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Poland’s PKN Orlen, Lotos management approve merger plan By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The logo of PKN Orlen, Poland’s top oil refiner, is pictured at a petrol station in Warsaw, Poland, April 25, 2019. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel


GDANSK/WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland’s biggest oil refiner PKN Orlen and number two player Grupa Lotos said on Thursday their management boards had approved a merger plan for the companies.

Both refiners are state-controlled and the merger is part of a wider plan by Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party to increase control over the economy and build big national companies to better compete with global players.

Shareholders of Grupa Lotos will get 1.075 shares of PKN Orlen for each Lotos share, the companies said in statements on Thursday.

For the merger to take effect shareholders of both oil groups must approve the share exchange. Shareholders owning at least 80% of Lotos shares have to back the merger terms to approve it.

Poland’s State Treasury controls 53.2% of Lotos shares and 27.5% of Orlen. It plans to end up with a 35.7% stake after the merger, PKN said in a presentation.

General shareholders meetings are expected to be held in July, while the merger should be registered and finalised in August.

Lotos shares gained 0.7% on Thursday to trade at 70.84 zlotys ($16.63), while PKN’s shares lost 0.5% to 71.98 zlotys. The merger plan was announced after the market close.

($1 = 4.2598 zlotys)


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