DWS Publishes 2023 Annual Report

In its Annual Report published today, DWS Group reports final and audited figures as well as non-financial information for the business year 2023.

“Supported by all of our three pillars – Active, Passive (including Xtrackers) and Alternatives – and all main regions, DWS generated high net inflows of EUR 28 billion last year. Excluding Cash, net new assets amounted to EUR 23 billion, enabling DWS to rank amongst the fastest organically growing asset managers worldwide by net new assets ex Cash growth in 2023. Despite a significant AuM growth of around EUR 75 billion, the average AuM in 2023 remained lower compared to 2022. This was a main driver for reduced management fees, which resulted in lower adjusted revenues of EUR 2,603 million and adjusted profit before tax of EUR 937 million in 2023. But with AuM of EUR 896 billion at the end of 2023, we are almost back to 2021 record levels”, explains Stefan Hoops, Chairman of the Executive Board.

Hoops continues: “Based on our solid financial performance, and in order to demonstrate our commitment to shareholder value, we will propose to the Annual General Meeting in June a higher dividend of EUR 2.10 per share for the business year 2023. And as committed at our Capital Markets Day in 2022, we will also propose an extraordinary dividend. This will be EUR 4.00 per share. This extraordinary dividend amounts to a total payout of EUR 800 million and forms part of our commitment to hand back capital to you, our valued shareholders, as promised.”

For the Annual Report 2023, DWS took its integrated reporting ambition one step further and combined the Climate Report into the Annual Report for the first time. The Climate Report, which follows the recommendations of TCFD (the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures), addresses DWS’ climate-related ambitions and provides transparent disclosures on its climate action through its fiduciary and corporate activity.





In 2024, DWS is aiming to proceed on its path towards its medium-term strategic targets 2025.

DWS expects the adjusted cost-income ratio to be essentially flat compared to 2023, developing within a range of 63 to 65 percent. Earnings per share are assumed to be slightly higher in 2024.

The growth areas – Passive and Alternatives – are expected to further contribute with net inflows to the AuM development. Passive AuM are expected to be considerably higher compared to 2023, while Alternatives AuM are expected to be slightly higher compared to 2023. Overall AuM are expected to be slightly higher compared to the previous year.

The 2023 Annual Report can be found at https://group.dws.com/ir/reports-and-events/annual-report/

Detailed information about the remuneration of the members of the Executive Board as well as Supervisory Board can be found in the Compensation Report (pages 144 to 177).




About DWS Group

DWS Group (DWS) with EUR 896bn of assets under management (as of 31 December 2023) aspires to be one of the world's leading asset managers. Building on more than 60 years of experience, it has a reputation for excellence in Germany, Europe, the Americas and Asia. DWS is recognized by clients globally as a trusted source for integrated investment solutions, stability and innovation across a full spectrum of investment disciplines.

We offer individuals and institutions access to our strong investment capabilities across all major liquid and illiquid asset classes as well as solutions aligned to growth trends. Our diverse expertise in Active, Passive and Alternatives asset management – as well as our deep environmental, social and governance focus – complement each other when creating targeted solutions for our clients. Our expertise and on-the-ground knowledge of our economists, research analysts and investment professionals are brought together in one consistent global CIO View, giving strategic guidance to our investment approach. 

DWS wants to innovate and shape the future of investing. We understand that, both as a corporate as well as a trusted advisor to our clients, we have a crucial role in helping to navigate the transition to a more sustainable future. With approximately 4,500 employees in offices all over the world, we are local while being one global team. We are committed to acting on behalf of our clients and investing with their best interests at heart so that they can reach their financial goals, no matter what the future holds. With our entrepreneurial, collaborative spirit, we work every day to deliver outstanding investment results, in both good and challenging times to build the best foundation for our clients’ financial future.



Important Note

This release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts; they include statements about our beliefs and expectations and the assumptions underlying them. These statements are based on plans, estimates and projections as they are currently available to the management of DWS Group GmbH & Co. KGaA. Forward-looking statements therefore speak only as of the date they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update any of them publicly in light of new information or future events.

By their very nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. A number of important factors could therefore cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Such factors include the conditions in the financial markets in Germany, in Europe, in the United States and elsewhere from which we derive a substantial portion of our revenues and in which we hold a substantial portion of our assets, the development of asset prices and market volatility, the implementation of our strategic initiatives, the reliability of our risk management policies, procedures and methods, and other risks.

The DWS ESG Framework (formerly DWS ESG Product Classification Framework) (“ESG Framework”) was introduced in 2021, taking into account relevant legislation (including SFDR), market standards and internal developments and was further described in our Annual Report 2021. Based on the further evolution of the regulatory environment, we incorporated some refinements into the ESG Framework in the fourth quarter of 2022. Besides liquid passively managed funds (ETFs) which apply a screen comparable to the “DWS ESG Investment Standard” filter or have a “sustainable investment objective”, as well as other liquid passively managed funds which have been labelled as ESG and/or seek to adhere to an ESG investment strategy, now also liquid passively managed funds (ETFs) which track indices that comply with the EU Benchmark Regulation on EU Climate Transition Benchmark and EU Paris-Aligned Benchmark are considered as ESG. Further details can be found in our Annual Report 2023.

We will continue to develop and refine our ESG Framework in accordance with evolving regulation and market practice. The aforementioned definitions apply to the entire release.

This release contains alternative performance measures (APMs). For a description of these APMs, please refer to the Annual Report, which is available at





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