Parent Company: FIBI Holdings Company Ltd.
Total Balance Sheet: NIS 105,387 million
Credit to the Public: NIS 67,879 million
Equity: NIS 6,563 million
Core Capital Ratio: 9.65%
(as of December 31, 2012)
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, Poaley Agudat Israel Bank (PAGI), UBank and Massad Bank. Together, the five banks operate a network of over 180 branches. FIBI has assets of over NIS 100 billion and maintains stable capital base that is among the largest in the banking system and indicative of the Group’s financial strength.
The First International Bank is a leading bank in several segments of activity: capital markets, foreign exchange, 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. Together with the old-established Poaley Agudat Israel, which focuses on the orthodox and ultra-orthodox community, these banks produce 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 its Call Center, which operates until 23:00, as well as via the Group’s Internet site and by mobile phone.
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 and competitive dealing rooms in Israel, and is the only one in the banking system that operates 24 hours a day.
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 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.
FIBI has a strong traditional position in private banking, which it has strengthened in recent years, both organically and through the acquisition of UBank, which focuses on private banking, capital markets and asset management. Many of the Group’s branches have specialized private banking units and the Bank has a private banking center, which serves high net worth individuals, as well as an International Private Banking Center, which caters to foreign 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.
Another project of the First International Bank is “Culture and Community”, which is targeted at encouraging and promoting high quality artistic endeavor in peripheral areas of the country, and at providing the artists with the opportunity for exhibiting their works in the heart of Tel Aviv.