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branch of Deutsche Bank AG
2014-07-24 Headquarters Deutsche Postbank AG, Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 114-126, Bonn-Gronau IMG 2178.jpg
Postbank headquarters in Bonn
Country GermanyGermany Germany
Seat Bonn
legal form branch
Bank code 380 100 53
founding 1989
Business data 2015
Total assets 150.597 billion euros
insoles 119.150 billion euros
Customer credit 98.397 billion euros
Employee 14,758
Offices 1066
Board of Deutsche Bank AG

Postbank is a trademark and the name of a branch of Deutsche Bank . Focus is the standardized retail banking business , besides it is bank of Deutsche Post .

In the course of the second postal reform of 1994 with the Postal Structure Act, Postbank emerged as one of three companies from the privatization of the Deutsche Bundespost , a formerly unincorporated federal fund . As Deutsche Postbank AG, it was the legal successor to the state-owned Deutsche Bundespost Postbank, which was formed from the postal giro and postal savings bank offices as part of the first postal reform in 1989 .

From 2009 to 2015, Postbank was gradually taken over by Deutsche Bank and merged in 2018 with DB Privat- und Firmenkundenbank , which in turn was merged into Deutsche Bank AG on May 15, 2020, which became a postal successor by regulation .



In 1909 the postal check service was introduced in the German Empire . The background to this was the need for a range-wide cashless payment system that the existing banking system did not offer at the time. Everyone was entitled to a postal check account from which cashless payments could be made. Transfers, check submissions and account statements were sent by post so that no branch network was necessary except for cash deposits and withdrawals. In this respect, Postbank, as the legal successor to the postal check offices, was the oldest direct bank in Germany.

A postal savings bank service was founded in Austria in 1883 and was introduced across the Reich on January 2, 1939 as a result of the unification of Austria with the German Reich in March 1938. A saver could make deposits and withdraw money at all German post offices. After the Second World War, the payment options were gradually expanded to include other European countries, so that savers in many European countries were able to withdraw money from their postal savings accounts in local currency free of charge.

In the mid-1980s, the postal check service was renamed to the contemporary term Postgirodienst , as the old term required an explanation and brought disadvantages in the course of increasing competition in the business with bank checking accounts. At that time, an overdraft of the account ( current account credit ) was generally not possible, at best a negative balance of 500 to a maximum of 1000 DM was tolerated. An overdraft facility was only available for employees of the Deutsche Bundespost through cooperation with the postal savings and loan associations .

Postbank is one of the pioneers in online banking . It first began in 1983 with an experiment on screen text . In the following years, online banking was continued under T-Online .

Bilingual postal savings repayment slip (Portugal)

Postal reforms

With effect from 1 July 1989, was German Federal Post Office by virtue Post Structure Act in train the first postal reform in three independently occurring in the market public companies ( part of special funds broken down). From then on, Postbank traded under the name Deutsche Bundespost POSTBANK ( DBP Postbank for short ) and began operations on January 1, 1990. It continued to handle postal savings and check services through the post offices.

As part of the second postal reform of 1994, the three Bundespost companies were converted into stock corporations and the Bundespost was dissolved. On January 2, 1995, Deutsche Postbank AG, the successor company of DBP Postbank , gained independence and a full banking license , which allowed Postbank to open up new business areas in the credit and securities sector.

Deutsche Postbank AG

Acquisition by Deutsche Post

In 1999, Deutsche Post AG acquired Postbank from the Federal Republic of Germany . In 2000, Postbank acquired DSL Bank . In 2001, Postbank founded PB Factoring and thus entered factoring .

Since paying out postal savings accounts abroad was time-consuming (bilingual forms had to be created and distributed along with the relevant instructions to foreign post offices), it was replaced by a worldwide validity card after the introduction of the Sparcard (see below).

As of January 1, 2004, Postbank took over the processing of payment transactions for Deutsche Bank and Dresdner Bank and outsourced them to the Operations Center for Banks (BCB).

initial public offering

Postbank promotion on the occasion of its IPO in June 2004

On May 6, 2004, the then CEO of Deutsche Post AG (owner of Postbank), Klaus Zumwinkel , announced that Postbank would go public on June 21, 2004 and that up to 50 percent minus one Postbank share would be sold. The price range of EUR 31.50 to EUR 36.50 set in the first bookbuilding phase on June 6th was changed to EUR 28.00 to 32.00 on June 19th due to the low demand and the IPO was postponed to June 23rd .

In 2005 the takeover of BHW Holding AG was initiated. On March 21, 2005, Postbank took over 9.2% of the shares in BHW Holding AG from the Ergo Insurance Group . On October 25, a contract was signed with the holding company of the trade unions (BGAG) and the dbb ( Beamtenbund ) to acquire a further 76.4% of the shares in BHW Holding AG. This agreement was executed on 2 January 2006, bringing the Post Bank held 91.04% of the shares and thus the BHW - Group successfully took over.

At the beginning of 2007 the Postbank Vertriebsakademie GmbH was founded as the youngest subsidiary of Postbank. It bundles the educational activities at a central point and ensures the qualifications of the consultants. Due to the expansion of the training focus to include topics beyond sales, the name was changed to Postbank Akademie und Service GmbH in July 2010 .

The Deutsche Postbank share was listed on the DAX from September 18, 2006 to March 20, 2009 and then on the MDAX until December 9, 2010 .

In November 2008, 54.8 million new shares were issued as part of a capital increase. The gross issue proceeds amounted to around one billion euros. 99.3% of the new shares were taken over by Deutsche Post AG, which increased its stake in Postbank AG to around 62.3%.

Takeover by Deutsche Bank

Postbank finance center in Dresden- Striesen

Postbank commissioned the US investment bank Morgan Stanley to look for a merger partner. In September 2008 a takeover by Deutsche Bank was announced, which anticipated the offer of the major Spanish bank Santander . As a first step, Deutsche Bank wanted to acquire a 29.75 percent stake in Germany's largest branch bank . In the following twelve to 35 months, a further 20.25 percent plus one share should be acquired. The Postbank purchase was valued at more than EUR 8 billion. The positive vote of the Post Supervisory Board was announced on September 12, 2008.

In February 2009, the takeover plan was changed due to the financial crisis. In a first step, Deutsche Bank took over 22.9% of the shares. At the same time, a mandatory exchangeable bond, which will be exchanged for 27.4% of Postbank shares after three years, and share buy and sell options for a further 12.1% of Postbank shares were agreed between Deutsche Bank and Deutsche Post.

On February 25, 2009, Deutsche Post announced that the first tranche (22.9%) of Postbank shares had been transferred to Deutsche Bank. As of December 31, 2009, Deutsche Bank held 29.88% of Postbank shares with additional securities purchased on the stock market. In November 2010, Deutsche Bank acquired the majority of the shares and continuously expanded this majority. On February 28, 2012, it announced that it had now taken over Deutsche Post's full stake of 39.5% by means of mandatory convertible bonds and the put option of Deutsche Post and that it had bought further shares on the open market, so that the stake in Postbank is now split 93.7%. On March 30, 2012, the resolution on the conclusion of a domination and profit transfer agreement between Deutsche Postbank AG as the dependent company and DB Finanz-Holding GmbH as the controlling company was announced, to which the mandatory approval of the general meeting of Deutsche Postbank AG on June 5 2012 followed.

Deutsche Bank's plans to spin off Postbank again and transfer it into an independent company since the beginning of 2015 were specified in a special meeting on April 24, 2015 by the Deutsche Bank Supervisory Board to “ deconsolidate ” Postbank . The exact type of exit remained open at first. On December 21, 2015, the delisting from the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the squeeze-out were completed with the entry in the commercial register. In 2016, Postbank was either to be listed on the stock exchange or sold to an investor, but the project was then postponed to 2017 due to the implementation rules for Basel III . However, on March 6, 2017, CEO John Cryan announced that Postbank would be merged with Deutsche Bank's private and corporate customer business, which was completed on May 25, 2018.


Effective May 25, 2018, was German Postbank AG to the branch business of Deutsche Bank subsidiary be operated German bank residential and business customers AG merged , the then DB retail and corporate customers Bank AG renamed. On the same day, Postbank - a branch of DB Privat- und Firmenkundenbank AG , which continues the Postbank brand, was entered in the commercial register .

On May 15, 2020 was DB retail and corporate customers Bank AG in turn to the German Bank AG merged, Postbank is now operated as a branch Postbank - a branch of the German Bank AG entered in the commercial register.

Former CEO

From 1990 to 1997, Günter Schneider was Chairman of the Board of Management (until 1994 as a board member of the Postbank General Directorate within the Federal Post Office, then of Deutsche Postbank AG). He was succeeded by Dieter Boening as CEO of Deutsche Postbank according to the 1999th From 2000 to 2007, Wulf von Schimmelmann was Chairman of the Board of Management, and Wolfgang Klein took over the position in the summer of 2007 . From July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2012, Stefan Jütte chaired the Postbank Management Board. On July 1, 2012, Frank Strauss took over as CEO of Deutsche Postbank AG.

Key figures

With total assets of 147 billion euros, Deutsche Postbank AG was the eleventh largest bank in Germany at the end of 2016 .

In 2007, after the incorporation of BHW, Postbank had over 21,000 employees plus 4,500 freelance sales representatives who were bundled in Postbank Finanzberatung AG, based in Hameln .

Historical key figures
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Total assets in billions of euros 132.61 128.25 140.28 184.88 202.91 231.21 226.60 214.68 191.94 193.82 161.51 155.45 150.60 147.20 145.345
Employee 8,697 9,613 9,235 21,696 21,474 21,130 20,860 20,361 19,799 22,343 22,071 18,931 14,760 18,112 17,441

In the 2017 financial year, Postbank had around 13 million customers. Throughout Germany, Postbank operates 850 of its own branches and over 4,300 partner branches as well as 700 Postbank Finanzberatung advice centers. In addition, 2,500 mobile consultants are in use.


Postbank's products include checking accounts, credit cards, savings accounts, securities trading and loans, construction finance and insurance brokerage.

Since September 2017, customers can Postbank with the Android - App commercially pay without contact . Prerequisite is a Postbank Visa - credit card and a smartphone with NFC and at least Android 4.4. With the Postbank Finanzassistent app, you can pay at all contactless terminals worldwide .


The forerunner of the domestic cooperation was the cooperation with the Post-Spar- und Kreditvereinen (today PSD banks), which took over the financing of overdraft facilities for employees of the Deutsche Bundespost on their postal check accounts. This cooperation was discontinued as a result of the postal reforms in the mid-1990s.

Postbank continues to work with the Deutsche Post branches, so that cash deposits and withdrawals can be made there, just like at the bank counter. In some post offices, Postbank maintains its own or freelance financial advisors. In the course of the increasing abandonment of own branches of the Deutsche Post, which today largely offers its services through agencies, many Postbank services are also processed in these agencies. The larger branches now operate as Postbank Finance Centers, in which Deutsche Post services are also offered.

HUK-Coburg has been Postbank's sales partner since September 2007 , after having previously sold Postbank's entire insurance business to Talanx AG in mid-2007 . From October 2007, sales of motor insurance from HUK-Coburg began in the Postbank branches and on the Internet. Since 2008, all Postbank sales channels have been selling motor, liability and property insurance from HUK-Coburg exclusively . Conversely, the sales department of HUK-Coburg exclusively offers banking products for private customers of Postbank, for example current accounts.


Some events involving Postbank met with critical public reactions.

Savings fees

On January 1, 2008, Postbank introduced a new fee structure. Since then, savings accounts with a three-month notice period that were opened up until the 1990s were subject to monthly account management fees of EUR 1.00 until the credit was fully used up. The hurdles to avoid these costs were not very high: either a credit balance of more than 60 euros, at least one deposit or withdrawal in the last three years, or the account holder is a minor. The introduction of these new conditions remained hidden from many customers. The relevant information was given shortly before the end of 2007 in a letter that could easily be confused with advertising. The reference to the change in the fee structure was hidden in the text. This fee has not been charged since 2013.

DAX savings account

The product DAX-Sparbuch received massive criticism from consumer advocates because it did not generate the return that the advertising suggested. With the DAX savings book, investors should receive half of the rise in the DAX stock market index in addition to a base rate. Only on closer inspection or after the interest was credited did it become clear what this meant, namely that with an assumed linear DAX increase of 12% per year (i.e. about 1% per month) the investor would not be about 6% p. a., but only 0.5% p. a. additionally received. This was because the DAX bonus was calculated on a monthly basis. The increase in the DAX by 1% in one month therefore did not result in a bonus of 0.5% per month, but only 0.5% p. a. which corresponds to about 0.042% per month. The product has not been offered since January 2010. However, Postbank will continue to operate existing DAX savings books. The conditions have been changed: One tenth of the monthly DAX increase, but no more than 3%, is taken into account and credited every month. The minimum deposit has been reduced from 50,000 to 25,000 euros.

Misuse of customer data

In May 2010, Postbank was sentenced to a fine of € 120,000 for giving freelance employees of its sales subsidiary access to the account transactions of its customers until autumn 2009. The freelance employees should evaluate the account data in order to be able to offer the customers tailor-made products. After Stiftung Warentest criticized this in October 2009, Postbank blocked access to around 4,000 sales representatives.

Wrong advice from customers

Postbank was accused of having mediated risky and unsuitable fund investments for its customers for years. Many investors have therefore sued. ZDFzoom researched Postbank and broadcast the documentary Die Falschberater on October 2, 2013 . High-risk products were instead sold to older customers who expressly wanted a safe system. In order to protect themselves, the consultants had the consultation protocols signed blank. It was then entered that the customer was a speculative investor and had been informed about all risks.

Introduction of fees in 2016 contrary to contractual agreements

In a Dialogpost dated August 19, 2016, Postbank informed about new general account management fees as of November 1, 2016. These basic fees , which are now independent of incoming payments or salaries, should also apply to current account models that are "forever" and "permanent" and unconditional when the contract is signed "Free of charge as" special features "of the current account contract were guaranteed. The consumer center Hamburg intervened and successfully warned the Postbank for breach of contract .

Business identifier code and bank codes

Regular code numbers for clear identification
BIC BLZ place Place the last three account numbers comment
PBNK DE FF 380 380 100 53 Bonn Headquarters
PBNK DE FF XXX 100 100 10 Berlin 100-119
PBNK DE FF XXX 200 100 20 Hamburg 200-209 checking accounts only
PBNK DE FF XXX 201 100 22 Hamburg savings accounts only
PBNK DE FF XXX 250 100 30 Hanover 300-309
PBNK DE FF XXX 360 100 43 eat 430-439
PBNK DE FF XXX 370 100 50 Cologne 500-509
PBNK DE FF XXX 370 110 00 Cologne Securities business
PBNK DE FF XXX 440 100 46 Dortmund 460-469
PBNK DE FF XXX 500 100 60 Frankfurt am Main 600-609
PBNK DE FF XXX 545 100 67 Ludwigshafen am Rhein 670-679
PBNK DE FF XXX 590 100 66 Saarbrücken 660-669 Overnight money accounts
PBNK DE FF XXX 600 100 70 Stuttgart 700-709
PBNK DE FF XXX 660 100 75 Karlsruhe 750-759
PBNK DE FF XXX 700 100 80 Munich 800-809 checking accounts only
PBNK DE FF XXX 701 100 88 Munich savings accounts only
PBNK DE FF XXX 760 100 85 Nuremberg 850-859
PBNK DE FF XXX 860 100 90 Leipzig 900-909

The exclusively communicated Business Identifier Code (BIC) used in business transactions is PBNK DE FF or long, eleven-digit PBNK DE FF XXX.

In total, Postbank is divided into 14 branches. The Deutsche Bundesbank has reserved the digits 100 for the Postbank for the digits of the bank code following the bank location . The last two digits of the bank code are formed from the first two digits of the old four-digit postcodes of the respective location.

Postbank has only had two account-keeping branches since 2012 :

  • Hamburg for Hamburg Giro and Spar, Dortmund, Essen, Frankfurt, Hanover, Cologne, Ludwigshafen, Saarbrücken
  • Munich for Munich Giro and Spar, Berlin, Karlsruhe, Leipzig, Nuremberg and Stuttgart

The last three digits of the account number identify the original branches.

The bank sort codes from 590 100 11 to 590 100 74 are used for Postbank ZV Collect. Postbank corporate customers receive one of these bank codes as their personal bank code, under which they can create and manage any number of virtual accounts in order to simplify their accounts receivable management .


In the 2001/02 and 2002/03 seasons, Postbank was a sponsor of the Frankfurt Lions ice hockey club . Deutsche Bank and its Postbank brand have been the shirt sponsor of the Bundesliga soccer club Borussia Mönchengladbach since July 1, 2009 . Postbank's commitment has been extended several times and ends with the 2019/20 season.

See also

Web links

Commons : Deutsche Postbank  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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  2. Group Annual Report 2015 (PDF; 4.65 MB)
  3. § 3 Ordinance on the determination of Deutsche Bank AG as the post office successor (PBNUBestV) of March 17, 2020. In: BGBl. 2020 I p. 523
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