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Hungary Faces Recession Again

In the second quarter of 2012, Hungary´s GDP was dwon by 0.2%. The decrease in exports is the main reason.

August 16, 2012

East European Banking Industry Shows Ambiguity

For West European banks, their subsidiaries in Eastern Europe are either highly problematic or the cash cows.

August 8, 2012

Major Loan for Telekom Austria

Telekom Austria Group has closed a long-term € 735m syndicated credit facility. The loan will serve as liquidity reserve.

August 8, 2012

Austrians Tend to Save Less

Erste Bank 2nd Quarter Savings and Credit Forecast: Half of Austrians expect an economic upswing within the next two years. The average savings amount drops further to € 4,617.

August 7, 2012

Kommunalkredit´s KA Finanz Needs New Guarantees

Because of its exposure in Greece, the nationalized Austrian lender needs further guarantees from the Austrian state.

August 6, 2012

Bank Austria as UniCredit´s Cash Cow

Without Bank Austria, UniCredit would have been in the loss area. The CESEE region is still Bank Austria´s future market.

August 4, 2012

Moody´s Downgrades Slovenia

Today, the U.S. rating agency has downgraded the Western Balkan country by three notches to „Baa2“ from „A2“.

August 3, 2012

Rising Profit at Bank Austria

Bank Austria posts net profit of € 646m for the first six months. Net operating profit was up by 11.1 per cent. Lending volume rises by 3.3 per cent to € 136bn.

August 3, 2012

Investor Confidence in Austrian Issues Remains Very High

Austria’s government and corporate sectors are still able to borrow at historically low rates, the loss of the triple A sovereign rating notwithstanding.

August 3, 2012

Hungary: Slow Progress in Talks with IMF

The negotiations with IMF about a € 15bn loan will be resumed in September. According to economists, a final agreement is highly uncertain.

August 1, 2012

Austria is Liable for Hypo Group´s Major Loan

At the sale of Hypo Group by BayernLB in late 2009, BayernLB granted a loan of € 2.64bn. The Austrian state has issued a guarantee for this loan.

July 27, 2012

Slight Tightening of Austrian Lending Guidelines

The Austrian Central Bank (OeNB) reports that domestic banks have tightened lending guidelines for both company and household loans in the second quarter of 2012.

July 25, 2012

IMF: Doubt on Hungary´s Economic Data

For the IMF, the budgetary forecasts are too optimistic. The negotiations on the € 15bn loan continue.

July 23, 2012

RBI: Bad Development in Hungary

Herbert Stepic, CEO of Raiffeisen Bank International expects that the development of non-performing loans is stable this year.

July 21, 2012

Fear of Capital Shortfall at Austrian Banks

The Austrian problem banks Hypo Group and KA Finanz may need further capital injections.

July 19, 2012

Fekter Does not Want to Bundle Austrian Problem Banks

As the public debt level would rise dramatically, Austria´s Finance Minister Maria Fekter rejects the idea of a common bad bank.

July 19, 2012

Slight Growth in Ukrainian Financial Industry, Uncertainty Remains

According to Austrian RCB (Raiffeisen Centrobank), the lending activity remains subdued amid looming economic uncertainty. Deposit growth resumed in June both in corporate and retail segments.

July 19, 2012

Slovenian Banking Industry „One of the most Burdened in CEE Region“

About 11.5% of total loans are non-performing. Slovenia is one of the few countries suffering a crunch, RCB states.

July 18, 2012

Bail-Outs: Is Slovenia Next?

The Slovenian banking industry becomes an increasing problem for Austria´s Southern neighbour. Non-performing loans may total up to € 6.0bn.

July 17, 2012

Hungary: IMF Talks Begin Next Week

The financially stricken country seeks a second bailout by IMF. Hungary negotiates over a loan sized € 15bn.

July 14, 2012

Grexit would Cost Austria € 11.0bn

The Brussels-based think tank CEPS states that Austria would have to bear costs of € 10.9bn in case of a Greek exit out of the Eurozone.

July 13, 2012

Fischer Wants to Check ESM

Austria´s Federal President Heinz Fischer does not sign the ESM approval by the Austrian Parliament yet. „I am not under time pressure.“ he says.

July 11, 2012

Credit Line for ProCredit Georgia

In 2008, only a few month after the conflict with Russia, Austrian OeEB and German KfW signed a credit line for the ProCredit Georgia. The evaluaction confirms the path, OeEB says.

July 11, 2012

Big Exposure in Foreign Currency Loans

In Austria, domestic banks have outstanding foreign currency loans of € 51bn. In CESEE countries, the exposure comes at € 130bn.

July 10, 2012

Performance of Austrian Banks Remarkably Down

Austria seems to be significantly „overbanked“: Austrian banks only achieve a 0.1% yield on the capital employed.

July 9, 2012

OeNB Calls Austrian Banks to Improve Equity Base

Presentation of the 23rd Financial Stability Report of OeNB (Austrian Central Bank): Austrian Financial System Influenced by Tensions in the International Financial Markets.

July 9, 2012

Austrian Real Estate Market Shows Stability

The Austrian real estate market is a small, stable market with income returns of 5 percent in the last eight years. Real estate investors focus on core properties resistant to the crisis, leaving some market opportunities untapped.

July 6, 2012

CESEE: Poland and Turkey are Hot Spots

Erste Economic Sentiment Indicator CEE: stock market expectations weaker, but still ahead of Eurozone. Turkey and Poland remain the preferred investment regions.

July 4, 2012

Austrian Banks in CESEE „Too Ambitious“

For the IMF, Austria´s economy is „well situated“. The austerity package is „adequate“.

July 2, 2012

Real Estate Crisis in the Balkans Has Deepened

Due to the economic crisis in Southeastern Europe, real estate prices are still falling. Since 2008, prices fell by up to 50%.

June 28, 2012

Stable Corporate Lending at RBI

Raiffeisen Bank International : „No bottleneck supplying the domestic economy with liquidity.“

June 27, 2012

Credit Crunch in CESEE?

Anglo-Saxon banks and funds are most aggressive in deleveraging; Austrian bank are not relying on funding from countries in hotspots of deleveraging.

June 27, 2012

Bank Austria Wohnbaubank: Decrease in Profit

The operating performance of Bank Austria Wohnbaubank went up in the 2011 financial year. Due to the bank tax, net income decreased.

June 27, 2012

Erste Pursues Downsizing Strategy in Romania

Last month, the Austrian Erste Group closes about 25 bank branches of BCR in Romania.

June 21, 2012

Austrian Banks Report Small Growth in Lending

Regarding company loans, Austrian banks record a stable recovery, the Austrian Central Bank (OeNB) reports.

June 20, 2012

CESEE Banks: Small Exposure in Southern Europe

The riskiness of assets held by CESEE banks is manageable, the U.S. rating agency Fitch says. The CESEE region has closer links to Western Europe than to Southern Europe.

June 20, 2012

Shopping Center Industry Sees Still Growth Potential in CESEE

In 2012, about 300 further shopping centers should be built in the CESEE region. The market still shows a great potential, experts say.

June 20, 2012

Fitch: Positive Statements for Austrian Banks

For the U.S. rating agency, the lending activities of Austrian banks in Eastern Europe is only a minor risk factor.

June 19, 2012

Raiffeisen Sector Won Market Shares Last Year

The Austrian Raiffeisen banking group could increase ist market share in lending and deposits.

June 14, 2012

Alpine: „Not Affected by Spanish Crisis“

The Austrian construction company, which is wholly-owned by Spanish FCC, does not worry about the tensioned situation in Spain.

June 13, 2012

Orban Defends Hungarian Economic Policy

The Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban met Austrian policymakers in Vienna. The Hungarian bank tax should be replaced by a financial transaction tax.

June 13, 2012

Austrian Banks Perform Well in Eastern Europe

The Austrian banks did not overreach themselves in Eastern Europe, the economist Bernhard Felderer says. By contrast, UniCredit, RBI and Erste Group are highly profitable.

June 11, 2012

Austrian Banks Cut Exposure in Spain

Erste Group, Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI) and KA Finanz have the highest exposure among Austrian banks.

June 11, 2012

Bad Bank for Hypo Group?

The nationalized Austrian bank Hypo Group Alpe Adria considers to create a bad bank in order to avoid further capital injections.

June 8, 2012

„There´s no Crisis in Eastern Europe“

Austrian economists and bankers do not comprehend the downgrade by Moody´s. The risk in Eastern Europe would be more differentiated, OeNB´s governor Nowotny said.

June 8, 2012

„Bank Union is Still Far Away“

Ewald Nowotny, Governor of Austria´s Central Bank, thinks that a bank union in the Eurozone would still take some time. Erste Group´s CEO Andreas Treichl approves the idea.

June 6, 2012

CEE Banking Sector „Performs Well“

The Austrian Raiffeisen Centrobank sees high-growth potential in the CESEE region. Loan growth is at „healthy levels“, there are „no signs of a credit crunch“.

June 6, 2012

Downgrade for Austrian Banks

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

June 6, 2012

EVN Takes up € 500m Loan

The Austrian energy company secured fefinancing of ist existing syndicated revolving credit facility.

June 4, 2012

U.S. Forest Laboratories Cooperates with Nabriva

The U.S. pharmaceutical company provides funds of $ 25m to the Austrian Nabriva and secures pre-emptory rights.

June 2, 2012
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