Graubündner Kantonalbank (GKB) continues its successful investment strategy with a 70% stake in BZ Bank. In this way, GKB is expanding its investment knowledge to include the private equity asset class and generating new sources of income in a promising market for investment activities. While Grisons will remain GKB’s home market, diversification of GKB’s income and risk will be further strengthened.
Customer assets increase to over CHF 50 billion
Basic investment competences of BZ Bank perfectly complement the existing investment knowledge of GKB and its holdings and complement the range of services. Thanks to the latest investment, GKB increases the client’s assets managed in the group to over CHF 50 billion. The impact on the published profit forecast for the current year is insignificant and does not require any adjustment. GKB finances the transaction with its own funds. The transaction will take effect on July 1, 2022, subject to official approval.
Peter Fanconi, President of the GKB Bank Council, confirms: “We have been systematically supporting our income situation and strengthening our position in the investment business with our investment strategy for many years. This secures future distributions for our owners and helps support the Canton of Graubünden. Our new cooperation with BZ Bank and its clients underlines the exceptional attractiveness of GKB. »
Daniel Fust, CEO of GKB, explains: “We are delighted that owners Martin and Rosmarie Ebner have selected GKB as their future partner for BZ Bank with their extensive and recognized investment expertise. The experience of BZ Bank perfectly complements our existing investment knowledge and opens up opportunities for further development. Together with the management board of BZ Bank, we want to further develop our business and expand the existing offer in the investment business also for GKB clients. “
BZ Bank specialist for capital investments
Martin Ebner also points to common perspectives for the future: “I am convinced that in GKB I have found the perfect partner for the further successful development of BZ Bank. Graubündner Kantonalbank positions the independent brand BZ Bank in the interests of its long-standing customers and employees. We are also pleased to be able to bring further expertise to GKB’s investment activities, in particular through our experience in private equity. »
BZ Bank, a Swiss bank founded in 1985, advises professional, private and institutional clients on investments in stocks and shares, both in the area of stock exchange and private equity. Equity from private investors also finances the further development and growth of unlisted companies. This type of financing enables many companies to significantly and permanently accelerate and expand their business activities for the benefit of customers and employees. Moreover, BZ Bank is actively involved in asset management, administration of collective investment programs and corporate consulting.
Cantonal Bank of Graubünden.
Graubündner Kantonalbank offers everything that constitutes a modern universal bank for individuals, business and the public sector. The Chur-based company is represented at over 40 locations in Grisons. With approximately 1,000 employees, GKB is one of the largest employers in the canton. He expresses his relationship with the Rodent in many different ways. Apart from business activity, she is involved through sponsorship, a contribution fund and voluntary work. GKB holds a majority stake in BZ Bank Aktiengesellschaft, a privately owned bank Bellerive AG and Albin Kistler AG, as well as a minority stake in Twelve Capital Holding AG. The GKB participation certificate has been listed on the stock exchange since 1985.
Data for the first half of 2022: July 28, 2022