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Slovakia wants up to $1.1 billion for Telekom

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Slovakia launched a public offering of its 49 percent stake in Slovak Telekom, wanting to raise up to 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) from the sale.

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The price range for the initial public offering (IPO) was set at 17.7-23.6 euros per share, valuing the company at 1.5-2 billion euros. The company, majority-owned by Deutsche Telekom, said the offer for institutional investors started on Tuesday and close on May 6. For retail investors, it begins on April 22.

The issue will be marketed on a roadshow with stops including Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States and Poland, said Branislav Bacik, head of the Slovak government agency managing state assets.

Slovakia plans to list its stake on the illiquid Bratislava market as well as the London Stock Exchange. The London listing will be in the form of global depositary receipts (GDRs). Shares will also be traded on the Prague Stock Exchange. Deutsche Telekom is not selling any of its 51 percent stake.

Slovak Telekom is the main player in the fixed-line market and No. 2 mobile operator in the euro zone country of 5.5 million people, behind Orange and ahead of O2 Slovakia. Slovak Telekom has a 33 percent mobile market share by sales, its IPO prospectus said.

Pricing and allocations are expected to be announced on May 7 and the first trading day will be May 12. Up to 10 percent of the offer is expected to go to Slovak and Czech retail investors.


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