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Commerzbank beefs up financial situation

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Commerzbank beefs up financial situation
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16:56 CET+01:00
Commerzbank, Germany's second-biggest bank needing €5.3 billion in fresh funds, said Wednesday a repurchase of securities will beef up its core capital by more than €700 million.

The repurchase of €1.27 billion of so-called trust preferred securities "will have a one-off positive effect of more than €700 million on our consolidated results and will result in a respective increase of Core Tier 1 capital," Commerzbank said in a statement. "The transaction marks another step in optimising our capital structure in light of the transition to the new regulatory requirements."

Investors had from December 5-13 to decided whether to sell the securities back to Commerzbank.

Last week, the European Banking Authority said German banks needed to raise €13.1 billion in new capital to withstand future financial shocks.

According to the EBA's calculations, Deutsche Bank, the country's biggest, needed €3.2 billion and Commerzbank, the number two, needed €5.3 billion.

Analysts and investors have speculated about whether Commerzbank would be in a position to raise the capital under its own steam, or require state funding after it already had to be bailed out in the 2008-2009 financial crisis which left the government with a 25-percent stake.

The bank has said it can manage on its own.

Investors welcomed the news, with Commerzbank shares showing a gain of 3.68 percent to €1.21 on the Frankfurt stock exchange in late afternoon trading.

The Local/mdm

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