Lithuania to sell stake in Mazeikiu Nafta

  • 2008-12-15
  • TBT Staff in cooperation with BNS
VILNIUS 's The new Lithuaniangovernment has announced that it will sell its near 10 percent share inMazeikiu Nafta (Mazeikiai Oil), the sole Baltic oil refinery, to Poland'sPKN Orlen for $284.45.

"As far as I know, talks with PKN Orlen will begin this week. We needto talk about that," Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius said during theCabinet meeting.

Lithuaniain late 2006 sold PKN Orlen a 30.66 percent stake in the refinery and retainedthe option to sell the remaining 9.98 percent. The country's new center-rightcoalition government has said in its crisis management plan that it intends toexercise this option.

Under the 2006 agreement, if the government sells its remaining stake inMazeikiu Nafta, some 70,750,000 shares, within three years after thetransaction was completed 's that is, by mid-December 2009 's the price willstand at $4.02 US dollars per share, or $284.45 million in total.

If the government sold the shares in three to five years' time, then thePoles would have to pay the same price as they paid in December 2006, that is,3.93 dollars per share or $277.835 million in total.

In December 2006, the government sold 30.66 percent of shares in MazeikiuNafta to PKN Orlen for a total of $851.829 million. The Polish group boughtanother 53.7 percent of shares from Russia'sYukos for 1.49 billion litas, thus raising its interest to 84.4 percent.

The Poles have since increased its shareholding in the refinery to 90.02percent.