Following are news stories, press reports and events to watch that may affect Poland’s financial markets on Thursday. ALL TIMES GMT (Poland: GMT + 1 hour):
Poland’s fourth-largest lender by assets, mBank, reported on Thursday an almost 7 percent annual rise in its fourth-quarter net profit to 312 million zloty ($91.81 million) compared with 300 million expected by analysts.
Poland’s biggest employer retail chain Biedronka, which belongs to Portuguese Jeronimo Martins, plans to increase the number of its employees in 2018 by 3,000 from 65,000, Jeronimo Martins Polska member of management board Jaroslaw Sobczyk told Dziennik Gazeta Prawna daily.
Biedronka’s revenues account for 68 percent of total Jeronimo Martins sales.
Coal group JSW may buy a licence for extraction in the closed coal mine Debiensko from Australian company Praire Mining, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna said.
Coal group Polska Grupa Gornicza (PGG) Chief Executive Tomasz Rogala told Rzeczpospolita daily that the group’s net profit amounted last year to 100 million zloty. It is unlikely that PGG will debut on the Warsaw bourse this year, he said.
BGZ BNP Paribas acting chief executive officer Przemyslaw Gdanski told Puls Biznesu daily that he aims at increasing lemnder’s ROE to 10 percent in 2019-2020.
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