Hellenic Bank

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Hellenic Bank Public Company
(Ελληνική Τράπεζα)
Native name
Ελληνική Τράπεζα Δημόσια Εταιρεία Λτδ
Public limited company
Traded as CSE: HB
Industry Banking, Financial services
Founded 1976
Headquarters Nicosia, Cyprus
Number of locations
Increase 57 branches (Q4 2015)
Area served
Key people
Bert Pijls (CEO),
Irena Georgiadou (Chairwoman)
Products Credit cards, mortgage loans, consumer banking and business banking, corporate banking, factoring, insurance, private banking, wealth management, asset management, brokerage, investment banking.
Revenue Decrease€256 million (Q4 2015)
Decrease€104 million (Q4 2015)
Profit Increase€12.1 million (Q4 2015)
Total assets Decrease€7.4 billion (Q4 2015)
Total equity Increase€640 million (Q4 2015) Common equity Tier 1: 13.5% (fully loaded Basel III)
Number of employees
Increase 1580 (Q1 2016)
Subsidiaries Pancyprian Insurance, Hellenic Alico Life, Hellenic Bank (Investments) Ltd
Website www.hellenicbank.com

Hellenic Bank Public Company Ltd (Greek: Ελληνική Τράπεζα Δημόσια Εταιρία Λτδ) (CSE: HB), is the second largest bank on the island of Cyprus with a 13.3% share of deposits (6 billion Euro) and 7.5% of the loans market (3.1 billion Euro) as of December 2015. By market capitalisation of 170 Million Euro as at 11 July 2016 it is the second largest Cypriot bank. Its shares are listed on the Cyprus Stock Exchange.

The bank was founded in 1976 with technical assistance from Bank of America and in 1996 it bought the local operations of Barclays Bank. A major shareholder (29%) was traditionally and for many years, the Church of Cyprus. Between November 2013 and December 2014, the Church's shareholding shrank to 4.2% making it the sixth largest shareholder after US based CPB FBO Third Point Hellenic Recovery Fund LP holding 26.2%, Belarus owned Wargaming Public Co Ltd holding 24.9%, Cyprus based Demetra Investments Public Ltd holding 10%, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development holding 5.4% and Canadian based Senvest International LLC/ Senvest Masterfund LP holding 5%. The board is composed of representatives of the top two shareholders.

In January 2011, Hellenic Bank started operating in Russia but later, in 2014, sold the Russian operation[1] The bank also has representative offices in Kiev, St Petersburg, Moscow and South Africa. It has also opened a representative office in Athens, Greece in 2016.

Group Milestones[edit]

  • 1976: The Bank begins operations with a branch in Nicosia and 33 employees.
  • 1985: The subsidiary company, Hellenic Bank (Finance) Ltd, is founded, providing asset finance.
  • 1986: The subsidiary company, Hellenic Bank (Investments) Ltd, is founded, providing investment services.
  • 1988: The Telebank service is introduced in Cyprus, enabling an innovative method of electronic information and money management from a personal computer.
  • 1990: The Insurance Services Department is founded, representing a number of insurance companies offering a wide choice of insurance products. The first of its kind International Business Centre is founded in Limassol.
  • 1991: Network of Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) established, providing a 24-hour service.
  • 1994: The Bank Marketing Association of the USA, a subsidiary organisation of the American Bankers Association, grants three awards to the Group.
  • 1996: The Group dynamically expands its operations by acquiring the onshore facilities of Barclays Bank PLC in Cyprus. Hellenic Bank (Investments) Ltd acts as advisor for the founding and public shares offering of a new public limited company, 'Athena Cyprus Investment Fund Ltd'. The company is established as a closed end approved investment fund. Recognising the ongoing evolution of the internet, the Group takes its first step in the World Wide Web with the launch of its own website.
  • 1997: The Limassol International Business Centre acquires the ISO 9002 international certificate of service quality - the only centre of its kind in Cyprus to do so. Hellenic Bank (Investments) Ltd forms a business alliance with Merrill Lynch International.
  • 1998: Hellenic Bank opens its first branch in Greece in central Athens. Hellenic opens representative offices in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa and Moscow.
  • 1999: Acquisition of the Ledra and Pancyprian insurance companies by the Hellenic Bank Group. Creation of the Hellenic Bank (Factors) Ltd subsidiary.
  • 2000: Creation of Hellenic Alico Life Insurance Company Ltd for the provision of bancassurance products, following an agreement between the Hellenic Bank and the American Life Insurance Company (Alico AIG Life-now MetLife Alico). Hellenic Bank opens six new branches in Greece.
  • 2001: Hellenic Bank (Investments) Ltd launches the electronic brokerage service, HBI eTrade. It also enters into an agreement with Bloomberg LP for providing daily market data on the Cyprus Stock Exchange to foreign investors.
  • 2002: Launch of Hellenic Online banking and Customer Service Line.
  • 2003: Adoption of Corporate Governance Code and implementation of the new organizational structure. Integration of the group’s subsidiary insurance companies “Pancyprian Insurance Ltd” and “Ledra Insurance Ltd” under Pancyprian Insurance Ltd. Hellenic Bank Investments Ltd obtains a license from the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission to operate as a Cyprus Financial Services Company. Launch of Online banking for Business.
  • 2004: Hellenic Bank opens nine more branches in Greece. Opening of the new Head Office building in Nicosia. Adoption of EFQM (European Foundation for Quality Management). Adoption of the Bank’s promotional campaign slogan: “Evolution is in our nature.”
  • 2007: Hellenic Bank acquires “Athena Cyprus Investment Fund Ltd”, making it a subsidiary company of the Group.
  • 2009: Hellenic Bank opens a representative office in Kiev, Ukraine, and establishes a subsidiary in Moscow.
  • 2010: Hellenic Bank succeeds the European Union Banking Stress Test Exercise. With this exercise, carried out on Bank’s initiative, it is assured that it enjoys a healthy financial position, maintaining its strong capital adequacy even in the worst-case scenarios.
  • 2011: Hellenic Bank operates its first branch in the Russian capital, Moscow, offering full banking operations 11 January 2011.
  • 2013: On 25 March 2013 Hellenic Bank sells its Greek branches to Piraeus Bank. As of 27 March 2013, former Hellenic Bank customers could use the ATMs of all Piraeus Bank Group banks (Piraeus Bank & ATEbank, Geniki Bank and former Bank of Cyprus and CPB Bank networks) free of charge. The process of merging the operations of the former Hellenic Bank network in Greece into Piraeus Bank was completed in mid-July 2013. This was followed by the closure of the vast majority of the former Hellenic Bank branches and the dismissal of its personnel.
  • 2014 Hellenic Bank sells its Russian operation to concentrate on the key Cyprus market.
  • 2015 Non performing exposures peak at 59% based on the strict European Banking Authority definition with provision coverage at 50%.


  1. ^ http://www.themoscowtimes.com/business/article/cypriot-bank-to-enter-russian-market-in-2011/409049.html

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