No Bids for Technoexportstroy, 2nd Auction Fails

Business | June 13, 2012, Wednesday // 13:38|  views

Bulgaria's Technoexportstroy has completed over 650 prestigious projects as main contractor. Photo by Technoexportstroy

Bulgaria's auction of state-owned construction company Technoexportstroy has failed to draw any bidders for the second time, the sale body announced.

The second attempt to sell the company fails after an open auction, scheduled for May 2, was cancelled due to lack of bidders.

The first try, in which Technoexportstroy was valued at BGN 68 M, attracted 3 companies who bought the documentation, but then refrained to bid.

Now the state-owned company was listed for BGN 60 M for 103 970 shares comprising 100% of the company's capital.

Following the two failures, the Bulgarian state plans to put up for sale Technoexportstroy in a third privatization bid without setting a minimum price, hoping to lure buyers, media reports say.

Three companies purchased documents for the participation in the first auction, but none of them delivered bids.

The companies, which were hoped to turn into prospective investors, were Greek builder Ellaktor SA, registered in Athens, the Bulgarian firms Advance Properties OOD and AT Engineering 2000, both registered in Sofia.

The auction price was supposed to start at BGN 68 M, which according to experts from the construction sector, hit hard by the crisis, was far above the market price. Later the price was cut to BGN 60 M.

Analysts have also attributed the lack of interest to the fact that the company has experience mainly in Arab countries, where doing business now is a difficult and hazardous task, given the political turmoil.

Bulgaria decided to put up for sale 103 970 shares, representing 100% of the capital Technoexportstroy EAD, Sofia, in February, 2012.

The sale body expected the sale to be one of the major deals during the term of the center-right cabinet of Boyko Borisov, second only to privatization of cigarette maker Bulgartabac, which was sealed in the autumn last year.

Technoexportstroy EAD is a state-run design, engineering and construction company. It was established in 1964 and is registered as first class international contractor and consultant in more than 20 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, as well as with international financial and investment institutions such as the World Bank and the Arab Fund.

Technoexportstroy has completed over 650 prestigious projects as main contractor.

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