The emerging markets in CE, SE and Eastern Europe include Romania, Poland, Hungary, Turkey, Serbia.

The emerging markets in CE, SE and Eastern Europe include Romania, Poland, Hungary, Turkey, Serbia.
The emerging markets in CE, SE and Eastern Europe include Romania, Poland, Hungary, Turkey, Serbia, Lithuania.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

M&A market in Romania

Mergers and acquisitions reached almost EUR 1.2 bln in Romania last year, with the overall number of deals increased as a result of activities unfolded in the following sectors: finances, manufacturing, energy, agriculture and TMT. As a result, the main characteristic for the local market is the increase of transactions with a small value, according to the report by CMS and Deal Watch.


Investments and business developments in Romania

  • American car parts producer TRW Automotive Holdings plans to open a new airbag sewing facility in Roman, in the North- Eastern part of Romania, counting on growth in demand for airbag cushions over the next years. The new plant is expected to employ some 400 people this year, and up to 1,000 staff by 2017.  
  •  LUKERG Renew, the joint venture between Italy’s ERG Renew and Russia’s Lukoil – Ecoenergo, has completed a 82 MW wind farm in the Romanian region of Tulcea. The farm was put online last November and is currently in testing stage. Romania has over 2,200 MW of incentivized wind capacities, according to September 2013 data of grid operator Transelectrica.   
  • Ford has produced the 100,000th B-MAX at its plant in Craiova, southern Romania. Ford produces around 370 units in B-MAX daily. The company also makes advanced gasoline engines EcoBoost of 1 and 1.5 liters, equipping Ford models in Northern America and Asia.   
  • Austria’s Egger, the wood processor, has completed a 83MW biomass plant at its site in Radauti, Suceava County, following a EUR 35 million investment. The new plant is designed to provide heat and energy on the site, and is fueled by wood waste. The company fully financed the investment which required 13 months of construction and was completed in October 2013. Egger’s biomass plant is the largest to date. Most of the investors have focused on small biomass projects up to 5MW.
 Sources: Ziarul Financiar, Business Review, Romania Insider

Monday, 13 January 2014

Romania - positive signs for 2014

  • Daimler Inaugurates Dual-Clutch Transmission Plant For Mercedes-Benz In C Romania. Star Transmission, the Romanian subsidiary of German group Daimler, inaugurated a production unit for dual-clutch transmissions for Mercedes-Benz cars, in Sebes, central Romania.

  • Ford Close To EUR2B Revenue From Craiova Plant In 2013. Ford Romania ended 2013, its first full year of car and engine production, with almost 70,000 B-Max vehicles assembled and 250,000 engines made, sources close to the plant in Craiova said.

  • Rompetrol Plans $350M Investment After Government Approves Deal. Romania’s second largest oil group Rompetrol has taken preliminary steps to finance new projects worth $350 million as soon as a memorandum with the government is in place, the company said Monday.

  • Lidl To End 2014 With More Than 180 Stores In Romania. German-held supermarket chain Lidl, which entered Romania officially by taking over the Plus network in 2011, will continue to expand in 2014 at the same pace it did in 2013, 14 stores, driven by a surge in sales and number of customers.

  • Profi Keeps Foot On Expansion Pedal.Pawel Musial, chief executive of retailer Profi, says the network will add around 60 new supermarkets this year, the same as in 2013.The company will keep up the expansion pace after it saw its revenue rise by 26% last year to EUR326 million. The growth was strictly fueled by expansion, considering the revenue per store fell by some 10% from EUR1.73 million in 2012 to EUR1.57 million, according with ZF calculations. The network now includes 207 supermarkets and proximity stores, from 149 at the end of 2012.

  • Green Power Investors Expected To Spend Another EUR3B In Romania In 2014. Investments in wind farms and solar parks could reach EUR3 billion this year after the EUR6 billion invested in Romania in 2009-2013, ZF has calculated based on the information provided by energy market regulator ANRE and national power grid Transelectrica.

 Source: Ziarul Financiar

Friday, 10 January 2014

Romania’s annual inflation rate - estimations for 2013

Romania’s annual inflation rate at the end of 2013 is estimated at 1.5 percent year-on-year, after it stood at 1.8 percent in November last year, according to Raiffeisen Research’s recent economic overview of the country.

Also, the inflation rate is expected to reach a new historical low level in the first quarter of 2014, below 1 percent, due to “a favorable statistical base effect.”

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