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Erste Bank Hungary


ERSTE BANK HUNGARY ZRT. is member of the Erste Group; its mother institution is the Erste Group Bank AG - a well-known name on the Central-European banking market with a 190 years history in Austria.

History of the bank

szekhaz_02_160x200Erste Group entered the Hungarian market by purchasing the state-owned Mezőbank in 1997. Since its renaming to Erste Bank Hungary on 1 October 1998, the bank has provided full-range financial services for its retail and corporate clients. During its operation the bank has expanded year after year at a rate that exceeded the market’s average growth, with an additional boost given by Erste Group purchasing Postabank Rt. from the Hungarian state and merging the banks in 2004.

Erste Bank Hungary has grown to be the second largest bank in the Hungarian market according to its number of clients and retail loan portfolio size, and the fourth biggest according to its total assets, securing strong positions in the area of investment services and leasing, as well. The financial institution serves nearly 900,000 customers in its nationwide network of 201 branch offices, and owns in addition 410 ATMs. The trade network includes also 27Commercial Centres for SME clients.

With its 8 subsidiaries, Erste Bank Hungary is covering the entire spectrum of financial services and client needs. The positions held by Erste Bank Hungary on the retail market are made even stronger by the strategic cooperation with Magyar Posta (Hungarian Post), a part of which there is an online system in operation in 342 post offices throughout the country.

Erste Bank Hungary wants to remain an innovative player in the Hungarian financial market in 2010, as well by implementing new services and products that focus on customer demands. Business activities will continue to concentrate on services provided for retail customers as well as small and medium enterprises.

Main data 2000 2009
Number of Branches 56 201
Number of Commercial Centres    7 27
Number of employees 934 3 214
Number of clients      210 000      900 000

Subsidiaries of Erste Bank Hungary

Erste Befektetési Zrt. / Erste Investment Hungary
Erste Alapkezelő Zrt ./ Erste Fund Management Hungary
Erste Leasing / Erste Leasing
Erste Nyugdíjpénztár / Erste Pension Fund
Erste Lakáslízing Zrt. / Erste Real Estate Leasing
Immorent Hungary Lízing Zrt./ Immorent Hungary Leasing Co.
Erste Ingatlan Kft./ Erste Property Ltd.
Erste Lakástakarék Zrt. / ERSTE Building Society Ltd.


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Customer service from abroad:
retail: +36 1 298 0222
corporate: +36 1 298 0223
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