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17.11.06

«Sibirskiy» branch of ZAO «Raiffeisenbank Austria» to summarize its first year performance in Novosibirsk market.

16th November, 2006, theSibirskiy branch of ZAO Raiffeisenbank Austria celebrated its first anniversary of the official opening. This was the fourth regional branch of Raiffeisenbank.

The primary business areas of Raiffeisenbank branch in Novosibirsk arecorporate banking (including medium and large-sized business lending)and private banking. In Novosibirsk there is also a branch ofRaiffeisen-Leasing company that hold its first anniversary on 18th November, 2006.

For the year of operation in the corporate banking market theSibirskiy branch has achieved significant results: as of 1 July, 2006 it ranked 2nd in the Novosibirsk region in terms of corporate loan portfolio. The branchs share in the corporate lending market of the Novosibirsk region as of the same period was 7%.

As of the present day the corporate loan portfolio of the branch totaledRUR 9 bln, demonstrating 45% growth just for the last three months.

Raiffeisen-Leasing branch in Novosibirsk operates leasing projects for different technological equipment, special-purpose machinery and transport facilities. For the previous year the total financing of the closed deals in the region exceeded USD 14 mln.

In the field of private banking that is also one of the key businessareas the branch has significantly enlarged its client base, introducednew services and improved its performance. Private loan portfolio of theSibirskiy branch currently exceeds RUR 458 mln.

Within the frame of car lending marketing activities, theSibirskiy branch concluded partnership agreements with many large car dealers in Novosibirsk, opened credit and cash service centers in the neighbor cities Barnaul, Kemerovo and Novokuznetsk. The Sibirskiy branch actively develops its partnership programs on car lending, mortgage and other products, sharing a European experience and introducing a high quality of Raiffeisen International Banking Group servicing to the Bank performance.

Raiffeisenbank establishes partnership relations with the largest realestate agencies and construction firms under the joint mortgagemarketing project. Starting October 2006 a mortgage marketing project -MORTGAGE SATURDAY - was set going, which implies that a customer at any convenient for him/her time set by previous appointment receives a detailed consultation from the lead mortgage managers and specialists of the leading real estate agencies of the city.

As of November 2006 theSibirskiy branch services 27 pay-roll projects; over 2,800 bank cards are issued. For customers convenience ZAO Raiffeisenbank Austria operates a network of ATMs located in Novosibirsk shopping malls and business centers.

Johann Jonach, CEO of Raiffeisenbank, congratulating the branch on theanniversary pointed out:We are truly glad and proud of our pioneers progress in the region and whole-heartedly wish them a further fruitful activity. This is our first branch in Siberia; however, nowadays the Bank is already represented in some other cities. By end of the next year, after the legal merger with Impexbank we will be able to service much more customers in many cities of the region.

Citing Director of theSibirskiy branch of ZAO Raiffeisenbank Austria Andrey Pochesnev: For the first year of its performance the branch has achieved significant results, owing to that the branch came through to TOP 10 banks of Novosibirsk. In the first place, this was due to Europeanstandards of servicing, custom-tailored approach and, definitely, well-coordinated teamwork. We are intended to move our progress forward, and we have quite ambitious plans for 2007. And certainly, the highest level of servicing will remain our business priority.

Like all other Raiffeisenbank offices and branches, theSibirskiy branch offers a full range of services both to corporate and private customers; moreover, the Bank has a necessary experience in the field of bank products roll-out and customization to meet the needs of the Russian companies and private individuals on the regional level. In addition to LLC Raiffeisen-Leasing, in Novosibirsk the customers can use services of all Raiffeisen Group companies in Russia Non-state Pension Fund Raiffeisen and LLC Management Company Raiffeisen Capital.

ZAO"Raiffeisenbank Austria" ranks the 9th position among the largestRussian banks in terms of assets volume based on Q3 2006 results (CEAInterfax). As of today the Bank has 19 offices in Moscow, 5 offices inSaint-Petersburg and regional branches in Ekaterinburg, Samara,Novosibirsk, Chelyabinsk, Nizhniy Novgorod, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk andPerm. Raiffeisenbank ranks the 8th position among the major retail banksof Russia in terms of consumer lending and the 8th position in terms ofprivate deposits according to Q3 2006 results (CEA Interfax). In termsof corporate loan portfolio Raiffeisenbank is on the 9th position underthe results of Q3 2006 (CEA Interfax).

ZAO"Raiffeisenbank Austria" is a subsidiary of Raiffeisen InternationalBank-Holding AG (Raiffeisen International) that operates subsidiarybanks and leasing companies in 16 markets in Central and Eastern Europe.11 million customers are attended through more than 2,700 businessoutlets. Raiffeisen International is a fully consolidated subsidiary ofRaiffeisen Zentralbank Osterreich AG (RZB), which owns 70 per cent ofthe common stock, the remaining 30 per cent is free float and the sharesare traded on the Vienna Stock Exchange. RZB is a leading corporate andinvestment bank in Austria and the central institution of the AustrianRaiffeisen Banking Group, the country''s largest banking group.

 

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