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UOKiK clears GTS Polska's takeover of Energis

GTS Polska, a telecom operator, announced that it eventually received the long awaited permission from the Office for Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) for the purchase of a 97.5% stake in an alternative fixed line telephone operator Energis.

The two companies say they will consolidate in the future, but in the meantime they will operate under the GTS Energis brand. At the moment no positive effects of the merger are visible. According to Tomasz Galas, deputy president and financial director at GTS Energis, the group's consolidated revenues will be lower than the combined income from the two firms, because the turnover inside each company will be eliminated. However, the two concerns hope that their revenues will soon rise again thanks to providing complementing services for their clients. The group projects its revenues at the end of 2005 will amount to zl.376 million. Unofficial sources claim that about 100 people will lose their job due to the merger.


(WBJ 17.x.05)

 
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