Vienna (OTS) – Eleven companies were brought in front of the curtain today in the magnificent setting of the Palais Niederösterreich. The occasion: The most important award of the Austrian capital market – the Vienna Stock Exchange Prize. The independent expert juries awarded a total of 13 awards. As usual, the jury consisted of experts from ÖVFA (ATX, Mid Cap and Corporate Bond Prize), financial journalists coordinated by APA-Finance (Journalist Prize) and the VÖNIX Advisory Board (Sustainability Prize).
“Once a year, the Austrian capital market community honors those companies that shine in the bright spotlight of the stock exchange. They are valued by investors worldwide as leading companies and solid dividend stocks,” said Christoph Boschan in his opening speech.
Schoeller-Bleckmann Oilfield Equipment AG was able to achieve a premiere victory this year: After three third places in the ATX Prize in 2011, 2012 and 2017 and another third place in 2020 (journalist prize), the supreme discipline was the big hit. The jury justified the decision with convincing financial reporting, investor relations, strategy and company structure as well as corporate governance. In addition, technical market factors such as the top performance in 2022 and relative liquidity were decisive.
SBO CEO Gerald Grohmann: “The year 2022 was characterized by both strong market dynamics and customer demand. Through solid communication work and professional placement on the capital market, we were able to achieve high visibility for our company. We are very pleased about this award, which is also proof that the Vienna Stock Exchange is an excellent trading place for an international company like SBO. I would like to thank the team at the Vienna Stock Exchange, but also my dedicated team, with whom we are consistently continuing on our successful path towards Strategy 2030.”
AT&S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik AG won two main prizes at the same time. The jurors not only awarded AT&S AG the corporate bond prize, but also ranked the company at the top of the VÖNIX sustainability prize (consumer category). In addition to AT&S AG, Lenzing AG (Industrials) and BKS Bank AG (Financials) were also recognized for their commitment to sustainability.
In his speech, Finance Minister Magnus Brunner emphasized the economic importance of the capital market for the creation of sustainable value creation in the state: “The award-winning companies are among the drivers of growth and prosperity in the republic. They create prosperity, innovation and the basis for Austria’s business location to continue to hold its own in international competition in the future.”
Heimo Scheuch, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Vienna Stock Exchange and CEO of Wienerberger AG, also attests that the stock exchange plays an important role: “The challenges of climate change and the associated necessary transformation of the economy can only be mastered with a strong capital market.”
At the Vienna Stock Exchange Prize, nuances often decide on the placement, as was shown by the awards in the “Mid Cap” and “Journalists” categories. Flughafen Wien AG and Frequentis AG (mid cap) as well as Erste Group Bank AG and voestalpine AG (journalists) shared first place here. Erste Group – in first place for the fourth time in a row – and voestalpine are further expanding their dominance in the journalist category thanks to professional media work. Both have been nominated by the APA Finance jury for the eighth time. Flughafen Wien AG was able to record its fourth success in the mid-cap category, while Frequentis AG defended its top spot for the second time.
Overview of categories and award winners
ATX price VÖNIX Sustainability Award
1. Platz: SBO AG Financials: BKS Bank AG
2. Platz: Do & Co AG &nbs p; Consumer: AT&S AG
3rd place: OMV AG &nbs p; Industrials: Lenzing AG
Mid Cap price Journalist Award
1st place: Flughafen Wien AG 1st place: Erste Group Bank AG
Frequentis AG voestalpine AG
3rd place: Addiko Bank AG 3rd place: Flughafen Wien AG
About the Vienna Stock Exchange price
The Vienna Stock Exchange Prize was awarded for the first time in 2008, this year was the 16th edition of the event. The award is presented jointly 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 Chamber of Commerce (WKO), Certificates Forum Austria (ZFA) and Vienna Stock Exchange.
Photo with Finance Minister Magnus Brunner, Gerald Grohmann, CEO Schoeller-Bleckmann and stock exchange boss Christoph Boschan (from left to right) Credit: APA-Fotoservice/Daniel Hinterramskogler: Download on the website of the Vienna Stock Exchange
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