Erste Group is the leading financial services provider in the eastern part of the EU. Its 47,000 employees serve over 16 million customers in more than 2,500 branches in 7 countries (Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia). As per year-end 2017, Erste Group had EUR 220.7 billion in total assets, posted a net profit of EUR 1.31 billion and had a tier -1 capital ratio (CET-1, Basel III, phased in) of 13.4%.