Commerzbank reported a record profit in 2007 - despite writedowns linked to the sub-prime mortgage crisis of about 774m euros ($1.1bn; £575m).
Writedown worries have heavily dented Commerzbank shares
Germany's second biggest bank made a net profit of 1.9bn euros, up 19.5% on 2006, and what analysts had expected.
Incoming boss Martin Blessing has earlier stated that Commerzbank blundered in not getting rid of its sub-prime mortgages investment.
Its losses included 248m euros in the last three months of a year.
"We kept our word and met or exceeded our targets, despite the enormous challenges," said current chief executive Klaus-Peter Mueller who will step down later this year.
Fears about the size of Commerzbank's subprime bill has sent its shares about 40% lower over the past six months.