Czech Republic

Komercni Banka on Wednesday posted an 8.5% drop in third-quarter net profit, in line with estimates as financial operations income fell and the Czech lender did not see a net release of bad loan provisions as in previous quarters, Reuters reported. Attributable net profit came in at 3.85 billion crowns ($167.25 million), versus the average estimate of 3.88 billion in a Reuters poll. The bank, 60% owned by France’s Societe Generale, boosted net interest income and net fees by 2.1% and 1.2% year-on-year respectively.

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A Czech court ruled that Citibank’s claim to debt worth over 10 billion crowns ($434.10 million) owed by Czech miner OKD was eligible, CTK news agency reported on Wednesday, Reuters reported. CTK reported OKD’s former insolvency administrator and representative of the state, which now owns OKD’s mining operations, both said they would appeal the ruling. OKD filed for insolvency in 2016 while a unit of miner New World Resources, which went into liquidation that year. OKD’s insolvency administrator rejected Citibank’s claim, leaving it out of proceedings.

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Czech financial firm J&T said on Friday it had struck a deal with Chinese state conglomerate CITIC Group to settle debts owed by troubled Chinese company CEFC, ending a dispute, Reuters reported. Privately-held CEFC has spearheaded a Chinese acquisition drive in the Czech Republic, championed by Czech President Milos Zeman, which includes a range of assets including engineering, brewing and real estate as well as a soccer club and an airline.
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CEFC Europe, a Czech-based division of troubled conglomerate CEFC China Energy, said it would contest a takeover of shareholder rights by creditor J&T Private Investments (JTPI), arguing it had funds to pay a debt at the centre of the dispute, Reuters reported. Czech-based JTPI said on Thursday it had taken over the rights and installed crisis management because CEFC Europe had not covered its debt, totalling 450 million euros according to CEFC, in time.
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Creditor J&T Private Investments (JTPI) said on Thursday it had taken over shareholder rights and installed crisis management at CEFC Europe, the Czech-based part of troubled Chinese conglomerate CEFC China Energy, Reuters reported. The move is a sign of fresh woes for CEFC Europe which bought Czech assets from real estate to breweries, an engineering firm, an airline and a football club, under an investment drive promoted by Czech President Milos Zeman. CEFC Europe protested against the move, saying it had the money ready to cover the debt.
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Policy makers in Prague may introduce negative interest rates to discourage inflows into the koruna around the time they are ending their three-year-old limit on the exchange rate, a policy maker said, Bloomberg News reported. As the Czech National Bank prepares to scrap its Swiss-style cap on the koruna next year, its main challenge is to avoid excessive currency gains that could choke nascent price growth and make the export-led economy less competitive.
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The Czech government approved a 700 million crown ($29 million) loan to help keep afloat hard coal miner OKD, an insolvent unit of New World Resources , the prime minister and industry minister said on Wednesday, Reuters reported. OKD, a major employer in the Czech Republic's industrial northeast, was declared insolvent by a court in May after its owners failed to secure government aid to help it through a sharp fall in global coal prices.
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The Czech corruption police investigate the financial management of the OKD black-coal mining company, which was declared insolvent in May and has debts worth billions of crowns, the Czech News Agency has found in the insolvency register. Detectives from the Squad for Uncovering Organised Crime (UOOZ) are looking into suspicious transactions of OKD and the owner of the NWR Holdings B.V., which owns OKD. The police have asked for documentation on OKD financial management, according to OKD insolvency administrator Leo Louda.
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Czech coal miner OKD, the insolvent unit of New World Resources (NWR), urgently needs a state loan of up to 1 billion crowns ($42.1 million) to keep operating, Industry Minister Jan Mladek said on Wednesday, Reuters reported. Mladek, in a statement, said that a state-backed loan was the only option for OKD to secure financing to keep operating this month. OKD, a major employer in the Czech Republic's industrial northeast, was declared insolvent by a court in May after its owners failed to secure government aid to help it through a sharp fall in global coal prices.
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Czech miners' unions have teamed up with lignite mine owner Pavel Tykac and another investor to make on offer for New World Resources' insolvent mining subsidiary OKD, the unions said on Monday. The unions did not give any details of their offer to NWR, which is mainly owned by a trio of international investment funds. OKD, NWR's main business, filed for insolvency this month after failing to secure government aid. OKD should be able to continue its operations if the offer is accepted, the unions said.
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