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RZB’s Capital Increase by 151 Million EURO.

Raiffeisen Zentralbank Osterreich AG (RZB) successfully finalised thesubscription for its capital increase. The fresh shares are issued atEUR 600 per share and were fully subscribed. Herewith RZB increased itscapital by EUR 151 million."All common stockholders subscribed at fullvolume. This is a clear signal of trust and a further proof of thecohesion and strength within the Raiffeisen Banking Group in Austria”, said RZB’s CEO Walter Rothensteiner.

Solid own funds

As of 30 June 2006, RZB''s total own funds have increased by 12.5 percent to EUR 5.9 billion, compared with year-end 2005. The group showed acomfortable excess cover ratio of 13.6 per cent at 30 June. The ownfunds ratio amounted to 9.1 per cent, the core capital ratio to 7.2 percent. In total, RZB has a healthy capital base sufficient for themedium-term plans.


Raiffeisen Zentralbank Osterreich AG (RZB) is the central institution ofthe Austrian Raiffeisen Banking Group, the country''s largest bankinggroup. It is a leading corporate and investment bank in Austria and alsoconsiders Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) as its home market. Vialisted subsidiary Raiffeisen International Bank-Holding AG, it operatesone of the leading banking networks in CEE with subsidiary banks andfinance leasing companies in 16 markets. More than11 million customersare attended to through more than 2,700 business outlets. Representativeoffices in Lithuania and Moldova complement the group''s presence in theregion.

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