The fight for Orco

OrcoVaci1Game on! That, at least, is the word from Bloomberg, which reports that Orco Property Group founder JF Ott is buying shares in the company. (Not a secret, by the way, since it’s also confirmed on Orco’s website here) The reason, it’s speculated, is that he’s fighting with the Czech business mogul Radovan Vitek for control of the company.

Orco has gained 76 percent in the past three months after a bond-for-equity swap cut indebtedness and sent the stock price to a record low on Sept. 12, attracting new investors. Vitek, owner of Czech Property Investments AS, who bought a 30 percent stake, has proposed to become board member and cut the company’s share capital by 51 percent without cancellation of shares at a Feb. 4 shareholder meeting. Ott bought 8.4 percent last week, raising his stake to 8.9 percent, Orco said yesterday.
“We see CEO Ott’s increased stake as part of a fight for control over Orco,” analyst Josef Novotny at Erste Group Bank AG’s Prague-based unit wrote in a report to clients today.

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