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Austrian Securities Market and Stock Exchange News and Analysis

bwin Notifies Merger with PartyGaming to Competition Authority

Transfer to the London Stock Exchange is bad news for the Viennese financial center. The merger will create the world's biggest betting provider.

October 20, 2010

Vienna Stock Exchange - Today's Winners and Losers

Daily News from the Stock Exchange

October 19, 2010

Kapsch TrafficCom AG Issues a Corporate Bond

With the issuance of the bond, investments necessary for continuation of growth are made possible.

October 19, 2010

A-Tec CEO Kovats: Refunding After 2nd November Possible

“There will be a solution.” Discussions with investors continue.

October 18, 2010

Tax Evaders Targeted by the Ministers of Finance

Budget problems plague the majority of EU countries. In addition to budget discipline, the prosecution of tax evaders is to be addressed.

October 18, 2010

Supervision of Banks: Austria and Russia Intensify Cooperation

A Memorandum of Understanding just signed facilitates cooperation in banking supervision between the two countries.

October 18, 2010

CEOs of Stock Exchange Alert: Vienna´s Taxation Plans Cast Investors out

The heads of Vienna´s stock exchange, Schaller and Bohl, fear that the introduction of capital and transactional taxes downgrades Austria´s capital market.

October 14, 2010

OeNB Governor Nowotny Contradicts the Deutsche Bundesbank

"The ECB should not give up purchasing bonds". Although the bond purchase program of the ECB was not needed in recent weeks, Nowotny wants to go on having it "in reserve”. The German Bundesbank warns of a too late withdrawal.

October 13, 2010

Global Financial Market System: Norbert Walter Urges for Regulation of Financial Markets

Economist Norbert Walter discussed world financial markets with Lower Austria Deputy Governor Sobotka and Hypo Lower Austria Chairman of the Board Harold at the HYPO Invest Club.

October 12, 2010

Coface CEE Top 500 - Poland Largest Number of Companies in CEE

Poland has the largest number of companies in the Central and Eastern Europe Top 500 with 28.4%. Hungary ranks second with 16.6%, overtaking the Czech Republic, which is home for 13.8% of the CEE Top 500.

October 12, 2010

RZB Group Tatra banka among Lead Managers for Slovak Republic EUR 2 Billion Benchmark Bond

Tatra Banka (RZB Group), HSBC, SG CIB and UniCredit Bank Slovakia placed a Slovak Republic issue with a maturity of fifteen years.

October 11, 2010

Vienna Stock Exchange - Agreement with Macedonian Stock Exchange on Joint Dissemination of Data

In the future, the price data of the stock exchange of Macedonia will be disseminated in real time via the datafeed Alliance Data Highway (ADH) of the Vienna Stock Exchange.

October 8, 2010

Telekom Austria: Interest in the Serbian Telekom Srbija

Following the acquisition of Velcom in Belarus, Telekom Austria (TA) is showing interest in other telcos in the Balkans. Currently, ihe favorite target is Telekom Srbija.

October 6, 2010

EVN resolves on capital increase – transaction together with EnBW

With the Supervisory Board’s approval, the Managing Board of EVN AG has resolved on a capital increase from authorized capital through the issuance of up to 16,352,582 new ordinary no-par value bearer shares.

October 5, 2010

UniCredit SpA has appointed Federico Ghizzoni as its new chief executive

Italy's biggest bank UniCredit SpA named central and eastern European head Federico Ghizzoni its chief executive as expected on Thursday and underscored its commitment to an international role.

October 1, 2010

Supreme Court: Investors Misled by Meinl European Land Promotional Brochure

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of an investor who was led astray by a MEL-shares promotional brochure. The Meinl Bank describes the ruling as "contradictory," and as "not a good sign for the Austrian capital market."

September 30, 2010

Raiffeisen Invests in New Branches in the Czech Republic

Raiffeisenbank a.s., the fifth largest bank in the Czech Republic, expands its network of branches in the neighboring country.

September 29, 2010

Insolvent AvW Invest AG Cannot Submit Financial Statements

The Carinthian financial company AvW, belonging to Wolfgang Auer-Welsbach who is in custody, cannot provide the necessary documents to prepare its financial statements.

September 29, 2010

Deripaska: Back to Austria as Strabag Shareholder?

In 2 weeks, on October 15, the deadline expires for Oleg Deripaska to re-purchase his 25% share of the domestic construction company Strabag for about half a billion euro.

September 29, 2010

BayernLB has to Wait 7 Years for 3.9 Billion from Carinthia

After the debacle of the Hypo Group Alpe Adria (HGAA), the Bayerische Landesbank will have to wait up to 7 years for the repayment of the 3.9 billion euro. The repayment plan provides for this period.

September 28, 2010

Vienna Stock Exchange - Launch of Three Net Dividend Indices

The Vienna Stock Exchange launched three new indices today: ATX Net Total Return (ATX NTR), CECE Net Total Return (CECE NTR) and RDX Net Total Return (RDX NTR).

September 28, 2010

Meinl Bank Pays 6 Million Euro: Airport Intl. and Power Intl. Reach a Partial Agreement

Meinl Bank and International Power pull back all the claims against each other, except those in the arbitration court.

September 27, 2010

Bank Austria: Primeo-investor Wins in First Instance

An investor asked Bank Austria to sell her Primeo participation two months before the Madoff fraud was busted, but Bank Austria has not paid up yet.

September 27, 2010

Vienna Insurance Group - Pre-tax profit forecast of 10 percent expected for 2010 and 2011

During the meeting of the supervisory board of the Vienna Insurance Group AG, the managing board advised that the target increase in pre-tax profit of at least 10 percent for the current business year is to be attained as planned.

September 24, 2010

Lenzing places EUR 120 million corporate bond with mainly private investors

Lenzing AG, a world market leader in man-made cellulose fibers, placed a seven-year corporate bond with a coupon rate of 3.875 %.

September 24, 2010

C-Quadrat stake held by AvW to be sold by auction

The liquidator of AvW Gruppe AG has decided, that the 32.59% stake in C-Quadrat Investment AG (1.422.365 shares) will be sold by auction on October 13, 2010.

September 24, 2010

Uniqa: Boss Klien Will Leave Mid-2011

The Supervisory Board of Uniqa has decided that CEO Konstantin Klien (59) will retire prematurely in mid 2011.

September 22, 2010

Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) Declined by 80%

Participation in companies and real estate are attractive, but Austrian firms are reluctant to make acquisitions in Eastern Europe.

September 22, 2010

Madoff Fund Report: Enormous Fees Without Any Value Added

After 9.5 years, 50,000 euro would have been eaten up by the "Primeo Select Fund" because of the high fees, is the opinion of an investors’ lawyer about the monies invested by Bank Austria with Bernie Madoff.

September 22, 2010

Profumo Resigns: Bank Austria’s Parent Group UniCredit Under Pressure

The surprise departure of UniCredit CEO Alessandro Profumo is the talk of the town in the financial industry, also in Austria.

September 22, 2010

CEE Banking Sector Report: Still More Credit Losses in the East

The number of bad loans is expected to increase considerably in some Eastern European countries, a Raiffeisen-analysis shows.

September 21, 2010

webfreeTV - Revocation of Listing at the Vienna Stock Exchange

webfreeTV.com, the multimedia service provider from Burgenland is being excluded from the Vienna Stock Exchange as of October 31 because of repeated violation of disclosure requirements.

September 21, 2010

Austria's Management and Supervisory Boards’ Salaries on the Test Bench

The partly state-run OMV had the most expensive board of all Austrian corporations in 2009. In total, the oil company spent 10.2 million euro on its bosses, 23.4% more than the previous year.

September 20, 2010

ÖIAG: ÖVP vs. SPÖ

Schieder and Rudas demand dissolution of the state holding ÖIAG, Finance Minister Pröll, on the other hand, wants to “strengthen” it.

September 17, 2010

CESEE Bank Conference: Joint Supervisory Academy in Vienna

Finance Minister Josef Pröll wants to create common standards for the CEE region with an Eastern Bank Supervisory Academy in Vienna.

September 17, 2010

Hypo Alpe Adria: Greek Entrepreneur Xeniadis Signals his Interest in Buying

The Greek businessman Vasileios Xeniadis is prepared to offer 1.35 billion euro for Hypo Alpe Adria.

September 16, 2010

FMA and OeNB Welcome the Basel III Agreement

The package draws the right lessons from the financial crisis and provides for reasonable transition periods.

September 14, 2010

After its merger with PartyGaming, bwin has moved its headquarters to Gibraltar

The domestic Internet betting provider bwin recently merged with the British PartyGaming, and becomes the world's largest betting provider. However, the company has moved its headquarters from Vienna to Gibraltar after the takeover.

September 13, 2010

Erste Bank intends to become Austria´s leading bank by 2015

Erste Bank, the banking unit of Erste Group responsible for Austria, announced that it was planning to overtake Raiffeisen and become Austria´s leading bank by 2015.

September 10, 2010

Raiffeisen Centrobank AG - Interim Financial Report released

Raiffeisen Centrobank made the biggest contribution to the result of the group with a profit after tax of EUR 14.401 mn.

August 31, 2010

TeleTrader decreases loss, raises revenues slightly

TeleTrader, a stock-listed IT service provider, posted in H1 2010 a loss on ordinary activities of EUR 62,000 (US$ 48,819), which was slightly better than the loss in H1 2009 (EUR 170,000/US$ 215,900).

August 30, 2010

Schöps has interest in Stiefelkönig

Retail outlets are for sale, initial talks with entrepreneur Jamal Al-Wazzan already took place.

August 30, 2010

Investkredit back in black

Institute earned €9.6m ($12.24) in the first 6 months.

August 30, 2010

Austrian Banks in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe

According to a recent comparative study from the Austrian Central Bank (OeNB), the long-term commitment of Austrian banks in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe (CESEE) offers good prospects.

August 27, 2010

Telekom Austria: JPMorgan raised price target

Analysts at JPMorgan have revised their price target.

August 26, 2010

Verbund - Fight over capital increase further delayed

The controversy over Verbund capital is likely to prolong. Infrastructure Minister Doris Bures will continue to insist on her initial position.

August 26, 2010

Meinl Bank compensates MEL-investors

The next 600 small investors may get back a third of their losses with MEL-papers. Overall Meinl Bank wants to pay out 3.2m ($4) and then retrieve the money from financial institutions.

August 20, 2010

VIG registers higher semi annual profit

The Vienna Insurance Group (VIG) earned €209.8m ($266) in the first half of 2010, which is over ten percent more than a year ago. While more premiums were taken up, paid benefits decreased.

August 20, 2010

Telekom Austria Group: results for the first half 2010 and the second quarter 2010

Several negative external effects and the impact of weak economies shape the market environment for Telekom Austria Group. These effects include the unabated fixed-to-mobile substitution and the continued price pressure in major markets.

August 18, 2010

Schoeller-Bleckmann Oilfield Equipment AG publishes half-year results

SBO, listed on the ATX market of the Vienna Stock Exchange, was able to take advantage of the increasingly rebounding market environment in the oilfield service industry in the first half of 2010.

August 18, 2010