Bulgaria Stock Exchange 2009 Turnover Drops by 46%

Business » FINANCE | January 25, 2010, Monday // 11:42
Bulgaria: Bulgaria Stock Exchange 2009 Turnover Drops by 46% Turnover and transactions of the Bulgaria Stock Exchange fell by almost a half in 2009, and prospects for improvement in 2010 remain unfavorable. Photo by BGNES

The Bulgaria Stock Exchange (BSE) has announced that turnover in 2009 dropped 46,4% year-on-year, from BGN 2,9 B in 2008 to BGN1,56 B in 2009.

The negative tendency has carried forward into January. In recent months, daily turnover has several times dipped below BGN 0,5 M.

Peter Peshev, a broker from Bull Trend Brokerage, said liquidity was so low that it was frightening for both local and foreign investors.

Transactions for the year declined by almost a half, according to BSE data, from more than 444 700 to a little over 202 500.

"Turnovers are extremely low and that drove the major foreign investors outside the country and prevented the entry of new capital. Prices are low, compared to the average levels for the past five years, but this is not a sufficient factor for the positive development of the Stock Exchange," said Tsvetoslav Tzachev of Elana Trading.

The global financial crisis has been a factor in the poor performance of BSE.

"The activities of many companies were affected by the crisis, but in the more liquid markets, balance was found more easily and investors did not bear the risk of not being able to sell their securities," concluded Tzachev.

According to analysts, the Bulgarian stock market will not catch up in 2010 with the performance of neighboring markets, such as Romania and Ukraine.

Prospects for companies are currently unfavourable, even though the negative factors resulting from the crisis have already been reflected in the drop of 85% in the market between October 2007 and March 2009.

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