Bank Austria has been a member of UniCredit, one of the largest European banking groups, since 2005.
The bank has one of the strongest capital bases among the large banks in Austria. Its Common Equity Tier 1 capital ratio (based on all risks) stood at 11.2 percent and its total capital ratio amounted to 15.1 percent as of 31 March 2016. As of that date, Bank Austria had total assets of €197.8 billion. Bank Austria is constantly striving to maintain the highest level of customer satisfaction and it looks back on about 160 years of tradition and experience.
The bank maintains an extensive network in Austria, with about 6,800 employees (counted on full-time basis) serving customers in some 170 branches. During the financial and economic crisis, Bank Austria demonstrated its financial strength: it was the only major bank in Austria that did not use state aid to strengthen its capital.
Bank Austria is a modern and dynamic universal bank offering its customers access to international financial markets. Bank Austria serves as UniCredit's hub for the banking network in Central and Eastern Europe, a region where the Group is the clear market leader with about 2,300 branches in 13 countries (incl. more than 1,000 branches of the Turkish joint-venture).
UniCredit is a major international financial institution with strong roots in 17 European countries (of which 14 in Central and Eastern Europea/CEE), running a world-wide network of approximately 50 markets.
In the CEE region, UniCredit operates the largest international banking network with around 2,300 branches and outlets (as of 31 March 2016).
The Group operates in the following CEE countries: Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey and Ukraine.
The Integrity Charter maps out common values which we share – values that embody the identity of the UniCredit Group.
The London-based financial magazine World Finance has named Bank Austria the best banking group in Austria. In its selection, the jury examined each bank's key financial figures as well as their range of products, innovative capacities, focus on service, growth strategy, stability, product platforms, alternative financial products and competitive position.
The American financial magazine Global Finance has named Bank Austria the "Best Trade Finance Bank 2016". In the past years, Bank Austria has received more than 250 awards from renowned international financial magazines in recognition of its achievements.
Euromoney and The Banker have repeatedly named Bank Austria "Best Bank" and "Bank of the Year". Numerous awards have also been given to Bank Austria in the fields of custody, trade finance, project finance and foreign exchange, and to Bank Austria's CEE subsidiaries.
Bank Austria was created by the merger of Austria's leading traditional banks. In 1855 the "k.k. privilegirte Oesterreichische Credit-Anstalt für Handel und Gewerbe" was founded, 1880 the "k.k. privilegirte Oesterreichische Laenderbank" and 1905 the "Zentral-Sparkasse der Gemeinde Wien".
In 1991, Zentralsparkasse und Kommerzialbank and Oesterreichische Laenderbank merged to form Bank Austria, in 1997, Bank Austria took over Creditanstalt, the country's second-largest bank.
Since November 2005, Bank Austria has been a member of UniCredit Group. This combination has created a new, truly European bank with Bank Austria playing a key role in the growth markets of Central and Eastern Europe.