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Poland Seeks $90 Million From Property Group’s Share Sale

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Jan. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Poland plans to sell as much as 282 million zloty ($90 million) of shares in an initial public offering of property company Grupa PHN SA as the government seeks funds to help finance the budget deficit.

The Treasury Ministry is offering 10.8 million shares, or a 25 percent stake in PHN, at the maximum price of 26 zloty a share, the Warsaw-based company said in a prospectus on its website today. The final price will be set on Feb. 4, when bookbuilding for institutional investors ends.

Poland is selling assets to curb public debt growth and boost investments. The government is also offering today an 11.8 percent stake in PKO Bank Polski SA, the country’s largest lender, to stock market investors, according to a term sheet obtained by Bloomberg yesterday. Other state sales this year may include utility Energa SA and insurer PZU SA.

“The PHN offering is just a beginning of our asset sales this year,” Deputy Treasury Minister Pawel Tamborski said at a news conference today.

The IPO is set to be the biggest in Poland since the 2.1 billion-zloty offer of Warsaw-based Alior Bank SA in November. PHN plans to start trading on the Warsaw exchange by Feb. 13.

Shares Rebound

Citigroup Inc., UBS AG, Societe Generale SA and Deutsche Bank AG are helping manage the sale as joint global coordinators and joint bookrunners. BRE Bank SA, Bank Zachodni WBK SA, Wood & Co. and PKO Bank are joint bookrunners.

The government resumed plans to sell PHN, which estimates its net value of assets at 1.75 billion zloty, after shares of real-estate developers rebounded last year. Warsaw’s WIG Developers Industry Index jumped 14 percent in the last three months of 2012, its biggest quarterly gain in three years.

Poland plans to sell a controlling stake in PHN to a strategic investor after the IPO and will keep as much as 25 percent, Tamborski said. The investor may be picked by the end of the year, Treasury Minister Mikolaj Budzanowski told reporters today.

Grupa Radius, the real-estate developer controlled by Polish investor Robert Szustkowski, is seeking to gain control over PHN, it said this month. Mennica Polska SA, a Polish coin maker, is also interested in PHN, PAP newswire reported on Jan. 11, citing Chief Executive Officer Grzegorz Zambrzycki.

PHN’s net loss widened to 142.9 million zloty in the first nine months of 2012 from 85.4 million zloty a year earlier.

To contact the reporters on this story: Marta Waldoch in Warsaw at mwaldoch@bloomberg.net; Maciej Martewicz in Warsaw at mmartewicz@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Frank Connelly at fconnelly@bloomberg.net

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