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Turkey's TAV eyes Havas unit stake

Istanbul, August 28, 2012

Turkish airports operator TAV Havalimanlari Holding aims to complete the purchase of the remaining 35 per cent of its Havas ground handling services unit soon, said chief executive Sani Sener.

Sener told Reuters that a possible initial public offering of the unit, which has been on the cards for some time, would depend on market conditions.

"We have wanted an IPO in Havas for a long time. We expressed back in 2008 when we owned 100 per cent of Havas that we wanted to hold an IPO. We will evaluate it depending on market conditions," Sener said.

TAV sold 35 per cent of Havas to HSBC Holdings and Turkey's Is Girisim Sermayesi Yatirim Ortakligi in 2009, when the unit was valued at 180 million euros ($225 million).

TAV said on August 24 it had begun talks with HSBC and Is Girisim about buying their stake in Havas.

"Falling operating profit and disputes with municipalities regarding airport shuttle services impacted Havas' attractiveness negatively," said Is Investment analyst Efe Kalkandelen.

"Delays to the IPO process left this as the only option for partners to exit. At this stage, it's important what price TAV would pay to buy back these shares."

TAV shares were up 0.43 percent at 9.30 lira. Is Girisim shares rose 4.35 per cent to 2.16 lira.

TAV Holding, part of TAV Group, runs 10 airports including in Tunisia, Macedonia and Georgia, as well as Turkey's biggest airport Istanbul Ataturk.-Reuters




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