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Companies sell their businesses in Russia

05/17/2022 | 08:41am EDT

May 19 (Reuters) - Some Western companies have agreed to sell their Russian assets or hand them over to local managers as they scramble to comply with sanctions over the Ukraine conflict and deal with threats from the Kremlin that foreign-owned assets may be seized.

The moves, part of a broader corporate exodus from the country, are likely to stir concerns that Russian firms and institutions are snapping up prized assets for a bargain.

Below is a list of firms by sector that have announced deals to sell their businesses in Russia:

AUTOS

INCHCAPE

The British car distributor said it had agreed to sell its Russian business to local management. The sale will result in an exceptional non-cash loss before tax of about 240 million pounds ($299 million).

RENAULT

The French carmaker said on May 16 it will sell its majority stake in Russia's biggest carmaker, Avtovaz, to the Russian Central Research and Development Automobile and Engine Institute (Nami), with a six-year option to buy back the stake.

Renault also said that 100% of the shares in Renault Russia will go to the city of Moscow.

Russia had said on April 27 that Renault would transfer its 67.69% stake in Avtovaz to the institute for the symbolic sum of one rouble.

BANKS

PPF

The Czech investment group has agreed to sell its Russian banking assets to a group of investors, PPF said on May 17.

PPF's consumer lender, the Home Credit and Finance Bank, and its subsidiaries will be acquired by investors led by Ivan Tyryshkin, PPF said, without giving the price or other details of the transaction.

SOCIETE GENERALE

The French bank said on May 18 it had closed the sale of its Russian business Rosbank to the Interros group, a firm linked to Russian oligarch Vladimir Potanin.

The sale will result in the bank taking a 3.2 billion-euro ($3.35 billion) net income hit.

ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS & EQUIPMENT

SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC

The French electrical equipment maker will sell its operations in Russia and Belarus to local management, the company said on April 27, as it signed a letter of intent with the designated buyers.

It will write off up to 300 million euros ($314 million) of net book value and make a non-cash reversal of currency translation estimated at 120 million euros.

ENERGY

SHELL

The British energy and petrochemical giant will sell its Russian retail and lubricants business to Russia's Lukoil , the companies said on May 12. The deal includes 411 retail stations and the Torzhok lubricants blending plant. Shell would not comment on the value of the deal.

FOOD & BEVERAGES

AB INBEV

The Dutch brewer said on April 22 it would sell its non-controlling stake in its Russian joint venture AB InBev Efes. The divestiture will result in a $1.1 billion impairment charge in the first quarter. The joint venture has 11 breweries in Russia and three in Ukraine.

ATRIA

The Finnish food processing company said on May 16 it sold its fast food business in Russia, Sibylla Rus, to Russian meat producer Cherkizovo for about 8 million euros ($8.4 million).

FAZER

The Finnish bakery and food service company said on April 29 it had agreed to sell its Russian unit to Moscow's Kolomenskij Bakery and Confectionery Holding. Fazer did not disclose the value of the transaction.

MCDONALD'S CORP

The American fast food giant said on May 19 it would sell its Russian business to its current licensee Alexander Govor and the restaurants would operate under a new brand.

McDonald's Corp, which owns about 84% of its nearly 850 restaurants in the country, did not disclose the financial terms of the transaction.

PAULIG

The privately owned Finnish food and drink company said on May 5 it had sold its operations in Russia to private Indian investor Vikas Soi, after being mentioned by Russian authorities as an example of a foreign company that could be nationalised.

It said the divesture includes the Paulig Rus LLC unit and Paulig's operations, as well as its coffee roastery in Tver, but not the Paulig brand, which will be phased out in Russia over the coming months.

RAISIO

The Finnish food processing company said on April 29 it had agreed to sell its consumer business in Russia to Copacker Agro Ltd for about 1.5 million euros ($1.6 million). As a result of the sale, Raisio said it would recognise an estimated impairment loss of 2.9 million euros in its Q1 earnings before interest and taxes.

VALIO

The Finnish dairy producer has sold its Russian business to GK Velkom, the company said on April 26, following an earlier threat by Russian authorities to nationalise its business there. Valio said the transaction would take effect immediately but gave no financial value for it. MINING

AMUR MINERALS CORP

The London-listed Russian mining company announced on May 9 it proposed to sell its main Kun-Manie project for $105 million and agreed to assign to buyer benefit of all loans owed by Kun-Manie to Amur in consideration for $30 million.

KINROSS

Kinross Gold Corp is selling its Russian assets to the Highland Gold Mining group of companies for a total of $680 million in cash, the Canadian gold miner said on April 5, nearly a month after suspending its operations in the country.

OTHERS

AUTHENTIC BRANDS GROUP

Turkish shoe retailer FLO Magazacilik is in talks to buy more than 100 stores owned by fitness brand Reebok in Russia, which is part of the Authentic Brands Group, FLO Chairman Mehmet Ziylan said on May 16. Ziylan added a deal had not been finalised.

BRUNEL INTERNATIONAL

The Dutch employment services company is in the process of selling activities in Russia to local management, it said on April 29, adding its net investment in the country at end-March was 14 million euros ($14.7 million).

FLUGGER GROUP

The Danish paint maker said on April 8 it had initiated the sale of its Russian and Belarusian companies, taking a 115 million Danish crowns ($16.2 million) write-down.

IMPERIAL BRANDS

The British tobacco group said on May 17 that the terms of its agreement to exit Russia did not include a clause allowing it to buy back its business there in future.

Imperial Brands had announced the transfer of its Russian business to "investors based in Russia" on April 20, following talks with an unidentified third party in March.

MAERSK

The Danish shipping company has found possible buyers for its 30.75% stake in Global Ports Investments, which operates ports in Russia, it said on May 4.

SOPRANO

The Finnish training company said on May 19 it had sold its unit in Russia to local management. The sale will not have a significant impact on the company's results.

STORA ENSO

The Finnish forestry firm has completed its exit from Russia with the sale of three corrugated packaging plants to local management, it said on May 16.

At the end of April, Stora said it had agreed to sell its two sawmills and their forest operations in Russia to local management, causing it to record a 130 million euro ($136 million) loss.

YIT

The Finnish builder has signed an agreement with Etalon Group PLC for the sale of its operations in Russia for about 50 million euros ($52 million). As a result of the sale, YIT said it would book an impairment of about 150 million euros in its first quarter income statement. ($1 = 0.8022 pounds) ($1 = 0.9546 euros) ($1 = 7.1002 Danish crowns) (Compiled by Elena Vardon, Augustin Turpin, Enrico Sciacovelli, Ina Kreuz Editing by Mark Potter, Jan Harvey, Andrew Heavens and Susan Fenton)


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Stocks mentioned in the article
ChangeLast1st jan.
AMUR MINERALS CORPORATION -3.41% 0.6906 Delayed Quote.-58.06%
ANHEUSER-BUSCH INBEV SA/NV 2.31% 52.73 Real-time Quote.-3.07%
AP MOLLER MAERSK -1.89% 16340 Delayed Quote.-28.98%
ATRIA OYJ 0.00% 8.9 Delayed Quote.-22.74%
ETALON GROUP PLC 0.00% 0.2025 Delayed Quote.-81.42%
FLÜGGER GROUP A/S 0.00% 461 Delayed Quote.-29.29%
GLOBAL PORTS INVESTMENTS PLC 0.00% 0.635 Delayed Quote.-83.02%
GOLD -0.58% 1798.73 Delayed Quote.-1.22%
IMPERIAL BRANDS PLC -1.07% 1819.84 Delayed Quote.13.80%
INCHCAPE PLC -1.30% 681 Delayed Quote.-23.97%
KINROSS GOLD CORPORATION 2.62% 4.7 Delayed Quote.-37.60%
PJSC LUKOIL 0.14% 3949.5 End-of-day quote.-39.89%
PUBLIC JOINT STOCK COMPANY "CHERKIZOVO GROUP -0.34% 2631 End-of-day quote.-10.63%
PUBLIC JOINT STOCK COMPANY ROSBANK -0.36% 111 End-of-day quote.46.05%
RAISIO PLC -0.82% 1.946 Delayed Quote.-41.78%
RENAULT -3.93% 23.195 Real-time Quote.-20.95%
S&P GSCI GOLD INDEX -0.19% 1047.04 Real-time Quote.-1.48%
SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC SE -0.79% 111.12 Real-time Quote.-35.06%
SHELL PLC -2.22% 2153.3 Delayed Quote.35.84%
SILVER -1.34% 19.731 Delayed Quote.-14.84%
SOCIÉTÉ GÉNÉRALE -3.39% 19.92 Real-time Quote.-31.75%
SOPRANO OYJ -1.96% 0.5 Delayed Quote.44.89%
STORA ENSO OYJ -2.67% 14.93 Delayed Quote.-4.99%
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YIT OYJ -0.94% 3.15 Delayed Quote.-26.29%
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