Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich AG (RZB) is the core company of the RZB Group. Founded in 1927, RZB is Austria’s third-largest bank and the lead institute of the Austrian Raiffeisen Banking Group (RBG), the largest banking group in the country in terms of balance sheet total. The RBG represents about one quarter of the domestic banking market, has the densest network of banks in the country with about 2,100 outlets and employs about 29,000 people.
The RBG has a three-tier structure comprising the local Raiffeisen Banks, the Regional Raiffeisen banks at provincial level and RZB. The Raiffeisen Banks are private cooperative banks and owners of the Regional Raiffeisen Banks of their respective province. These in turn together hold around 90 per cent of the RZB common shares.
The Raiffeisen Banking Group (RBG) has a three-tier structure and is number 1 in Austria
1st tier: The 474 independent and locally active Raiffeisen Banks and their 1,587 outlets form the first tier.
2nd tier: The Raiffeisen banks of a province are owners of their respective Regional Raiffeisen Banks, which form the second tier. These are responsible for balancing liquidity and other central services for the Raiffeisen Banks within their area of operation and also act as independent universal banks.
3rd tier:RZB is the lead institute of the Raiffeisen Banking Group and forms the third tier in this function, together with central service tasks.
RZB is the central institute of the Austrian Raiffeisen Banking Group (RBG). It is the controlling holding for the entire RZB Group, including Raiffeisen Bank International AG (RBI) with one of the largest CEE networks of any Western bank in the region. RZB organises synergies and common solutions between the RBG and RBI, as well as services, products and processes for the RBG.
RBI – Most important shareholding of the RZB Group
RBI is Austria’s third-largest bank and one of the country’s leading commercial and investment banks, with a balance sheet total of € 114 billion as per 30 June 2016. RBI resulted from the 2010 merger of Raiffeisen International Bank-Holding AG and the principal business areas of RZB. RBI considers both CEE and Austria as its home market due to its broad distribution network and comprehensive product offer.
One of the largest banking groups in CEE
RZB was already active in CEE even before the process of political transition started in the region and the Iron Curtain fell. RZB founded its first CEE subsidiary bank in Hungary in 1986 and therefore looks back on 30 years of experience in the region's banking business. RZB has centralised the responsibility for its CEE banking network - which is one of the largest in the region - at RBI. 14 markets of the region are covered by subsidiary banks. Additionally, the Group comprises numerous other financial service providers, for instance in the fields of leasing, asset management, as well as mergers and acquisitions.
Niche player on the international markets
Outside CEE, RBI is a niche player on other international markets, with its representative offices and branches offering a range of products designed to match the specific needs of the group's corporate customers.
RBI has a presence in Asia with branches in Beijing and Singapore and representative offices in Zhuhai, Seoul, Mumbai and Ho Chi Minh City. Through its branches in London and Frankfurt as well as representative offices in Brussels (operated by RZB), Paris and Stockholm, it is well positioned in Western Europe, emphasizing its role as a hub between East and West.
Selected specialised companies of the Raiffeisen Banking Group