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Bulgarian regulator temporarily bans publication of buyout bid for Svilosa

Author Mario Tanev
Bulgarian regulator temporarily bans publication of buyout bid for Svilosa Financial Supervision Commission/All rights reserved.

SOFIA (Bulgaria), November 8 (SeeNews) - Bulgaria's financial regulator said on Thursday that it has issued a temporary ban on the publication of a buyout offer by A.R.U.S. Holding for a 6.47% stake in cellulose producer Svilosa [BUL:3MZ].

A.R.U.S. Holding's buyout offer is targeting 2,139,070 Svilosa shares at a price of 4.7 levs each ($2.8/2.4 euro), the Financial Supervision Commission said in a statement.

Following the announcement, Svilosa shares gained 4.26% an ended Thursday's session on the Bulgarian Stock Exchange at a price of 4.9 levs each.

A.R.U.S. Holding owns a 80.67% stake in Svilosa directly. On October 10, A.R.U.S. Holding signed an agreement with Luxembourg-based KBD SA for joint management of Svilosa, in accordane to which A.R.U.S. Holding's direct and indirect stake in the Bulgarian cellolose producer increased to 93.26%.

After A.R.U.S. Holding carries out the buyout bid, it intends to delist Svilosa from the Bulgarian Stock Exchange.

According to data from the commercial register, private individual Krasimir Dachev holds a 90% stake in A.R.U.S. Holding, while another private individual - Albena Badeva, owns the remaining 10%.

Svilosa, through its unit Svilocell, is the largest producer of bleached kraft pulp in Bulgaria.

(1 euro = 1.95583 levs)