Thursday, 6 May 2021

Zagreb Stock Exchange: Crobex Continues Upward Movement For Fourth Day in a Row

ZAGREB, May 6, 2021- The main Zagreb Stock Exchange (ZSE) indices strengthened on Thursday, with the Crobex continuing its upward movement for the fourth day in a row to reach its highest level since the end of February 2020.

The Crobex rose by 0.38% to 1,930 points, while the Crobex10 gained 0.4% to end the day at 1,196 points.

Turnover at the end of the trading session reached HRK 9.2 million, about 1.5 million less than on Wednesday.

The stock of the Atlantska Plovidba shipping company turned over HRK 1.8 million, closing at HRK 317 per share, up 6.73% over Wednesday. It was the only stock to pass the turnover mark of one million kuna.

A total of 43 stocks traded today, with 13 of them registering price increases, 19 recording price decreases and 11 stagnating in price.

(€1 = HRK 7.534594)

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Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Zagreb Stock Exchange: Crobex Continues to Climb Slowly For Third Day Running

ZAGREB, 5 May, 2021 - The Zagreb Stock Exchange Crobex index continued to increase slowly on Wednesday for the third day running while the Crobex10 weakened, with investors focusing on the HT telecommunications stock, which traded without dividend rights.

The Crobex increased by 0.35% to 1,923 points, climbing for three straight days and reaching its highest level since February 2020.

The Crobex10, however, weakened slightly, by 0.02% to 1,191 points.

The transport sector index registered the highest increase, of 3.93%, while the construction sector index plunged by 2.48%.

Regular turnover amounted to HRK 10.4 million or 1.65 million more than on Tuesday.

The highest turnover of HRK 1.77 million was generated by the HT telecommunications company. The price of HT shares dropped by 2.33% to HRK 188.5. This was due to the fact that as of today, the HT stock trades without the right of paying out a dividend of HRK 8 per share.

The Atlantska Plovidba shipping company generated the second highest turnover, of HRK 1.23 million, with the price of its shares soaring by 6% to HRK 297.

The Ericsson Nikola Tesla stock also crossed the million kuna mark with a turnover of HRK 1.2 million, and the price of its shares increased by 1.19% to close at HRK 1,705 per share.

A total of 47 stocks traded today, with 18 of them registering price increases and 14 registering decreases, while 15 remained stable in price.

€1 = HRK 7.538774)

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Wednesday, 5 May 2021

INA to Donate HRK 1.4 Million To Healthcare Sector

ZAGREB, 5 May, 2021 - The INA oil company will donate HRK 1.4 million to healthcare institutions this year, aware of the exceptional circumstances that the system is faced with due to the coronavirus pandemic, the company said in a press release on Wednesday.

In the wake of last year's earthquakes in Sisak-Moslavina County, INA has donated HRK 500,000 to the Sisak General Hospital and an additional HRK 900,000 to other institutions.

INA plans to donate HRK 150,000 each to the Oncology Department of the Hospital for Children's Diseases in Zagreb and the Clinical Hospital Centre (KBC) in Rijeka as well as HRK 100,000 each to KBC Osijek, the tissue and cell bank at the Sisters of Mercy Hospital in Zagreb, the Hospital for Infectious Diseases in Zagreb, the Cardiology Clinic in Split and two civil society associations.

The Sisak Health Care Centre and the Special Children's Hospital in Gornja Bistra will receive HRK 50,000 each.

The donations are intended for the improvement of diagnostics, procuring new equipment and improving accommodation for patients and working conditions for medical workers.

In addition to money donations, the hospitals will receive a total of 500 litres of INA's Dezinol disinfectant which was developed by INA during the pandemic.

In the past 10 years INA has invested HRK 6.5 million in healthcare in Croatia.

(€1 = HRK 7.5)

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Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Zagreb Stock Exchange Indices Close At Record High Since Late February 2020

ZAGREB, 4 May, 2021 - The Zagreb Stock Exchange (ZSE) indices -- the Crobex and Crobex 10 -- on Tuesday increased 0.57% to 1,916 points and 0.35% to 1,191 points respectively, closing at a record high since the end of February 2020. 

Broken down by sector, the transport index saw the biggest increase of 4.62%, whereas the industry index slid by 1.13%.

Today's regular turnover totalled HRK 8.75 million, 2.5 million less than on Monday.

In terms of the volume of trading, the Atlantska Plovidba shipping company was the top performer, with HRK 2.35 million. Its share price jumped 12% to HRK 280.

The HT telecom turned over HRK 1.33 million, with its share price falling 0.26% to HRK 193.

A total of 39 stocks traded today, with 20 of them registering price increases and 10 registering decreases, while nine remained stable in price.

(€1 = HRK 7.547556) 

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Friday, 30 April 2021

Podravka Group Generates Q1 Net Profit of HRK 105.2 Million

ZAGREB, 30 April, 2021 - The Podravka Group generated a net profit of HRK 105.2 million in the first quarter of 2021, an increase of 15.6% over the same period in 2020, the Koprivnica-based food company said in a financial statement on Friday.

Sales revenue amounted to HRK 1.08 billion or 12.1% less compared to the same period last year.

Podravka said that the decrease in revenue had been expected and was in line with business plans.

"The expected fall in sales revenue compared to 2020 was due to the unusual withdrawal of goods from buyers and extra stocks created in March last year as a consequence of the lockdown in most of the countries where Podravka is present."

The company's supervisory board adopted the revised business results for 2020 which show that the group had generated a net profit of HRK 248.9 million, or 12.3% more than in 2019.

 (€1 = HRK 7.5)

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Friday, 30 April 2021

Zagreb Stock Exchange Indices End Mixed

ZAGREB, 30 April, 2021 - The main Zagreb Stock Exchange (ZSE) indices ended mixed on Friday, with the Crobex decreasing by 0.03% to 1,893.51 points and the Crobex10 increasing by 0.02% to 1,177.94 points.

Turnover at the close of the trading session was HRK 10.1 million, about 500,000 less than on Thursday.

The highest turnover, of HRK 1.4 million, was generated by the Končar Electrical Industry stock. Its price remained unchanged at HRK 715.

Only two more stocks passed the turnover mark of one million kuna.

The stock of the Maistra hotel company turned over HRK 1.3 million, ending the day at HRK 306 per share, up 1.32% from Thursday.

The Arena Hospitality Group stock turned over HRK 1.1 million. Its price fell by 0.65% to HRK 308 per share.

A total of 45 stocks traded today, with 21 of them registering share price increases, 15 recording price decreases and nine remaining stable in price.

(€1 = HRK 7.553299)

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Thursday, 29 April 2021

Croatian National Bank: Banks Still Do Not See Climate Change As Serious Threat to Business

ZAGREB, 29 April, 2021 - Most banks in Croatia still do not see climate change as a serious threat to their business, a survey carried out by the Croatian National Bank (HNB) showed on Thursday.

The survey was presented as part of an online conference called "The Role of Banks in Greening Our Economies", organised by the HNB and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

The survey, carried out among 20 Croatian banks, showed that the banks did not see climate change as an immediate and serious threat to their business.

Only one bank said that climate change would have a generally significant impact on the Croatian banking system, 11 banks said that the impact would be moderate, while eight said that it would be insignificant.

Only two banks have a climate change-related strategy included in their overall business strategy, expressing concern about risks and anticipating possible changes to the regulatory framework. On the other hand, 15 banks said they were waiting for the regulators to take the initial steps in this regard.

Responding to the question about risk materialisation, 10 banks said that climate risks would not materialise in the near future, while 11 said they were not attaching major importance to exposure to climate change and environmental risks to their portfolio.

Physical risk includes the financial impact of climate change, and five sectors in Croatia are particularly vulnerable to it - tourism, agriculture, forestry, fisheries and energy distribution. More than a quarter of Croatian banks' exposures to non-financial institutions concern these sectors, mostly tourism, the survey showed.

However, none of the banks has so far assessed its exposure to climate and environmental risks, citing lack of reliable data and methodology as well as lack of qualified staff.

The sectors facing the biggest transition risk from climate change are transport and traffic, agriculture, motor vehicles, energy and oil products, and construction.

Only 9 banks offer green product to their customers

Most banks recognise opportunities brought by the transition to a low-carbon economy, with three-quarters of them saying they could benefit from this transition by financing green projects. However, only nine banks said they were offering a green product to their customers, such as loans for the energy renovation of buildings or the purchase of electric vehicles.

 HNB Governor Boris Vujčić said in his opening remarks that both the HNB and EBRD had acknowledged their responsibility for highlighting the role of banks in the climate transition. He recalled the Paris climate change agreement of 2015, which has been ratified by 189 countries, saying that it set ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prevent further global warming.

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Thursday, 29 April 2021

INA's Q1 Net Profit HRK 50 Million

ZAGREB, 29 April, 2021 - INA posted the net profit of HRK 50 million in the first three months of 2021, according to the latest quarterly financial report released by this leading Croatian oil group on Thursday.

For the sake of comparison, in the Q1 2020, INA registered a loss of HRK 178 million.

In the first three months of 2021, the group's revenues totalled HRK 4.17 billion, rising by 0.6% on the year, whereas the expenditures contracted 19.7% to 4.11 billion kuna.

The statement reads that "the beginning of 2021 was marked by a more favorable external environment compared to 2020, which was one of the most challenging years for oil & gas industry."

"Although world economy is still far from recovery and demand is limited, impact of gradual easing of COVID-19 restrictions is visible," it says.

"EBITDA reached HRK 467 million and Profit for the period amounted to HRK 50 million, in contrast with the losses in 2020 caused by a large drop in hydrocarbon prices and consequent negative inventory revaluation," INA reported in its financial statement.

"Exploration and production benefited from the increased hydrocarbon prices but natural decline continued with production level below 28 th boe/d, 12% lower compared to Q1 2020. This drove the segment’s EBITDA to HRK 401 million, 5% lower compared to Q1 2020."

In Q1 2021, INA entered a new concession in Egypt, following efforts to partly compensate for the natural decline of production on domestic fields.

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Thursday, 29 April 2021

Zagreb Stock Exchange Indices Rebound

ZAGREB, 29 April, 2021 - The main Zagreb Stock Exchange (ZSE) indices rebounded on Thursday, with the Crobex rising by 0.38% to 1,894.08 points and the Crobex10 by 0.35% to 1,177.76 points.

Turnover at the close of the trading session was HRK 10.6 million, nearly seven million higher than on Wednesday.

The highest turnover, of HRK 1.5 million, was generated by the stock of the Atlantic retail group, which closed at HRK 1,490 per share, down by 0.67%.

The Končar Elektroindustrija stock turned over HRK 1.42 million, ending the day at HRK 715 per share, up 5.15%.

The HT telecommunications company saw its share price rise by 0.79% to HRK 192, turning over HRK 1.4 million.

The only other stock to pass the turnover mark of one million kuna was that of the Valamar Riviera hotel company, turning over HRK 1.2 million. Its price fell by 0.69% to HRK 28.90 per share.

A total of 41 stocks traded today, with 23 of them registering share price decreases, 12 recording price increases and six remaining stable in price.

(€1 = HRK 7.558778) 

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Thursday, 29 April 2021

Convergence Programme: Croatia's Economy to Rise 5.2% in 2021, 6.6% in 2022

ZAGREB, 29 April (Hina) - The Croatian government expects the national economy to rise at a rate of 5.2% in 2021, which is 0.3 percentage points more than its previous forecast, the government said at its meeting on Thursday when it adopted the 2022-2024 Convergence Programme.

Economic activity is expected to pick up at a rate of 6.6% in 2022.

The Convergence Programme is a document that is adopted on a regular basis in dialogue with the European Union's institutions as part of the European semester.

This year's document also deals with macroeconomic, fiscal and other economic effects of the draft National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NPOO), which was forwarded today to the European Commission for final fine-tuning.

Addressing the meeting, Finance Minister Zdravko Marić said that the effects of the NPOO raised the projected growth rate by 0.3 percentage points. Furthermore, growth of 6.6% and 4.1% is forecast for 2022 and 2023 respectively,

The finance minister said that these rates have 1.5 percentage points of the effects made by the National Recovery and Resilience Plan.

In 2024 the economy is expected to rise at a rate of 3.4%.

Marić pointed out growing commodity and services exports as a positive contribution to the growth.

Domestic consumption and investments will also give tailwinds to the growth.

2021 budget gap at 3.8% to narrow in coming years

The projections from the Convergence Programme, including the fiscal elements, will serve as an input in the preparation of the budget revision, the minister said.

Concerning the expenditure side, the minister pointed out the costs incurred due to the COVID-19 epidemic, which have reached HRK 32 billion.

He said that in 2020, HRK 14.1 billion was used to offset the pandemic and an additional 8.6 billion this year. Of that amount, the  largest portion was used for the job retention scheme, including grants for job-keeping measures, shortened working hours, and the coverage of the fixed costs of enterprises.

In the healthcare system, the COVID-related costs covered the procurement of coronavirus tests and now vaccine supplies, Marić added

Therefore, the initial plan of this year's budget gap of 2.9% has widened to 3.8% of GDP, the minister explained.

In 2022, the budget gap should be within the limits set by the Maastricht criteria (-2.6%), and in 2023 it would narrow to 1.9% and further to 1.5% in 2024, according to the minister's explanation.

Marić recalled that Croatia had left the excessive deficit procedure in 2017 and was no longer in the group of countries with excessive economic imbalances, regaining the status of a creditworthy country. He also underscored Croatia's aspirations to adopt the euro.

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