Financial News: Tender for financial adviser in privatisation of ELPE

The Greek finance ministry on Tuesday announced an international tender for the immediate hiring of a financial
adviser for the full privatisation of Hellenic Petroleum S.A. (ELPE).
The ministry on Tuesday uploaded on its website a "Request for Proposals for the selection of Financial Adviser in relation to Hellenic Petroleum S.A."
According to the Request, the Greek state is considering "the appointment of one or more leading investment banks to act as its financial adviser(s) for the assessment of the best available options for the privatization of its holding in HELLENIC PETROLEUM S.A.".
As at August 26, 2011, the Hellenic Republic holds 35.48% of the Company’s share capital, 41.85% belongs to Paneuropean Oil and Industrial Holdings S.A. and the rest is free floated. ELPE’s shares are listed on the Athens Stock Exchange. In May 2003, the Hellenic Republic and Paneuropean entered into a shareholders agreement according to which both shareholders have pre-emption right in case any of them decide to sell all or part of their stake.
The Hellenic Republic's objective is to fully privatize ELPE through the sale of all or part of its stake in the Company.
ELPE is one of the leading energy groups in Greece and South East Europe as it owns and operates four oil refineries in Aspropyrgos, Elefsina and Thessaloniki in Greece and the sole refinery in Skopje, FYROM. The Company’s domestic marketing activities are performed through its fully-owned subsidiaries EKO and Hellenic Fuels (former BP Hellas) and their extensive retail network throughout Greece. Furthermore, the Company is one of the key fuel players in Cyprus, Serbia, Bulgaria, FYROM, Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Georgia through its retail petrol stations network. ELPE is the sole petrochemicals producer in Greece with operations integrated in its refineries. In addition, the Company owns a 35% stake in Greece’s incumbent gas company, DEPA, which is the main natural gas importer and wholesale supplier in the country.
Under the selection procedure set out, the award will proceed in accordance with Law 3049/2002 after a negotiation of the offers with a maximum of three (3) participants.
The applications must be submitted at the latest by September 7, 2011, 17:00 Athens time, irrespectively of the way of submission.

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