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Equity Markets

Privatizations Could Raise up to € 24bn on Vienna Stock Exchange

Especially the privatization of public infrastructure and energy companies could increase the market capitalization of the Vienna Stock Exchange considerably.

February 3, 2011

Superfund Seeking for Investors in Japan

The Austrian investment fund intends to raise new funds via Japanese institutional investors. The volume is said to account for $ 100m

February 3, 2011

Constantia Packaging Sells Austrian Subsidiaries

The industrial holding owned by the US-american JP Morgan sells the board manufacturer Duropack and the aluminium company AMAG.

January 31, 2011

CA Immo: „Bid of UniCredit too low“

UniCredit intends to increase its stake on the Austrian CA Immo up to 29%. The board regards the bid of € 12.35 per share as being “too low”.

January 30, 2011

12% of Austrian Population at Risk of Poverty

Europe 2020 strategy against risk-of-poverty and exclusion: Every sixth person in Austria is in target population.

January 21, 2011

voestalpine: Increased Employee Participation Possible

For the CEO of the Austrian steel group, Wolfgang Eder, the increase of the participation from the current 13.3% to around 16% is envisaged.

January 21, 2011

Weak Capital Base of Austrian Banks

According to the rating agency Standard & Poor's (S&P), Austria's major banks are equipped with very weak equity by international standards.

January 20, 2011

Life Insurance Continues in Demand

While Austrian private investors have less savings, rights to pensions and life insurances rise.

January 19, 2011

Record of Assets under Management for C-Quadrat

The investment fund was able to increase the managed assets in Austria by 26% to € 3.3bn. The volumne of new investments in 2010 amounts to € 804m.

January 19, 2011

Austria Savers Remain Conservative

Saving behavior in Austria remains unchanged with a high degree of popularity of traditional building savings plans and bank savings accounts.

January 13, 2011

Strong Merger Growth in Austria

The number of mergers has increased in 2010 by 12%. The Federal Competition Commission reported 238 cases.

January 12, 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

Satisfaction at CEE Stock Exchange Group

The CEE Stock Exchange Group (CEESEG) looks back at a “busy and successful year 2010”.

January 5, 2011

CEE Stocks to Climb by 20% in 2011

Erste Group analysts recommend: stock picking rather than sector allocation. 2011 to be a positive year for equity investments.

January 5, 2011

The ATX Celebrates its 20th Anniversary

Despite long-term attractive returns of the ATX, Austrians are not eager to invest in shares.

January 3, 2011

Record performance for the ATX

The main index of the Vienna Stock Exchange managed to get into a top position in international comparisons. The losses caused by the crisis could be partially offset.

December 30, 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

Good Prospects for the Vienna Stock Exchange

According to the analysts, the upward trend due to good economic data and corporate earnings on the Vienna Stock Exchange will continue.

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

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

Volksbanken: State Aid to be Repaid

The Austrian Volksbanken (ÖVAG) will reportedly pay back more than the agreed € 300m of state aid in 2010.

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

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

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

Food Industry Under Pressure

Above all, lack of capital and high labor costs are plaguing Austrian food producers.

November 24, 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

Equity Ratio of SME has Increased to Around 25%

According to the Austrian Institute for SME Research, the equity ratio for SME grows. Large companies, however, are faced with declining equity ratios.

November 9, 2010

Too Few New Companies?

Austria comes out of the international comparison poorly in terms of start-up companies. The major problem is the lack of venture capital, according to the studies.

November 2, 2010

Bank Austria CEO Cernko: No More Bank Tax Soon

Due to Basel III, location reasons and to safeguard jobs, the bank tax will only be effective temporarily, according to Cernko

October 22, 2010

OMV Deal: Many Questions Without Answer

Not only the extent of the takeover is unknown, but also how it will be financed.

October 22, 2010

Raiffeisen CEO Stepic: The Crisis in Eastern Europe is Not Over Yet

The RBI boss explains why recovery is taking longer, why his institute does not want to pay back the state capital yet, and why he considers that Raiffeisen is being treated unfairly.

October 22, 2010

aws-mittelstandfonds: Participation in New Telecom Holding in Carinthia

The fund of the Austria Wirtschaftsservice-Agentur (Austrian Economic Service Agency), a company launched last year to finance medium-sized businesses, has now acquired its fourth participation.

October 20, 2010

IMF Considers Recovery as "Moderate and Uneasy"

Growth in Europe seems to be normalizing slowly. Dynamism is missing though, and many vulnerabilities are as yet unresolved.

October 20, 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

Banks-Stress Test - Friday evening moment of truth

At 6pm the Association of European Banking Regulators publish the result of the test of 91 European financial institutions. In Austria, Erste Bank, RZB and Bank Austria will be tested.

July 21, 2010

Banks' equity - "Basel III costs 46 000 jobs"

The stricter rules for the equity of banks will reduce lending by up to 20 percent, says the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) in Vienna.

July 21, 2010

Erste Bank recommends formation of small cash reserves

The investment experts of “Erste Bank” recommend, from the third quarter, formation of small cash reserves in the amount of 5% in the conservative portfolio and 7.5% in the dynamic portfolio.

June 29, 2010
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