The BIRS Index is a share index of the 12 largest companies listed on the Banja Luka Stock Exchange (BLSE), established on 1 May 2004. BIRS stands for Berzanski indeks Republike Srpske, which is Serbian for The Stock Exchange Index of Republika Srpska, an entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The constituents of the index are determined semi-annually, on 15 May and 15 November. Component companies must meet a number of requirements set out by the BLSE. The highest value of the index to 22 September 2006, was on that day, at 2073.24.
As of 30 August 2006, the largest company by market capitalisation was Telekom Srpske a.d. Banja Luka, with the market cap of over BAM 1bn (€538m). All of the companies listed on this index include the abbreviation a.d. (akcionarsko drušvo) at the end of their name, indicating their status of a public limited company.
List of BIRS companies
|Rank||Company||Sector||Capitalisation in BAM||Capitalisation in Euros|
|1||Telekom Srpske a.d. Banja Luka||telecoms||1,061m||538m|
|2||Birač a.d. Zvornik||metals/mining||109m||56m|
|3||Rafinerija ulja a.d. Modriča||oil||101m||52m|
|4||NLB Razvojna banka a.d. Banja Luka||financial||95m||49m|
|5||Nova banka a.d. Bijeljina||financial||60m||31m|
|6||Banjalučka pivara a.d. Banja Luka||brewery||50m||26m|
|7||Boksit a.d. Milići||metals/mining||25m||13m|
|8||Tržnica a.d. Banja Luka||retail||21m||11m|
|9||Vitaminka a.d. Banja Luka||foods||14m||7m|
|10||Srpske pošte a.d. Banja Luka||post office||12m||6m|
|11||RK Boska a.d. Banja Luka||retail||6m||3m|
|12||Metal a.d. Gradiška||metal/mining||6m||3m|