Analysis, Features

Bottomlines under more pressure as competition intensifies

The slow recovery in the European Union, Southeast Europe’s (SEE) main trading partner, the sluggish prospects facing nearly all economies in the region and shrunken domestic demand all left their mark on corporate bottomlines in 2013. At the same time, long overdue structural reforms, fiscal and regulatory volatility and poor infrastructure continued to be a drag on local businesses. Against this backdrop, the performance of the companies in the SEE TOP 100 ranking was expectedly lackluster – their combined revenues in 2013 were flattish, with nearly half of the entrants seeing a decline in their revenues. Read more

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SEE region’s top 100 listed companies boost capitalisation in 2013

The market capitalisation of the entrants in the 2013 edition of the SEE TOP 100 listed companies ranking totaled 44.7 billion euro, compared to 39 billion euro for the firms that made the 2012 list. Most entrants in the ranking – 65, saw their market capitalisation rise, with 30 posting a decline. Read more

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Consolidation, rise of discounters shaping outlook for grocery market in SEE

• Market consolidation, spread of private labels and discounters in focus
• Agrokor/Mercator deal to have strong impact on retail landscape
• Most SEE grocery markets offer room for M&As Read more

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Energy companies post heftiest losses in SEE, paced by Srbijagas

Energy companies continued to dominate the 2013 SEE money losers ranking with 13 representatives, unchanged from a year earlier. Serbian state-owned gas monopoly Srbijagas remained the biggest money loser in the region, its loss widening to 434.9 million euro. Read more

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Slovenia’s Petrol cements lead in SEE TOP 100 per capita

Slovenian companies continue to dominate the SEE TOP 100 per capita ranking but their lead is dwindling, with Croatia and Serbia slowly closing the gap. Almost half the entrants in the ranking are energy companies. Read more

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Romanian companies rule SEE 2013 most profitable ranking, OMV Petrom grabs gold

Romania had the highest number of entrants in the ranking of the most profitable companies in Southeast Europe (SEE) in 2013. The best represented industry in the ranking was energy, with nine companies. Read more

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Automakers speed up the 2013 SEE industrial ranking

The oil and gas industry, the biggest in the region, posted a slight decline in total revenue and a sharp fall in profit. Pharmaceuticals remained the most profitable industry with a 13.35% return on revenue. Read more

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Energy sector takes over 2012 SEE money losers rankings

Energy companies booked the majority of Southeast Europe’s heftiest corporate losses in 2012 as 13 oil, gas and electricity firms made the TOP 20 money losers ranking of predominantly heavy-industry entries.
Companies that turned 2011 bottom lines into SEE’s biggest losses took the top four spots in the 2012 standings. Read more

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2012: Taking bitter with sweet

Given the difficulties faced by the eurozone and the disastrous macroeconomic conditions in Greece and Italy, the stable picture in SEE suggests that smaller boats could survive more easily in rough waters. Read more

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SEE stock exchanges gain momentum in 2012, as regional hubs stand out

Romanian and Croatian companies asserted their dominance at the lead of SEE publicly traded companies, the 2012 ranking by market cap showed. Read more

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City branding: mapping the media images of the SEE capitals

The nature of the modern knowledge economy has changed the way we perceive physical spaces. Contemporary cities are increasingly viewed not only as geographic and economic entities, but also as brands, shaped and popularized by the experience they offer to both locals and visitors. Read more

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2013: a year of readjustment and renewing commitments to sustainable growth for SEE

The global economic slowdown of 2012 was far sharper than expected and its impact on the economies of Southeast Europe turned the spotlight on the region’s structural weaknesses whilst also exacerbating the effects of the eurozone debt crisis. For these economies, 2013 is a year of readjustment and renewing commitments to creating robust and sustainable economic growth, an approach which is forecast to result in more promising rates of real output in 2014. Read more

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Croatia’s Brodosplit – Brodogradiliste holds onto top spot in SEE 2012 most profitable company ranking

Croatian shipbuilder Brodosplit – Brodogradiliste d.o.o. topped the SeeNews 2012 ranking of the 20 most profitable companies in SEE for a second year running as oil and gas operators moved up the standings dominated by 11 Romanian companies. Read more

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SEE stock exchanges gain momentum in 2012, as regional hubs stand out

The stock markets in SEE closed 2012 on a positive note as the majority of the TOP 100 public companies saw their market value increase and the blue-chip indices reversed their downward trend. Read more

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Croatia – new kid on the EU block

Croatia celebrated its accession to the EU on July 1, 2013, to the sounds of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy and fireworks in the presence of the country’s leaders and EU officials. The latest EU enlargement, however, raises a number of questions not only about the future of Croatia but also about the EU in general. Read more

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Oil & gas lead 2012 SEE industrial ranking by far despite net profit decline

The four leading industries in terms of total annual revenue in the 2012 SEE industrial ranking remained unchanged for a fourth year in a row. Read more

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Slovenian companies again lead in SEE TOP 100 per capita

Slovenia continues to show the best performance in the SEE TOP 100 per capita ranking with Slovenian companies dominating the top positions. As many as 40 firms entered the 2012 list. Slovenian fuel retailer Petrol ranked first for the fifth consecutive year. Read more

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Eventful times for SEE’s political life

The economic recession determined an eventful political year in the SEE region in 2012 and the first half of 2013. Parliamentary, presidential and local elections, impeachment process, no-confidence votes and a new EU member in the face of Croatia were the features of the political picture in the region. Read more

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New sectors steal ground from telcos in 2011 SEE ranking of most profitable companies

Telecommunications emerged as the clear-cut leader among sectors when SeeNews compiled its 2011 ranking of the 20 most profitable companies in Southeast Europe. Read more

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Oil, gas companies dominate 2011 SEE Money Losers ranking

Oil and gas firms increased their number on the list of the 20 SEE companies with the heftiest losses in 2011 to nine from seven in 2010. Analysts attribute the increase to the rise in global oil prices that continued to depress the bottom line of the oil companies in the region, which are involved mostly in refining. Four firms on the list are units of Russian oil major Lukoil. Read more