Traders worry that Bavaria's sale is contributing to a general reduction in choices for those looking to invest. "This is a very hard hit for the market because it continues this trend of less options for investors to buy," says Sergio Gomez of Bogota's Acciones y Valores brokerage. The problem could be solved, to some degree, by companies at home--pointing up another fundamental problem in the market. Although the index has skyrocketed of late, most Colombian companies still raise cash by selling bonds, not equity. As a comparison, trading of the 106 companies' stocks accounts for just over 1% of the business conducted in Colombia's stock exchange, while private bonds account for 10% and public debt accounts for 81%. Juan Pablo Cordoba, president of the Colombian Stock Exchange says the main reason for the resistance is that many Colombian companies remain family affairs, so they are loath to sell a majority of the company fearing an end to family control. He hopes this is changing. "This has been the traditional problem, but slowly we are changing the minds of these companies, and they are warming up to the idea of selling stocks on the market," he says. "Our challenge is to make sure we attract new companies."
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|Title Annotation:||Bavaria S.A. sold to SABMiller PLC|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Nov 1, 2005|
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