The Deka Group ended the year with an economic result of €434.0m. At €313.4bn, the Deka Group’s total customer assets were some 14% up on the figure for year-end 2018. At the end of 2019, the Common Equity Tier 1 capital ratio (fully loaded) stood at 14.2%. Utilisation of risk appetite and risk capacity remained at non-critical levels at 63.9% and 50.7% respectively.
Additional Tier 1 bond (AT1 bond)
Non-cumulative, fixed-interest bearer bond issued by DekaBank as Additional Tier 1 capital with subsequent adjustment of its interest rate and an unlimited term. If the Common Equity Tier 1 capital ratio falls below a set minimum, the nominal and redemption values of the bearer bond may be reduced in specific circumstances. DekaBank’s issued AT1 bonds are fully eligible as core capital and thus help improve the leverage ratio.
External funds which are managed by a Deka Group investment management company (Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft – KVG). For advisory mandates, the Deka Group company acts only as an adviser, i.e. it is up to the external management company to verify compliance with investment regulations before placing orders. For management mandates, by contrast, investment decisions are taken, reviewed and carried out by a Deka Group investment management company. ¶
Assets under Custody
All assets held in custody by the Deka Group as depositary.
Cost/income ratio (CIR)
In the Deka-Group, this key indicator is calculated from the ratio of total expenses (excluding restructuring expenses) to total income (excluding risk provisions in the lending and securities business) in the financial year.
The economic perspective is one of two approaches on which the internal capital and liquidity adequacy assessment processes (ICAAP and ILAAP) are based: In the context of the ICAAP, the economic perspective is implemented via the concept of risk-bearing capacity. It serves to secure the capital of the Deka Group in the long term, thus making a key contribution to ensuring the institution’s survival. The aim is also to protect creditors against losses from an economic view. In the context of the integrated view, management and monitoring of liquidity risk (ILAAP), the key risk measure in the economic perspective is the “combined stress scenario” funding matrix defined by the Board of Management as being relevant for management purposes. ¶
As a key management indicator, together with the risk in the economic and normative perspective, the economic result forms the basis for risk/return management in the Deka Group and is, in principle, determined in accordance with accounting and measurement policies of IFRS. As well as the total of profit or loss before tax, the economic result also includes changes in the revaluation reserve before tax as well as the interest rate and currency related valuation result from financial instruments recognised at amortised cost, which are not recognised in the income statement under IFRS but are relevant for assessing financial performance. The interest expense in respect of AT1 bonds (Additional Tier 1 capital), which is recognised directly in equity, is also included in the economic result. Furthermore, the economic result takes into account potential future charges that are considered possible in the future but that are not yet permitted to be recognised under IFRS due to the fact that accurate details are not yet available. The economic result is therefore a control variable on an accrual basis whose high level of transparency enables recipients of the external financial reporting to consider the company from the management perspective.
Fully loaded (regulatory ratio)
Full application of CRR/CRD IV rules, i.e. disregarding the phase-in provisions.
Fund assets (according to BVI)
Fund assets according to BVI comprise the fund assets of the mutual and special funds and asset management funds as well as the master fund. Direct investments in cooperation partner funds, the proportion of products for fund-based asset management attributable to cooperation partners, third party funds and liquidity as well as the advisory/management and asset management mandates are not included.
Net funds inflow (according to BVI)
Difference between the funds inflow from the sale of units and the outflow from the redemption of units. Unlike net sales, this figure does not include the funds of cooperation partners or advisory / management and asset management mandates. However, net volumes in relation to proprietary investments are taken into account in the net funds inflow. ¶
Key management indicator of sales success in asset management and certificate sales. This figure essentially consists of total direct sales of mutual and special funds, fund-based asset management, funds of cooperation partners, master funds and advisory/management mandates, ETFs and certificates. Net sales in investment fund business corresponds to gross sales less redemptions and maturities. Sales generated through proprietary investment activities are not taken into account. Redemptions and maturities are not taken into account for certificates, because in the certificates business the impact on earnings primarily occurs at the time of issue. ¶
The normative perspective is one of two approaches on which the internal capital and liquidity adequacy assessment processes (ICAAP and ILAAP) are based: in the context of the ICAAP, the normative perspective includes all internal instruments, regulations, controls and processes aimed at ensuring that regulatory and supervisory capital requirements are met on an ongoing basis, i.e. also prospectively, over the next few years. This means that it directly pursues the objective of ensuring that the institution can continue as a going concern. In the context of the integrated quantification, management and monitoring of liquidity risk (ILAAP), the key risk measure in the normative perspective is the LCR in accordance with the CRR in conjunction with Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/61.
Number of (active) employees
The number of employees is the effective number of active full-time employees at the reporting date, with parttimers being counted in proportion to their working hours. Active employees means staff members who are actively involved in DekaBank’s work processes. This means the Board of Management, other managers, core staff members, contract staff and temporary staff. Vocational and other trainees, interns and employees on long-term leave are not included.
Payments to the alliance partners
Payments made to the alliance partners (savings banks and Landesbanks) by the Asset Management divisions are made up of the partners’ portions of investment fund entry charges, sales commissions, sales performance fees, asset management fees and other payments from asset management. Reporting is focused mainly on payments made to the savings banks, as our shareholders. The payments to alliance partners have also included commissions on certificates. ¶
Application of CRR/CRD IV rules inclusive of the transitional provisions.
Return on equity (RoE)
Return on equity at the Deka Group is calculated as the return on balance sheet equity. It corresponds to the annualised economic result relative to the average balance sheet equity including atypical silent capital contributions, without additional Common Equity Tier 1 capital (AT1) and adjusted for intangible assets. Average balance sheet equity is calculated using the figures for the end of the previous year and the most recent quarterly financial statements (accumulated profit in the course of the year taken into account).
Risk appetite refers to the overall aggregate risk of individual risk types that the Deka Group is prepared to enter into, within the limits of its risk capacity, in order to achieve its strategic objectives and business plan. In the economic perspective, the risk appetite for risks affecting profit and loss is defined in the risk-bearing capacity analysis as the allocated risk capital (allocation) for overall risk at Group level. The maximum permissible risk appetite is equal to risk capacity less a management buffer. With regard to liquidity risk, the Deka Group has defined its risk appetite in the economic perspective as the scenario that gives it an indefinite survival period in an extreme hypothetical stress scenario involving a simultaneous institution-specific and market-wide stress event. This hypothetical stress scenario is illustrated in the “combined stress scenario” funding matrix. Permanent solvency and an unlimited survival horizon are achieved by setting a limit of 0 on the liquidity balances of all maturity bands.
The aim of the risk-bearing capacity analysis is to ensure the adequacy of capital resources from an economic view. Sufficient assets must be available to cover risk events, even those which materialise extremely rarely. This involves combining all risk types with a holding period of one year and a correspondingly high confidence level of 99.9%, which is consistent with DekaBank’s target rating. The overall risk is then compared against the internal capital derived from the balance sheet, taking corresponding deductible items into account.
Total customer assets
The key management indicator total customer assets mainly includes the income-relevant volume of mutual and special fund products (including ETFs), direct investments in the funds of cooperation partners, the portion of fund-based asset management activities attributable to cooperation partner funds, third party funds and liquidity, master funds and advisory/management mandates and certificates. ¶
The Deka Group is the securities service provider (Wertpapierhaus) for the savings banks. Through its asset management and banking activities, it acts as a service provider for the investment, administration and management of assets, supporting savings banks, their customers and institutional investors at every stage in the investment process within the securities business. It also offers comprehensive advice and solutions both to the savings banks and to institutional customers outside the Sparkassen‑Finanzgruppe on investing, liquidity and risk management, and refinancing.