Overview of Banks in Austria
There are more than 700 banks in Austria. The Austrian banking system is a universal banking system that offers lots of potential for synergies and risk mitigation. According to Moody’s, Austria’s banking system is stable, due to its lower exposure to higher risk Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) countries.
Structure of banks in Austria
Banks in Austria are organized into different trade associations according to sectors. The sector structure is generally followed, although there may be a few differences in the business models of individual banks:
- Single tier structure – Includes joint-stock banks, housing construction banks, and specialized credit institutions, as well as mortgage banks
- Two-tier structure – Includes savings banks and Volksbanken (Co-operative banks)
- Three-tier structure – Includes Raiffeisen banks
For anyone considering a banking career in Austria, this list of the top banks in Austria will be a helpful guide of where to start. To learn more, see our lists of financial institutions.
The top banks in Austria are:
Erste Group Bank
This bank was founded in 1819 and is headquartered in Vienna. The bank employs around 49,381 staff and is present in 7 countries. Erste Bank operates through 3,063 branches in Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, Croatia, and Serbia.
It is the largest of all the banks in Austria, offering a wide range of banking and other financial services to corporate and retail customers in Austria, in Central and Eastern Europe, and internationally.
As of 2016, the bank’s total assets were valued at $252 billion and total income was US$8,558 million.
RZB Group is one of the largest banks in Austria. Founded in 1927, the bank provides commercial and investment banking products and services to individuals, multinational companies, and financial service providers. It also offers corporate finance, export and trade financing services, private banking, capital investment, leasing, real estate, and other bank-related services. It operates in Central, Western, and Southeastern Europe, and Asia.
The bank employs around 50,000 staff and is headquartered in Vienna. In 2016, the bank reported total assets of US$159 billion and total income of US$290 million.
UniCredit Bank Austria AG
UniCredit Bank Austria was established in 1855 and offers Corporate Banking, Private Banking, Retail Banking, and Corporate and Investment Banking segments. The bank operates in various countries, such as Italy, Germany, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, and Turkey.
The bank was formerly known as Bank Austria Creditanstalt AG. In 2008, it changed its name to UniCredit Bank Austria AG. The bank currently employs 117,659 individuals and is headquartered in Vienna. As of 2016, its total income amounted to US$22.17 billion and total assets reached US$1,014.5 billion.
BAWAG was founded in 1922, making it one of the oldest banks in Austria. It provides banking products and services primarily in Austria, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, and the United States. The bank employs 3,528 staff and is headquartered in Vienna. In 2016, the bank reported a total income of US$1,089 million and reported US$46.8 billion in total assets.
Raiffeisen Bank International AG
Established in 2010, the Raiffeisen Bank International is into private, commercial, and retail banking. The bank provides retail, corporate, and investment banking services. It offers various financing products and services, including corporate finance, structured finance, corporate bonds, factoring services, leasing services, and investment solutions. It employs 48,556 staff and operates 2,500 business outlets in Central, Southeastern, and Eastern Europe. As of 2016, the bank’s total income amounted to US$3,462 million and total assets reached US$131.9 billion.
Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG
The bank is one of the few special purpose banks in Austria. Founded in 1946, it provides financial and information services to the export industry and capital markets both in Austria and abroad. It is headquartered in Vienna and currently employs 442 staff. As of 2016, the bank’s total income was US$100.3 billion and total assets were US$31,263.4 billion.
Raiffeisen Bank Niederösterreich
Founded in 1927, the bank provides banking products and services. It employs 1,185 staff and is headquartered in Vienna. As of 2016, total income was US$267.43 billion and total assets were valued at US$327.3 billion. As of December 31, 2015, the bank was operating through 44 branches, which include 33 retail banking branches, one private banking office, five centers for trade and business customers, and five locations for the company’s organization and its employees.
OberBank was established in 1869, making it the oldest of top banks in Austria. It provides banking products and services to individuals and corporations. The bank employs 2,049 employees and is headquartered in Linz. It operates through a network of 159 branch offices, which include 98 branches in Austria, 28 branches in Germany, 21 branches in the Czech Republic, 9 branches in Hungary, and 3 branches in Slovakia. In 2016, the bank posted a total income US$549 million and reported total assets of US$22.5 billion.
HYPO NOE Gruppe
Founded in 1888, HYPO NOE Gruppe operates as one of the regional banks in Austria. It operates in four different segments: Gruppe Bank, Leasing, Landesbank, and Other. The Gruppe Bank segment offers banking, real estate, corporate finance, and treasury services. The Leasing segment provides several leasing solutions. The Landesbank segment offers housing finance, insurance brokerage services, and funding for non-profit housing association building projects. The Other segment deals with construction, property development, management, and marketing activities.
The bank employs 863 staff and is headquartered in St. Pölten. As of 2016, the total income of the bank was US$146.8 billion and total assets were US$18,155.46 billion.
The bank was established in 1927 and is based in Graz. With 926 staff, the bank operates through Retail, Corporate, Equity Investments, Capital Market and Treasury, and Other segments. In 2016, it posted a total income US$15.88 billion and reported total assets of US$17,647.7 billion.
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This has been CFI’s guide to the top banks in Austria. For anyone looking for a career in banking, this list is a great place to start your networking. Please also see these additional resources: