, driven by 47% growth in the Fixed Income & Currencies (FIC) division.
Deutsche shares were roughly flat by afternoon trading having whipsawed throughout the day, struggling to shake off the gloom sweeping through European markets. The bank's stock is up more than 13% year-to-date, having recovered from a sharp decline during the March coronavirus crash.
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The bank had posted a net loss of 832 million euros for the same period last year, when a major restructuring plan continued to weigh on earnings.
Deutsche Bank has been embarking on a mass restructure since July 2019 in a bid to cut costs and return to long-term profitability.
CFO James von Moltke told CNBC on Wednesday that Deutsche had been gaining market share across the investment bank and particularly the fixed income and currencies business, as a result of redirecting focus during the restructure.
"We are now very focused on the businesses where we can compete and win, and where our businesses and our clients and our people know where we are focused and where we can be really competitive, so I think we are seeing the benefits of that focus," von Moltke told CNBC's Annette Weisbach.
He estimated that around half of these revenues would be sustainable as the bank recovers market share and strengthens these businesses against a supportive backdrop, with investment banks across major lenders benefiting from heightened market volatility over the last three quarters.
"In the fifth quarter of our transformation, we not only demonstrated continued cost discipline, but also our ability to gain market share," Deutsche Bank CEO Christian Sewing said in a statement.
"Our more focused business model is paying off and we see a substantial part of our revenue growth as sustainable."