SISTEMA ANNOUNCES AQUISITION OF SG-TRANS OJSC
Moscow, Russia – November 27, 2012 – Sistema JSFC (“Sistema”, the “Group” or the “Company”) (LSE: SSA), the largest publicly-traded diversified holding company in Russia and the CIS, today announces that it has signed an agreement to acquire SG-trans OJSC (“SG-trans”), the Russian market’s largest independent operator of specialised railcars for transportation of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). The signing of this agreement follows the Russian Government’s approval of the tender to select a purchaser for SG-trans. Sistema will pay a total cash consideration of RUB 22.77 billion for 100% of the equity of SG-trans. The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of November 2012.
This acquisition is in line with Sistema’s strategy to develop a strong position in the transportation market. Sistema currently has exposure to a number of transportation companies which own and operate rolling stock comprising more than 19,500 railcars. In August 2012, Sistema’s subsidiary ANK Bashneft JSC acquired 50% of the authorised capital of Financial Alliance LLC, a professional railcar operator while in September 2012, Sistema-Venture Capital JSC, a management company and a subsidiary of Sistema, assumed operational management of TLC LLC (Transportno-Logisticheskaya Companiya), one of Russia’s leading rail operators.
Sistema sees a significant value creation opportunity in SG-trans through potential restructuring and optimisation efforts, adjustment to market rates and the exploration of possible strategic options for SG-trans’ gas storage and retail segment. Significant synergies will also be realised by combining Sistema’s rail investments under one management team and Sistema and Bashneft are considering options as to how this can be most efficiently achieved. Any further announcements on the development of the Group’s rail strategy will be made when appropriate.
Mikhail Shamolin, President and CEO of Sistema, commented: “One of our strategic objectives is to create a leading industry player in the transportation sector. We believe Sistema is well positioned to benefit from this acquisition due to SG-trans’ leading position in the Russian LPG transportation market and our now combined fleet of 34,500 railcars. The Russian railroad transportation industry is undergoing significant reform which will create a new competitive framework for freight rail transportation. This deal offers high potential for growth and participation in strong market fundamentals, as reflected by the industry’s track record for consistently delivering average annual growth in turnover of 6-8% over the past few years. This acquisition is an important step towards increasing our foot print through further strategic opportunities.”
Conference call information
Sistema’s management will host an analyst conference call today at 9 am (New York time) / 2 pm (London time) / 3 pm (CET) / 6 pm (Moscow Time) to present and discuss the SG-trans acquisition.
The dial-in numbers for the conference call are:
UK/ International: +44 20 8515 2338
US: +1 480 629 9645
And quote the conference call title: “Acquisition of SG-trans”.
A replay of the conference call will be available on the Company’s website www.sistema.com for 7 days after the event.
OJSC SG-trans is the largest independent operator in the Russian market, providing transportation services of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in specialised railcars. SG-trans business currently consists of two segments: transportation, and gas storage and retail. In 2011, SG-trans generated revenues of RUB 8.5 billion and net income of RUB 0.4 billion (according to RAS). In 2011, the transportation segment accounted for approximately 60% of SG-trans’ revenues (with the remaining 40% taken up by the gas segment).
The transportation segment of SG-Trans currently maintains a fleet of approximately 15,000 railcars, including cars specially equipped to transport LPG and other natural gas liquids. SG-trans works with a number of major vertically integrated oil and gas companies in Russia. SG-Trans’ transportation segment also operates 9 maintenance and service stations for LPG tank cars.
SG-Trans’ gas segment manages distribution, trade and storage of LPG. Currently it operates 12 LPG terminals which accept, store and sell LPG through wholesale distribution chains in Russia. It also operates a chain of 64 gas stations in 20 regions across Russia.
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Sistema is the largest publicly-traded diversified holding company in Russia and the CIS, which invests in and is a major shareholder of companies serving over 100 million customers in the sectors of telecommunications, high technology, oil and energy, radars and aerospace, banking, retail, mass-media, tourism and healthcare services. Founded in 1993, the company reported revenues of US$ 8.8 billion for the third quarter of 2012, and total assets of US$ 46.3 billion as at September 30, 2012. Sistema’s global depository receipts are listed under the symbol “SSA” on the London Stock Exchange. Sistema’s ordinary shares are listed under the symbol “AFKS” on the MICEX-RTS Stock Exchange, and under the symbol “SIST” on the Moscow Stock Exchange (MSE). Sistema was ranked number 315 in the 2011 edition of the Fortune Global 500 list. Website: www.sistema.com
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