Erste Group wins ATX Award and two other categories

  • Erste Group Bank AG wins ATX, Journalist and Sustainability Award
  • Wienerberger AG receives Corporate Bond Award and two second places
  • 1st place in the Mid Cap Award goes to Flughafen Wien AG

Wiener Börse Prize 2024

It is the most prestigious award on the Austrian capital market: the Vienna Stock Exchange Award. Tonight, during the 17th edition of the event, numerous leading Austrian companies were once again honored and a total of 13 prizes were awarded in the festive setting of the Palais Niederösterreich. In the proven way, the juries consisted of experts from ÖVFA (ATX, Mid Cap and Corporate Bond Award), financial journalists coordinated by APA-Finance (Journalists Award) and the VÖNIX Advisory Council (Sustainability Award). For the first time, the Vienna Stock Exchange Award was labeled an “EcoEvent” by the City of Vienna, as sustainable measures were implemented to reduce the event’s impact on the environment.

“The Vienna Stock Exchange provides the ideal stage for leading Austrian companies 365 days a year. Companies that excel in their work and performance are put in a special spotlight once a year by the capital market community. Resistant to crises, with a solid dividend Austrian companies, which in some cases are global market leaders in their niches, enjoy a good reputation among investors around the world,” said Christoph Boschan, CEO of the Vienna Stock Exchange, during the event.

Continuation of series: Erste Group again awarded for media work

Erste Group Bank AG was invited to the podium several times: first and foremost, the heavyweight on the leading national index won the prestigious ATX Award. The ÖVFA jury’s decision was based on the record result, a balanced and conservative business portfolio, performance and liquidity. Erste Group Bank AG also received first prize at the Journalist Prize, thus being awarded the highest ranking for its professional media work for the fifth time in a row.

“2023 was a very successful year for Erste Group. The IPO more than 25 years ago laid the foundation for our development into one of the leading financial service providers in Central and Eastern Europe. For me, today’s prices, and especially the ATX award, also proof that we have done many things right and are now so well positioned,” said Willi Cernko, CEO of Erste Group, who will hand over the chairmanship of the Board of Directors to Peter Bosek at the beginning of July.

Wienerberger receives Corporate Bond Award, Vienna Airport wins Mid Cap Award

Wienerberger AG was also successful on several occasions, not only winning the Corporate Bond Award, but also taking second place at both the ATX and the Journalists’ Awards. Third place in the ATX Award went to CA Immobilien Anlagen AG, while Verbund AG secured third place in the Journalists’ Award.

Flughafen Wien AG was the winner of the Mid Cap Award, impressing not only with qualitative criteria such as financial reporting, investor relations and strategy, but also with its strong stock performance. The stock rose 57.34% in 2023, making it one of the top five ATX Prime holders. Flughafen Wien AG was followed by Strabag SE (2nd place) and Palfinger AG (3rd place).

Lenzing, Telekom Austria and Erste Group honored for sustainability

VÖNIX Sustainability Awards were also presented at the Vienna Stock Exchange Award 2024, named after the domestic sustainability benchmark VBV Austrian Sustainability Index – or VÖNIX for short. Erste Group Bank AG, which stood tall in the ‘Financial Services’ sector, received a third award at this year’s ceremony. Telekom Austria AG (“Consumer” sector) and Lenzing AG (“Industrials” sector) were honored by the jury for their commitment to sustainability as the best in the sector and the riser in the sector respectively.

In his remarks, Finance Minister Magnus Brunner emphasized the importance of the award-winning leading companies for the location: “The Austrian listed companies are among the flagships of the domestic economy and are internationally recognized beyond the borders of the country. As the backbone of the Austrian economy, it drives innovation and ensures value creation and prosperity.”

Overview of categories and prize winners

ATX Award

1st place: Erste Group Bank AG
2nd place: Wienerberger AG
3rd place: CA Immobilien Anlagen AG

Midcap price

1st place: Flughafen Wien AG
2nd place: STRABAG SE
3rd place: Palfinger AG

VÖNIX Sustainability Award

Financial data: Erste Group Bank AG
Consumer: Telekom Austria AG
Industry: Lenzing AG

Journalist Award

1st place: Erste Group Bank AG
2nd place: Wienerberger AG
3rd place: VERBUND AG

Corporate bond price

Wienerberger AG

About the Vienna Stock Exchange Prize

The first Vienna Stock Exchange Award was organized in 2008. The award is jointly awarded by Aktienforum, APA-Finance, Cercle Investor Relations Austria (CIRA), Oesterreichische Kontrollbank (OeKB), Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB), Austrian Association for Financial Analysis and Asset Management (ÖVFA) with CFA Society Austria, Association of Austrian Investment Companies (VÖIG), VÖNIX Advisory Board, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO), Zertifikate Forum Austria (ZFA) and the Vienna Stock Exchange.

Press photo & impressions of the event