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13.03.2008

Results for the 2007 financial year1:
Bank Austria Creditanstalt doubles profit to EUR 2.3 billion

  • BA-CA performs strongly in a difficult year: profit before tax up by 96.4 per cent to EUR 2.7 billion
  • Operating profit reaches new record level of EUR 3.1 billion
  • Return on equity after tax improved to 17 per cent
  • Economic Value Added (EVA) up by EUR 905 million to EUR 1.3 billion, with contributions coming from all regions and business segments
  • CEE business segment accounts for 49 per cent of overall profit before tax
  • Austrian customer business achieves strong increase of close to 80 per cent (+ EUR 354 million) in profit before tax
  • Cost/income ratio further improved to 52.2 per cent

Bank Austria Creditanstalt (BA-CA), a member of UniCredit Group, one of the leading European banking groups, again performed strongly in the difficult market environment prevailing in 2007. Profit before tax was EUR 2.7 billion; while this is lower than the previous year's level of EUR 3.3 billion, it should be noted that a direct comparison with the reported figure for 2006 is not meaningful; the previous year's figure should be adjusted for special effects totalling a net EUR 1.9 billion resulting from the sale of the Polish bank Bank BPH and the Croatian bank Splitska banka. Adjusted for these special effects, results from current business improved by 96.4 per cent.

BA-CA's CEO Erich Hampel: "We have achieved excellent results. In view of the difficult conditions in financial and credit markets, this achievement is not a matter of course and we are therefore proud of it. I am particularly pleased that the improvement in results comes from the CEE Division and from Austrian customer business alike. This shows that we have a well-balanced business model with sustained profitability, which enables us to perform well in a difficult market environment. We benefit from cooperation within UniCredit Group. I am confident that on this sound basis, we can continue to pursue growth in 2008 and further improve our performance."

1 Unless otherwise stated, all comparative figures in the income statement for the previous year are pro-forma figures. This provides more meaningful information because the group of consolidated companies of BA-CA has significantly widened as a result of the bundling of all CEE banks (except Poland's Markets) in UniCredit Group's CEE Division, which is managed out of Vienna. To make BA-CA's results for 2007 comparable with those for 2006, the 2006 figures have been adjusted on a pro-forma basis reflecting the new structure of BA-CA.

 IR Release download (PDF; 72 KB)

 BA-CA Annual Report 2007 (PDF,  3.870 KB)