Analysis, Archive, Banking, Business, Features

Mergers and acquisitions with profound effect upon Bulgarian banks’ online reputation

by Petar Galev, Media Analyst, Perceptica The aim of this study is to seek a correlation between a bank’s portfolio (in terms of consumer finances, such as consumer loans and mortgages) and the way its products were perceived on social … Read more

Analysis, Banking, Business, Features, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Technology

M&A in SEE – Pick-up in investment activity continues

by Julian Gikov, Konstantin Ivanov, Octavian Goga, Helena Simicevic, Raiffeisen Bank International Growth on the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market in Southeast Europe (SEE) continued to accelerate in 2017 and 2018. M&A activity in most SEE countries was influenced by … Read more

Analysis, Energy, Features

Electricity market liberalisation – slow and costly, but beneficial for SEE

By Tsvetan Ivanov, Business Analyst, SeeNews The European Union defines the ultimate goal of electricity market liberalisation as achieving a secure, competitive and sustainable energy supply to all EU citizens and the economy. The measures for reaching this goal are simultaneously … Read more

Analysis, Automotive, Business, Features, Technology, Transport

Bulgaria’s E-Mobility Dream

By Radomir Ralev With a total of 12,280 deaths attributable to poor air quality annually, Bulgaria’s mental problems seem obvious. When it comes to the ratio of deaths relative to population, Bulgaria’s situation is even more desperate, as the country is the indisputable … Read more

Analysis, Features

New entrant propels chemical sector back to top of most profitable industries ranking

By Mario Tanev Chemicals producers in Southeast Europe (SEE) took back the first place in the most profitable industries ranking, ousting the rubber and rubber products manufacturers, which ended second. Serbian state-run petrochemicals producer HIP Petrohemija marked its entrance into … Read more

Analysis, Features

2017: Growing purchasing power brings in record-high sales to SEE companies

By Nevena Krasteva Robust domestic demand backed by growing disposable incomes, a steady investment flow and a benign international environment put the economies in Southeast Europe (SEE) on a faster-growth track in 2017. Companies in the region cashed in on … Read more

Analysis, Features

HIP Petrohemija outshines Hidroelectrica in profitability chart

by Mario Tanev Two new entrants in this edition of SEE TOP 100 lead the rankings of the most profitable companies and the biggest money losers in 2017, a year marked by the financial woes of ailing Croatian concern Agrokor. … Read more

Analysis, Energy, Features, Sustainability

Born smart in SEE, growing up rich globally

By Mariyana Yaneva, Managing Editor, Renewables Now When you think of business innovations for a low-carbon economy, Southeast Europe (SEE) may not be the first thing that comes to mind but the region sure has some jewels to show to … Read more

Analysis, Banking, Features, Finance

SEE banking sector keeps growing, Romania’s BCR cements leadership

by Radomir Ralev As the broad restructuring of the banking sector in Southeastern Europe (SEE) nears completion, local lenders continue to enjoy rising profitability, robust lending growth and a decline in non-performing loan (NPL) ratios. The SEE banking sector remains … Read more

Analysis, Features, Insurance

Top SEE insurers mark another year of records, units of Germany’s ERGO storm ranking

by Mario Tanev Against the backdrop of political and regulatory uncertainty, consistently low-interest rates and increased competition, the top insurers in Southeast Europe (SEE) booked record high gross written premiums (GWPs) and net prof- it for a second straight year … Read more

Analysis, Features

Slovenia reinforces leadership in SEE TOP 20 per capita ranking

by Radomir Ralev Slovenia remained the indisputable leader in the Top 20 SEE per capita ranking, highlighting the importance of individual companies for local economies. Slovenia, an EU–member state of some two million, and the only Eurozone member state in … Read more

Analysis, Features

When investment pays off: Star Assembly unreachable in revenue gainers chart

by Mario Tanev Romanian car parts maker Star Assembly, a unit of Germany’s Daimler, posted an incredible 353.42% rise in revenue in 2017, following the start of production of nine-speed automatic transmission for Mercedes-Benz in the middle of 2016. Daimler … 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

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

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

Analysis, Features

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

Analysis, Features

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

Analysis, Features

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

Analysis, Features

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