The bank’s main east-European markets are Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia.

The group will focus on improving existent assets, the management of the bank said Monday in a phone interview.

The Greek-based banking group posted pre-tax profit of €50.7 million in Romania, up 10.8% from 2008, as loan impairment charges rose two-fold.

Alpha Bank reported net profit of €349.8 million from its global operations, down 31.7% year-on-year.