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Downsizing

Cyprus to Sell Gold Reserves

The country has to sell reserves in the amount of € 400m. In the meantime, the banking sector has been cut down to one half of its former size.

April 10, 2013

Concern About Hypo Group in Friuli

MEP Serracchiani has requested to get involved in the current affairs.

April 8, 2013

Cyprus Airways Threatened With Bankruptcy

According to Cyprian newspaper Fileleftheros, Cyprus Airways is about to fold.

April 4, 2013

Austrian SMEs Keep on Struggling in 2013

Persistant insecurity and subdued growth expectations characterize the 1st quarter of 2013. Enterprises regard new energy efficiency policy as additional bureaucratic burden.

April 4, 2013

VIG: Drastic Downsizing Measures in Romania

Because of increasing losses 450 employees will be made redundant.

April 4, 2013

European Banks Leaving CESEE Countries

Two banks from EU member state countries Sweden and Italy have announced withdraw from their holdings in Hungary, Russia and Ukraine.

April 2, 2013

Slovenia: “We Will Need No Bailout This Year”

Since Greece, Spain and Cyprus are currently finding themselves in disastrous economic situations, Slovenia does not want to seem like the next bail-out candidate.

March 30, 2013

Cyprus: 37.5 % Only The First Cut

Assets will be burdened much higher than assumed. Apart from the mandatory levy of 37.5 % a further amount of 22.5 % will be frozen in.

March 30, 2013

How Austrian Airlines Intends to Soar Again

In an interview with the Austrian newspaper Presse, Jaan Albrecht, head of Austrian Airlines explains why he had to carry out sudden drastic measures and what the future of the airline should look like.

March 29, 2013

Slovenia: Situation For Banks Still Shaky

According to the National Bank, the new government in Slovenia needs to avoid becoming the new setting of bail-out negotiations with the EU after the banking crisis in Cyprus.

March 28, 2013

VBAG: Business Operation Down by € 131m

In 2012 single entity result negative at EUR -131 million.Net interest income decreased to € 220m. Total assets dropped by € 13.5 billion to € 27.7bn. Further losses are expected for 2013.

March 28, 2013

Slovenia: NLB Gets Own Bad Bank

Slovenia biggest bank, Nova Ljubljanska Banka (NLB), is going to establish its own intern bad bank.

March 28, 2013

Cyprus: Trying to Avoid Chaos at Banks

Today, Cyprus‘ banks are supposed to be opened after almost two weeks of closing. The citizens are called for calm and there are limits for drawing money. The currency rate was downgraded to Caa2 by Moody’s.

March 28, 2013

Cyprus: Outflow of Billions of Euros Presumed

Investors in Cyprus could face haircuts up to 50 %. Parliamentary President, Omirou want to go into details about the alleged transfer of assets despite of the banks closing.

March 26, 2013

Medvedev Vexed Over EU

In case the government will not come to conclusion how to generate the required money (€ 5.8bn), the ECB will cut off the money supply for Cyprus’ ramshackle banks.

March 25, 2013

VBAG to Sell Malta Affiliate

VBAG is going to sell its small Malta subsidiary in the course of the EU downsizing program which the banking institute has commited to.

March 23, 2013

Immofinanz Group Reveals Less Profit

Operating profit (EBIT) reduced by € 47.9m to € 444.7m. Decline in net profit from € 269.4m to € 210.1m. Cash flow rose by 8.9% y/y to € 315.3m.

March 21, 2013

CA Immo: „Results Would Have Been Perfect“

CEO of CA Immo, Bruno Ettenauer, proclaims that without devaluations the real estate company had to make the end results for 2012 would have been “perfect”. Now, CA Immo considers withdrawing from non profit-making markets.

March 21, 2013

Conwert: Profits in 2012 Negatively Effected

Target EBT of € 50m was met. Revenues dropped by 26.7 % y/y from € 852.9m to 625.1m. Earnings before tax amounted to € 154.6m. Outlook: conwert plans to gradually expand core business in Germany and Austria.

March 21, 2013

FCC to Cut Down On Manpower

Alpine’s parent company, Spanish construction enterprise FCC is going to cut back on 1,000 jobs. Furthermore, company shares that are not part of the core business in the amount of € 2.2bn are supposed to be sold.

March 20, 2013

CA Immo: Major Drop in Profits

On Tuesday evening, CA Immo published the annual figures for 2012. The market-listed real estate company shows profits of € 48.6m which means a decrease of 28 %.

March 20, 2013

Bank Austria To Boost Capital Base

CEO Cernko wants Eastern Europe to play an important role again in the future.

March 19, 2013

Bank Austria Takes Drastic Measures

Because of selling the Kazakhstan division and bad credits, quarter losses of € 553m for parent company UniCredit have to be faced.

March 16, 2013

VBAG is Forced to Continue Radical Downsizing Measures

The partly nationalized and financially stricken Austrian banking group has to implement a painful restructuring concept. At the moment, VBAG sells its properties.

March 15, 2013

Bank Austria to Sell ATF

Bank Austria will sell its affiliation in Kazakhstan, ATF Bank, which was acquired in 2007. ATF made losses into the billions.

March 15, 2013

Austria: EVN To Sell Devoll Hydropower To Statkraft A. S.

Agreement regarding the sale of EVN AG's stake in Devoll Hydropower ShA, a project entity for the construction of a hydro power plant in Albania, to Statkraft A.S.

March 14, 2013

Austria: Hypo Gets Additional € 700m From State

The EU threatens to close down Hypo Group because of the overdue restructuring measures.

March 9, 2013

Czech Republic: Erste Group Cutting More Jobs

Because Erste Group has to save CZK 1bn (€ 39m) this year, economy measures need to be taken.

March 8, 2013

Austria: New CEO for Alpine

The construction company was saved from bankrupcy and is now looking for a new CEO

March 5, 2013

Austria: Alpine Turns Out a Big Burden For FCC

The construction company has avoided bankrupcy and is save – for the time being.

March 5, 2013

Poland: LOT Airline Downsizing Personnel

Due to the restructuring program, the unprofitable airline company has to lay off 360 workers.

March 2, 2013

Alpine: Future Still Highly Uncertain

Today, Alpine´s creditors decide whether the financially stricken construction company will be restructured.

February 28, 2013

Austria: Wienerberger in the Red

Results for 2012:Group revenues: € 2,356 million (+23% versus 2011). Operating EBITDA: € 246 million (+2% versus 2011). After tax loss: € 41 million.

February 26, 2013

Bank Austria Plans Radical Reduction of Branches

The biggest Austrian bank wants to reduce the number of branches from 350 to 250 in the next two years.

February 22, 2013

OMV Sells Its Marketing Subsidiary in Croatia

With this transaction OMV Refining and Marketing has completed the next step in implementing the defined divestment program.

February 1, 2013

Alpine to Cut a Third of its Workforce

The Austrian financially stricken construction company has to implement radical restructuring measures.

December 21, 2012

Erste Group Withdraws from Ukraine

Austrian Erste Group enters into an agreement to sell Erste Bank Ukraine.

December 20, 2012

Uniqa Sells Hotel Investments

The Uniqa Group is selling its hotel investments from the Austria Hotels International Group to an investor group headed by Oliver W. Braun (also including Günter Kerbler, Johann Kowar and others).

December 18, 2012

Bank Austria: Major Losses in Kazakhstan

In 2007, Bank Austria took over the Kazakh ATF Bank. In total, the banking group is threatened to record losses of up to € 1.8bn. Now, Bank Austria is said to leave Kazakhstan.

December 11, 2012

Hypo Group Expects Enormous Challenges

„Next year will be very difficult.“ CEO Gottwald Kranebitter says in an interview with “WirtschaftsBlatt”.

December 10, 2012

Hypo Group: Deadline Expires

Today, the first deadline for the sale of Hypo Group´s subsidiaries in Southeast-Europe expires.

December 7, 2012

Hypo Group Sold AluFlexPack to MTC

After months of negotiations, the Austrian nationalized bank sold the Croatian aluminum company to the Switzerland-based Montana Tech Components.

November 30, 2012

Bank Austria Considers Withdrawing from Kazakhstan

ATF-Bank, the Kazakh subsidiary of Bank Austria is said to be sold.

November 16, 2012

Hypo Group: Cash Contributions Come at € 500m

The Austrian state has to inject another € 500m in the financially stricken nationalized bank. Furthermore, guarantees will increase by € 1.0bn.

November 14, 2012

Hypo Group Starts Selling Business in SEE

The nationalized Austrian banking group has to downsize drastically. Today, Hypo Group started to put the subsidiaries in Southeastern Europe for sale.

November 6, 2012

Moody´s Downgrades Austrian VBAG

The U.S. rating agency underlines that the Austrian state will help the financially stricken bank further.

November 3, 2012

Erste Group to Sell Ukrainian Subsidiary

This year, the Austrian bank plans to sell its Ukrainian business segment. Erste Group entered the Ukraine in 2006.

October 8, 2012

Hypo Group: Problems in Italy

The Austrian banking group, which was nationalized in 2009, must downsize. The sale of the Italian subsidiary proves difficult, however.

September 25, 2012

VBAG to Cut More than 1,000 Jobs

Today, the Austrian problem bank announced to sharpen its austerity program radically. Until 2017, VBAG must be downsized to the half of its current size.

September 21, 2012

Eder Calls for Cut in Steel Production

The CEO of the Austrian steel producer voestalpine asks the European Union to introduce a controlled reduction of the steel production. The overcapacities would cause lower prices, Eder argues.

September 17, 2012