Deutsche Bank takes 450 million euro charge for equities fraud

The emblem of Deutsche Bank is pictured during the bank's annual general meeting in Frankfurt, Germany, May 19, 2016. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

LONDON (Reuters) - Germany’s Deutsche Bank said it took a charge of around 450 million euros (£349 million) last year in relation to share trading fraud, but declined to give any details on Monday.

The bank increased its provisions for “external fraud” to 475 million euros in 2015 from 20 million euros in 2014, according to its annual report.

“The increase in the event type ‘External Fraud’ is caused by a provision for equity trading fraud,” the bank said in the report, which was published in March.

A spokesman declined to say what event or events the charge related to or when it occurred.

The previously unreported charge was included in Deutsche Bank’s operational risk disclosures.

Under Bank for International Settlement operational risk definitions, “external fraud” relates to “Losses due to acts of a type intended to defraud, misappropriate property or circumvent the law, by a third party”.

Most other big banks do not break out the cash value of operational risk losses.

Deutsche Bank shares dropped almost 1 percent after Reuters reported the provision, to close up 0.2 percent at 15.16 euros.

Reporting by Tom Bergin, editing by David Evans