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Raiffeisen's Russian operations see profitability decline, delays exit

EditorHari G
Published 11/04/2023, 03:58 AM
Updated 11/04/2023, 03:58 AM
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Raiffeisen, a part of the RBI Group, has seen significant declines in its Russian operations this year. The bank reported a 5.7% decrease in profitability from January to September, falling to just over $1 billion. Additionally, the operating income suffered a 19.2% decrease to €2.1 billion ($2.2 billion) during the same period.

The bank's loan portfolio also contracted by two-thirds within nine months, shrinking to €6.3 billion. In the third quarter alone, Raiffeisen reported an after-tax profit of €339 million, significantly lower than the previous year. The revenue for this quarter was recorded at €331 million.

Raiffeisen and UniCredit are the only foreign banks listed as systemically important credit institutions by the Russian central bank. These banks play a crucial role in euro and dollar transactions in Russia.

Despite pressure from Western governments including the US, EU, and ECB for a swift exit from Russia, RBI Governor Johann Strobl announced a delay until the end of this year. This decision contradicts an earlier plan for a September spin-off of its Russian business.

In an unexpected move indicating potential expansion plans, Raiffeisen registered a new logo in Russia in September. Despite economic sanctions and declining profitability, Raiffeisen's presence remains integral to providing financial services and supporting Russia's economy.

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Put some sanctions on RBI, cut them off from the Dollar if they insist on russian business for Gods sake.
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