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Downsizing

Austria: RBI Expects Stabilization

Business in CEE seems to be in an up again. RBI is preparing for an IPO at the Warsaw stock exchange.

October 17, 2013

Austria: Decisions about Hypo Group Expected This Year

Decisions about the future of problem bank Hypo Alpe Adria will in all likelihood be delayed.

October 16, 2013

Russian and Ukrainian Oligarchs Interested in RBI’s Affiliate

The Ukrainian affiliate of Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI), Bank Aval, has become the object of desire for Russian billionaire Fridman and Ukrainian banker Lagun.

October 15, 2013

Austria: Downsizing Models for Hypo

Currently, everything revolves around the establishing of a bad bank despite of Finance Minister Maria Fekter’s objection. However, now, after the elections, this issue needs to be resolved.

October 4, 2013

RHI: Growth Plans in Emerging Markets

Franz Struzl, CEO of producer of fused cast refractories RHI, announced that the long-term strategic corporate goals were still relevant. However, it is not clear when the targets will be reached.

September 24, 2013

RBI: Sevelda to Remain CEO unil 2017

Karl Sevelda, who was appointed new CEO of listed Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI) at the beginning of June, does not regard himself as interim head of the bank.

September 23, 2013

Bank Austria to Close Subsidiaries in Hungary

Because of higher costs caused by a tax on financial transaction, which was introduced during the current year, the affiliate of Italian UniCredit intends to downsize operations in Hungary.

September 19, 2013

Bank Austria Considers Establishing Franchise Banks in Austria

The streamlining of the CESEE network of Bank Austria seems to take on a very concrete form now.

September 16, 2013

Austria: voestalpine Sells its Interest in VA Intertrading

The voestalpine Group announced today that over the next three years it will gradually sell its 38.5% interest in VA Intertrading to an investor.

September 13, 2013

Turkish Airlines Not Interested in Croatia Airlines

The Turkish airline carrier has denied rumors of acquiring states at Croatia Airlines.

September 11, 2013

VIG: Downsizing Business in Italy

Donau Versicherung, affiliate of VIG, has to make provisions in the amount of € 35m.

September 10, 2013

VBAG to Start Selling Process of Volksbank Malta Ltd.

The Austrian VBAG has started the selling process of its affiliate Volksbank Malta Ltd. (VB Malta).

September 5, 2013

Austria: Up to € 11.7bn for Downsizing Hypo Group

Years of discussion went by; now the EU Commission has approved the downsizing plan for nationalized Hypo Alpe Adria.

September 4, 2013

Hypo: New Risky Loan Agreements Even in 2012

According to the EU Commission, risky loans were granted by ailing Hypo Group even in 2012.

September 3, 2013

VBAG: First Half Year with Losses of € 87m

Partly-nationalized VBAG made net losses in the amount of € 87m in the first half of 2013. In the first half year of 2012 high book profits caused profits to be slightly above zero.

August 29, 2013

Massive Losses for Alpine: € 5bn in Debts

According to the reports of the insolvency administrators, reasons like a chaotic management and low-price offers that did not prove cost-covering led to massive losses in projects abroad.

August 29, 2013

RBI: Analysts Expect Drastic Losses of 60 Percent

The Hungarian market in particulary is giving Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI) a hard fight. Business has been on an all time low for years.

August 21, 2013

Austrian Zumtobel Sells Factory in Australia

Because of abandoning of a business area, Tridonic, affiliate of Austrian light producer Zumtobel, sells its magnetic plant in Melbourne.

August 21, 2013

Austria: Banks Indignant At Chancellor Faymann

Chancellor Werner Faymann has started the election campaign with an attack against the banks. However, CEO of Bank Austria Willibald Cernko points out that the banking industry secures 70,000 jobs in Austria.

August 9, 2013

Hypo Group: Current Capital Injection Not Enough

Klaus Liebscher, head of the supervisory board of the nationalized Austrian problem bank, thinks that the Ministry of Finance will have to inject further money.

July 23, 2013

Hypo Group Needs Even More Money

The nationalized Austrian bank needs fresh funds of more than € 700m. For the Austrian taxpayers, the banking package becomes more and more costly.

July 21, 2013

OMV Petrom Sold Subsidiary

OMV Petrom sold its subsidiary Petrom Distribuţie Gaze SRL.

July 11, 2013

Bank Austria to Close 67 Subsidiaries

UniCredit Affiliate Bank Austria plans to close 67 subsidiaries – a quarter of its 270 stores for private costumers until 2015.

July 3, 2013

Hypo Group: CESEE Units to be Sold Until Mid-2015

The threatened compulsory sale of nationalized Hypo Alpe Adria Group by the EU Commission until the end of this year, was, according to information by the Finance Ministry, fended off. An additional burden of € 2bn might await the Austrian taxpayers.

July 1, 2013

Zumtobel to Close Plant in Austria

Tridonic, which is part of listed light manufacturer Zumtobel Group, will close its plant in Fürstenfeld in the province of Styria. 100 employees will lose their jobs.

June 25, 2013

Alpine Facing Bankruptcy

The restructuring of Austria’s second biggest construction company Alpine has failed. The enterprise therefore has to face bankruptcy.

June 19, 2013

Alpine Can Take A Breather

Alpine’s liabilities amount to € 450m. Spanish parent company FCC is supposed to provide a capital injection of € 150m.

June 13, 2013

Alpine’s Fate Hanging By A Thread

The fate of Austrian construction company Alpine is hanging by a thread. If negotiations fail Alpine has to face its ruin.

June 13, 2013

Austria: Alpine to Require More Funding

Selling of affiliates will be postponed.

June 7, 2013

Erste Group Claimed of Being Interested in Croatian Banks

There are rumors of the taking over of Hypo Croatia and HPB. However, the banks deny the speculations.

May 29, 2013

Hypo Group to Sell Austrian Affiliate

On Friday the deal of nationalized Hypo Bank’s Austrian affiliate will finally be sealed. Indian Srei Group will become the new owner in all likelyhood. The company will pay € 60m to € 70m.

May 29, 2013

Siemens to Cut 1,000 Jobs in Austria?

No official figures were disclosed. However, there are “programs”, which have to be negotiated with employees, according to a spokesman.

May 24, 2013

bwin.party to Concentrate On Ten Markets Only.

After the weak figures in the first quarter, bwin.party CEO Norbert Teufelberger wants to get the online gambling provider back on track. However, the company also cast an eye to enter the US market.

May 23, 2013

Srei Group to Offer € 65.6m for Hypo

The Indian Srei Group offers € 65.5m for Austrian Hypo affiliate.

May 22, 2013

Austria: Hypo Group Dilemma Requires Highest Form of Diplomancy

Before the deadline of handing in the new restructuring paper, talks with the top of EU Commission are supposed to take place with Austrian politicians.

May 10, 2013

Slovenia: NLB to Fire Workstaff

Slovenia's biggest bank, NLB, is to make up to 700 of its workstaff redundant.

May 10, 2013

Maria Fekter: Hot-Tempered Lady At the Fireplace

Raiffeisen Centralbank (RZB) organized a „fireplace chat“ with Finance Minister Maria Fekter which took place on May 7 in Vienna.

May 8, 2013

Magna Negates Downsizing

The Canadian-Austrian automotive component supplier Magna has rejects the alleged cut in workstaff in its plant in Graz.

May 6, 2013

Croatia: Pushing Ahead With Croatia Airlines Restructuring

Despite of protests of employees restructuring measures will be continued.

May 3, 2013

Croatia Airlines To Cancel Flights After Staff Went On Sick Leave

Croatia Airlines had to cancel 13 flights on May 1, after 25% of the airlines staff went on a sick leave, in what the heads of the airline consider a protest against changes to employment conditions.

May 2, 2013

Austria: EVN Results Expected to Be Below Estimates

EVN specifies expected consolidated Group net profit as of 09/30/2013

May 2, 2013

Hypo Group to Get a Bad Bank?

Chancellor Faymann confirmed negotiations about the establishing of a bad bank for non-performing loans.

April 30, 2013

Erste Group Finalizes Selling Of Ukrainian Subsidiary

Erste Group finalizes the sale of Erste Bank Ukraine.

April 30, 2013

Selling of Hypo Group Would Cost Austria Dearly

The selling of Hypo Group would cost the Austrian state around € 16bn.

April 29, 2013

Croatia: Trying to Sell Croatia Airlines

Croatia is starting an attempt to try and sell a stake of troubled Croatia Airlines (CA).

April 25, 2013

CEO of Alpine: „Hubris Led to Losses“

Schiefer, new CEO of Alpine, explained in an interview why Alpine made losses in 2012.

April 25, 2013

Austria: Tyrolean and AUA Agree on Social Plan

After eleven hours of negotiations, three main points were decided on. However, details have not been disclosed yet.

April 18, 2013

S&P: More Funds For KA Finanz

Austrian major banks are performing weakly. Risks increase in CESEE countries. S&P also warns of real estate bubble in Vienna.

April 18, 2013

RBI to Take Over Bank of Cyprus Affiliate?

The Bank of Cyprus has split up with the assets of its Romanian affiliate. Apart from RBI, Banca Transilvania is a potential buyer.

April 18, 2013

Bulgaria: New Coca-Cola Headquarters in Sofia

The world’s largest soft drink producer Coca-Cola is to relocate one of its competence centers from Belgium to Bulgaria.

April 15, 2013