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Rating Action:

Moody's Affirms Baa2 Debt and A3 Deposit Ratings of Deutsche Bank AG. Outlook Stable

Global Credit Research - 27 Dec 2016

New York, December 27, 2016 -- Moody's today affirmed the ratings of Deutsche Bank AG (Baa2 senior debt, A3 deposits, A3(cr) Counterparty Risk Assessment, ba1 Baseline Credit Assessment) following Deutsche Bank's announcement last week of an agreement in principle to settle with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding civil claims in connection with the bank's issuance and underwriting of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) and related securitization activities between 2005 and 2007. Under the agreement, Deutsche Bank has agreed to pay a civil monetary penalty of $3.1 billion and to provide $4.1 billion in consumer relief to be delivered over a multi-year period. The outlook on Deutsche Bank's debt and deposit ratings is stable.

RATINGS RATIONALE

The affirmation reflects Moody's view that the settlement is positive for Deutsche Bank creditors since it substantially reduces litigation tail risk and is expected to have a manageable impact on capital ratios, notwithstanding the large dollar amounts involved. At December 31, 2016, after giving effect to the reserve increase related to the settlement and before any additional fourth quarter de-risking, restructuring or litigation charges, Moody's estimates that Deutsche Bank's CET1 on a fully-loaded basis will be above 11.5%.

The cash portion of the settlement is $3.1 billion, comprised of civil monetary penalties. Deutsche Bank intends to add $1.17 billion to its existing litigation reserves in the fourth quarter -- bringing the total litigation reserve to approximately EUR 7 billion before the settlement. Assuming no other settlements or additions to reserves in the fourth quarter, this would leave Deutsche Bank with approximately EUR 4 billion in litigation reserves, after the cash portion of the DOJ settlement, to cover other litigation exposures.

The settlement also includes $4.1 billion in consumer relief, which can be delivered in the form of loan modification and other types of assistance to homeowners and borrowers. Deutsche Bank will have at least five years to comply with this requirement and consumer relief is not expected to have a material impact on the bank's 2016 results.

This settlement reduces uncertainty, and will improve management's ability to focus on execution of the 2020 strategic plan, which will benefit bondholders if substantially achieved. Moody's views the ultimate objectives of the 2020 plan -- to simplify and de-risk Deutsche Bank and strengthen and stabilize its earnings - as credit-positive goals.

Upward pressure on the ratings would develop if the firm can make steady progress toward the interim 2018 targets -- particularly the 12.5% fully loaded CET1 ratio and cost income ratio of 70% - while cleaning up the balance sheet and cutting tail risks and investing to strengthen the technology platform and control infrastructure of the bank.

Downward rating pressures would develop if there are significant delays or failures to achieve the interim 2018 capital or cost income objectives of the 2020 plan. This could result from additional environmental headwinds or from additional litigation costs beyond those covered by existing reserves. This could reduce the cushion Deutsche Bank has over its regulatory capital requirements. Further downward pressure could occur if liquidity or counterparty confidence declines sharply although this risk is now seen as reduced in light of the removal of the uncertainty around the DOJ settlement.

The principal methodology used in these ratings was Banks published in January 2016. Please see the Rating Methodologies page on www.moodys.com for a copy of this methodology.

LIST OF AFFECTED RATINGS

Issuer: Deutsche Bank AG

..Rating Actions:

....Baseline Credit Assessment, affirmed ba1

....Adjusted Baseline Credit Assessment, affirmed ba1

....Counterparty Risk Assessment, affirmed A3(cr)/P-2(cr)

....Issuer Rating, affirmed Baa2, STA

....Local Currency Deposit Rating, affirmed A3, STA/P-2

....Foreign Currency Deposit Rating, affirmed A3, STA/P-2

....Senior Senior Unsecured Regular Bond/Debenture, affirmed A3, STA

....Senior Senior Unsecured Medium-Term Note Program, affirmed (P)A3

....Senior Unsecured Regular Bond/Debenture, affirmed Baa2, STA

....Senior Unsecured Medium-Term Note Program, affirmed (P)Baa2

....Senior Unsecured Shelf, affirmed (P)Baa2

....Subordinate Regular Bond/Debenture, affirmed Ba2

....Subordinate Medium-Term Note Program, affirmed (P)Ba2

....Subordinate Shelf, affirmed (P)Ba2

....Pref. Stock Non-cumulative Preferred Stock, affirmed B1(hyb)

....Senior Unsecured Commercial Paper, affirmed P-2

....Short-Term Medium-Term Note Program, affirmed (P)P-2

..Outlook Actions:

....Outlook, Remains Stable

Issuer: Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch

..Rating Actions:

....Counterparty Risk Assessment, affirmed A3(cr)/P-2(cr)

....Senior Senior Unsecured Regular Bond/Debenture, affirmed A3, STA

....Senior Senior Unsecured Medium-Term Note Program, affirmed (P)A3

....Senior Unsecured Regular Bond/Debenture, affirmed Baa2, STA

....Senior Unsecured Medium-Term Note Program, affirmed (P)Baa2

....Senior Unsecured Shelf, affirmed (P)Baa2

....Subordinate Regular Bond/Debenture, affirmed Ba2

....Subordinate Medium-Term Note Program, affirmed (P)Ba2

....Subordinate Shelf, affirmed (P)Ba2

....Short-Term Medium-Term Note Program, affirmed (P)P-2

..Outlook Actions:

....Outlook, Remains Stable

Issuer: Deutsche Bank AG, New York Branch

..Rating Actions:

....Counterparty Risk Assessment, affirmed A3(cr)/P-2(cr)

....Local Currency Deposit Rating, affirmed A3, STA/P-2

....Senior Unsecured Deposit Note/Takedown, affirmed A3, STA

..Outlook Actions:

....Outlook, Remains Stable

Issuer: Deutsche Bank AG, Paris Branch

..Rating Actions:

....Counterparty Risk Assessment , affirmed A3(cr)/P-2(cr)

....Local Currency Deposit Rating, affirmed A3, STA/P-2

....Foreign Currency Deposit Rating, affirmed A3, STA/P-2

..Outlook Actions:

....Outlook, Remains Stable

Issuer: Deutsche Bank AG, Singapore Branch

..Rating Actions:

....Counterparty Risk Assessment, affirmed A3(cr)/P-2(cr)

....Senior Unsecured Deposit Note/Takedown, affirmed A3, STA

....Senior Unsecured Medium-Term Note Program, affirmed (P)Baa2

....Short-Term Medium-Term Note Program, affirmed (P)P-2

..Outlook Actions:

....Outlook, Remains Stable

Issuer: Deutsche Bank AG, Sydney Branch

..Rating Actions:

....Counterparty Risk Assessment, affirmed A3(cr)/P-2(cr)

....Senior Unsecured Regular Bond/Debenture, affirmed Baa2, STA

....Senior Unsecured Medium-Term Note Program, affirmed (P)Baa2

....Subordinate Medium-Term Note Program, affirmed (P)Ba2

....Short-Term Medium-Term Note Program, affirmed (P)P-2

..Outlook Actions:

....Outlook, Remains Stable

Issuer: Deutsche Bank Capital Finance Trust I

....Junior Subordinated Regular Bond/Debenture, affirmed Ba3(hyb)

Issuer: Deutsche Bank Contingent Capital Trust II

....Preferred Stock, affirmed B1(hyb)

Issuer: Deutsche Bank Contingent Capital Trust III

....Preferred Stock, affirmed B1(hyb)

Issuer: Deutsche Bank Contingent Capital Trust V

....Preferred Stock, affirmed B1(hyb)

Issuer: Deutsche Bank Financial LLC

....Senior Unsecured Medium-Term Note Program, affirmed (P)Baa2

....Subordinate Medium-Term Note Program, affirmed (P)Ba2

....Senior Unsecured Commercial Paper, affirmed P-2

Issuer: Deutsche Finance (Netherlands) B.V.

....Senior Senior Unsecured Regular Bond/Debenture, affirmed A3, STA

....Senior Unsecured Regular Bond/Debenture, affirmed Baa2, STA

REGULATORY DISCLOSURES

For ratings issued on a program, series or category/class of debt, this announcement provides certain regulatory disclosures in relation to each rating of a subsequently issued bond or note of the same series or category/class of debt or pursuant to a program for which the ratings are derived exclusively from existing ratings in accordance with Moody's rating practices. For ratings issued on a support provider, this announcement provides certain regulatory disclosures in relation to the rating action on the support provider and in relation to each particular rating action for securities that derive their credit ratings from the support provider's credit rating. For provisional ratings, this announcement provides certain regulatory disclosures in relation to the provisional rating assigned, and in relation to a definitive rating that may be assigned subsequent to the final issuance of the debt, in each case where the transaction structure and terms have not changed prior to the assignment of the definitive rating in a manner that would have affected the rating. For further information please see the ratings tab on the issuer/entity page for the respective issuer on www.moodys.com.

For any affected securities or rated entities receiving direct credit support from the primary entity(ies) of this rating action, and whose ratings may change as a result of this rating action, the associated regulatory disclosures will be those of the guarantor entity. Exceptions to this approach exist for the following disclosures, if applicable to jurisdiction: Ancillary Services, Disclosure to rated entity, Disclosure from rated entity.

Regulatory disclosures contained in this press release apply to the credit rating and, if applicable, the related rating outlook or rating review.

Please see www.moodys.com for any updates on changes to the lead rating analyst and to the Moody's legal entity that has issued the rating.

Please see the ratings tab on the issuer/entity page on www.moodys.com for additional regulatory disclosures for each credit rating.

Peter E. Nerby
Senior Vice President
Financial Institutions Group
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