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Austria and Moldova to Boost Cooperations

The Republic of Moldova has been a primary country of Austrian Development Cooperation since 2004. State Secretary Lopatka underlined this during a visit to Moldova on the occasion of the re-opening of the Austrian embassy.

March 19, 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

Downgrade for Austrian Banks

The U.S. rating agency Moody´s downgrades Erste Group, Raiffeisen Bank International and Bank Austria.

June 6, 2012

Refunding at Pankl

The Austrian automotive company Pankl takes a € 20m loan in order to redeem a ULSG credit early.

June 1, 2012

Total Assets of Austrian Banks Beyond € 1.0tn

At the end of 2011, the level of unconsolidated assets exceeded the € 1.0tn threshold again.

March 30, 2012

Telekom Austria: Bond Issue Completed

The telecommunication company has successfully placed € 750m Eurobond with a coupon of 4.0% p.a. The order book´s volume surpassed the proceeds substantially.

March 27, 2012

Vienna Stock Exchange Calls for New Listings

Birgit Kuras, the new member of VSE´s management board aims to enhance the stock exchange´s importance and pushes for further privatizations.

March 27, 2012

€ 2.5bn Bond Issue at Telekom Austria

The subsidiary Telekom Finanzmanagement GmbH Plans to Issue a Benchmark-Sized Eurobond Transaction.

March 26, 2012

RBI: No Capital Increase

Christian Konrad, general attorney of the Raiffeisen sector, is against a capital increase at RBI (Raiffeisen Bank International). The 9.0% tier-1 quota will be reached without that measure, Konrad is convinced.

March 23, 2012

KTM Underlines Successful Year 2011

Results were significantly up last year. The emission of a € 75m corporate bond should strengthen the long-term financing structure.

March 23, 2012

Orange Takeover Threatens to Fail

The takeover of Austria´s third-largest telecommunication service supplier Orange by the Hong Kong-based Hutchison Group may be postponed. Orange´s creditors are increasingly nervous.

March 22, 2012

Strabag SE places € 140m Bonded Loan

The Austrian construction company strengthens the diversification of financing structure. Strabag issues two fixed-interest and two variable tranches with terms to maturity of 5 and 7 years.

March 20, 2012

EIB: Fewer Funds for Austrian Companies

After a record in 2011, the European Investment Bank (EIB) will reduce lending to Austrian companies this year.

February 24, 2012

Erste Group Acts as Bookrunner for Miba

The majority of € 75m bond was placed with retail investors in Austria. The offering was 3.5 times over-subscribed.

February 21, 2012

State Aid: VBAG Redeems € 1.0bn

The Austrian VBAG repays a third of the state aid granted in 2009.

February 13, 2012

Investments: Austrians Prefer Security

For 72% of the Austrians, safety comes first. The most popular investments are conservative.

February 10, 2012

Lending Conditions of Austrian Banks Worsened

According to the Austrian Central Bank (OeNB), stricter lending conditions at Austrian banks were due to the decline in economic growth and detrimental refunding conditions.

February 2, 2012

Central Bank Act: Orban Gives In

Hungary waives the planned merger of the Central Bank and the Financial Market Authority. Yesterday, Austria´s Minister of Foreign Affairs visited Orban in Budapest.

January 21, 2012

Erste Group Provides Major Loan to Telekom Serbia

The Austrian bank commits € 140m to Telekom Serbia as part of a recent syndicated loan taken by the company. Erste Group acted as joint mandated lead arranger, underwriter and bookrunner.

January 18, 2012

Austrian Banks Must Downsize in Hungary

Erste Group and Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI) must streamline their operations. Nevertheless, a further capital increase could become necessary.

January 12, 2012

Immofinanz Repays € 77.6m in Convertible Bonds

The Austrian real estate group announces the end of the put period for premature redemption of the 2014 convertible bond.

January 11, 2012

Wienerberger to Raise Bond Issue to € 200m

The subscription period for Wienerberger´s corporate bond runs from January 13.

January 11, 2012

Experts Consider Sale of Bank Austria

After the sluggish capital increase of UniCredit, experts do not exclude a sale of Bank Austria, which operates the CEE business.

January 10, 2012

Wienerberger Issues Corporate Bond

The Austrian brick producer will issue bonds of at least € 50m in order to refinance liabilities.

January 10, 2012

Austrian Balance of Current Accounts Positive

In the first three quarters of 2011, the Austrian economy achieved a strong performance. The balance of current accounts was significantly positive.

January 9, 2012

Quanmax Increases Share Capital

The Austrian distributor of IT products will use the proceeds for the acquisition of S&T. The management and major core shareholders guarantee 90% of the capital increase.

December 1, 2011

Immofinanz Refinances Shopping Center in Poland

Two German banks arranged a € 210m facility for the Austrian real estate group’s Silesia City Center in Katowice.

November 29, 2011

S&T Realizes Capital Increase and Investor Participation

Quanmax AG and grosso holding are new majority shareholders of the Austrian IT consulting company, which is planning to return to profitability in three phases.

November 24, 2011

Voestalpine Broadens Measures to Safeguard Liquidity

The Austrian steel company has agreed on a syndicated loan of € 800m in two tranches in order to safeguard medium and long-term financing.

November 24, 2011

Growing Capital Shortfall at Volksbanken Group

The Austrian bank will need another € 200m in order to comply with the EBA’s capital requirements. The price for the sale of VBI might be reduced to € 500m.

November 24, 2011

OMV Concludes New Syndicated Loans

The Austrian oil and gas company has signed two syndicated multi-currency credit facilities totaling € 1,680m, which replaces existing facilities maturing in 2012.

November 23, 2011

Raiffeisen’s Capital Shortfall Grows to € 2.5bn

The Austrian bank said it would not require state support to ensure compliance with the new requirements set by the European Banking Authority.

November 18, 2011

Zumtobel Group Refinances Loan Agreement to 2016

The Vorarlberg-based lighting company and seven banks signed an agreement that will replace an existing syndicated facility of € 480m.

November 17, 2011

AT&S Places € 100m Corporate Bond

The Austrian technology company will use the proceeds for general strategic objectives and for improving the quality of its funding portfolio.

November 10, 2011

Moody´s Considers Downgrade of Erste Group

The rating agency says that a downgrade of the long-term rating of Erste Group from “Baa1” to “Baa2”is probable.

November 5, 2011

Federal Railways: Debt Burden € 15.2bn

The Austrian Minister of Infrastructure, Doris Bures, announced the amount of debt for Austrian Federal Railways and Asfinag.

November 5, 2011

OMV Considers € 1.5bn Credit Line

The Austrian oil and gas company is negotiating a major credit facility with a term of five years.

November 4, 2011

Linz Believes in Victory Over BAWAG

The capital of the province of Upper Austria filed a lawsuit against Bawag, which is held by the U.S. investment funds Cerberus.

November 2, 2011

Nationalization of Banks Not Excluded Anymore

According to the Minister of Economics, Reinhold Mitterlehner, in the worst case scenario a partly nationalization of banks could take place.

October 31, 2011

Erste Group´s CEO Wants to Avoid Further State Aid

Andreas Treichl, CEO of the Austrian major bank Erste Group, wants to prevent a further influence of the Austrian state.

October 29, 2011

Reactions of Austrian Banks to Capital Buffer Requirements

Raiffeisen Zentralbank (RZB) needs € 1.9bn, Volksbank Group (VBAG) € 972m and Erste Group € 59m in order to comply with the EBA’s new requirements.

October 27, 2011

European Banking Authority: Austrian Banks Need € 2.9bn

Banks are required to establish a buffer such that the Core Tier 1 capital ratio reaches 9%. A major part of the capital needs is attributable to Volksbank Group.

October 27, 2011

S&T Shareholders Approve Capital Increase

Recapitalization of the Austrian IT consulting company authorized in today’s Extraordinary General Meeting.

October 25, 2011

A-Tec: Kovats to be Replaced

Mirko Kovats, CEO of the Austrian A-Tec, will be replaced from his positions in order to avoid further “disturbances”.

October 22, 2011

Verbund Signed a € 750m Credit Facility

The Austrian energy corporation secures funding for a period of five years. A credit facility from January 2005 has been replaced.

October 18, 2011

Do Austrian Banks Need More Capital?

Recently, the prominent Austrian industrialist Hannes Androsch expressed his concerns about the equity situation of Austrian banks. Androsch sees many challenges for the domestic bank sector.

October 15, 2011

Financial Syndicate for Nabucco Arising

The Austrian OeKB intends to conduct a financial consortium for the gas pipeline project Nabucco.

October 15, 2011

„Austrian Banks Are Robust“

Ewald Nowotny, the head of the Austrian Central Bank (OeNB) as well as the Minister of Finance, Maria Fekter, appreciate the announcement of Erste Group.

October 11, 2011

UniCredit: Sale of Bank Austria?

According to market rumors, the Italian bank considers to sell its Austrian subsidiary in order to strengthen its own position. Bank Austria´s CEO Cernko denies fiercely.

October 8, 2011

Erste Bank to Keep State Capital Into 2012

According to Bloomberg, Erste Group Bank, Austria’s biggest lender, may not repay € 1.2bn in state aid until 2012.

October 8, 2011
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