Podgorica – The sale of Ski center Bjelasica has failed for the 5th time. The auction which was scheduled for yesterday was not held, because the term of at least two applied investors was not fulfilled. Only Beppler and Jacobson applied as it was the case in the previous four auctions.
The starting price for 86,4% of stock shares was around 1, 5 millions. On the last auction Beppler offered 550.000 euros for stock shares and 3, 5 millions for investments.
Since the bankruptcy Ski center has been constantly increasing its losses, and the debts surpassed the amount of 500.000 euros. The characteristic of the Ski center is that it owns old equipment and cable railway, which can not satisfy the needs of the winter tourism in that area.
Beside all of that the state funds, as the stock share owners, and especially the business court which since the inducement of bankruptcy was in charge of the ski center, have not managed to end the privatization which is the only way out from that hard situation. Bankruptcy director of the ski center is Srecko Medenica and the bankruptcy judge is Veselin Vujosevic. The biggest stock share owners are funds for development and Pension Invalid Insurance.
What especially is worrying in the case of the Ski center Bjelasica is that no one except Bepler and Jacobson has answered the four tenders and the last auction. Beppler even decreased the offer on every following tender. So on the first tender investments of 9 millions euros were offered, and on the last one the investments offered were 3, 5 millions of euros. After the failing of the auction, we shall see whether the new one will be organized, or the court will once again try to sell the property through bankruptcy. In Beppler they do not exclude the possibility that someone is intentionally obstructing the sale of the ski center.
The lawyer of the company Branko Colovic says that it is not clear why the ski center was not sold to Beppler, which is the only one which for years has been applying on tenders.
He mentioned that Beppler on every following tender decreased the offer.
– Every time we offered less. The offer for investments fell from nine millions from the first tender on 3, 5 millions on the last one. The people, who are in charge for sales, should think deep and see how it came to this situation – pointed out Colovic. He said that if his clients should apply on one of the following tenders, they are planning to offer one euro for the stock shares.
– It is clear that no one want to buy a ruined ski center. It is frivolous that they are rejecting us for the fourth time. And the next season at the ski center will be lost because there is no sale at sight, and for the eventual investments it takes a lot of time. The next offer of my clients, if there will be one, will be one euro – said Colovic.
According to his words, Beppler has proved to be a good investor in Montenegro, because it invested and it invests significant amounts of money in hotels “Bjanka” in Kolasin and “Avala” in Budva, and soon they will end the renewal of another hotel in the center of Kolasin which earlier was the property of Fund Pension Invalid Insurance.