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Krupinská sporiteľňa, Krupina

Krupinská sporiteľňa (Savings Bank of Krupina) was established on 1 September 1872 with the original name Sporiteľňa a záložňa krupinského vidieka (Savings Bank and Pawnshop of the Krupina countryside), joint stock company, with a share capital of 30,000 guldens. Its activities were limited to 30 years and it was managed only by Slovaks. On 21 March 1901, the general meeting approved a change of its name to Krupinská sporiteľňa (Savings Bank of Krupina), joint stock company in Krupina, and its existence was extended for a further 30 years. The share capital amounting to 60 thousand Austro-Hungarian crowns (K) at that time, consisted of 600 registered share certificates at a nominal value of 100 crowns per share, which was the original value of the bank’s share capital expressed in the new currency. Its administrative board also remained unchanged with Ján Bohuš as chairman and Ján Knežovič as vice-chairman. Its supreme control body was the supervisory committee chaired by Oto Baumert. Its staff consisted of Pavol Bukva, the accountant, Gustáv Šuhajík, the clerk, and Gustáv Lehocký who was the bank’s legal representative. Ján Cablk became the bank's new secretary and chief accountant.

Krupinská sporiteľňa - účastina, 1919Most of the bank’s business activities in the early period consisted in providing small loans secured by promissory notes and mortgages to citizens of Krupina and its region, but the municipal authority in Krupina also used the credit facility. In the meantime, improving economic results enabled it to participate in the support of other Slovak financial institutions for example, Nadľacká ľudová banka, Petrovská sporiteľňa and Kysačská ľudová banka.

From 1 January 1912, a branch of the bank operated in Békéscsaba where most of the inhabitants were Slovaks. At the beginning of July 1914, a decision was taken to establish a sub-branch in Horné Terany. The bank financed the construction of a rolling mill in Krupina in 1916 and at the end of the First World War it expanded its business activities to include the sale of agricultural machinery and wine. Another branch was established in Šahy in 1919 as a reaction to the winding-up of the branch in Békéscsaba, which found itself in the territory of a foreign state. Based on negotiations with Zvolenská ľudová banka, the extraordinary general meeting of 8 December 1920 approved a merger of Krupinská sporiteľňa with this financial institution. By the merger, Zvolenská ľudová banka took over all assets and liabilities of Krupinská sporiteľňa, changed the shares and established its branch in Krupina.

The Archives of Národná banka Slovenska store official books with minutes of meetings of the bank’s management bodies. The documents are written in Slovak and only a small part is in Hungarian. The archive fonds may be used for studying banking history in Slovakia up to 1918 in relation to the efforts of Slovak business and political elites to establish their own economic system. The fonds was processed in 2008 and an inventory was created and revised in 2016.

Last updated: Tuesday, September 3, 2019