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, 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

Banking, Banking, Business

Moldova Agroindbank plans entry on foreign markets, seeks strategic investor

  Moldova Agroindbank, also known as MAIB, is the leading systemic bank in Moldova, an Eastern European country sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine. The bank holds a market share of over 30% and maintains a nationwide network of almost 70 … Read more

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

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

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

Banking, Features

SEE banking sector’s losses widen sharply on Slovenian woes

Most of the lenders in the SEE TOP 100 banks ranking closed 2013 in the black but the overall loss of the sector widened to 2.18 billion euro, due to the heavy losses booked by Slovenian banks. With the exception of Slovenia, the banking system in Southeast Europe (SEE), however, managed to stay stable, although continuing to struggle with high non-performing loan (NPL) ratios, weak lending growth and subdued economic growth. The ranking was dominated by Romanian lenders, which accounted for nearly a quarter of the total assets of the banks in the region. Read more

Banking, Features

Third win in row for Romania’s BCR in TOP 100 banks ranking

Romania’s Banca Comerciala Romana (BCR) emerged again as the best-performing lender in terms of assets in the TOP 100 banks ranking for 2012, retaining its number one position for a third consecutive year. Overall, 2012 saw no reshuffle in the top-five and all of them were successful in keeping the positions they had secured the previous year. Read more

Banking, Features

Bad loans in SEE seen peaking in 2011-2012, Greece remains the region’s sore spot

While being monitored regularly by central banks within wider reviews on the financial system health, credit quality issues usually take centre stage in times of crisis, bringing along more rigorous measures to contain the damage and pre-empt future adversity and stress. Read more

Banking, Features

Romania’s BCR shines again in TOP 100 banks ranking

Romania’s Banca Comerciala Romana (BCR) led the TOP 100 banks for the second year running in 2011, while the second and the third one in the 2010 ranking switched positions last year. Read more

Banking, Features


By Iliana-Carmen Ionescu, Doinita Dolapchieva Three quarters of the SEE TOP 100 Banks increased their asset value in 2010 but most of the lenders saw a fall in profits. The top two Southeast European (SEE) banks in terms of assets … Read more