A consortium is taking the heavily indebted electricity company private at a 51 pct premium. It’s a bet natural gas will dominate the nation’s power grid. Problems with other sources justify that for now. Longer term, stagnant electricity prices and usage makes it a big risk.
Athens wants to issue bonds just after receiving another bailout tranche. If Greece had to finance itself at market rates it would struggle to stay solvent. But debt relief from European governments and ECB bond-buying will reduce the risk. Investors may find the wager appealing. Full view will be published shortly.