Russia finance

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Moscow’s stock exchange on Monday published the terms of its planned stock market flotation: it proposes to raise around $500m for the company and for the selling shareholders, putting a total value on the business of up to $4.6bn.

One striking point is the dividend pledge – “no less than” 30 per cent of the net profits for the year to December 2012, 40 per cent for 2013, and 50 per cent for 2014. Clearly the Russian authorities’ pressure for bigger payouts is yielding results. Continue reading »