The Slovak privatization committee has postponed its decision on the Slovenske elektrarne privatization tender winner for two weeks to clarify details of the bids, Bloomberg has reported. Separately, the local MFDnes daily cited an unnamed source saying that the privatization advisor, PwC, recommended CEZ as tender winner. According to unofficial sources cited in the Slovak press, the Italian Enel has submitted the highest bid of SKK 40bn (EUR 1.00bn) for unspecified assets (probably all) on condition that some unfavorable long-term supply contracts are cancelled. CEZ has submitted the second highest bid of SKK 31bn (EUR 0.77bn) for all SE's assets excluding the A1 and V1 blocks of NPP Bohunice (but has offered to operate the two blocks). The Russian UES's bid has reportedly reached SKK 19bn (EUR 0.47bn) for all the assets of the dominant Slovak power producer.
Jan Hájek, Patria Finance