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Sibirsky Branch of ZAO Raiffeisenbank Austria: two years on the Novosibirsk market

On November 16, 2007 ZAO Raiffeisenbank Austria celebrated its second anniversary since the official opening of the Sibirsky Branch, Raiffeisen's fourth regional branch in Russia.

As with Raiffeisen's other regional branches, Sibirsky's top priority is corporate clients, including loans to medium-size and large businesses and retail banking. OOO Raiffeisen Leasing's Novosibirsk branch celebrated its second anniversary on November 18, 2007.

As of November 13, 2007 the corporate loan portfolio of the Sibirsky branch was RUR19.6bn, more than twice the 2006 level. According to Kontinent Sibir, the branch ranks a stable second in the Novosibirsk Region in terms of its corporate loan portfolio.

In retail banking, the Sibirsky branch accomplished all its planned tasks and significantly enhanced its client base. Currently, the retail loan portfolio of the Sibirsky branch is approximately RUR1.3bn, a threefold increase since 2006. As of November 13, 2007 the branch serviced about 50 salary projects and offers clients an extensive network of Raiffeisen ATMs in major shopping and business centers in Novosibirsk.

Commenting on the results of ZAO Raiffeisenbank Austria, CEO Johann Jonach noted: «Sibirsky has achieved excellent results during its two years of operation, implementing and customizing banking products based on the needs of the companies and people of Novosibirsk and the Novosibirsk Region. I would like to thank all employees and management of the branch for their highly professional work and their contribution to the consolidation of the bank's position in the region.»

The Novosibirsk branch of OOO Raiffeisen Leasing is involved in projects related to the leasing of manufacturing equipment, special machinery and transportation facilities. The key performance indicators of the branch have expanded 1.5X-2X during the year. The branch currently has over 70 leasing agreements, and in 2007 has financed regional transactions worth more than RUR490mn. In addition to OOO Raiffeisen Leasing, the bank's clients in Novosibirsk also make active use of NPF Raiffeisen and OOO Raiffeisen Capital MC, other member companies of Raiffeisen Group in Russia.

ZAO Raiffeisenbank Austria is ranked 7th in terms of assets among top Russian banks based on Q3 2007 results (Interfax-СЕА). At present the bank disposes of 34 branches in Moscow, 6 branches in Saint Petersburg and regional branches in Ekaterinburg, Samara, Novosibirsk, Chelyabinsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk, Perm and Tyumen, representative office and credit cash office in Ufa. Raiffeisenbank is ranked 7th in terms of corporate lending based on Q3 2007 results (Interfax-СЕА).

ZAO Raiffeisenbank Austria is a subsidiary of Raiffeisen International Bank-Holding AG, which operates the largest banking network in CEE. 18 markets of Europe’s growth region are covered by subsidiary banks, finance leasing companies, two representative offices and a number of other financial service providers. Over 13 million customers are attended to through more than 3,000 business outlets. Raiffeisen International is a fully consolidated subsidiary of Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich AG (RZB), which owns 68.5 per cent of the common stock. The balance per cent is free float, the shares are traded on the Vienna Stock Exchange. RZB is a leading corporate and investment bank in Austria and the central institution of the Austrian Raiffeisen Banking Group, the country’s largest banking group.


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