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Top 10 Russian Banks
July 17, 2015 14:48

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Russia’s Central Bank has posted the Top 10 list of domestic banks that are considered ‘systemic’ institutions.
The list includes Sberbank, VTB, Rosselkhozbank, Gazprombank, UniCredit Bank, Raiffaisenbank, Rosbank, Alfa Bank, Otkritie and Promsvyazbank. The lenders hold more than 60 percent of the total assets of the Russian banking sector.
Sberbank of Russia is the largest bank in Russia and CIS. The founder and principal shareholder is the Central Bank of Russia, which owns 50 percent of the Bank's authorized capital plus 1 voting share. The rest of the shares are held by international and domestic investors. The Bank's ordinary and preferred shares have been publicly traded in Russia since 1996, and the American Depositary Shares (ADS) were listed on the London Stock Exchange, admitted to trading in Frankfurt Stock Exchange and over the counter in the US.
VTB Bank is Russia’s second largest lender by assets. Classified as blue chips, VTB shares are among the most liquid on the Russian stock market. The Bank’s securities are traded on Russia’s joint MICEX-RTS Exchange and as global depository receipts on the London Stock Exchange under the VTBR ticker. The Russian government owns 60.9 percent of VTB Bank’s equity.
Gazprombank has successfully operated in the banking market since 1990. Founded by the world's largest gas producer and exporter Gazprom to provide banking services for gas industry enterprises, Gazprombank has since become a leader in the banking sector, which key performance indicators place the Bank among the top three banks of Russia.
Gazprombank's network across Russia extends from Kaliningrad in the west to Youzhno-Sakhalinsk in the east. The total number of offices delivering customer friendly high-quality banking and depository services under the single brand name of Gazprombank exceeds 500. Gazprombank was twice awarded by The Banker Magazine as “The Bank of the Year in Russia” in 2001 and 2005.
Founded in 1990, Alfa-Bank (Russia) is currently one of the Russia’s leading privately owned banks. According to the ranking compiled by the portal in the end of 2014, Alfa-Bank (Russia) was the largest privately owned bank in terms of total equity, loan portfolio and customer accounts.
As a universal bank, Alfa-Bank (Russia) is present in all key sectors of the financial industry with the following core business lines: corporate and investment banking (including SME, trade finance, structured finance, leasing and factoring), interbank, and retail banking (including consumer finance, retail lending and credit cards, saving accounts and deposits services through remote channels).
Founded in 1995, PromSvyazBank (PSB) is a leading Russian privately owned bank with assets of RUB1.0 trln and Basel III total capital of RUB130 bn as at 1 April 15 according to IFRS. According to RIA Rating, PSB ranks 11th in terms of assets among the leading Russian banks as at 1 April 2015. According to the current ranking of The Banker, PSB is a Top 500 bank globally in terms of capital.
Founded in 1993, Otkritie Financial Corporation Bank is the parent company of Otkritie FC Banking Group, ranking first among Russia’s largest privately-owned banking groups and fourth among Russia’s largest groups by total RAS assets according to Interfax-CEA data as at 31 December 2014. According to the IFRS Financial Statements as at 31 December 2014, the Group’s consolidated assets totalled RUB 2,595.9 billion, with its total equity standing at RUB 157.8 billion. The Group comprises Otkritie Financial Corporation Bank and Khanty-Mansiysk Otkritie Bank.
Russian Agricultural Bank (RusAg) is a 100% state-owned bank regulated by the Bank of Russia. RusAg is one of the leading financial institutions providing lending support to Russian agribusiness.
Today, Russian Agricultural Bank’s network of 77 regional branches and about 1,300 additional offices covers the whole territory of the Russian Federation and is the second largest regional branch network in the country. RusAg’s local presence provides a significant marketing advantage and access to regional client base.
UniCredit Bank is one of Europe’s leading commercial banks. We operate in 20 countries with more than 156,000 employees and over 9,300 branches and a strong strategic position in Central and Eastern Europe.
AO Raiffeisenbank is a subsidiary of Raiffeisen Bank International AG. Raiffeisenbank ranks 13th among the Russian banks in terms of assets, based on 2014 results (Interfax-CEA). According to the same Interfax-CEA data, AO Raiffeisenbank ranked 6th in terms of liabilities of individuals and 9th with regard to consumer lending.

Rosbank is a universal bank, part of Societe Generale Group. The Group’s strategy is focused on the improvement of client service and maintenance of leadership in innovation, capturing growth through business development, increased synergies, and delivery of sustainable profitability. 

Author: Mikhail Vesely

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