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Vienna International Company News

Austrian federal government is now sole owner of the Federal Reserve

The price fluctuations in international currency markets helped the Austrian National Bank (OeNB) in 2009 to a strong profit increase.

May 27, 2010

Lufthansa and AUA launch cargo subsidiary in Vienna

The two subsidiaries, Lufthansa Cargo, Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines (AUA) have established a joint cargo subsidiary in Vienna.

May 27, 2010

Telekom Austria AG - Results for the First Quarter 2010

Revenues decline by 5.9% to EUR 1,126.0 million primarily driven by lower revenues in domestic operations and Bulgaria.

May 27, 2010

New FMA standards against money laundering

In the future, all transfers in Austria can be traced back; donations to certified organizations and payments of up to € 1000 are exempt.

May 27, 2010

Warimpex successfully completes capital increase

In a difficult environment on the financial markets Warimpex successfully completed its capital increase by placing 14,400,001 new ordinary shares, representing approximately 36% of the existing share capital.

May 27, 2010

AGM of C-QUADRAT Investment AG

C-QUADRAT Investment AG achieved a significant year-on-year increase in its consolidated net profit for the year and looks back on a successful financial year 2009.

May 27, 2010

BWT AG - AGM agrees on all items of the agenda

The AGM of BWT Aktiengesellschaft passed all items of the agenda. The dividend was raised to EUR 0.40 per share after EUR 0.38 last year and will be discounted on May 31st and paid on June 2nd.

May 26, 2010

SW Umwelttechnik - Quarter 1 results

Quarter 1 turnover reached the same level as that of the previous year even though it was a severe and snowy winter - the result was noticeably improved due to the instigated cost saving measures and focusing on locally financed projects.

May 26, 2010

Strabag to team up with Lafarage

Strabag boss Hans Peter Haselsteiner said today his company wanted to protect itself from volatile cement market prices as the firm is set to cooperate with the cement production’s world market leader.

May 26, 2010

Balda AG extends supervisory board

At the 11th general annual meeting the shareholders of the specialist in plastics Balda consistently approved the proposals of the company´s board of directors by a clear majority despite critical voices from shareholders.

May 25, 2010

Lafarge and Strabag to create a common company in cement in CEE

Lafarge, the world leader in building materials, and STRABAG, Central and Eastern Europe´s largest construction company, are combining their cement activities in several countries of Central Europe.

May 25, 2010

Andritz receives further major orders from stainless steel producers in China

International technology Group Andritz has received orders with a total value of about 50 MEUR from two stainless steel producers in China.

May 25, 2010

Siemens VAI Expands in China and India

Upper Austrian Siemens VAI wants to radically expand its activities in China and India.

May 25, 2010

ÖBB (Austrian Nationalised Railway) - Bures: Save three billion €

Infrastructure Minister Doris Bures announced structural adjustments of various railway projects. As for the Brenner Base Tunnel, long-term financing is difficult to secure.

May 25, 2010

Austrian Airlines expands long-haul capacity

Austrian Airlines is expanding the long-haul capacity in its 2010/2011 Winter Schedule.

May 21, 2010

CEE oil & gas - MOL releases Q1 2010 financial results

The Hungarian-based MOL, one of the largest integrated oil and gas companies in Central and Eastern Europe, today posted its Q1 2010 unaudited financial results.

May 21, 2010

Manfred Url succeeds Erich Rainbacher as CEO of Raiffeisen Bausparkasse

Manfred Url succeeds Erich Rainbacher as CEO of Raiffeisen Bausparkasse, Johannes Schuster joins the board of RZB.

May 21, 2010

Sberbank partially repays subordinated loan to the Central Bank, positive signal to creditors

Sberbank, the largest bank in Russia and CIS, announced that it had redeemed the first RUB 200 bn tranche of the RUB 500 bn subordinated loan from the Central Bank of Russia.

May 21, 2010

Sparkassen Immobilien AG - Results of AGM

Stock exchange-listed Sparkassen Immobilien AG announces that the 75% majority required for the approval of the resolution in agenda item 7 with respect to the rights of participating certificates to conversion into ordinary shares was not achieved.

May 21, 2010

Immofinanz makes a hop – soon more shares on the market

Despite the announcement that in the coming months 55 million shares will be placed on the market, the share Immofinanz responded with an increase to the agreement with Constantia BV.

May 21, 2010

Solo attempt at transaction tax is possible says Chamber of Labour

"At purchase of every sausage roll a value-added tax is due, then why don’t financial speculators have to pay no sales tax for market transactions?

May 21, 2010

Austrian Post at a glance

The market environment faced by Austrian Post in the first quarter of 2010 continued to be difficult. Electronic substitution of letters is ongoing, as expected, whereas the advertising market is slowly improving.

May 20, 2010

Sparkassen Immobilien AG starts 2010 with a strong first quarter

Stock exchange-listed Sparkassen Immobilien AG has started the financial year 2010 with a strong first quarter: the major financial indicators have improved significantly compared with the same period last year.

May 20, 2010

Vienna Insurance Group in the first quarter of 2010 - Best first quarter in the corporate history

In the first quarter of 2010, Vienna Insurance Group reported a total of premiums written of EUR 2.53 billion.

May 20, 2010

OMV to retreat from Russia

Austrian mineral oil company OMV wants to focus on Asia and therefore completely retreats its activity from Russia.

May 20, 2010

Austrian Post with a 33.4 million profit in first quarter

The total revenue decreased by 1.6 per cent to €585.6m. Compared to last year 912 workers were fired. Future developments are hindered by difficult market situations.

May 20, 2010

Welcome Air to expand its flight network

According to the Austrian Times, Tyrolean airline Welcome Air announced today that it would expand its flight network by autumn this year.

May 19, 2010

Tiger Lacke to enlarge production capacity in China

According to the Austrian Times, upper Austrian firm Tiger Lacke has announced it will increase its production capacity from 10,000 to 15,000 tonnes of powder lacquer annually near Shanghai.

May 19, 2010

CEESEG - Institutional Investors’ Demand Increasing Again

The institutional investors’ demand for the companies listed on the member exchanges of CEESEG is growing again after the difficult market situation following the financial crisis.

May 19, 2010

Bene AG - Sales decline for Bene in the financial year 2009/10

In a very challenging economic environment and after an impressive development in prior years, the Bene Group had to record significant declines in sales and earnings figures in the financial year 2009/10.

May 19, 2010

Telekom and Mobilkom’s staff representatives prefer a fusion - „Together we’re strong”

To allow for a better representation of employees staff representatives of Mobilkom and Telekom agreed to form a demonstrative collusion.

May 19, 2010

Three Austrian firms amongst the top hundred Red Herring finalists

Three Austrian firms are amongst the top finalists fort his year’s „Red Herring Europe award“: Flimmit, Mobilizy and Nabriva Therapeutics Inc.

May 19, 2010

China’s minister of economic affairs visiting Vienna

Chen Deming, Chinese minister of economic affairs signed contracts worth of $900m. President Heinz Fischer and Reinhold Mitterlehner (Austrian minister of economic affairs) he was accompanied by a delegation of 120 advisors.

May 19, 2010

Alfred Gusenbauer will be Strabag's chief of supervisory board

The former SPÖ Chancellor succeeds Waldemar Jud as head of the supervisory board of Strabag.

May 18, 2010

Intercell AG - Hospital bug vaccine delayed

According to an announcement by Zoe Schneeweiss and Namoi Kresge (Bloomberg) Intercell AG fell the most in two weeks in Vienna, after stating that a vaccine against a deadly hospital bug may be delayed to the first or second quarter of 2011.

May 18, 2010

Verbund to expand in Turkey

The subsidiary of Verbund and Sabanci Holding wants to bid on privatization auction of electricity networks in Turkey.

May 18, 2010

Romania - BRD Groupe Société Générale to overtake the largest bank Banca Comercială Română (BRC)

Ambitious goals for the Development Bank Romania (BRD): The second-largest institute of the country that belongs to the French Societe Generale (SG) wishes to ascend to the largest bank in Romania by 2015 - and thus pass “Erste” subsidiary BCR.

May 18, 2010

C.A.T. Oil AG - dividend announcement

The annual general meeting of shareholders of the company held on 18 June 2010, resolved to distribute dividends in the amount of €0.30 per eligible share for the fiscal year 2009.

May 18, 2010

phion AG - results of financial year 2009/10

IT security specialist phion - the majority of which was acquired by US group Barracuda Networks - was partly affected by reluctance of medium and large companies to invest in IT security.

May 18, 2010

Kapsch TrafficCom releases results for fiscal year 2009/10

Kapsch TrafficCom AG reported an increase in consolidated revenues at a reduced EBIT but at a clearly increased profit before as well as after tax in fiscal year 2009/10 as compared to the same period in the previous fiscal year 2008/09.

May 18, 2010

Saving energy with trams - Research Project EcoTram 3000 mwh to be saved

While trams are getting more and more comfortable they do require significant amount of energy for heating and cooling. The new project EcoTram aims to combine comfort and energy efficiency.

May 18, 2010

Austrian commercial aviation - 2009 a difficult year

In 2009 commercial aviation registered 22,6m passengers (including transit), 2.1m less passengers (8.5 per cent) compared to 2008. Airfreight decreased by 2.5 per cent or 209,200.3 tonnes while air mail also declined by 10.1 per cent.

May 18, 2010

Transaction tax - SPÖ plans a referendum

The Social Party Austria together with the German Social Party (SPD) plans to start a referendum on a financial transaction tax as well as financial regulation. It would constitute the first EU-referendum.

May 18, 2010

WIFO-head - transaction tax yes, but not solo

If a tax is limited to one country it would result into a stock tax says the head of Austrian Institute of Economic Research Austria (Wirtschaftsforschungs Institut Österreich WIFO) Karl Aiginger.

May 18, 2010

Manpower to break threshold of 3000 temporary workers

In 2009 25 branches were opened in Austria and a turnover of €84,3m was achieved.

May 17, 2010

Austrian health insurance sector recorded a small deficit

After last year’s surplus Austria’s 19 health insurance companies are expecting a minor deficit in 2010. According to May’s forecast a €11.8m decline is expected at an overall budget of 14.5 billion euros.

May 17, 2010