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FRANKFURT–Deutsche Lender AG on Thursday described a even worse-than-envisioned internet reduction in the fourth quarter, ending a further tumultuous yr harm by litigation prices, customer worries about the lender’s stability and economic headwinds that challenged European banks broadly.

Germany’s biggest loan company built a internet reduction of EUR1.9 billion ($two.05 billion) after getting EUR1.6 billion in litigation prices in the fourth quarter. That in comparison with a yr-earlier reduction of EUR2.1 billion in the fourth quarter.

Analysts had envisioned a fourth-quarter internet reduction of EUR1.57 billion, according to consensus figures compiled by Deutsche Lender.

Its shares fell two.five% when the marketplace opened Thursday.

Deutsche Lender mentioned it was stung late previous yr by a swirl of speculation about what it may possibly have to shell out to settle its biggest overhanging lawful problem, related to U.S. probes into harmful mortgage securities. Clients pulled absent, denting its worldwide investing operation and other pockets of the financial institution, which failed to fare as nicely as competitors’ irrespective of spikes in marketplace volatility that pumped up fixed-cash flow investing.

That intended that the U.K.’s conclusion to depart the European Union and U.S. election-driven investing failed to gain Deutsche Lender as significantly as it did a lot of other folks in bond investing and other parts exactly where it is historically potent. Nervous clientele also pulled again from investing shares by Deutsche Lender, it mentioned Thursday. Asset-administration clientele have withdrawn some of their business, hurting service fees in that unit. The worries about Deutsche Bank’s monetary posture previous yr increased the prices desired to fund its corporations.

In December, the loan company agreed to shell out $7.two billion to settle the higher-profile U.S. mortgage-securities cases in a offer completed previous thirty day period with the U.S. Justice Office. The $3.1 billion dollars portion of that settlement came in beneath worst-case fears but is nonetheless a burden on the lender’s skinny capital cushion.

In whole, the financial institution has in the previous two months agreed to shell out out close to $eight billion to settle some of its biggest lengthy-operating lawful issues with the U.S. Justice Office and U.K. and New York regulators, but unresolved investigations nonetheless worry traders. The loan company mentioned Thursday it has established aside EUR7.6 billion for litigation. Of that, close to EUR4.7 billion is earmarked for settlements presently arrived at. Some of the payouts, such as aid to mortgage shoppers harm by the harmful securities, are not because of right until next yr or after.

Quarterly internet revenue rose 6% to EUR7.1 billion but for the whole yr was down 10% at EUR30 billion. For the whole yr, Deutsche Bank’s internet reduction was EUR1.four billion, adhering to a 2015 reduction of EUR6.eight billion.

Deutsche Bank’s shares have declined about 30% since Main Executive John Cryan and his revamped administration board introduced a multiyear turnaround strategy in Oct 2015. Their method has been to shrink some corporations and sell other folks, overhaul the lender’s technological innovation and compliance methods and minimize hundreds of workers even though making an attempt to protect the power of income engines such as bond investing, offer advising and company lending.

But some of all those key corporations have shed momentum, in element to much better U.S. banks.

Deutsche Lender mentioned its common fairness Tier 1 ratio, a key measure of monetary health and fitness, was eleven.9% at the yr-stop, up from eleven.1% at the stop of the third quarter. That intently watched determine is issue to increasingly strict regulatory necessities, and Deutsche Bank’s 2018 concentrate on is a main focus of investors’ worries about no matter if the financial institution will need to have to sell shares to elevate dollars. Mr. Cryan has mentioned he doesn’t want to do that and that the financial institution fulfills its capital necessities.

European banks broadly have been harm by lower and detrimental curiosity fees, which try to eat into lending income. Deutsche Bank’s worries are exacerbated by an especially lower-margin retail banking marketplace in Germany, and by the persistent questions encompassing its capital posture that have driven absent some clientele.

Deutsche Lender mentioned previous thirty day period it was slashing bonuses for a lot of senior bankers and other staff members, and that its major executives will not get bonuses for a second yr. The expense-reducing moves have been cheered by analysts and traders who for many years criticized the financial institution for promising to trim bills only to disappoint. But morale between Deutsche Lender workers also has suffered, and competition have poached some of its senior bankers and traders.

Mr. Cryan mentioned Thursday that the loan company has had “a promising commence to this yr.” The bank’s liquidity reserves were EUR218 billion at yr-stop, an raise from EUR200 billion at the stop of September.

The financial institution cited as accomplishments its reduce prices and the wind-down of a unit that housed noncore holdings. The whole-time staff head rely was somewhat a lot more than ninety eight,000 at yr-stop, in comparison with one zero one,000 at the stop of 2015.

Deutsche Bank’s 2016 provisions for credit rating losses increased to EUR1.38 billion, from EUR960 million in 2015, chiefly because of to its transport portfolio. Numerous European banks are wrestling with higher publicity to a yearslong worldwide crisis in the transport sector.

Generate to Jenny Strasburg at jenny.strasburg@wsj.com

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