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28.09.06

RZB’s Supervisory Board decides capital increase of up to EUR 151million.

In today''s meeting, the Supervisory Board of Raiffeisen ZentralbankOsterreich AG (RZB) unanimously decided upon a capital increase of up toEUR 151 million out of the authorized capital.

"RZB''s outstanding success is based on its excellent strategic alignmentand dynamic growth. The capital increase broadens the basis for futuresuccess, thereby supporting the group''s ongoing expansion," saidChristian Konrad, President of the Supervisory Board. He also emphasizedthat the capital increase strengthened RZB''s special status as the onlylarge local bank in full Austrian ownership."Not only is the boost incapital a clear signal of trust of our shareholders in RZB''s strategy,it is also a further proof of the strong cohesion within the RaiffeisenBanking Group, in which RZB is deeply rooted as the Group''s centralinstitution," said RZB''s CEO Walter Rothensteiner.

Subscription period ends 13 November

The fresh shares will be issued at EUR 600 per share in an exchangeratio of 19:1. This corresponds to an increase of the nominal capital ofup to EUR 20.3 million of 5.26 per cent to a maximum of EUR 406.4million. A full subscription would result in a capital increase of EUR151 million.

The fresh shares are qualified for dividend starting 1 January 2007.Based on the last dividend of EUR 20.78 per share, this would result ina pre-tax yield of the capital increase of 4.66 per cent. Thesubscription period ends 13 November, all current shareholders of RZBare beneficiaries.

Raiffeisen Zentralbank''s Shareholder''sStake*
Raiffeisenlandesbank NO-Wien31.37%
Raiffeisen-Landesbank Steiermark14.92%
Raiffeisenlandesbank OO14.92%
Raiffeisen-Landesbank Tirol5.84%
Raiffeisenverband Salzburg5.79%
Raiffeisenlandesbank Kornten5.63%
Raiffeisenlandesbank Burgenland4.62%
Raiffeisenlandesbank Vorarlberg4.59%
Zveza Bank0.04%
Total Regional Raiffeisen Banks**87.70%
Osterreichische Volksbanken AG5.11%
UNIQA Versicherungen AG2.62%
RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria2.56%
NO Landesbank-Hypothekenbank AG1.20%
Landeshypothekenbank Steiermark AG0.63%
Hypo Tirol Bank AG0.17%
Other0.01%
Total other than Regional Raiffeisen Banks12.30%
Total100.00%
* Ordinary and preference shares held directly or indirectly.

**81.19 percentage points of which held byR-Landesbanken-Beteiligungs-GmbH.

Solid own funds

As of 30 June 2006, RZB''s total own funds have increased by 12.5 percent to EUR 5.9 billion, compared with year-end 2005. The group showed acomfortable excess cover ratio of 13.6 per cent at 30 June. The ownfunds ratio amounted to 9.1 per cent, the core capital ratio to 7.2 percent. In total, RZB has a healthy capital base sufficient for themedium-term plans.

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Raiffeisen Zentralbank Osterreich AG (RZB) is the central institution ofthe Austrian Raiffeisen Banking Group, the country''s largest bankinggroup. It is a leading corporate and investment bank in Austria and alsoconsiders Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) as its home market. Vialisted subsidiary Raiffeisen International Bank-Holding AG, it operatesone of the leading banking networks in CEE with subsidiary banks andfinance leasing companies in 16 markets. More than11 million customersare attended to through more than 2,700 business outlets. Representativeoffices in Lithuania and Moldova complement the group''s presence in theregion. Raiffeisen International''s shares are traded on the Vienna StockExchange. RZB owns 70 per cent, the balance is free-float.

For further information please contact Andreas Ecker-Nakamura (+43.1/71707-1753, andreas.ecker@rzb.at) or Manuel Vaid (+43.1/717 07-1626,manuel.vaid@rzb.at).

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