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    Raiffeisen International with strong Half-year Results

    11.08.2005
     

    Pre-tax profit up by 58 per cent to € 273 million; Total Assets grew by 14 per cent to € 32.9 billion. Customer base considerably enlarged: 5.7 million.

    Raiffeisen International Bank-Holding AG (Raiffeisen International) has reported very good results for the first half year 2005. Profit before tax came to € 273.3 million, representing an increase of 58 per cent or € 100.5 million compared to the same reporting period 2004. Profit after tax amounted to € 221.1 million (64.3 per cent or € 86.6 million more than in the first semester 2004). All figures according to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

    The consolidated profit for the second quarter is also on the upswing, slightly surpassing the first quarter (€ 92.8 million) to € 93 million. Compared to the same quarter of the previous year this reflects an increase of 79 per cent (Q2 2004: € 51.9 million). The consolidated profit for the first half year 2005 surged by 91.9 per cent to € 185.8 million (HY 04: € 96.8 million)

    Herbert Stepic, CEO of Raiffeisen International, commented on the results: „The half-year figures are a seamless continuation to the successful year 2004 and the first quarter 2005. We have improved our results in all business segments with growing customer numbers and higher volumes, building a solid foundation for positive future development.”

    Significant increase in Operating Income

    Compared to the year-end 2004 total assets grew by 13.7 per cent to € 32.9 billion. Operating income increased rapidly during the first half of 2005, growing by 42.3 per cent or € 249.3 million to € 838.3 million. The fastest-growing item was the Net interest income, which rose by 50 per cent from € 358.1 million to € 535.7 million. It thus grew slightly faster than the total assets on annual comparison, which is primarily caused by an improvement in the interest margin by 26 basis points to 3.48 per cent.

    With 29.1 per cent the increase in the Provisioning for impairment losses (by € 14.3 million to € 63.4 million; almost exclusively in the retail customers segment) was considerably lower than the increase in Net interest income. This results in an improvement of the Risk/Earnings ratio to 11.8 per cent.

    General administrative expenses rose by 36.8 per cent or € 135.4 million – slower than the Operating income – to € 502.6 million. Consequently the Cost/income ratio improved from 63.5 per cent (for the full year 2004) to 59.9 per cent.

    With € 355.8 million the Operating result was 51.4 per cent higher compared to the same period last year.

    5.7 Million Customers

    Martin Grüll, CFO of Raiffeisen International, values the rapid expansion of the retail customers segment as a crucial factor for long-term success: “We focus on the business with private individuals and SME´s. The success of our strategy is underscored by the rapid growth in our customer base. In the second quarter alone we have acquired more than 350,000 new clients, building a superb basis for our sustainable future earnings growth.” Including corporate clients 5.7 million customers were serviced at the end of June 2005, which is more than 1.3 million more than at the same time last year.

    Rapid expansion of business outlet network

    The expansion of local business outlets continues at high pace. With 55 new business outlets since the end of 2004 the total number of business outlets increased to 971 by the end of June 2005. Hence, the number of staff also increased by 7.7 per cent from 22,851 to 24,616.

    Raiffeisen International is the steering unit for the subsidiaries of Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich AG (RZB) in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Its shares are traded on the Vienna Stock Exchange. RZB owns 70 per cent. The balance is free-float, including shareholdings of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of about three per cent each. Raiffeisen International operates the leading banking network in CEE with Network Banks and leasing companies in 16 markets. More than 5.7 million customers are served through more than 970 business outlets.

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