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Logo Deutsche BankFor the year 2009, net income was EUR 5.0 billion, versus a net loss of EUR 3.9 billion for the year 2008. Income before income taxes was EUR 5.2 billion, versus a loss before income taxes of EUR 5.7 billion in 2008. Diluted earnings per share were EUR 7.59, versus negative EUR 7.61 in 2008.

Pre-tax return on average active equity, per the bank's target definition, was 15%, versus negative 20% in 2008. The Tier 1 capital ratio was 12.6%, up from 10.1% at the end of 2008, while the Core Tier 1 ratio, which excludes hybrid instruments, was 8.7%, up from 7.0% at the end of 2008. The Management Board and Supervisory Board recommend a dividend of 75 cents per share, compared to 50 cents for 2008.

For the fourth quarter 2009, net income was EUR 1.3 billion, and earnings per share were EUR 2.00 on a diluted basis, versus a net loss of EUR 4.8 billion, or negative earnings per share of EUR 8.71 on a diluted basis, in the fourth quarter 2008. Income before income taxes was EUR 756 million, versus a loss before income taxes of EUR 6.2 billion in the prior year quarter. Fourth quarter 2009 income before income taxes included a non-tax deductible noninterest expense of EUR 225 million relating to the proposed bank payroll tax in the United Kingdom. 2009 fourth quarter net income reflects a tax benefit of EUR 554 million, mainly due to a credit of EUR 790 million arising from the recognition of deferred tax assets in the United States, which reflects strong current performance and improved income projections of Deutsche Bank entities within that tax jurisdiction.

Dr. Josef Ackermann, Chairman of the Management Board, said: "Deutsche Bank achieved a great deal in 2009. We delivered very substantial profitability, while simultaneously reducing risk and balance sheet leverage. We used these good results to bolster our capital base, and our capital ratios are stronger than ever."

He added: "We also took decisive strategic action in 2009. We re-positioned core businesses, and widened our scope for profitable growth, both by organic invest-ments and via targeted acquisitions. We also defined our management agenda for the post-crisis era. Looking forward, we see a clear trend to recovery, and stabilisation of financial markets, although the effects of the recent crisis will take time to work through. The regulatory framework of our industry will also likely see changes. With our financial strength and our strategic positioning, we are very well placed for both the challenges and the opportunities of 2010."

Source: Deutsche Bank
Date: 04.02.2010
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