Erste Group Bank AG

About the institution

Erste Group was founded in 1819 as the first Austrian savings bank ("Erste oesterreichische Spar-Casse"). In 1997, Erste Group went public with a strategy to expand its retail business into Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Since then Erste Group's customer base has grown through numerous acquisitions and organic growth from 600,000 to 17 million. 95% of all clients are citizens of the European Union. The EU membership gives the countries of the region a stable regulatory framework that supports their economic development. Today Erste Group is one of the largest financial services providers in Central and Eastern Europe in terms of clients and total assets. It has always focused on retail and SME banking. In Austria Erste Group and Sparkassen within the cross-guarantee system represent a strong banking group. The cross-guarantee system itself offers improved protection to clients since their deposits are guaranteed by all its members.

Investor Relations

Thomas Sommerauer
Phone: +43 (0)5 0100-17326

Simone Pilz
Phone: +43 (0)5 0100 13036


Long Term Funding


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