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INSIGHTS - RUSSIA - Details on the privatizations (multiple sources)

Released on 2012-02-29 12:00 GMT

Email-ID 958029
Date 2010-10-08 22:08:52
LG: I have been working on this with a slew of sources for months (some of
it since last year). The reason it took so long is because I had to cross
check EVERY piece of intel against 3+ other sources because the amount of
disinformation was astonishing. Because of this, it is hard to send out
info separately.

I have not included all the dirt on each company during such a
privatization because it is not yet translated, but I'll send all that out
in the interactive request Sunday.

RU131 a** Kremlin thinktanker on econ & pol
RU171 a** Russian diplomat
RU157 a** Russian state thinktanker
RU138 a** Russian econ analyst
RU134 a** Kremlin economist
RU102 a** Deputy in ProsGen
RU131 a** Kremlin policy analyst
RU108 a** Kremlin strategist
RU114 a** Aton Anlayst

The privatizations are about to open soon with the sale of minority shares
in a dozen companies. The plan is called the a**New Privatization
Initiativea** and was created in 2009 (LG: which is when Stratfor first
heard about ita**see intel from Dec 2009). The privatizations are in 2
categories called a**companiesa** and a**asset companiesa** with the
former privatization lasting through 2012 and the latter through 2014.

The company privatizations (not the assets) are expected to earn the
Russian government an estimated $29 billion. The company privatizations
are the first list below. The assetsa**which will be made up of 5,000
small companies mostly made up of firms and assets picked up during the
financial crisisa** are expected to earn another $20 billion. The largest
of these a**asseta** companies are also listed below. So total, the
government has the potential to earn is $50 billion by end of 2014

The one thing that the government is still waiting on is the estimations
if the privatizations can go forward now or wait until the market is ready
to handle them. But there are already quite a few large investors ready to
take on this enormous project.

The government is expected to use the money to eliminate the countrya**s
budget deficit by 2014 and give it extra stabilization cash all before the
elections (both 2011 & 2012). This is key because the confidence in the
government may be high, but everything needs to be perfect and foolproof
before the elections. Both Kudrin and the economic ministry are working
together on the economic side of this. The new Kremlin budget is to rely
upon internal borrowings and income from the privatization of state
companies. Russia will rely less on external markets.

Theoretically the shares are up for grabs from both foreign and domestic
It is publicly unclear how the process will take place, though privately
we all know it will be via Kremlin a**mutual agreementsa** between the
bidding companies and the Kremlin. Then the decision will be put through
parliament a** though this is a non-issue.

On June 15, 2010, a series of amendments came into effect on the laws
a**On Privatization of State and Municipal Propertya** (aka, Privatization
Amendments). The amendments give the Kremlin the ability to a**engage
foreign and domestic entities to arrange and manage the privatization
processa** on behalf of the Russian firms. Before the Kremlin had to
influence the deals unless they owned all the pieces being privatized, now
they can arrange it all no matter if the actual property belongs to
certain governmental agencies or ministries, etc.

Many sources did slyly say that should the government decide to
nationalize in the future it can, but they cana**t say that right now or
it would scare investors away ;).

The privatization scheme is a Kudrin plan that has Medvedev-Putina**s
blessing. Kudrina**s plan is for a**balancea** (LG: which wea**ve
discussed a million times). Kudrin knows that he cana**t really fully
privatize these companies, but can still earn enormous cash for small
pieces of them. It is the balance between the 90s chaos and the 2003-7
siloviki nationalizations.

But many in the Kremlin and these companies are against the move. For
example, Transneft CEO Tokarev (KGB in Dresden with Putin) is against the

Once these privatizations are done, Kudrin would like to retire. He is
exhausted by the entire ordeal, but has to see it through because he is
one of the only men both Putin and Medvedev trust to tackle such a
project. Also, he knows his luck is almost up with the Sechin clan, who
would have had him killed by now if he werena**t personally protected by
the tandem. Instead Sechina**s crew settled for Kudrina**s team instead.

The move to first put VTB on the market was a plan pushed by Gref
(Sberbanka**s chairman). There will be 2 tranches of shares put out of
VTBa**s. The first tranche will be 10 percent and the second will be for
25 percent. The top company in the running is US investment fund Texas
Pacific Group. They have already traveled to Russia and spoken with First
Deputy Premier Shuvalov about this. The first tranche will sell for $3
billion a** with VTB valued at $30 billion. Another company interested in
the next tranche is Merill Lynch.

**any company planning to sell more than ~10% will do it in multiple
tranches in order to see if the first part will be successful & give the
government time to reconsider good or bad.

**the more strategic companies can not have state shares below 75%

Company Government Stake Stake for Sale
Rosneft 75.16%
24.16% Stake size under "review"
Transneft 78.10% 3-27.1%
Stake size under "review"
Sovkomflot 100% 25%
VTB Bank 85.50% 24.50%
Rosselxozbank 100% 49%
Russian Railways 100% 34.99%
via subsidiary
Federal Grid Company 79.11% 28.11%
Stake size under "review"
RusHydro 60.38% 9.38%
United Grain Company 100% 10- 25%
Rosagroleasing 99.90% 10-24%
Rosspirtprom 100% 10-25%
Sberbank 60.30% 9.30%

A TASTE OF THE ASSETS FOR SALE a** (these alone are $4b)
Novorossiisk Seaport a** 20%
Vanino Seaport a** 55%
Yenisei River Shipping Company a** 25.5%
Sakhalin Sea Shipping Company a** 25.5%
Murmansk Seaport a** 34%
SG-Trans Moscow a** 100%
Tuapse Seaport a** 25%
Volga River Shipping 25.5%
Murmansk Sea Shipping Company a** 25.5%
Northwestern Sea Shipping (St. Petes) a** 25.5%
Koltsova Airport (Ekatrinburg) a** 34.5%
Tomachevo Airport (Novosibirsk) a** 51%

Lauren Goodrich
Senior Eurasia Analyst
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