Therefore, the number of Erste Bank outstanding shares has risen from 377.92 million to 378.17 million.

The bank said the shares must be kept in employee portfolio for at least one year.

Erste Bank Group is listed at Bucharest Stock Exchange under EBS ticker and has a market cap of 45.99 billion lei (€10.8 billion), according to yesterday’s closing quote of 121.70 lei/share.