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C-Quadrat Sees Profit, Revenue Cave In

Listed asset manager C-Quadrat saw its earnings shrink in H1 2016. This was due to a loss of commission fees, which were dependent on performance, the company announced. Now, the company will aim to reduce its costs.

August 22, 2016

US Fund Bain Capital Fighting for Former Hypo Leasing Italy

US fund Bain Capital is allegedly behind the takeover of bad bank of the former Hypo Italy subsidiary in Udine. The deal involves the takeover of the staff and an non-performing loan portfolio of EUR 627 million, Milanese newspaper Sole 24 Ore reports.

July 26, 2016

Crowdinvesting on the Rise in Austria

In H1 2016 Austrians invested EUR 13.5 million (USD 14.8 million), i.e. EUR 4.8 million more y/y, via domestic internet platforms than in all of 2015, statistics on crowd investing platforms, provided by the Austrian business chamber Wirtschaftskammer Österreich, indicate.

July 26, 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

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

Withdrawal Fees: Finance Ministry Insist on Providing Clear Information

Austria's Finance Ministry would insist on providing clear information about cash withdrawal fees in the form of cash machine signage, the ministry's spokesman said.

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

Moody’s Downgrades Long-Term Credit Rating of Austria

Moody’s has downgraded the long-term credit rating of Austria, from "Aaa” to Aa1. In January 2012 rating agency Standard & Poors had reduced Austria’s rating from AAA to AA+, whereas in February 2015, Fitch did the same.

June 27, 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