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Delo: HSE Best Slovenian Company, Gorenjska banka Best Bank

Ljubljana, 29 November (STA) - Holding Slovenske elektrarne (HSE) was the best company in Slovenia in 2009, according to rankings published on Monday in Delo's business supplement Posel&denar. Gorenjska banka topped the banks rankings.

According the Delo, state-owned power utility HSE operated in a cost-effective manner and with little debt. It is followed by pharma company Krka and prefab construction material maker Knauf Insulation.

Making up the rest of the top 10 are household appliances maker BSH hisni aparati, gas supplier Geoplin, power utility Gen, glass wool maker Ursa Slovenija, valve maker Danfoss Trata, cigarette distribution company Tobacna Ljubljana, and power producer Dravske Elektrarne Maribor.

The top-ranking companies are mostly major exporters, they however also performed well in other segments. The list of the most successful companies in 2009 consists of 16 energy companies, five pharma companies, six car makers and traders.

Car maker Revoz was the most successful exporting company and HSE the leading company in terms of revenue and net profit. HSE is followed here by Gen, Geoplin, Knauf Insulation and Krka.

A separate ranking for banks, which considered 11 key business indicators, put Gorenjska banka, a small privately-owned bank, in first place.

It is followed by the state-run export bank SID, Slovenia's third-biggest bank Abanka, the postal bank Postna banka Slovenije, Factor banka, Probanka, Unicredit, SKB, Volksbank, KD Banka, Banka Koper and Banka Celje.

To be found only in 13th and 14th place are the state-owned NKBM and NLB, which are the banks with the biggest total assets and market share.

NLB has EUR 15.5bn in total assets and a 29.8% market share, NKBM EUR 4.8bn and 9.3%, followed by Abanka Vipa (EUR 4.5bn/8.8%), Unicredit (EUR 3.3bn/6.4%) and SID (just over EUR 3bn/5.9%).

Gorenjska banka had the highest net profit in 2009 with EUR 58.2m, followed by Abanka, SKB, Banka koper, NKMB and Unicredit.

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