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RZB at Higher Risk of Regulatory Intervention

In view of the devaluation of RZB stakes in H1 balance sheets of owner banks RLB OÖ and RLB Steiermark, and of the justifications for that devaluation, Bloomberg reckons there is a higher risk of a regulatory intervention at Raiffeisen Zentralbank.

August 31, 2016

Erste Group Hungary Aims to Become Top Corporate Finance Advisor

The Hungarian arm of Erste Group Bank wants to become one of the top three banks in terms of corporate finance by 2020 in Hungary, it follows from a statement by head of corporate banking of Erste Bank Hungary (EBH), Richard Szabados.

July 25, 2016

Heta Bad Bank Sells Iconic Holiday Inn Sarajevo Hotel

Bad bank Heta sold the Holiday Inn hotel in Sarajevo to tourism group Europe d.d., the company said. The iconic Holiday Inn Sarajevo was home of foreign correspondents during the 1984 Winter Olympics and throughout the siege of Sarajevo during the Bosnian War. The price was not disclosed.

July 20, 2016

Erste Group Expects Q2 Net Profit of about EUR 560 Million

Erste Group expects to post net profit of approx. EUR 560 million in Q2 16, raises guidance for 2016 to ROTE >12% (up from 10-11%).

July 14, 2016

Bank Tax: Reduction and One-Off Payment are Positive Signals

Austria's new regulations reducing the bank tax and introducing a one-off payment from banks are "a positive signal,” central bank governor Ewald Nowotny said after the Austrian government reached an agreement on the planned changes.

July 13, 2016

Western Balkans Countries Discussed Investment, Jobs and Integration in Vienna

The World Bank and the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw) held a high-level policy dialogue on ‘Investment, Jobs and Integration’ last week. Ministers and senior officials from the Western Balkans region as well as policy experts from international organisations and the business community gathered to discuss the challenges the region is currently facing, in particular the high unemployment rate, low international competitiveness, and lack of modern infrastructure.

July 8, 2016

RBI Closes Sale of Raiffeisen Banka in Slovenia

Following the completion of all regulatory requirements, Raiffeisen Bank International AG (RBI) formally closed the sale of its Slovenian bank, Raiffeisen Banka d.d. The sales price will be kept confidential.

July 1, 2016

Closing of Visa Takeover Brings EUR 97 Million Pre-Tax Profit to RBI

The expected pretax profit from the cash payment of the transaction will be EUR 97 million. It should be booked under net income from financial investments in the second quarter of 2016. Visa Inc. had announced the takeover of Visa Europe Ltd. in November of 2015. The cash payment of this one-off effect will be split between Slovakia, Romania, Czech Republic, Poland, the RBI head office, Croatia, Bulgaria, Hungary and Zuno.

June 21, 2016

Ex Hypo Alpe Adria SEE Units Post Consolidated Loss of EUR 675 Million

The southern European bank units formerly owned by Hypo Alpe Adria, and now in the hands of US equity fund Advent and the EBRD, posted in the first year under the new owners, in 2015, a huge consolidated loss of EUR 675 million. In 2014 the loss totalled EUR 97.4 million.

May 27, 2016

Harald Mahrer Pans Planned Abolition of EUR 500 Banknote

Austria’s State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economics Harald Mahrer (Austrian People’s Party) pans the planned abolition of the EUR 500 banknote, agreed by the ECB council. The originators of the plan say it is an important step in the fight against money-laundering, corruption and terrorism, but, as central bank OeNB’s director Kurt Pribil explained on Wednesday evening, there is no evidence that the abolition of the 500-banknote can reduce those crimes.

May 6, 2016