· Dacia is the most valuable Romanian brand, worth €1.2bn
· At €206m, Dedeman is the most valuable brand with 100% Romanian shareholding
· Retail generated the most brand value among sectors, with 10 brands worth €796m
· Success of new brands developed by entrepreneurs, neglect of state-owned brands
· Valued at €115m, Ursus Breweries has the most valuable local multi-brand portfolio
Every year, leading valuation and strategy consultancy Brand Finance values the brands of thousands of the world’s biggest companies. Romania’s 50 most valuable brands and 10 most valuable brand portfolios are featured in the debut Brand Finance Romania 50 report.
The automotive brand Dacia is the most valuable Romanian brand of 2017, and the only one so far worth over €1bn. This comes hardly as a surprise – Dacia is an established, popular car brand – virtually the only car available for purchase in Romania until 1989. The takeover by Renault in 1999 prompted a revival of the brand. Nowadays, Dacia is Renault’s second brand by sales with presence in 34 countries and over 90% of the local production sold abroad.
Looking at brands by industry, apart from the particular automotive category of one, the retail sector has generated the most brand value, with a total of 10 brands worth €796m. The most valuable among them are the e-commerce star eMAG and the leading DIY chain Dedeman.
Today Romania’s second most valuable brand at €361m, eMAG was started up by three young entrepreneurs in 2001 in an apartment block - the local equivalent of the Silicon Valley’s „garage”. Fuelled by investment from the global heavyweight Naspers, which bought a majority stake in the company in 2012, eMAG has grown exponentially, becoming by far the largest e-commerce retailer in the country. “Romania’s Amazon” is staying truthful to its entrepreneurial spirit by expanding to other markets in Eastern Europe and offering new product categories in response to customer demand.
Third in the table, Dedeman, on the other hand, has excelled in the brick and mortar model. At €206m, it is also the most valuable brand with 100% Romanian shareholding. The brand has capitalised on the trends of DIY, home improvement, construction materials and cash & carry, and extended its national network relentlessly – even during the recession period – surpassing strong international players and ultimately reaching market leadership.
Digi (RCS&RDS) is 5th with a brand value of €150m. It is also the most valuable telecom brand – with significant market shares in fixed and mobile telephony, internet and data, pay and cable TV in Romania and Hungary, as well as in Italy and Spain, where it caters to large Romanian communities. The company has grown both organically and through M&A activity, and kept a relatively low profile until this year’s IPO at the Bucharest Stock Exchange. It remains to be seen whether the new transparency requirements would strengthen or weaken the brand over the coming years.
Worth €112m and placing 7th in the league table, Bitdefender is Romania’s most valuable technology brand. The antivirus software brand has gone from strength to strength, fuelled by the increasing need for data protection in the era of digital revolution. Regularly topping the global antivirus software rankings, Bitdefender solutions cater to hundreds of millions of users worldwide – with a huge upswing potential in Europe and the US.
Putting one’s name on a business is putting one’s personal reputation at stake, but at the same time, it is a mark of trust for customers and partners. Named after the famous tennis player and coach, Țiriac, which Brand Finance analysed as a single brand across all its associated businesses, has a brand value of €52m, securing 15th place in the league table. The seasoned businessman has been active in various sectors ranging from financial services to automotive industries, gradually creating a business holding that promises to develop his name into a strong and enduring brand.
New brands like eMAG, Dedeman, Digi, Bitdefender or Țiriac – created and developed by entrepreneurs over the past 28 years – make up more than half of the Brand Finance Romania 50 league table, generating over €1.5bn in brand value. Some of Romania’s most valuable brands, however, carry a long history, often spanning more than a century, and remain under state-ownership. Unfortunately, many of those brands, important from the point of view of public interest, like Tarom or CFR, are mostly neglected by the state, despite their considerable potential. However, there are notable exceptions, such as the successful CEC Bank brand, valued at €56m. It is a perfect example of how able leadership and management could turn around a declining state-owned business and place it amongst the strongest players.
Bank brands in general fare strongly in the Brand Finance Romania 50 study, generating €424m as a sector, and claiming three places among the top 10. Placing 6th, Banca Transilvania is the most valuable Romanian banking brand – valued at €130m, while BCR and BRD, worth €111m and €102m respectively, are ranked 8th and 9th. Founded by savvy entrepreneurs in the heart of Transylvania in 1993, the eponym bank pursued its more established competitors relentlessly, especially over the past decade, and today it is the second largest bank in the country in terms of assets. Its brand value success can be attributed to its convincing positioning that appeals to the most dynamic customer segments.
David Haigh, CEO of Brand Finance, commented: “Valuing brands taps into the hidden value that lies within them. The Brand Finance Romania 50 report is a first step to understanding more about Romanian brands and using that knowledge to benefit businesses. As the importance of South-Eastern Europe to the global economy grows, it is high time to follow local brands more closely.”
Mihai Bogdan, Managing Director of Brand Finance Romania, commented: “Brands are sometimes neglected because, in line with current accounting rules, intangible assets are generally not reflected in financial statements. To overcome this, the most astute economic players track their intangible value by means of periodic valuations and assessments. The time has come for Romanian brands to follow suit”.
Next to analysing individual brands, Brand Finance Romania 50 also lists the 10 most valuable portfolios of brands, calculated for those businesses that deploy more than one brand on the market. These portfolios encompass over 40 well-known local brands, most valuable of which are also ranked individually in the main top 50 league table.
Valued at €115m, Ursus Breweries has the most valuable local multi-brand portfolio on the Romanian market. Providing one out of every three beers enjoyed in Romania, it takes special pride in owning Ursus, the well-known 140-year old premium beer brand.
Notes to Editors
For more definitions of key terms, methodology and more stories, please consult the Brand Finance Romania 50 report document.