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Evraz Raises $422M In Soft London IPO

Published: June 3, 2005 (Issue # 1075)


LONDON - Russia's biggest steelmaker Evraz Group made a quiet London debut on Thursday after raising $422 million in an initial public offering (IPO) that valued the steel and mining group at $5.1 billion.

Evraz ranks among the world's top 15 steelmakers and joins a wave of Russian firms listing in London, after telecoms group Sistema raised $1.6 billion in February and retailer Pyaterochka wrapped up an IPO last month.

Two and a half hours after trading opened Thursday, Evraz global depositary receipts (GDRs) were trading at $14.38, down 0.8 percent from their IPO price of $14.50.

Analysts said the decline was in line with European peers, but that Evraz, as a new entrant, was likely to suffer more from any negativity towards the sector.

"If people get cold feet on the steel cycle, they'll punish this one more than the rest," said one, declining to be named.

Steelmakers have benefited from strong demand from China in recent years but prices have slipped back lately.

Evraz Chief Financial Officer Pavel Tatyanin said this was caused by a winding down of stocks and that high iron ore and coal costs should continue to underpin steel prices.

"It's very good news for us because we pursue an integrated model and we source more than 50 percent of our iron ore and coal internally," he said.

Evraz sold 29.1 million GDRs, or 8.3 percent of its issued share capital, in its IPO at $14.5 apiece. The firm had set an indicative price range of $13.5 to $17 per GDR.

There is an over-allotment option of up to 4.37 million GDRs, which could raise a further $63.3 million if exercised by investment bank Morgan Stanley.

Despite strong world demand for steel, some brokers saw the lower-end pricing of Evraz GDRs as a reflection of the metal market's volatility.

"Current market sentiment regarding steel stocks clearly affected the placement price, as steel shares have shown considerable weakness globally over concerns about future prices for the metal," Aton brokerage said Thursday in a research note.

"By placing the shares at the lower end of the original range, Evrazholding has not capped potential upside, while the high end of the range would have stretched valuations a bit too much," the note said.

Controlled by CEO Alexander Abramov, Evraz produced 13.7 million tons of steel in 2004.

The firm controls the Zapadno-Sibirsky, Nizhniye-Tagilsky and Novokuznetsky steelworks and has said it will use the IPO proceeds to buy mining assets in Russia and Ukraine, as well as downstream operations outside Russia.

(Reuters, SPT)





 


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Wednesday, Oct. 22


English teachers can expect to receive a few useful pointers today from Evgeny Kalashnikov, the British Council regional teacher, during the EFL Seminar this afternoon hosted by the British Book Center. The topic of today’s seminar is “Grammar Practice.”


Young Petersburgers will get the chance to jumpstart their careers at “Professional Growth,” a job fair and forum featuring more than 40 major Russian and international companies vying for potential candidates for future positions. The forum not only is a chance to network but also to learn more about the modern business world and to understand what it takes to get the job you want.



Thursday, Oct. 23


AmCham’s Public Relations Committee meeting is scheduled to meet this morning at 9 a.m. in their office in the New St. Isaac Office Center.


Sportsmen get their chance to stock up on all kinds of gear at the Hunting and Fishing 2014 exhibition starting today at Lenexpo. Everything from rods and reels to boats, motorcycles and equipment for underwater hunting will be on sale so that any avid outdoorsman can always be prepared.



Friday, Oct. 24


SPIBA’s ongoing “Breakfast with the Director” series continues today, featuring Tomas Hajek, Managing Director of the Northwest Division at Danone Russia. Hajek will be discussing collaborations between businesses from different cultures. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel and all who wish to attend must confirm their participation by Oct. 23.


Get your gong on at “Sounds of the Universe,” a concert at the city planetarium this evening incorporating six different gongs to create relaxing songs that will transport you upwards into the stratosphere. Tickets are 700 rubles ($17).



Saturday, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop culture, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the club’s website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit “Neophobia” at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBA’s Marketing and Communications Committee’s round table discussion on “Government Relations Practices in Russia” this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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