Consolidated financial statements

Contingent receivables and liabilities, and guarantee obligations

Contingent receivables were stated as € 29 million as of June 30, 2020 (as of December 31, 2019: € 43 million, as of June 30, 2019: € 41 million). They mainly comprised a recovery claim in conjunction with construction grants which have been provided but which had not been sufficiently determined as of the closing date in terms of the specific amount and the time at which the claim would become due. Possible public sector compensation payments in connection with the Covid-19 pandemic are not recognized in the contingent receivables, because it is not possible to assess the time at which they occur, nor the extent to which they will occur.

As of the balance sheet date, no contingent receivables had been recog­nized for all injunction proceedings in view of the high level of uncertainty relating to refund claims, the timing of refunds and the probability of refunds.

The contingent liabilities were broken down as follows:

(€ million)Jun 30, 2020Dec 31, 2019Jun 30, 2019
Other contingent liabilities








Other contingent liabilities also comprise risks arising from litigation which had not been stated as provisions because the expected probability of occurrence is less than 50%.

There are also contingencies of € 15 million from guarantees as of June 30, 2020 (€ 15 million as of December 31, 2019; € 17 million as of June 30, 2019). As of June 30, 2020, fixed assets with carrying amounts of € 13 million (as of December 31, 2019: € 13 million; as of June 30, 2019: € 12 million) were also used as security for loans. The reported figure essentially related to rolling stock used at the operating companies in the segment DB Long-­Distance.

DB Group acts as guarantor mainly for equity participations and working groups (Arbeitsgemeinschaften), and is subject to joint and several liability for all working groups in which it is involved.

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