In 2016, 12.9 Billion Euros of Direct Outward Investments Are Allocated to Slovenia

This figure is 11.5% higher than in 2015. Slovenian investments in foreign markets last year reached 5.7 billion euros, which is 3.7% higher than in the same period last year.

The inflow of private capital last year reached 938.1 million euros. This was mainly facilitated by foreign investments in financial and insurance activities, as well as in the manufacturing industry. According to the Bank of Slovenia (BS), companies with foreign owners generated a total profit of 1.12 billion euros.

The average yield of foreign direct investment in the period of 2009–2016 was 5.4%, last year—only 4.8%. The key investing countries in 2016 were Austria, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Italy and Germany. Most investments were made in the manufacturing industry, financial and insurance activities, trade, as well as vehicle maintenance and repair.

Companies with direct external investment amounted to 4.7% by the end of last year. In companies with foreign investments, the return on equity was 10.4%, and in the business sector as a whole—7.3%.

The most important place was occupied by the manufacturing industry. In 2016, such activities were carried out by 14.5% of all companies with direct external investments. Companies with direct external investment also paid 12.7% higher salaries as compared to the average salary rate in the private sector. They also achieved higher net profit and added value per employee.

About a quarter of the Slovenian investment abroad is in indirect foreign ownership, since local investors belong to a foreign owner. Private capital accounts for 72.1% of the total volume of direct foreign investment. As in the year before, foreign companies with Slovenian owners or co-owners made a profit of 37.1 million euros in 2016.