Seven firms shortlisted for Polish Polkomtel-paper

WARSAW, March 5 (Reuters) – Seven companies have been
shortlisted to buy Poland’s No. 2 mobile telecom firm Polkomtel,
daily Rzeczpospolita said on Saturday.

According to the daily, the list includes Swedish
TeliaSonera (TLSN.ST: Quote, Profile, Research), Norway’s Telenor (TEL.OL: Quote, Profile, Research), four private
equity fund consortia led by Blackstone Group, KKR, Prudential
and Bain Capital, as well as Polish media mogul Zygmunt
Solorz-Zak.

Polkomtel, Poland’s second biggest by revenues mobile
operator, is now owned by Britain’s Vodafone (VOD.L: Quote, Profile, Research) and Polish
companies PGE (PGEP.WA: Quote, Profile, Research), KGHM (KGHM.WA: Quote, Profile, Research), PKN (PKNA.WA: Quote, Profile, Research) and
Weglokoks.

PGE chief executive Tomasz Zadroga said earlier the
transaction could be finalised in the second quarter and may be
worth close to 16 billion zlotys ($5.6 billion).
(Writing by Karolina Slowikowska; editing by Keiron Henderson)