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Austrian Financial Sector Stable – Remaining Challenges in Particular Business Segments

Stress test results show Austria’s banks to be more resistant to risks than in 2010 – Boosting equity remains on the agenda nevertheless.

June 21, 2011

Emerging Markets Boosting FACC

The Austrian aircraft component manufacturer relies on joint ventures in order to benefit from strong growth in emerging markets.

June 20, 2011

conwert Interested in Billion-Euro Deal with LBBW

The Austrian real estate company is looking for partners to purchase the residential property portfolio of the German bank. Industry experts see a realistic chance for an acquisition.

June 20, 2011

CA Immo: Uniform Brand Appearance also in Germany

In the future, the Austrian real estate group’s German subsidiary Vivico Real Estate GmbH will operate under the brand "CA Immo".

June 20, 2011

Austrian Companies Interested in Greek Lottery

As Greece is forced to put its assets on sale, Austrian gaming companies see chances for an acquisition of the country’s national lotteries.

June 17, 2011

Verbund: New Wind Farm in Romania

The Austrian electricity company will invest “several hundred million euros” in 77 new wind wheels which will go into service in 2012.

June 17, 2011

Immofinanz Acquires Romanian Property Developer

The Austrian real estate company buys the remaining stake for € 42.43m in order to become sole shareholder of Bucharest-based Adama.

June 16, 2011

Raiffeisen Expanding Its M&A Business in Russia

The Austrian bank group is planning a joint venture between RBI and RIAG in order to put the investment banking in Moscow on a new footing.

June 16, 2011

Building Project for Strabag in Sweden

The Austrian construction company is going to develop over 15,000 m² of residential and retail space. The project has a volume of SEK 600m (€ 67m) and will be completed in 2013.

June 16, 2011

austriamicrosystems Acquires US-based Company

The Styrian microelectronics and semiconductor manufacturer is going to buy 100% of the shares in an American light sensor supplier for $ 320m (€ 220m).

June 16, 2011

No Money from Al Jaber: Restructuring of Kneissl Has Failed

The last attempt to rescue the Tyrolian ski manufacturer has failed as majority owner Al Jaber has not transferred the € 2.1m necessary to continue business. The company will be liquidated.

June 15, 2011

Palmers on the Way Back to Black Figures

The Austrian lingerie group’s results are still negative due to the acquisition of Lejaby. An expansion of the Palmers brand is planned in Germany and CEE.

June 15, 2011

Hungary Considering Buyback of ÖBB’s Rail Cargo Hungaria

The Hungarian state is interested in acquiring a stake in the Austrian Federal Railways’ cargo subsidiary which it privatized in 2008.

June 14, 2011

Immofinanz Acquires Office Property in Warsaw

The Austrian real estate company already held 51% of the property and is now becoming the sole shareholder. The transaction includes the sale of another object to a project partner.

June 10, 2011

Verbund Evaluating Future Options for Sorgenia

The Austrian electricity company and its partner, the Milanese industrial holding CIR, will decide about the future shareholder structure of their joint venture.

June 9, 2011

ÖBB with Capital Injection for Its Italian Freight Business

The Austrian Federal Railways’ subsidiary Linea needs additional funding in order to cover its last year’s losses of € 5.8m.

June 9, 2011

Nuclear Power Phase-Out Will Cost Austria € 600m

According to calculations by E-Control, Germany’s decision to close down its nuclear power plants will affect the Austrian economy.

June 9, 2011

Trade with the Czech Republic Is Booming

Austrian companies increased their exports to the country by 32% in the first quarter of the year. In 2010, Austria was the biggest foreign investor.

June 9, 2011

New Motorway Order for Strabag in Romania

The Austrian construction company is going to build a motorway section between the cities of Orăştie and Sibiu. Order volume amounts to € 166m.

June 7, 2011

Swarovski to Invest in US Jewelry Retailer

The Tyrolean optics and crystal group is attracted by a global distribution network of 2,000 stores. The two companies already have a strategic partnership.

June 7, 2011

New Chance for Verbund in Turkey

The Austrian electricity company might win a contract for the power supply in three Turkish provinces after a competitor has withdrawn its bid.

June 6, 2011

Austrian Companies on Roadshow to New York

The 2nd Austrian Equity Day in New York, co-organized with Crédit Agricole Cheuvreux, will be held on Monday, 6 June 2011.

June 3, 2011

Charges against Former Board Members of BayernLB

Accusations relating to the acquisition of the Austrian Hypo Group: breach of duty, embezzlement of bank funds.

June 3, 2011

UniCredit and Raiffeisen Seek to Broker Bulgaria's EVN Stake Sale

Bulgaria is going to sell its minority stake in an electricity distributor operated by the Austrian energy company.

June 3, 2011

CA Immo Starts Work on Shopping Center in Frankfurt

The Austrian real estate group and its joint venture partner invest € 360m into the project. The opening will take place in fall 2013.

June 1, 2011

Hypo Alpe Adria to Sell its Italian Subsidiary

The Carinthian bank intends to divest its operations in the neighboring country. The subsidiary achieved a profit of € 10.82m in 2010.

June 1, 2011

Kneissl: Creditors Accept Restructuring Plans

Al Jaber has to pay € 2m into an escrow account before June 15. Otherwise, the Tyrolian company will be liquidated.

June 1, 2011

Agrana Interested in Hellenic Sugar

The Austrian sugar and starch company is said to be interested in an acquisition of the Greek company which incurred a loss of € 27.1m in the last year.

May 31, 2011

Austrian Companies Hit by Belarusian Crisis

RBI and Telekom Austria are evaluating the effects on their local subsidiaries. Exports to the country could drop by 30%.

May 27, 2011

OeKB Facilitates Austro-Russian Projects

A recently signed agreement will increase the cooperation between OeKB and Russian Vnesheconombank.

May 27, 2011

Swiss Expert Criticizes Austria’s Role in International Money Laundering

OECD expert: “Austria is used as a gateway for international money laundering. It is doing too little to fight the phenomenon.” Only twelve convictions were made in 2009.

May 26, 2011

Alpine Lands Pipeline Project in Czech Republic

The Austrian construction company is going to build 105.8 km of a new gas pipeline. The contract value is € 76.7m.

May 26, 2011

OMV: New CEO and Organizational Structure of Its Turkish Operations

Gülsüm Azeri is going to succeed Melih Türker as CEO of the Austrian oil and gas group’s Turkish operations.

May 25, 2011

France Telecom Evaluating Its Activities in Austria

The future of Orange Austria could be decided before October. The cooperation in networks might have been the first step towards a merger with T-Mobile Austria.

May 25, 2011

Alpine to Build Motorway in Romania

The Austrian construction company is going to build a motorway section for € 91m within a period of 22 months.

May 24, 2011

CA Immo Sold Two Shopping Centers in the Czech Republic

The Austrian real estate group and a Czech investor agreed on the sale of two malls for an amount of € 96m.

May 24, 2011

Novomatic Returns to Russia

The Austrian gaming machine manufacturer intends to cooperate with a Russian casino operator after it had to pull out of the country in 2009.

May 23, 2011

Strabag Takes Majority Stake in Project Companies for Offshore Wind Power Plants

The Austrian construction company acquires a 51% interest in a project portfolio with possible 850 locations in the German North Sea.

May 23, 2011

FACC: New Production Plant in China

The Austrian aircraft component manufacturer is planning the construction of a new site and considering going public soon.

May 23, 2011

Cheuvreux Closing Its Office in Vienna

The French investment bank is closing down its office in Vienna after three years. This has been confirmed by analyst Alfred Reisenberger.

May 20, 2011

Austrian Companies Are Looking for Opportunities in Russia

A delegation of 140 people pursues contacts with potential partners during the state visit of President Fischer. The country’s economy is predicted to grow by 4% in 2011.

May 19, 2011

Kärntner Sparkasse Planning Partial Pull-Out of Italy

The Austrian regional bank intends to close a part of its Italian branches. The credit business has suffered from the crisis; the future focus will be on deposits and private banking.

May 18, 2011

Austrian FDI: 2010 Was a Year of Stabilization

Active foreign direct investment increased, while inward flows stagnated in 2010. Turkey was the top destination for Austrian investors.

May 18, 2011

CEO of BWT Increases Control Over His Group

Andreas Weißenbacher increased his share in BWT to now 26.2%. He also controls 37% of German WMF. Both companies improved their results in 2010.

May 17, 2011

OMV Announces Launch of Rights Issue

The Austrian oil and gas group issues up to 27,272,727 new shares. Proceeds will be used for the refinancing of the acquisition of a major stake in Petrol Ofisi.

May 16, 2011

Bank Austria Invests in the Turnaround of its Kazakh Subsidiary

Bank Austria increases ATF’s capital in order to make it profitable. Loss in the year 2010 amounted to € 163m.

May 16, 2011

EPIC Completes the Acquisition of UkrTelekom

The Austrian financial investor purchases 92.79% of the Ukrainian telecommunications company for € 921m.

May 16, 2011

Leitl: "Reforms, Despite the Positive economic Outlook Should Not Be Forgotten"

Spring forecast by the EU Commission: Clearly improved growth prospects for Austria and the European Union

May 14, 2011

Habau Takes Over Dutch Construction Company

The Austrian construction company takes over the globally active pipeline specialist Nacap and increases sales by € 600m to € 1.4bn.

May 13, 2011

New Inspections at voestalpine Subsidiary

The German Federal Cartel Office today made new inspections at a local subsidiary of the Austrian steel company.

May 12, 2011
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