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UniCredit finalizes the transfer to BA-CA of its banking shareholdings in Central Eastern Europe (excluding Poland)

Ad-hoc-Meldung / Ad hoc Release
nach § 15 WpHG / pursuant to § 15 of the German Securities Trading Act
UniCredit finalizes the transfer to BA-CA of its banking shareholdings in Central Eastern Europe (excluding Poland)

Following the resolutions of the Board of Directors of UniCredit and of the Supervisory Board of BA-CA dated 4 August 2006, UniCredit announces the finalisation of the transfer to Bank Austria Creditanstalt AG ("BA-CA") of its banking shareholdings in Central Eastern Europe (with the exception of Bank Pekao S.A.) and of certain related activities (CEE Business Unit").

Following the registration of BA-CA's capital increase (occurred on 16 March 2007), UniCredit has today received 55 million newly issued shares of BA-CA in exchange for the contributed CEE Business Unit. As a result, UniCredit's shareholding in BA-CA increased from 94.98% to 96.35% of the registered capital.

The banking shareholdings transferred include:

  • 50.00% of Koç Finansal Hizmetler A.S. in Turkey,
  • 81.91% of Zagrebačka banka D.D. in Croatia,
  • 86.13% of Bulbank A.D. in Bulgaria,
  • 100.00% of Živnostenska banka, a.s. in Czech Republic,
  • 97.11% of UniBanka a.s. in Slovakia, and
  • 99.95% of UniCredit Romania S.A. in Romania.

The transfer is consistent with the future role of BA-CA, within the UniCredit Group, as the hub for the CEE banking activities.

The transaction was completed following the approval of the Austrian Financial Market Authority and other competent supervisory authorities.

Milan, 19 March 2007
UniCredito Italiano S.p.A.
Via San Protaso 1/3
20121 Milano

Securities listed on German regulated markets:
ISIN IT0000064854
WKN: 850832
Listed: Official Market (Amtlicher Markt), Frankfurt Stock Exchange (General Standard)

With a current market capitalization of approximately €72 billion, ranking among the top financial groups in Europe, UniCredit has a presence in 20 countries worldwide, with over 35 million clients and 7,000 branches, approximately 142 thousand employees and total assets of approximately €822 billion as of 30 September 2006.


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