Šiaulių bankas' Group is strengthening its positions in leasing and life insurance markets
The largest Lithuanian capital bank - Šiaulių bankas - is expanding its activities in leasing area and strengthening its steps in a life insurance market. Šiaulių bankas refused its intention to sell such subsidiary companies as Ūkio banko lizingas UAB and life insurance company „Bonum Publicum“ UAB which have previously been taken over from the failed Ūkio bankas and used to be listed as companies held for sale so far, and decided to classify them as consolidated subsidiary companies.
"For our customers it is important to receive marketable high-quality financial services. Retail leasing and life insurance perfectly complement the traditional banking services rendered by Šiaulių bankas , therefore, there is no doubt we will be able to provide even more benefits and opportunities to our customers. Two new companies have joined the Bank Group's structure leading to a huge synergistic effect which will allow realizing even more ambitious goals of the Group ", - said Chief Executive Officer of Šiaulių bankas Vytautas Sinius.
According to him Ūkio banko lizingas takes leading position in retail leasing in Lithuania while "Šiaulių banko lizingas" belonging to the Bank's Broup focuses on undertakings and larger-scale leasing projects, thus, activities of these two leasing companies will organically complement each other.
“The resolution of the Management Board of Šiaulių bankas will be a significant boost to activities of Ūkio banko lizingas, it will allow maintaining a leader's position in consumer leasing and credit market, to provide competitive solutions to the clients and to pursue even more ambitious goals" , - said Director General of Ūkio banko lizingas Mindaugas Valančius.
Rasa Vasilienė-Vasiliauskienė, Director of life insurance company "Bonum Publicum" also welcomes the fact that the company becomes a full member of the Bank 's financial Group. "Our main objective is not to slow down the pace of growth and to take advantage of an effect arising from a strong correlation between services rendered by the bank and life insurance. Being a member of Šiaulių bankas' financial Group we would be able to offer additional financial services to the bank's customers among which a life insurance as a long-term investment instrument. I have no doubt that such strategic collaboration will create additional benefits in a long run to both - our clients and the bank's customers", - said Rasa Vasilienė-Vasiliauskienė.
On 3 March 2013 Šiaulių bankas acquired Ūkio banko lizingas and "Bonum publicum", subsidiary companies controlled by the bank under 100 per cent, alongside with another nine undertakings under the agreement on transfer of Ūkio bankas' assets, rights, transactions and liabilities based on which the part of assets, rights, transactions and liabilities of Ūkio Bankas was transferred to Šiaulių bankas. The call option rights of failed Ūkio bankas to acquire the part of the assets taken over by Šiaulių bankas AB from Ūkio bankas expired at the beginning of 2014 - as neither of call options had been realized, the assets of Ūkio bankas went to disposal of Šiaulių bankas.
The other remaining companies taken over from Ūkio bankas are still included in the list of subsidiaries held for sale. The major share of the latter engaged in non-banking activities Šiaulių bankas' Group is planning to realize during 2015.
Over nine months of this year Šiaulių bankas earned LTL 32.9 million of the unaudited net profit when during the analogical period last year the bank's net profit reached LTL 8 million. The unaudited net profit of Šiaulių bankas' Group over the same period this year comprised LTL 35.2 million which exceeds the net profit generated over the respective period in 2013 by 2.4 times.