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Banking Industry

Volksbanken Profitable Again

The Austrian Volksbanken Group generated profits in 2010. The state’s money should be repaid this year.

January 7, 2011

Suspicion on Money-Laundering at Hypo Group

Money transfers between the Carinthian Bank, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and the Caribbean are currently being checked extensively by the judiciary.

January 7, 2011

Analysts: Outstanding Forecasts For ATX

According to analysts, the Austrian Stock Index ATX will continue its strong upward trend in 2011. Double-digit growth rates are expected.

January 7, 2011

Former Member of the Board of BayernLB Arrested

Gerhard Gribkowsky, whose foundation in Austria was concealed to the German judiciary and is now known, is in custody

January 5, 2011

FMA Prohibits Speculative Elements in Savings Accounts

The Austrian Financial Market Authority FMA specifies the characteristics of savings certificates. The traditional savings account is to remain non-speculative

January 5, 2011

Bank Tax in Poland?

The Polish government is considering levying taxes on banks already in 2011. From the Austrian perspective, Raiffeisen Bank International would be affected.

January 5, 2011

Hypo Group: Little Enlightment Expected from Grasser and Berlin

The Chairman of the Inquiry Committee on the Hypo Group expects little gain of information by the summons of Karl-Heinz Grasser and Tilo Berlin.

January 4, 2011

Secret Foundation of BayernLB in Austria

In the hearings on the purchase of Austria's Hypo Group, a former Member of the Board of BayernLB concealed the existence of a foundation in Austria.

January 3, 2011

New Responsibilities for the Financial Market Authority

As of 2011, the Austrian Financial Market Authority (FMA) has to face new challenges. The focus is on the fight against money laundering.

January 3, 2011

RLB OÖ Records Substantial Growth

Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich experiences a 11.8% increase in operating profits. Cost-Income ratio further decreases.

December 31, 2010

ÖVAG: Sales Process of East-holding is Under Way

For the coming year, the Austrian Voksbanken are planning to restructure the Group. A buyer is currently being sought for the East-holding.

December 30, 2010

Meinl Starts New Actions against Atrium

The exchange of blows between Meinl Bank and Atrium is getting more violent. Meinl Bank is presently filing a claim before the Arbitration Court of the Economic Chamber.

December 29, 2010

Bank Austria CEO Cernko: Austrian Banks Fight Securities Tax

The CEO of Bank Austria, Willibald Cernko, was interviewed by the newspaper “Kurier”. He announced that Austrian Banks will call the Constitutional Court.

December 29, 2010

Profits Increase for Banks in Austria

The profitability in the first three quarters of 2010 of Austrian banks shows continued strong growth.

December 29, 2010

Sanader Remains in Extradition Custody

Custody prior to extradition was imposed on the former Croatian Prime Minister Sanader. He complains about the "arbitrariness of the Croatian authorities".

December 28, 2010

HTI Gets New Financing Structure

The stock exchange listed automobile supplier HTI ends its moratorium. Of € 140m original debts, € 104m are left.

December 27, 2010

Raiffeisen Negotiates over Polbank

The Austrian Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI) negotiates actively for the Polish Polbank.

December 23, 2010

Hypo Group: Sanader Denies Payments of Commissions

The former Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader, questioned in Salzburg, denies having ever received money from the Hypo Group.

December 22, 2010

Urgent Need for Capital at Austrian Banks

Walter Rothensteiner, Chairman of RZB as well as the Credit Division of the Economic Chamber, considers that domestic banks are under massive capital pressure.

December 21, 2010

Bank Austria-Fund “Real Invest Europe” Opens as from 21 December 2010

Revaluation of property portfolio complete. Commercial property in Stuttgart sold at market price.

December 21, 2010

Accusations Against Sanader Grow Stronger

Many clues point to improper activities by former Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader in connection with the Hypo Group.

December 16, 2010

OeNB: Recovery of the Financial System in a Persistently Uncertain Environment

The OeNB considers that domestic banks benefit from the positive development in the CEE region. However, uncertainties stay on as before.

December 15, 2010

Complaint of Unconstitutionality against Securities Capital Gains Tax

Austria banks and investment companies file a complaint before the Constitutional Court against the as of next year introduced tax on securities capital gains.

December 14, 2010

Extensive Refinancing Needs by Austrian Banks

Due to the maturity of large loan volumes, Austria's banks will need at least € 20bn next year.

December 14, 2010

Government Support for the Hypo Group

The Hypo Group is still far away the end of restructuring. Losses between € 700m and € 900m are expected for this year. The state gives a guarantee for 500m.

December 13, 2010

The Croatia-Connection of the Hypo Group

The recent arrest of former Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader casts shadows on the Carinthian Hypo Group.

December 10, 2010

Is Austria a Risk Country?

Due to its engagement in Eastern Europe, Austria is partially considered as a potential risk country. Lack of understanding for this assessment is shown by Austria.

December 10, 2010

Economic Chamber: No More Credit Crunch for Austria’s Businesses

A study by the Austrian Economic Chamber shows the high level of satisfaction of local businesses with their banks: the credit crunch has disappeared.

December 10, 2010

Bavaria: "Hypo-Sale was Correct"

The issue Hypo Alpe Adria preoccupies not only the Austrian justice: Bavaria's Prime Minister Horst Seehofer defended the sale to Austria.

December 8, 2010

Austrian National Bank: Credit Shortage Has Been Overcome

The analysis of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB, Austrian National Bank) on loan growth shows slowly recovering credit dynamics in Austria.

December 8, 2010

Financing Requirements for Building Societies

According to Basel-III regulations Austrian building societies will require amounts in the hundreds of millions to equip themselves with sufficient equity.

December 8, 2010

Raiffeisen Bank International's direct bank Zuno launches in Slovakia

Zuno, which target Internet-focused customers, launches operations in Slovakia. Additional CEE countries will follow in 2011.

December 6, 2010

New Regulations for Bank Managers' Bonuses

Additional compensations for managers in the banking sector are subject to new regulations approved by the Austrian National Council. Payments will be deferred in time.

December 5, 2010

Hypo Group: Motives for Purchase of BayernLB Unexplained

In 2007, when the Carinthian Hypo Group Alpe Adria was sold to the BayernLB, there were many critical technical opinions. The Bavarians bought despite them.

December 5, 2010

Equity Requirements of Austrian Banks are € 18 billion

Due to the new Basel III regulations, Austrian banks will need a much stronger capital base by 2019. The estimation is € 15 billion to € 18 billion.

December 2, 2010

U.S. Sees Money Laundering Activities at Austrian Banks

Wikileaks has published notes of the U.S. Embassy in Vienna. There were allegedly money exchanges between Austrian banks and criminals.

December 2, 2010

Bawag is Profitable Again

The Austrian bank Bawag PSK, now owned by the U.S. fund Cerberus, is to have profits again this year: € 100m are expected.

December 2, 2010

Government Adapts Capital Gains Tax on Securities

Taxation will be implemented from October 1; loss compensation is allowed. There are no essential changes however.

November 29, 2010

Risk Exposure of Austrian Banks: € 32 billion

The volume that Austria's banks hold at the moment in the altogether not risk-free PIIGS countries (Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece), is € 32 billion.

November 25, 2010

Wiener Privatbank SE Announces Q1-Q3 2010 Results

Wiener Privatbank records slightly decreasing results

November 24, 2010

Volksbanken Group Announces Q3 Results

Österreichische Volksbanken-AG Group (VBAG) returns on a positive growth path. The turnaround has been successfully completed.

November 22, 2010

BKS and BTV Show Profit Growth

The two sister banks report strong profits. Expectations are cautiously optimistic.

November 22, 2010

UniCredit: Expansion to the Czech Republic, Poland and Turkey

UniCredit’s subsidiary Bank Austria functions as an Eastern Europe Holding. 40% of the net income of the group comes from the region by now.

November 19, 2010

Hypo Tirol Regroups

The Tyrolean Hypo Bank AG is planning a new market direction, staff restructuring and financial consolidation.

November 16, 2010

Austria's Exposure in Ireland: 3.4 Billion Euro

Since September 2009, Austrian banks have halved their exposure in Ireland. The most affected countries are the United Kingdom and Germany.

November 15, 2010

ATX: Institutional Investors Remain a Central Component

According to a study from Ipreo, especially Anglo American institutional investors are involved in ATX companies in addition to Austrian investors.

November 15, 2010

Basel III: Banks Expect Lower Profits

Private banks will have to adjust to lower profits because of Basel III regulations..

November 11, 2010

A-Tec: No Agreement Yet

According to the boss of the Kreditorenschutzverbandes (KSV, Creditor Protection Association), Hans-Georg Kantner, there will still be no solution on today Monday. Negotiations are still underway.

November 8, 2010

Bank Boss Confirms: Bank Tax will be Passed on to Customers

Massive criticism of the federal government is also coming now from the boss of Raiffeisen Zentralbank (RZB). Bank customers will have to bear both the bank tax and the securities tax.

November 8, 2010

A-Tec: Compromise Between Banks and Creditors

The creditors of the ailing industrial group A-Tec have been able to reach a compromise with the banks to provide further financing for the Group.

November 5, 2010