(570 CZK, -4,01%) Group says to fully redeem participation capital of EU1.76b, increase share capital by 660 mln. EUR in 3Q. The bank says 1.205 bln. EUR participation capital held by Austrian state (govt aid), 559 mln. EUR held by private investors. sees gross savings from participation redemption 149 mln. EUR post-tax in 2014, 158 mln. EUR in 2015, higher in subsequent years. Erste plans capital increase of 660 mln. EUR in 3Q to meet its targeted 10% Basel 3 equity tier-1 ratio.
expects a slight improvement in economic performance for Central and Eastern Europe in 2H, even though growth rates in the region are expected to remain moderate. The bank expects operating result to decline by up to 5% in 2013 and risk costs of group estimated to decrease by approximately 10%-15% in 2013.
/ Erste’s guidance for 2013 has been „a stable operating result y/y“ (relesed within 1Q13 results) and consensus has been looking for -20% y/y decline in provisions. Therefore, we see a lowering of FY13 operating results target as NEGATIVE for shares. We also think the plan to increase capital via circa 30 mln. new shares issuance (+7.5 %) was not fully expected. shares lost -12,5% in May, slightly outperforming European banking index (SX7P Index) that has fallen of -10.3%.