Argenta (bank)

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Argenta
Type Naamloze vennootschap
Industry Financial services
Founded 1956
Headquarters Antwerp, Belgium
Products Banking and insurance
Revenue 82,5 million (2010)[1]
Employees 687 (end 2010)
Website [1]


Argenta is a bank based in Belgium that also operates in the Netherlands and Luxembourg. The Argenta headquarters are in Antwerp.

History[edit]

Argenta was established in 1956 by Frans Kuypers, Karel and Cyriel Schryvers and Karel Van Rompuy as a financing company specialising in personal loans.[2] Since 1964 Argenta is authorised to act as a deposit office.[3] In 1966 Argenta Spaarbank was set up, to offer ordinary savings account services.[3]

In 1974 Argenta Assuranties were established to provide life and fire insurance. Later, hospitalisation and car insurances were added to the range.[4] Argenta Nederland was founded 1989 and in 1990 Argentabank Luxembourg followed.

The Argenta Bank- en Verzekeringsgroep was set up in 2001. This is a holding company, incorporating Argenta Spaarbank, Argenta Assuranties and a number of sub-branches.[5]

In 2009 Jan Cerfontaine was appointed Chairman to the Board of Directors of Argenta Bank- en Verzekeringsgroep, Argenta Spaarbank and Argenta Assuranties.[6] In 2010 Argenta launched a public issue of shares for which only Argenta customers and branch managers could subscribe to, with the newly established cooperative company Argenta Coöperatieve. In addition to the family shareholders, Argen-Co also invested in Argenta Bank- en Verzekeringsgroep. The family shareholders (Van Rompuy family) remained Argenta’s majority shareholders.[7]

Structure[edit]

The Argenta Group consists of the following units:

  • Argenta Bank- en Verzekeringsgroep (procedures holding)
  • Argenta Spaarbank (credit institution and savings bank). This unit has a branch in the Netherlands.
  • Argenta Assuranties (insurance company)
  • Argenta-Life Nederland (life insurance company)
  • Argenta Nederland (management company)
  • Argenta-Life Luxembourg (life insurance company)
  • Argentabank Luxemburg (bank)
  • Argenta-Fund (collective investment institution)
  • Argenta Fund of Funds (collective investment institution)
  • Investar (limited company)
  • Argenta Coöperatieve (cooperative company)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.gva.be/nieuws/geldzaken/aid1030932/argenta-boekt-82-5-miljoen-euro-winst.aspx
  2. ^ Van Rompuy Karel, Het Argenta Epos, Lannoo, Antwerp, 2007, p 11, 17.
  3. ^ a b Van Rompuy Karel, Het Argenta Epos, Lannoo, Antwerp, 2007, p 25.
  4. ^ Van Rompuy Karel, Het Argenta Epos, Lannoo, Antwerp, 2007, p 35-48.
  5. ^ Van Rompuy Karel, Het Argenta Epos, Lannoo, Antwerpen, 2007, p 93-113.
  6. ^ http://www.standaard.be/artikel/detail.aspx?artikelid=C91VE1QG
  7. ^ http://www.tijd.be/nieuws/ondernemingen_financien/Argenta_geeft_maandag_aandelen_uit.8971629-3095.art

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