TPSA Rallies After France Telecom Offers Financial Help
The shares rose 6.9 percent in Warsaw, the biggest gain since Jan. 3, 2011. The stock has been the worst-performing in the benchmark WIG20 Index (WIG20) in 2013, slumping 41 percent after TPSA, as the Warsaw-based company is known, cut its dividend plans and earnings worsened.
TPSA “has decided to take advantage of France Telecom’s funding capabilities in order to optimize its financial cost,” it said in a statement late yesterday. The company, in which France Telecom has a 49 percent stake, has seen revenue decline since 2007 as competition increased and the country’s phone regulator forced operators to cut prices.
“Investors are reacting positively to the fact TPSA has managed to organize financing from its parent company,” Konrad Ksiezopolski, a Warsaw-based analyst Espirito Santo Investment Bank, said by phone today. “Liquidity is crucial, especially when all players in the domestic industry are waging a war.”
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