Following its takeover in 2000 of IPB, then the fourth-largest bank, ČSOB became the largest Czech bank. It now holds a fifth of the market in assets, loans or deposits and serves more than 3 million retail clients through a network of 316 branches (or 3,200 outlets if the network of the Czech Post Office is included).
The bank was privatized in 1999, when Belgium’s KBC became the majority owner (and sole owner in 2007). Since 2003, ČSOB's net profit has increased more than fourfold and the bank's ROE exceeded 17% on average in 2006-2015. The bank is well capitalized and funded and has been lending cautiously.
The bank is particularly strong in the area of housing loans. Through its subsidiaries Hypoteční Banka and ČMSS, ČSOB now controls a quarter of mortgage and building society loans. We estimate that mortgage lending generate over 20% of ČSOB's profit now.
You can download all updated data for the bank at CSOB Profile