WARSAW Dec 8 Polish bourse is talking to around
100 firms about their potential debuts on the Warsaw Stock
Exchange next year, after it faced an outflow of
investors in the past few months, the head of the exchange said
* Warsaw Stock Exchange has attracted fewer new entrants
this year amid concerns over government plans to cut dividends
and claim more taxes from state-run firms.
* Eighteen companies have joined the Warsaw bourse since the
start of this year, down from 30 new entrants in 2015. Some
companies, like the chemical group Ciech, dual listed
their shares to reduce local risks.
* This week retail chain Dino announced its plans to debut
on the bourse next year with the share offer valued by some
analysts at around 1 billion zlotys ($242 million), a value
unseen in Warsaw for years.
* "2017 will be a harvest time for the exchange. We have met
around 100 of companies which need capital. There are other
companies like Dino," Malgorzata Zaleska, the exchange chief
executive officer, told reporters.
* Zaleska added that the bourse also wants to attract
companies from Belarus and one of those could debut in Warsaw
next year too.
* Zaleska said the Polish economy is stable and free from
macroeconomic imbalances. Its good condition will be reflected
on the Warsaw bourse.
* Warsaw's blue chip index WIG20 dominated by
state-run utilities and banks, lost almost 20 percent last year,
but has risen 1.6 percent since the start of 2016. ($1 = 4.1310
(Reporting by Jakub Iglewski; Writing by Agnieszka Barteczko;
Editing by Elaine Hardcastle and Alexandra Hudson)