Nova KBM received 3 silver prizes for advertising
At the 20th Slovene Advertising Festival (SOF) Nova KBM was awarded three silver prizes in different categories, and for different communication actions. The jury gave a silver prize to Nova KBM for each of the following campaigns:
• the overall campaign 'Sveta vladar' (Ruler of the World), which is a new brand name of our bank meant for young people, aiming at conquering their hearts in a non-traditional fashion,
• the radio advertisement for ECO-loans, and
• the innovative advertising of Housing loans.
As the only financial institution among the 14 competing finalists, Nova KBM was awarded a bronze Effie prize for its housing loans campaign: »Do you already know how the bell of your new home will sound?«. Effie, the most distinguished prize in the area of marketing communication at home and abroad, is given for ideas which really work in practice.
The Best Financial Manager of the Year
At the financial fair 'Kapital' taking place in Ljubljana in April 2010, Slovene journalists and editors awarded Matjaž Kovačič, President of the Management Board of Nova KBM, the 'Best Financial Manager of the Year' prize.
The Best Annual Report of the Decade among Financial Institutions
Nova KBM is a company with the largest number of shareholders of any Slovene company. Its responsibility towards shareholders and other stakeholders is demonstrated also by transparent reporting on Bank's operations. The excellence in this field is proved by the prize for the best annual report among Slovene financial institutions over the last 10 years, as well as by the several times awarded annual report of Nova KBM Group and Nova KBM.
The assessment committee of the competition for the best annual report, which has been arranged by the Finance newspaper since 1999, pointed out that Nova KBM has remained most loyal to the competition and has each year endeavoured to improve the contents of its annual reports. The best annual report of the last decade was chosen by a special mathematical-statistical model that showed that Nova KBM was the best among 30 financial institutions participating in the competition in this period.
The Bank of the Year
The Banker, an edition of Financial Times, awarded in 2008 Nova KBM the 'Bank of the Year' prize. According to The Banker, Nova KBM was awarded the prize on the basis of its outstanding 2007 performance and the strategic objectives set for the next five-year period. In 2007, Nova KBM recorded an increase in profit by 15.15%, while the cost-to-income ratio fell from 54.82% to 51.34%. Moreover, by introducing Moneta mobile phone payments, Nova KBM was the pioneer of secure mobile banking, which confirms the contemporaneity of strategic orientations in the development of Nova KBM. The successful international IPO contributed to the prize as well, since this has been the largest IPO ever in Slovenia. About 500 banks from over 140 countries and regions participated in the selection.
The Banker magazine has been awarding the prize 'Bank of the Year' since 1998. Leading financial companies from the growing markets, as well as companies engaged in cash and asset management have been among awarded institutions. In selecting the bank of the year, the international group of judges considers numerous criteria, such as operating results, growth rates and performance indicators, but also technological platforms, and any information on mergers, acquisitions and strategic development.
The most successful IPO
In October 2008, Nova KBM was awarded by the Swedish company East Capital for the most successful initial public offering (IPO). East Capital regularly follows operations of companies in Eastern Europe, and managers and analysts of East Capital funds visit each year more than 500 companies in the region. East Capital awards those companies that contribute most actively to growth in the region. In addition to Nova KBM, two other companies received the prize in 2008: VimpleCom, a Russian mobile phone operator, was awarded for the largest growth, and the Croatian company Atlantic Grupa, the leading European producer of vitamin drinks and sports food and the leading distributor of consumer goods, was chosen as the discovery of the year.
PRIZMA – the most prestigious Slovene prize for excellence in communication
At the Slovene Public Relations Conference held in October 2008, Nova KBM was awarded the prize Prizma – the most prestigious Slovene prize for excellence in communication. The Bank received the prize together with the SPEM Communication Group with which it drafted, organised and carried out the communication strategy on the occasion of the November 2007 IPO. According to the jury, the awarded communication project included a wide range of well-coordinated activities that were all properly managed, despite a very demanding time frame. The project team was successful throughout the assigned task, from planning of the activities, their implementation and coordination, up to the end of the project.
The Best Company and the Best Manager
In 2007 in 2010, at the annual event 'NajMariborčan', Nova KBM received two awards – Nova KBM was selected by the citizens of Maribor as the best company, and Matjaž Kovačič was chosen by media as the best manager. 60 journalists of Maribor-based media agencies and 450 randomly selected households took part in the selection.