Frankfurt, Germany and London, England (FT.com) -- Deutsche Bank on Sunday announced a €9.8bn rights issue, as Germany's biggest bank moves to strengthen its capital base.
The issue, bigger than the €8bn-€9bn suggested late last week by people close to the deal, comes as regulators gathering in Basel, Switzerland, were putting the finishing touches to a deal to toughen the capital requirements for banks around the world.
Deutsche also issued a tender offer of €24-€25 a share for the shares in Postbank that it does not already own, though that was below the €27.04 price that the post office bank shares closed at on Friday. Deutsche currently owns just under 30 per cent of Postbank.
Deutsche Bank said in a statement: "The capital increase is primarily intended to cover capital consumption from the planned Postbank consolidation, but will also support the existing capital base to accommodate regulatory changes and business growth".
European bank shares had fallen on Friday as Deutsche Bank's plans to tap investors fuelled talk of a round of capital raisings by banks seeking to bolster their balance sheets.
Investors renewed their scrutiny of the health of Europe's banks ahead of the Basel meeting of global banking supervisors.
Deutshe Bank's plans have cemented a belief that other European banks will also try to go to investors for capital to meet the new Basel III standards. "The key question is how many will follow Deutsche: if Credit Agricole or Société Générale do so, it will be big news. I'm a little more nervous now going into next week," said a leading banks analyst.
Deutsche Bank's move was also taken as a sign that Europe's banks -- most of which passed stress tests two months ago -- faced a worsening economic outlook that would hit earnings.