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.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Investment in Romania - risk or opportunity?

In the current market and political conditions in Eastern Europe, are you considering investing in this region? Then here are some data that might interest you. 

In May, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services upgraded Romania's ratings to investment grade citing rapid progress in external position. The country’s long-term sovereign bond rating was raised one step to BBB-, the lowest investment grade, which puts it on par with Russia, Brazil and Spain.

The Agency considered that this reflects Romania's rapid progress in improving its external balances. S&P expects the nation's progress toward consolidating the fiscal accounts and bolstering financial sector stability to continue.

Three of the main strong points of Romania are:

- A relatively large domestic market;
- A skilled and inexpensive workforce;
- Its membership of the European Union (since 2007) and its future adoption of the Euro as currency (2019).

Here are a few examples of recent foreign investments:

In June, Somaco Group, owned by Oresa Ventures, acquires for 8 million EUR the Romanian company Europrefabricate - its two production facilities in Timisoara and, respectively, Targoviste.

In July, Travelport American Group, a world leader in the area of travel commerce, announced the purchase of the B2B Hotelzone, a Romanian hospitality technology provider while Facebook acquires for 500 Million USD the Romanian player LiveRail specialised in on-line delivery of video ads.

In August, GDF SUEZ Energy became majority shareholder of Congaz in Romania, by increasing its shareholding from 28.59% up to 85.77%.

Foreign direct investment in Romania in 2013 reached the highest level in four years at 2.7 billion euro, while in Q1 2014 it totalled 570 million euro, up 30.1% from a year earlier.

Are you looking to make an acquisition or a greenfield investment in Romania? Perhaps we should talk.

In the meantime, feel free to consult and download the FRD Center presentation “Doing Business in Romania”

For tailor-made market research and opportunity analysis, acqusition target search, as well as B2B matchmaking with players in Romania and the emerging markets in Europe, feel free to contact FRD Center team at: 
email: europa@frdcenter.ro or tel: +4021 411 1459/ 60/ 61

FRD Center provides market research in Eastern Europe and the region, B2B matchmaking in the CE Europe and SEE, M&A assistance in Romania, in CEE and SEE

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