|Traded as||ZSE: VIRO|
|Željko Zadro (CEO)|
Number of employees
|250 (as of 2007)|
The Viro sugar factory (Croatian: Viro tvornica šećera), commonly referred to as just Viro, is a sugar refinery based in Virovitica, Croatia. The company's shares are listed on the Zagreb Stock Exchange (ZSE) and is one of the 25 companies included in its official share index CROBEX as of September 2010.
The refinery was originally built in 1980 and had the daily refining capacity of 4,000 tons of sugar beet. Established as an independent company, it was briefly part of the PIK Virovitica agricultural company between 1984 and 1991. In the 1990s the refinery experienced a steady decline in revenue and income which resulted in it being bought and re-bought several times in the late 1990s, before eventually being acquired by the Dutch company Cosun and shortly after that filing for bankruptcy in 1999, with debts totaling some 575 million HRK. After a period of internal restructuring the refinery's property was sold to two Croatian-based companies for 110 million HRK in 2002, after which the company was re-established as a limited liability company in September 2002. The company's shares were listed on the Zagreb Stock Exchange in April 2006.
The company had managed to successfully bounce back in the late 2000s and it became the biggest such refinery in Croatia, with a 37 percent market share in the local sugar refining sector as of 2007.
- "Od 20. rujna Čakovečki mlinovi d.d., Istraturist d.d. i Konzum d.d. u indeksu CROBEX" (in Croatian). Zagreb Stock Exchange. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
- "Povijest tvornice" (in Croatian). Viro d.d. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
- "Često postavljana pitanja". Viro d.d. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
- "Viro će nastaviti rasti iznad prosjeka tržišta". Poslovni dnevnik (in Croatian). 6 June 2007. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
- Official website (Croatian)