LONDON, March 25 The British government aims to
begin the privatization of Royal Mail by selling or
floating at least part of it in the fall of 2013, the Financial
Times reported on Monday.
The offering, which could take place if the state-owned
postal operator's finances continue to improve, is expected to
fetch between 3 billion pounds to 4 billion pounds ($4.76
billion-$6.35 billion), the FT said.
The business newspaper cited people close to the sale
process as saying the government is attracted to a stock market
flotation if the financial climate for initial public offerings
A flotation is likely to involve a sale of shares to the
public as well as institutions, backed by a marketing effort,
according to the article.
Privatization is likely to begin with a partial sell-off,
with the rest sold later, but a full sale at the outset has not
been ruled out, the FT said.
Royal Mail employees would get a stake of at least 10
percent when privatization is completed, while the Post Office
network would remain in the public sector and may be mutualized.
Royal Mail could not be reached for immediate comment.