BZ WBK launches $1.6bn re-IPO
Books were opened for a Z4.8bn-Z5.4bn ($1.5bn-$1.7bn) re-IPO of Bank Zachodni WBK on Monday with sellers KBC and Santander pressing ahead with the four-day sale that they hope is isolated from market volatility across Europe. The stock should be a must-have for Poland’s domestic pension funds and offers a discount to the main listed peers Pekao and PKO Bank Polski.
The deal comprises up to 21.36% of Polands third largest bank. KBC is selling its entire 16.17% stake (15.12m shares) and Santander is selling at least 0.21% (0.195m shares) to take the free-float to the minimum mandated 25%, and potentially another 5.19% (4.85m shares).
The Spanish bank has
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