First branch of Banka Kombetare Tregtare was established in Durres on 29 November 1925, in the historical building where today’s BKT Durrës Branch is situated. This building actually represents the oldest Albanian financial institution in the country.
Banka Kombetare Tregtare (NCB), with today’s name, was established in January 1993, after the merging of the Albanian Commercial Bank (ACB) and the National Bank of Albania (NBA). Actually BKT is the largest and the oldest commercial bank in Albania.
Banka Kombëtare Tregtare was established as a Joint Stock Company in July 1997, with assets reaching ALL 2.7 billion.
BKT accomplished its privatization process in the year 2000. In November 2000, the new shareholders invested US$10 million, resulting in the strong capitalization of the bank.
With the authorization of the Bank of Albania and pursuant to the specific court decision issued on June 9, 2006, it was approved the transfer of 60% plus 2 of the BKT shares in favour of Calik-Seker Konsorsiyum Yatirim A.S.
After the decision to expand in Kosovo, BKT has opened 25 branches already, ranking as the largest Albanian bank in the region.
In June 30, 2009 Calik Financial Services buys to IFC and EBRD theirs shares part being in this way the only BKT shareholder owning 100 % of the shares.
During 2006 – 2011, with its stable performance BKT is evaluated with different prizes on national and international levels, among which several times as “ The best Bank of the Year” in Albania, “The best medium sized bank in South-eastern Europe” and also achieving its highest evaluation as “The Best Bank in South East Europe for 2009”. Meanwhile for two consecutive years JCR Eurasia Rating assigns to BKT a credit rating of ‘AAA (Alb)’ along with a ‘stable’ outlook on the long term national scale, which denotes the highest investment grade. At the same time, the prestigious magazine of the banking sector The Banker, part of Financial Times, has awarded BKT as Bank of the Year in Albania for two consequent years (2010 and 2011).
From 2011 and on, BKT keeps expanding its market share becoming the largest bank in terms of assets. EMEA Finance and Euromoney evaluate BKT as The Best Bank in Albania for 2012, while JCR-ER assigns AA(Alb) for Corporate Governance. During 2013, 2014 and 2015, BKT manages to gather the three most prestigious awards in banking from EMEA Finance, Euromoney and The Banker as The Best Bank in Albania, while BKT’s CEO is awarded by EMEA Finance as “The CEO of the 2013 in Southeast Europe”.