Bucharest’s Stock Exchange Reports Growth; Eyes Emerging Market Status

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Three high-profile initial public offerings (IPOs) have had a hugely positive impact on the primary Romanian stock market this year, the Bucharest Stock Exchange (BSE).  The BSE’s BET has grown by 20 per cent this year, while liquidity through the first nine months of 2017 has improved by 33 per cent compared to the same period last year.

The IPOs, for AAGES (which designs and manufactures induction heating machines), Sphera (which operates Pizza Hut, KFC, Taco Bell and a number of other food and drink franchises in Romania) and Transilvania Insurance Broker were worth a total of 300 million lei (64.8 million euros). The listing of Digi – a cable television, mobile telephony and internet operator – in May also boosted the BSE.

“Increased liquidity, especially in the second part of 2017, and intensification by the three new IPOs prompted investors to weigh the attractiveness of the Romanian stock market, which is now very close to obtaining the status of emerging market according to MSCI standards,” Leonardo Badea, head of the Romanian Financial Supervision Authority (ASF) told Emerging Europe. “The ASF has focused on the achievement of stock market infrastructure consolidation, pursued the implementation of corporate governance principles for the supervised entities, intensified its efforts to implement risk-based intertwined with on-site supervision, and stimulated capital market intermediaries to participate in preparations for the new MIFIDII requirements.”

According to Mr Badea, political instability and government policies have not had any real impact on investor confidence.

“Market evolution reflects all factors that have an influence on the economy, the perception of local and international investors, the country risks and expected returns and any future prospects,” he said. “Investors may react if they feel that the political framework threatens their portfolios expected results. So far, recent evolutions reflected by improved liquidity showed no major concerns regarding the implementation of government policies.”

The local corporate bonds market has also had a positive year. The BSE accepted corporate bond issues by Vrancart (38.25 million lei), Unicredit Bank (610 million lei), Globalworth Real Estate Investment (550 million lei) and the International Bank of Romania Investments (60 million euros and 300 million lei).

Mr Badea is optimistic that 2018 will be another good year on the BSE. “We will continue with measures aimed at achieving emerging market status, through stimulating the growth of capital market liquidity and providing a regulatory framework according to the highest standards,” he said. “We will also support the development of the bond market as an alternative to financing through the capital markets and encourage the bond issuance by companies already listed on the BSE. We are working to identify sustainable solutions to increase the number of active investors and to further continue the growth of the investment fund industry.”

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MLADA BOLESLAV CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 30: Skoda Octavia on conveyor line during Doors Open Day at Skoda Auto a.s. factory. Skoda auto celebrated 120 years since its founding on May 30 2015 in Mlada Boleslav.

Ukraine’s Economic Recovery: Good, But Slow

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Bulgarian Capital Pulls Above Its Weight

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Azerbaijan Showcases ICT Potential

BAKU AZERBAIJAN - SEPTEMBER 25: People goes by the seafront of Baku on September 25 2016. Baku is a capital and largest city of Azerbaijan.

Georgia Leads Emerging Europe in Ease of Doing Business Report

Assaults on the Judiciary: How CEE Governments Are Trying to Restrict Judicial Independence, and Why It’s Not Working… For Now

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China and Central Europe: Don’t Believe the Hype

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Hungary Today: Potential and Challenge

Chain bridge on Danube river in Budapest city. Hungary. Urban landscape panorama with old buildings and domes of opera

China-Georgia FTA Takes Effect

TBILISI GEORGIA - SEPTEMBER 28: Top view of Tbilisi downtown Georgia on September 28 2016. Tbilisi is a capital and largest city of Georgia.

EY: Belarus’ IT Scene Is Thriving

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Prospering Czechia Still Needs a Bigger Workforce

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Putin Urges Belarus to End Oil Transit Through Lithuania

Athens Greece - May 27 2016: Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers

CEE-Benefits and Disadvantages of Joining the Eurozone

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One in Five Poles Unaware of Source of Funds for 500 Plus Programme

Women, to Tractors!

Tug of war contest between boys and girls. Two groups of children of different sex pulling opposite ends of rope. Concept of gender equality among kids, team sports. Vector illustration for banner

Ukraine Holds Open House at Davos

Cabinet Reshuffle In Poland Sees Controversial Ministers Axed

Poland Stays Cool on Euro Adoption

Euro cash and Zloty on one photo.

Bloomberg Croatia Business Day 2015

Poland’s Flying Circus

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CEE Playing Catch Up on R&D Spending

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Romanian Cabinet Reshuffled as New Splits Emerge in Ruling Party

BUCHAREST ROMANIA - MAY 25 2014: The Victoria Palace. Victoria Square.

Emerging Europe Back on Track to Convergence

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Investment in Croatia’s Regions Key to Further Development

CAKOVEC, CROATIA - JULY 02: Parish Church of Saint Nicholas in Cakovec, Croatia, on July 02, 2016.

How Did We Get Here?

Amazing Panorama to City of Plovdiv from nebet tepe hill, Bulgaria

Mayor: Armenia And Its Capital Yerevan Offer Safe Investment And Tourism To a Growing World

Hungary Seen as Riskiest Country in CEE

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The Reality in Romania Exposes False Perceptions Of The Country

Polish Government in Climbdown on Social Contribution Hike

Ukraine Is Offering Europe Unique Combat and Technological Experience

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