Banking, Features

SEE banking sector profit hits 8-year high, Romania’s BCR returns to top

by Siana Mishkova Surging profits, declining non-performing loan (NPL) ratios, and accelerating assets growth amid improving macroeconomic environment and generally upbeat sentiment – those were the key facets, depicting the performance of Southeast Europe’s banking industry in 2016 and still … Read more

Analysis, Features

Nostalgia, country-of-origin preferences drive social media perception of car brands in SEE

By Petar Galev, Viktor Laskov, Boyan Ivanovich, Maria Simeonova, Media analysts, Perceptica The automotive market in Southeast Europe (SEE) offered some interesting dynamics in 2016, as locally produced models vied for the consumers’ attention with some of the global leaders … Read more

Features

2016: Rising consumption puts wind in the sails of retailers, car makers

By Nevena Krasteva Growing domestic demand amid historically low inflation and a pick-up in private investmentand employment continued to drive economic growth in Southeast Europe (SEE) in 2016. Economic tailwinds benefited most retailers and car makers – the two industries … Read more

Features, Insurance

SEE insurers pocket record high earnings, premiums despite challenging market

by Siana Mishkova Supported by a robust macroeconomic environment, stable fiscal conditions and buoyant consumption, Southeast Europe’s (SEE) insurance industry remained resilient to pressure stemming from the persistent record low interest rate environment, financial market volatility, stricter regulatory requirements, and … Read more

Analysis, Features

FMCG landscape in SEE: Consumer health segment set for strongest growth

By Giedrius Daujotas, Analytics Manager at Euromonitor International Southeastern Europe (SEE) is becoming more attractive for consumer goods companies. While growth in the historic 2011-2016 period in SEE was hampered by the macroeconomic headwinds – especially in Slovenia, Serbia, and … Read more

Analysis, Features

M&A in SEE – Strong 2016 and Accelerating Investment Activity

by Julian Gikov, Aleksander Biesaga, Richard Golden, Raiffeisen Bank International Raiffeisen Bank International AG (RBI) considers Austria as well as Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) as its home market, where it is a leading corporate and investment bank. 15 markets … Read more

Features

SEE IT markets 2016: Third platform technologies driving growth, legacy markets on decline

by Neli Vacheva, IDC Bulgaria Country Manager International Data Corporation (IDC) is a global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications and consumer technology markets. More than 1,100 IDC analysts provide global, regional, and … Read more

Features, Insurance

Top insurers in SEE pocket hefty profits, premium growth lags

Southeast Europe’s return to steady growth, though slow to affect the insurers in the region, is eventually showing in their balance sheets. Read more

Banking, Features

SEE banking sector sees robust profit growth, top lender Zagrebacka turns to loss

Southeast Europe’s banking sector remained largely stable in 2015 and 2016 amid stricter capital requirements and low interest rate environment. Read more

Features

2015: SEE corporate sector makes shy steps to growth, retailers lead the way

After several tough years, economic activity in Southeast Europe (SEE) picked up in 2015 and continued to strengthen in 2016, supporting an improving performance of the region’s corporate sector. Read more

Features

Frothy market for craft brewers in SEE, still room for newcomers to hop on board

The report looks into the online image of SEE craft beers – in terms of both sheer popularity and users’ and experts’ opinion of their quality. Read more

Features

Revealing the four personas of digital consumers in Bulgaria and Romania

TNS is a global market research consultancy which advises clients on specific growth strategies around new market entry, innovation, brand switching and stakeholder management, based on long established expertise and market-leading solutions. Read more

Features

Croatia’s INA ousts Romania’s OMV Petrom as SEE top blue chip

The total capitalisation of the nine SEE bourses rose 3.6% in 2015 to 103.6 billion euro, slowing from a 6.1% growth in 2014. Read more

Features

M&A in SEE – strong 2015 followed by activity slowdown

Julian Gikov is Director at Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI), covering Southeast European M&A operations, where he has been involved in deals advisory for the last nine years. He has extensive investment banking experience in the energy, TMT, heavy industry, FMCG, and real … Read more

Features

2014: Tepid recovery in SEE stops short of recharging corporate batteries

Subdued domestic demand and low exports, limited credit growth due to high non-performing loan ratios, market volatility and political uncertainty continued to curb the financial performance of the companies in Southeast Europe (SEE) in 2014. Overdue structural reforms weigh on the economies in the region, which failed to benefit fully from cheaper oil and the recovery of the euro area to offset the downward pressure of the Russia-Ukraine crisis. Read more

Features, Insurance

Lack of economic momentum key challenge for SEE insurers

The insurance companies operating in Southeast Europe (SEE) had to cope with a restrained economic momentum in the region in 2014 when the effects of the financial crisis continued to dampen the recovery of consumer spending and overall business activity. Read more

Features

SEE – Europe’s emerging logistics hotspot

The logistics sector in Southeast Europe (SEE) is relatively underdeveloped as compared to the rest of Europe. However, the region’s location determines its strategic role in trade within the continent, as well as between Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Read more

Features

M&A activity in SEE – improving outlook

2014 was a limited success year for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in Southeast Europe (SEE), but an analysis of deals already announced in 2015 indicates an improving outlook. In the past couple of years, the M&A activity in most SEE countries suffered to differing degrees from slower economic growth, the small size of the national consumer markets and political instability. Nevertheless, local specifics rather than common features tended to determine the main drivers of M&A in each country. Read more

Features

EuroBillions, or how the EU supports the SEE economies

“EU funds” is a sacred phrase in Southeast Europe (SEE). Overall, it means “hope for higher living standards”, which is actually the ultimate goal of the EU’s Cohesion Policy. Read more

Banking, Features

Corpbank blip aside, SEE banking sector remains stable

Most of the lenders in the SEE TOP 100 banks ranking closed 2014 in the black and the overall result of the sector would have been slightly positive if it hadn’t been for bankrupt Bulgarian lender Corporate Commercial Bank, Corpbank, which booked a staggering loss of 2.18 billion euro. Read more