Norilsk Nickel Offers $12bn for UC Rusal’s 20% Stake

14 February 2011 (Last Updated February 14th, 2011 18:30)

Russia-based MMC Norilsk Nickel's subsidiary has made a new offer of $12.8bn to acquire a 20% interest in the company held by its UC Rusal's subsidiary United Company RUSAL Investment Management (Rusal). As part of the proposed transaction, UC Rusal, Rusal and the purchaser will enter

Russia-based MMC Norilsk Nickel's subsidiary has made a new offer of $12.8bn to acquire a 20% interest in the company held by its UC Rusal's subsidiary United Company RUSAL Investment Management (Rusal).

As part of the proposed transaction, UC Rusal, Rusal and the purchaser will enter into a two year shareholders' agreement which will provide the purchaser with rights to direct the voting and disposal of the remaining shares in the company held by Rusal.

Norilsk Nickel expects the acquisition to be conditional on regulatory approvals, UC Rusal shareholder approval and the consent of UC Rusal's lenders.

Norilsk's earlier offer made to UC Rusal to acquire a 25% interest for $12bn was rejected in 2010.