General information on the Group

The parent entity of the Giełda Papierów Wartościowych w Warszawie S.A. (“the Group”) is Giełda Papierów Wartościowych w Warszawie Spółka Akcyjna (“WSE”, “the Company”, “the Exchange” or “the parent entity”) with its registered office in Warsaw, ul. Ksiazeca 4.

WSE started operation in 1991 as a company held 100% by the State Treasury. In 2010, the State Treasury arranged a public offering of WSE shares and sold 26,786,530 shares, including 8,035,959 shares taken up by individual investors at a price of PLN 43 per share and 18,750,571 shares taken up by institutional investors at a price of PLN 46 per share.

Giełda Papierów Wartościowych w Warszawie S.A. is the largest national financial instruments exchange in the region of Central and Eastern Europe(1) and one of the fastest-growing exchanges in Europe. The Group offers a wide range of products and services within its trading markets of equity, derivative, fixed income and structured products, electricity, natural gas, property rights, as well as clearing of transactions, operation of the Register of Certificates of Origin of electricity and sale of market data.

As at December 31, 2012, WSE was a leader in the CEE Region in terms of capitalization and value of turnover in shares. The global downtrend in equities trading volumes in 2012 resulting from the financial crisis was less adverse on WSE compared to other CEE exchanges; consequently, the share of WSE in trading in shares in the Region increased from 50.1% in 2011 to 54.2% in 2012.(2) Furthermore, the electricity market comprised of the spot and the forward market operated by the Polish Power Exchange, a company of the WSE Group as of February 2012, was the largest electricity market as measured by the volume of trade in 2012 in the CEE Region.

 

WSE Milestones
  1990
16.10 Poland and France sign a co-operation agreement to launch the Warsaw Stock Exchange
1991
16.04 First trading session takes place; listed companies:  Tonsil, Próchnik, Krosno, Kable, Exbud
  1994
16.04 WIG20 price index launched
7.11 National Depository for Securities (KDPW) becomes a separate legal entity – a joint stock company, initially owned by WSE and the State Treasury
  1995
20.04 First continuous trading session
  1998
16.01 Derivatives market launched - WIG20 futures introduced to trading
  2000
17.11 New Warsaw Stock Exchange Trading System (WARSET) launched
  2003
14.10 First foreign company listed on WSE: Bank Austria Creditanstalt AG
 
2004
3.06 WSE becomes a full member of FESE (Federation of European Stock Exchanges)
15.12 Best Practices in Public Companies 2005 approved by the WSE Supervisory Board and Management Board
  2005
11.07 First remote exchange member starts its activities (Fischer Partners Fondkommission AB)
  2007
30.08  NewConnect, a new market for dynamically growing start-ups, launched
  2008
25.06 WSE Representative Office in Kiev, Ukraine, opens
  2009
11.03 Acquisition of a majority stake in BondSpot (formerly MTS-CeTO); today, WSE holds 92.47% of the share capital of BondSpot
30.09 CATALYST, the organized market in debt securities, launched
  2010
12.07 Technological partnership agreements with NYSE Technologies signed
9.11 WSE shares newly listed on the exchange
  2012
4.01 WSE bonds introduced to trading on Catalyst
24.02 WSE acquires a controlling stake in Polish Power Exchange
20.12Gas Exchange launched on PolPX

 

Basic information about the parent entity
Name and legal status:Giełda Papierów Wartościowych w Warszawie Spółka Akcyjna
Abbreviated name:Giełda Papierów Wartościowych w Warszawie S.A.
Registered office and addressul. Książęca 4, 00-498 Warsaw, Poland
Telephone number:(+48 22) 628 32 32
Telefax number:(+48 22) 628 17 54, (+48 22) 537 77 90
Website:www.gpw.pl
E-mail:gpw@gpw.pl
KRS (registry number):0000082312
REGON (statistical number):012021984
NIP (tax identification number):526-025-09-72
(1) Stock exchanges of the region of Central and Eastern Europe (“Region”) include the stock exchanges in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Romania, Austria and Hungary. (2) Source: FESE. Value of session trading (order book).

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