Asseco Poland drops Nasdaq listing plans

WARSAW, March 30 (Reuters) – Asseco Poland (ACPP.WA: Quote, Profile, Research),
Eastern Europe’s largest software group, has dropped plans to
float its shares on Nasdaq because of it does not need fresh
cash, it said on Tuesday.

“Entering the American stock exchange would require a share
issue of $150-200 million,” Asseco said in a statement.

“Because Asseco Poland and the Asseco group are in a strong
financial state … such an issue is not needed, even if
assuming a continuation of the acquisition strategy,” it said.

Asseco has aggressively expanded to become Europe’s No.5
software maker through a string of acquisitions, including the
purchase of Israeli IT company Formula Systems (FORT.TA: Quote, Profile, Research).

The Polish company said it did not completely rule out a
Nasdaq debut in the future to fund a large purchase that would
guarantee “spectacular growth”.

Asseco shares were nearly flat by 1047 GMT.

Volatility in global stock markets spiked earlier this month
on fears over Japan’s nuclear crisis and rising unrest in North
Africa and the Middle East. This helped to derail two of
Europe’s biggest listings so far this year and delay a U.S.
listing by private equity firm Apollo Global Management by a
week. [ID:nLDE72E26A]

Although markets have rebounded, encouraging many firms to
push ahead with planned floats, bankers say the continued threat
of renewed uncertainty means investors remain cautious towards
new listings and those wanting to get an offering done need a
strong story and realistic price expectations.
(Reporting by Chris Borowski; Editing by Jon Loades-Carter)

Asseco Poland drops Nasdaq listing plans