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The CEE Banking Sector Report 2019 is published today

Vienna,Raiffeisen analysts see CEE banking sector close to record profitability, double-digit return on equity in Central Europe (CE), Southeastern Europe (SEE) and Eastern Europe (EE)Czech Republic and Kosovo by far the most profitable markets, Romania, Hungary and Ukraine most interesting turn-around marketsCE/SEE banking sector profit pool at EUR 13-14 billion, over EUR 30 billion in total CEE region in 2018CEE NPL ratio single-digit, in CE-3 (CZ, HU, SK) NPL ratio at low 3.3 per cent, in SEE 7 per cent and in EE 9.3 per centIncreasing differentiation in regional strategies of major cross-border banks, but Czech Republic and Romania plus partly Russia among core markets of major CEE banking groupsRussian banking market benefits from consolidation, double-digit return on equity again, deep-rooted foreign banks with stable businesses in RussiaMarket share of Austrian CEE banks close to record levels againGrowth potential highest in SEE, CE growth to weaken somewhat, especially retail growth, also due to regulatory constraintsRaiffeisen analysts raise growth expectations for Hungary, Romania, and Ukraine; solid growth for Serbia, Croatia, and Russia; credit growth in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Bulgaria expected to slow slightlyYou can find Raiffeisen RESEARCH's CEE Banking Sector Report on the research portal.(Please note that – in order to fulfil the legal and regulatory requirements – you must register to access the portal to access the report. You will find filling instructions by clicking here.)A video interview with the author, summarizing the key messages of the CEE Banking Sector Report, can be accessed on our blog “Discover CEE”: further information please contact:
Ingrid Krenn-Ditz (+43-1-71 707-6055,
Andreas Ecker-Nakamura (+43-1-71 707-2222,