MÁV cargo might worth HUF 100 billion
Portfolio.hu: 15, August 2006
The rail cargo business of MÁV Zrt (state owned, Hungarian railways) MÁV Cargo Zrt might worth about HUF 100 billion for its future owner, Magyar Hírlap writes.
It is unlikely that the privatisation tender for the rail cargo business will open this year, because tariffs for using the railways will only be prepared for next year and financial details of the privatisation tender can be specified only when the tariffs are known.
Based on the experiences from the recent privatisation of the Slovakian railway company`s cargo business, ZSSK Cargo, the price of the Hungarian cargo business might reach HUF 100 billion. ZSSK Cargo was separated from the passenger transportation business in 2005, and the privatisation tender was opened last October, but the new government cancelled it this spring.
Numerous investors were interested and 14 contenders took part in the Slovakian tender and the Hungarian cargo business is in better financial shape compared to the Slovakian one. This shows that the privatisation of the Hungarian cargo company is likely to attract strong attention.
MÁV Cargo also has a significant market share on the cargo market and few competitors can beat it on the railway business as well. While in Western-Europe rail cargo only has a 11-12% share in the cargo business, in Hungary this market share is 20%. The Hungarian company forecasts HUF 80 billion revenue and also some profit by the end of this year.