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RZB Capital Increase by 159 million euros

All shareholders of Raiffeisen Zentralbank Osterreich AG (RZB) participated in the current capital increase and exercised their subscription rights to the full extent. 240,465 ordinary shares and 24,550 preference shares were issued at 600 euros per share and were fully subscribed. RZB thus increased its capital by 159 million euros, earmarked for the funding of RZBs dynamic growth. All stockholders subscribed fully. This is once again a clear signal of trust in RZBs strategy and proof of the cohesion and strength within the Raiffeisen Banking Group in Austria, said RZB CEO Walter Rothensteiner.

Solid own funds

Compared with year-end 2006, RZBs total own funds increased by 5.5 per cent to 8,035 million euros on 30 June 2007. The group showed an excess-cover ratio of 26.7 per cent at that date. The own-funds ratio amounted to 10.1 per cent, the core-capital ratio to 8.1 per cent. RZB therefore shows a healthy capital base sufficient for its medium-term plans.

RZBs strong roots in Austria are also reflected in its ratings: Standard & Poors assigned a long-term rating of A+ and A-1 for the short-term, Moodys rated RZB Aa2 and P-1, respectively.

Raiffeisen Zentralbank Osterreich AG (RZB) is the central institution of the Austrian Raiffeisen Banking Group, the countrys largest banking group. It is a leading corporate and investment bank in Austria and also considers Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) as its home market. RZB is the only Austrian bank with a global network of business units reaching all important finance centres around the globe. It is also present in Asia via its branches and representative offices.

Via listed subsidiary Raiffeisen International Bank-Holding AG, RZB operates one of the largest banking networks in CEE. 18 markets are covered by subsidiary banks, finance leasing companies, two representative offices and a number of financial services providers. Approximately 13 million customers are attended to through more than 3,000 business outlets.

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