First International Bank of Israel (FIBI)
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About First International Bank of Israel (FIBI)
Parent Company: FIBI Holdings Company Ltd.
Total Balance Sheet: NIS 125,476 million
Credit to the Public: NIS 72,555 million
Equity: NIS 7,073 million
Core Capital Ratio: 9.81%
(as of December 31, 2015 as published in the report 31.3.16)
The First International Bank of Israel (FIBI) is among Israel’s five largest banking groups. FIBI Group provides a wide range of financial products and services to customers with the highest standards of professionalism and service. FIBI group includes the parent company, First International Bank, and its banking subsidiaries in Israel: Otsar Ha-Hayal Bank and Massad Bank. Together, the three banks operate a network of 172 branches. FIBI has assets of approximately NIS 125 billion and maintains stable capital base that is among the largest in the banking system and indicative of the Group’s financial strength.
The Group focuses on several segments of activity: capital market activity and investment consultancy, private banking and global trading, as well as corporate finance. In these segments, the bank enjoys a top-class reputation, benefitting from its distinctive expertise, highly professional staff and state-of-the-art technologies.
In recent years FIBI has also taken measures to broaden its market share in retail banking. It acquired two banks, which more than doubled its retail customer base: Otsar Ha-Hayal, a retail bank which emphasized services to current and former defense industry personnel; and Massad, a retail bank specializing in services to teaching personnel. These banks’ customers, together with the customers of the old-established Poaley Agudat Israel, which focuses on the orthodox and ultra-orthodox community, form a highly significant customer base for the Group. FIBI also places an emphasis on organic retail growth, targeting high-end customers with an offering focused on investment advice.
The First International Bank Group offers a wide range of banking services by means of sophisticated and unique direct service channels, enabling the customer to conduct transactions and obtain information rapidly and efficiently via the Group’s Internet site, by mobile phone as well as via the Bank’s Call Center.
The Corporate Segment
FIBI is a principal banker for many of Israel’s largest and leading corporations offering divers banking and financial services, and is experienced and highly proficient in large-scale and complex transactions. The Bank’s customers include many of the leading companies in the economy. In addition, the Bank is expanding its activity among middle-market customers. Concurrent with its cautious and responsible credit policy, by holding a diversified and high-quality credit portfolio, the bank is able to maintain a high degree of financial strength. The Bank also offers foreign trade services and foreign trade guarantees for importers, exporters and international transactions. The Bank’s foreign currency dealing room is one of the leading, proffesional and competitive dealing rooms in Israel.
The Retail Segment
The First International Bank is expanding its activity in the retail segment and is offering households advanced services in the areas of current account management, credit, investment advice, savings, pension advice and mortgages. The Bank provides its customers with a wide range of advanced service channels, with an emphasis on direct banking channels such as the internet and mobile phone applications, which ensure that service is available rapidly and effectively 24 hours a day.
FIBI Group leads in providing services to diverse populations, such as the defense forces through its subsidiary, Otsar Ha-Hayal Bank; The Teachers and Faculty community through its subsidiary Massad Bank, which is considered the “teachers bank” and the religious-orthodox community through “Pagi” branches.
The First International Bank is one of the market leaders in capital markets activity, Israeli and foreign securities, financial derivatives, trading rooms and various investment products.
It enjoys an excellent reputation for its professional investment advisory offering engineered products and advanced IT solutions and demonstrates innovation and leadership in creating products and services in the field of consultancy.
The Bank serves both market professionals and private customers, via the branch network, dealing rooms, specialized investment advice centers and websites. In these areas of specialization, activity is supported by operational and logistical systems that are among the most advanced of their kind.
The First International Bank’s leading status in investment consultancy is also apparent in the area of pension advice. The Bank provides objective pension advice to its customers by means of specialist pension consultants and unique and advanced consultancy systems.
Private banking has always been a significant segment for FIBI Group. It is considered to be one of the group’s strengths, both through the First International Bank of Israel and through UBank, which specializes in private banking and in the capital market. The bank’s leadership in the capital market and in the investment consulting market enables maximization of service and consultancy level to private banking customers.
FIBI for the Community
“Turning Point” (Nekudat Mifne), FIBI’s flagship project for the community, was established in 2006 in cooperation with the Matan organization and the Ashalim foundation. The project provides youth at risk, who have dropped out of conventional frameworks, with the opportunity to change the course of their lives by participating in educational programs combining studies and business ventures. Employees of FIBI take an active part in the project as volunteers, which to date has helped thousands of young people in Israel.
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