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BNR: International reserves – November 2022

Monday, December 5, 2022

On 30 November 2022, the National Bank of Romania’s (BNR) foreign exchange reserves stood at EUR 45,594 million, compared to EUR 46,291 million on 31 October 2022.   During the month, the following flows were recorded: EUR 2,187 million worth of inflows representing: changes in credit institutions’ foreign currency-denominated required reserves with the NBR; ...

Banking sector's operating profit at 22.596 bln RON in 2021

Monday, December 5, 2022

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The banking sector's operating profit in 2021 was 22.596 billion RON, up from 19.462 billion RON reported the year before, shows data centralized by the National Institute of Statistics.Income from banking operations decreased to 77.214 billion RON from 83.311 billion RON in 2020, as did banking expenses, which amounted to 54.618 billion RON (63.849 billion RON in 2020).The operating profit per 1,000 RON of revenue from banking operations increased ...

CFA Romania: Banking analysts anticipate a decrease in housing prices in the big cities

Monday, December 5, 2022

About 80% of CFA experts anticipate a fall in the prices of residential properties in large cities (no opinion of price increases was recorded), while more than 83% of participants consider these prices to be overvalued (none of the survey participants considered that they would be undervalued).   Regarding the EUR/RON exchange rate, over 83% of the participants anticipate a depreciation of the leu in the next 12 months ...

Analysis: Romanian companies need to take solid currency hedging measures

Monday, December 5, 2022

Romanian companies must take solid measures to hedge away currency risk, as fluctuations in the financial markets tend to increase along with economic problems growing critical, shows an analysis conducted by Moneycorp Romania."The recent significant fluctuations in the US dollar's exchange rate, along with the evolution of bond yields, herald a period fraught with challenges, during which financial markets are expected to react to the ever growing risk of ...

Loans granted by NBFIs in Romania, record high in 2022

Monday, December 5, 2022

The amount of loans granted by non-banking financial institutions (NBFIs) in Romania reached a record level of over lei 41 billion mid-2022, after a 9.2% advance in the first six months of this year (compared to the same period in 2021), according to the latest KeysFin analysis. In the post-pandemic year, the loans granted by the NBFIs registered in the General Registry increased by 8.1% to lei 38 billion.   As share of the ...

Leonardo Badea (BNR): Financial education – strengthening the resilience of the population and financial stability in the context of overlapping crises

Monday, December 5, 2022

The current context is still dominated by a series of overlapping crises. As the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic appear to be gradually diminishing throughout Europe and the US, they remain high in China and continue to affect a significant part of supply chains, maintaining supply shortages for many categories of goods.   At the same time, the arrival of the autumn seems to potentiate a series of seasonal epidemic ...

Erste sees 30% growth potential for shares of Romanian cargo river transport company TTS

Monday, December 5, 2022

Austrian financial group Erste, which operates BCR group in Romania, maintained its "buy" recommendation for the shares of river transporter Transport Trade Services (BVB: TTS) and indicated a price target of RON 14.35, according to the latest analysis report of the group.   The target was updated from RON 13.67, the new value implying a yield of 30% in ...

VIG board of directors has a new team starting July 1, 2023

Monday, December 5, 2022

The Managing Board of Vienna Insurance Group (VIG) will be composed as follows as of 1 July 2023: Hartwig Löger, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Managing Board, Peter Höfinger, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Chairman of the Managing Board, Liane Hirner, CFRO, Gerhard Lahner, Gábor Lehel and Harald Riener. All Management Board mandates will run until 30 ...

IFC’s support to expand access to climate finance in Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, and Serbia

Monday, December 5, 2022

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A new investment will help expand access to climate finance, supporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs), while bolstering the banking systems in Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, and Serbia, https://pressroom.ifc.org/ ...

Minutes of the monetary policy meeting of the National Bank of Romania Board on 8 November 2022

Monday, November 28, 2022

22 November 2022 The National Bank of Romania Board members present at the meeting: Mugur Isarescu, Chairman of the Board and ...

Loans extended by NFIs in Romania exceed 41 bn RON at mid-2022

Monday, November 28, 2022

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The value of loans extended by non-banking financial institutions (NFIs) in Romania reached a record level of over 41 billion RON at mid-2022, after a 9.2% advance in the first 6 months of this year (compared to the same period in 2021), according to a KeysFin analysis.Unlike the banking sector, NFIs mainly lend to non-financial companies, with 76% of the total portfolio, compared to 47% of the total, in the case of banks in 2021. Of the portfolio of loans ...

Guarantee agreement with IBRD, with a view to a preventive loan of 406 million euros

Monday, November 28, 2022

The Government approved on last Tuesday the negotiation of a guarantee agreement with the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Government informs.This is related to the preventive loan that the Bank Deposit Guarantee Fund (FGDB) is going to contract from IBRD to support the project regarding the institutional consolidation and resilience of the financial safety net.The agreement in principle regarding the guarantee of a preventive ...

Loans worth 229 million euros from the EIB for investments in healthcare sector

Monday, November 28, 2022

The government approved, on Tuesday, a memorandum in which it expresses its agreement in principle regarding the contracting of reimbursable financial assistance from the European Investment Bank, in the total amount of 229 million euros, with the destination of investments in the healthcare sector, informs a press release sent by the Government.The total value of the loans will be 229 million euros, being intended for investments in the health sector in the ...

22% of Romanians have overdue payments, the majority of them bills

Monday, November 28, 2022

The most recent national study reflecting the attitudes and practices of Romanians in the financial field, conducted by KRUK Romania together with IRES in November this year, shows that 22% of Romanians have overdue payments.   Most of them are payments of bills (15%), returns of loans (8%), as well as installments (7%).   “We began this research in a special ...

Laws regarding Romania pulling out of the IIB and the IBEC, promulgated by President Iohannis

Monday, November 28, 2022

   President Klaus Iohannis signed, on last Monday, the decrees regarding the promulgation of laws denouncing the Intergovernmental Agreement on the establishment of the International Investment Bank (IIB) and its Statute and the Convention on multilateral settlements in transferable rubles and the organization of the International Bank for Economic Cooperation (IBEC).The head of state promulgated the laws for denouncing the Intergovernmental ...

Garanti BBVA and IFC sign EUR 40 M loan agreement on financing investments in green housing

Monday, November 28, 2022

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Garanti BBVA has signed a EUR 40 million loan agreement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, with the purpose of financing investments in green housing, aiming to contribute to the joint effort to preserve the environment.   The EUR 40 million loan will allow Garanti BBVA to provide green mortgages and home improvement loans, thus encouraging the bank’s clients to ...

Net assets of investment funds down by 4 pct in September, to 15.7 billion RON

Monday, November 21, 2022

 The net assets of the funds opened for local investments stood at a value of approximately 15.7 billion RON in September, down 4% compared to the previous month, according to a report by the Financial Supervisory Authority (ASF).At the end of September 2022, the net assets related to all categories of open investment funds decreased compared to the previous month.Thus, open-end funds of bonds and fixed-income instruments held the largest share in ...

Romanian banks post record profit in Q3

Monday, November 21, 2022

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The aggregated net profit of Romanian banks surged to RON 2.88 bln (EUR 581 mln) in the third quarter of the year (Q3), 25% more compared to the same period last year, according to calculations based ...

Black Friday 2022 online card transactions up 27 pct from previous year 

Monday, November 21, 2022

The number of online card transactions on Black Friday this year was approximately 27 percent higher compared to the previous edition of the shopping bonanza, and on average Romanians spent around 322 RON online, slightly down from 370 RON in 2021, shows data published on Thursday by payment processor Netopia Payments.Sellers made an average of 80 transactions per minute, with transactions peaking at 2:15 p.m. The biggest purchase amounted to 35,000 RON paid ...

Patria Bank doubled net profit in first 9 months, to 14.86 million lei

Monday, November 21, 2022

Patria Bank recorded a net profit of 14.86 million lei, in the first 9 months of the year, in the rise by 106%, fom 7.2 million lei in thee first 9 months of 2021. The net bank income went up by 12% to 138.6 million lei. The net bank income records a positive evolution of 12% compared to the same period of 2021 (+15 million lei), although this evolution includes to contraction of 5 million lei ...

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