Europe not immune? Germany going to hell? Shocker! http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601100&sid=aCPBEfcTn3U0&refer=germany Commerzbank Gets Fresh Bailout as Germany Takes Stake (Update3) By Jann Bettinga and Oliver Suess Jan. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Commerzbank AG will get a second state bailout and hand a stake to the German government as it nears completion of the takeover of Dresdner Bank from Allianz SE. Germanyâs second-largest bank will receive 10 billion euros ($13.7 billion) of capital from the government, which will take a stake of 25 percent plus one share in the combined lender, Frankfurt-based Commerzbank said in a statement today. Banks from UBS AG in Zurich to New York-based Citigroup Inc. were forced into state rescues after the September bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. froze credit markets. Chief Executive Officer Martin Blessing, who took the helm at Commerzbank in May, already tapped the state for 8.2 billion euros last November. âThe sheer size of the additional capital required is much higher than expected,â said Konrad Becker, a Munich-based analyst at Merck Finck & Co. with a âholdâ rating on Commerzbank and Allianz. âThis can only be explained by Commerzbank seeking to start with a clean slate before acquiring Dresdner.â Commerzbank fell 84 cents, or 14 percent, to 5.25 euros in Frankfurt electronic trading. The stock has dropped 21 percent this year, valuing the bank at about 3.8 billion euros. Allianz fell 5.4 percent to 66.67 euros. Capital Ratio The capital injection will boost the combined Commerzbank- Dresdner Bankâs core capital ratio, a key measure of solvency, to about 10 percent, Commerzbank said. Germanyâs bank-rescue fund, called Soffin, will buy 1.8 billion euros of Commerzbank shares and lend the rest of the money. In an agreement with Munich-based Allianz, the insurer will boost Dresdnerâs capital by a further 1.45 billion euros by taking over some of the bankâs risky assets. For Allianz, the sale of Dresdner unwinds the 23.5 billion-euro purchase announced in 2001, which has dragged on the companyâs profit and stock. Allianz will hold a 14 percent stake in Commerzbank after the merger with Dresdner is completed, compared with 18.4 percent under the previous plan, spokeswoman Petra Kruell said today. Allianz will also lend Dresdner 750 million euros. The German government pushed a 500 billion-euro bank rescue plan through parliament on Oct. 17, offering lenders capital infusions and debt guarantees. Commerzbank became Germanyâs first publicly traded bank to get cash from the rescue fund. Not âPartial Nationalizationâ Bayerische Landesbank, IKB Deutsche Industriebank AG and HSH Nordbank AG have been granted aid in the form of debt guarantees. Hypo Real Estate Holding AG, the Munich-based property lender, received a 50 billion-euro government bailout in October. âAgainst the background of the intensified financial crisis, the new bank will thus be enabled to meet the substantially higher capital requirements for banks,â Commerzbank said in the statement. Deutsche Bank AG, the countryâs largest bank, has said it doesnât plan to accept government funds. The Berlin-based Finance Ministry, which will control the federal stake in Commerzbank, said today in an e-mailed statement that boosting the lenderâs core capital ratio with taxpayersâ money sent a âstrong signal that the Commerzbank is strong.â The ministry denied that the action equaled a âpartial nationalizationâ of the lender. The government stake will improve Commerzbankâs competitiveness, the ministry stated. Commerzbank said in November it would accelerate its takeover of Dresdner by as much as a year to complete the 5.1 billion-euro deal this month. The takeoverâs terms were revised after Commerzbank lost more than half of its market value since Aug. 31, when it agreed to buy Dresdner in a cash and share purchase then valued at 9.8 billion euros.