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Indotek to acquire Mid Europa Partners stake in Wabererʼs

Mid Europa Partners has agreed to sell a 24% stake in Hungarian road haulage company Wabererʼs International to Trevelin Holding, a unit of Hungarian property developer Indotek, Wabererʼs said in a disclosure ahead of the opening bell on Monday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

Mid Europa Partners also granted Indotek a call option over its remaining 47.99% stake in Wabererʼs.

The transaction, which requires competition authority clearance, is expected to close by the end of Q1 2021.

Mid Europa Partners said in July that it was weighing the sale of its stake in Wabererʼs, responding to speculation in the press. Mid Europa Partners said a consultant had been hired "to help it consider strategic options for its investment in Wabererʼs, including the sale of its stake".

Wabererʼs has booked losses for several quarters, but its management has voiced a commitment to turning the business around.

"We look forward to being supported by Indotek Group in our efforts to complete the restructuring program and further build on the strengths of Waberer’s in the long-term," Wabererʼs CEO Barna Erdélyi said in the companyʼs disclosure released on Monday.

Indotek, majority-owned by its CEO, Dániel Jellinek, counts more than 20 office buildings, several hotels, including the landmark Gellert Hotel, and many industrial and warehouse properties in its portfolio. It entered the commercial real estate market in 2014, acquiring 20 shopping centers in Budapest and other big cities around the country. In January 2020, Indotek acquired the fund manager Diófa Alapkezelő from Takarékbank.

In a separate statement issued on Monday, Indotek said it aims to use synergies with Wabererʼs "to the fullest extent" and sees its stake in the company as a "long-term strategic investment", but it does not wish to acquire a controlling stake. 

Indotek plans to sell the option rights it has acquired to "professional investors with experience in the sector".

Indotek said it has adopted a strategy of investing in companies that have been put in difficult economic situations because of the crisis, sorting out their capital positions, restructuring them, and putting them on a growth path, thus increasing their value, according to the report.