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Russia Signs Rosneft Deal With Qatar, Glencore

December 10, 2016

A river bus sails by headquarters of RosA river bus sails by headquarters of Ros
A river bus sails by headquarters of Rosneft, a state petroleum company, located on the bank of Moscow river, 03 July 2006.DENIS SINYAKOV AFP/Getty Images

Russian state holding company Rosneftegaz on Saturday signed a deal with the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and commodities trader Glencore to sell a 19.5% stake in state-owned oil major Rosneft, Rosneft said.

The privatization deal, which Rosneft Chief Executive Igor Sechin called the largest in Russia’s history, was announced by Rosneft in a meeting with President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.

Its success suggests the lure of taking a share in one of the world’s biggest oil companies outweighs the risks associated with Western sanctions imposed on Russia over the conflict in Ukraine.

Rosneft had been under pressure to secure a sale of the 19.5% stake to help replenish state coffers, hit by an economic slowdown driven by weak oil prices and exacerbated by sanctions.

Rosneft said in a statement the budget would receive 710.8 billion roubles ($11.37 billion) from the sale, including 18.4 billion roubles in additional dividends from Rosneftegaz.

Russia Is Selling a Big Chunk of This State-Controlled Oil Giant

It said the additional dividends were due to a change in its dividend policy, according to which it will pay at least 35% of net profit according to international accounting standards in payouts twice a year.

Rosneft confirmed that Italian bank Intesa Sanpaolo was a major creditor for the deal and said it would be closed by the middle of December.

Sechin called QIA and Glencore “strategic investors” in the Rosneft statement and said he was confident their work together would lead to synergies for Rosneft.