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Russia's government sees windfall tax on metals firms as impractical – Ministry

By: Reuters     17th August 2018 The Russian government thinks it would be impractical to raise more taxes from metals and mining companies that are earning windfall profits, the Russian finance ministry said on Friday. President Vladimir Putin called last week for further discussion of a proposal by Kremlin aide Andrei Belousov... 

Rusal says board backs change of domicile to Russia

By: Reuters     17th August 2018 Russia's sanctions-hit aluminium giant Rusal said on Friday its board had discussed and approved a change of domicile from Britain's Jersey to Russia in order to take advantage of new special tax regulations. Rusal, which was hit with US sanctions in April that seriously disrupted aluminium... 

Russian miners explore payment schemes eschewing dollar

By: Reuters     15th August 2018 Two of Russia's biggest mining companies said on Wednesday they were investigating rouble-based payments schemes, amid calls from Moscow to reduce the role of the US dollar in Russian trade and so limit the impact of US sanctions. The Kremlin said on Monday that Russia favoured bilateral trade... 

Russia's richest lose $3.1bn as tax proposal hits shares

By: Bloomberg     13th August 2018 Russia’s super-rich tycoons lost more than $3-billion in one day after a top economic aide to the president proposed raising taxes on the nation’s giant metal and mining companies. In a letter to Vladimir Putin, adviser Andrey Belousov named 14 companies that could pay more. The resulting... 

Kremlin backs discussion of idea to raise revenue from metals firms

By: Reuters     10th August 2018 Russian President Vladimir Putin agrees that a proposal to prop up the budget by raising more revenue from metals and mining companies should be discussed, but has not made any decision, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday. Proposals seen by Reuters on Thursday were set out in a... 

NLMK's Lisin warns against higher Russian mining taxes

By: Reuters     10th August 2018 Hitting Russian mining and metals companies with extra taxes because they are making profits will only encourage them to be less efficient, according to billionaire Vladimir Lisin, who controls top steel producer NLMK . "The proposed method of creating an extra tax base looks like an... 

Rosneft more than triples Q2 net profit, shares hit record

By: Reuters     7th August 2018 Russia's largest oil producer Rosneft said on Tuesday its second-quarter net profit more than tripled to 228-billion roubles on higher production and prices, pushing its shares to an all-time peak. Rosneft, in which Qatar is set to become the third-largest shareholder after the Russian state and... 

Russia's shield against sanctions draws praise from Moody's

By: Bloomberg     7th August 2018 Russia is ready to absorb the blow from any new sanctions the US throws its way, according to Moody’s Investors Service. Measures to cut down holdings of Treasuries and reduce exposure to the dollar have made the economy less vulnerable to the threat of deeper penalties, Moody’s analyst Kristin... 

Russia's Rusal shuts down Nadvoitsky plant due to US sanctions

By: Reuters     7th August 2018 ussia's Rusal, the world's largest aluminium producer outside China, has started shutting down production at one of its smaller plants as a result of US sanctions on the company, Rusal representatives said on Monday. Operations at the Nadvoitsky aluminium smelter in Russia's Karelia region... 

Russian gold miner Polyus posts 10% rise in Q2 net profit

By: Reuters     3rd August 2018 Polyus, Russia's largest gold producer, on Friday reported second-quarter net profit of $114-million, up 10% year on year, due to higher gold sales. Excluding non-cash items, such as a foreign exchange loss, its adjusted net profit, jumped 68% to $457-million and matched its adjusted earnings... 

US gives Rusal investors more time but keeps Deripaska on hook

By: Bloomberg     1st August 2018 The US Treasury Department gave investors more time to sell their shares and debt in En+ Group and affiliate, United Co. Rusal, but stopped short of removing the aluminum and power companies from a sanctions list targeting Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska. The deadline for investors to sell... 

Nornickel says Q2 nickel output flat y/y

By: Reuters     31st July 2018 Russia's Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel) said on Tuesday its consolidated nickel production was at 49 460 t in the second quarter of 2018, broadly flat year-on-year. Nornickel, one of the world's largest nickel and palladium producers, also said its palladium production totalled 813 000 troy ounces,... 

Russia's Polymetal sees improved Q3 due to rising sales - CFO

By: Reuters     26th July 2018 Russian gold and silver producer Polymetal expects its financial performance to be better in the third quarter than in the second quarter due to seasonally higher production and sales, Maxim Nazimok, its CFO, told Reuters. In April, Polymetal said it was unlikely to pay a special dividend this... 

Russia raises duties on US goods in response to trade restrictions

By: Reuters     6th July 2018 Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a decision imposing extra duties of 25% to 40% on some imports from the US in response to Washington's tariff move, the Russian economy ministry said on Friday. The extra duties will apply to imports of fiber optics, equipment for road... 

London court backs Deripaska in battle of Russian tycoons 

By: Reuters     28th June 2018 Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska got a boost on Wednesday in a long-running battle for control of Norilsk Nickel when a high court judge ruled fellow investor Roman Abramovich did not have the right to sell shares in the miner to a third businessman. Deripaska, who controls aluminium giant Rusal,... 

Alrosa to base dividends on free cash flow - Ministry

By: Reuters     26th June 2018 Russian State-controlled diamond miner Alrosa will base its dividend payments on free cash flow rather than net profit starting from 2018, the Finance Ministry said on Tuesday. The company's dividend payouts will not be lower than 50% of net profit, the ministry added. 

Russian Jan-March gold output at 51.6 t

By: Reuters     21st June 2018 Russia produced 51.6 t of gold in the first three months of 2018, up from 50.9 t in the same period in 2017, the Finance Ministry said on Thursday. Production for the period included 39.78 t of mined gold compared with 38.93 t a year ago, the Ministry said. 

Rusal starts shipping bauxite from Guinea's Dian-Dian mine

By: Reuters     19th June 2018 Sanctions-hit Russian aluminium producer Rusal said on Tuesday it had started shipping bauxite from its Dian-Dian bauxite project in Guinea to its alumina refineries in other countries. Rusal, the world's largest aluminium producer outside China, has been hit by US sanctions imposed on it and... 

Russia's Polyus to decide on Sukhoi Log gold mine by 2020/21

By: Reuters     7th June 2018 Russian gold miner Polyus said on Thursday it planned to make a final investment decision on Sukhoi Log, one of the world's largest untapped gold deposits, by 2020/21, when it would also begin capital spending on construction. Should a positive investment decision be made, production would start... 

Rusal's May aluminium exports up threefold – Interfax 

By: Reuters     5th June 2018 United Company Rusal, the world's second biggest aluminium producer, in May increased aluminium exports to 197 000 tonnes, up almost threefold from April, Interfax news agency reported. Citing Russian Railways data, Interfax said January-May aluminium exports totalled 972 000 tonnes, down 16% on... 

Russian January gold output at 15.67 t

By: Reuters     31st May 2018 Russia produced 15.67 t of gold in January, up from 14.16 t in the same period in 2017, the Finance Ministry said on Thursday. Production for the period included 12.26 t of mined gold compared with 10.58 t a year ago, the Ministry said. 

Ukrainian workers sweat over fate of Deripaska's alumina plant

By: Reuters     31st May 2018 Ukraine's decision to put sanctions on one of Russia's wealthiest tycoons worries Vira Dudnyk. A driver at an alumina plant in southern Ukraine, she fears a tug-of-war between Kiev and Moscow may leave her jobless and on the streets. "We are afraid if the plant is closed, what are we left with,... 

Trans-Siberian reports lower FY profit

By: Mariaan Webb     30th May 2018 Russian gold mining company Trans-Siberian Gold (TSG) has generated $2.5-million in profit in 2017, a decrease from the $7-million profit reported in 2016, the owner of the Asacha gold mine, in Kamchatka, reported on Wednesday. Revenue from the sale of 33 870 oz of refined gold and 46 121 oz of... 

Russian diamond producer Alrosa says H1 sales to exceed initial expectations

By: Reuters     25th May 2018 Russia's Alrosa, the world's largest producer of rough diamonds in carat terms, said on Thursday first-half sales would be significantly higher than it originally planned due to market strength. Speaking on the sidelines of the St Petersburg economic forum, Alrosa chief executive Sergey Ivanov... 

Rusal warns on ability to operate from October as CEO quits

By: Bloomberg     24th May 2018 United Co Rusal’s CEO resigned after less than three months in the role, as the Russian firm warned that trade partners and international lenders could cut ties with the company if US sanctions aren’t lifted after October 23. The world’s biggest aluminum producer outside China also said the... 

Russia's Alrosa may buy diamond polisher Kristall in 2018 - Finance Ministry

By: Reuters     17th May 2018 Russian diamond miner Alrosa may buy State-owned diamond polisher Kristall in 2018, Russia's Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Moiseev said on Thursday. Alrosa, the world's largest rough diamond producer by output, said previously it was "expedient" for it to buy Kristall when the state-owned... 

Alrosa sees rosy prospects from colourful diamonds

By: Reuters     16th May 2018 Russia's Alrosa, the world's largest diamond producer by output, plans to boost revenue from selling rare, coloured stones where demand is stable, although it is a niche business. Nature gives fancy colours to about one in every 10 000 rough diamonds of gem quality that are mined around the world. 

LBMA suspends Russian precious metals refinery from 'good delivery' lists

By: Reuters     15th May 2018 The London Bullion Market Association said on Tuesday it had suspended the Ekaterinburg Non-Ferrous Metals Processing Plant from its gold and silver good delivery lists due to "ownership related issues". The refinery in Russia is controlled by Moscow-based conglomerate Renova Group, which along... 

Alrosa steps up diamond marketing as miner eyes more cutting

By: Bloomberg     15th May 2018 Alrosa, the world’s largest diamond miner by output, is increasing its marketing efforts and targeting new opportunities in gem cutting at a time when the market is showing signs of starting to stabilize. The Russian firm, which typically hasn’t promoted stones outside Russia, last year... 

Rusal's first quarter earnings jump, but warns on sanctions impact

By: Reuters     11th May 2018 Russian aluminium giant Rusal boosted first-quarter recurring net profit on Friday amid stronger aluminium prices, but warned that sanctions imposed by the United States in April could harm its business. Washington last month announced sanctions on Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska and several... 

No casualties in fire at Russia's Raspadskaya coal mine, Evraz says

By: Reuters     11th May 2018 No miners were hurt in a fire that broke out on Thursday at Russia's Raspadskaya coal mine, steelmaker Evraz said. Evraz, which controls Raspadskaya, said all miners had been evacuated and that the blaze is thought to have started in the mine's technical equipment. 

Russia’s Alrosa renews cooperation with Belgium diamond centre

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th May 2018 Russian diamond mining major Alrosa and the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) entered a new extended cooperation agreement late last month. The agreement was signed in Moscow by Alrosa CEO Sergey Ivanov and AWDC CEO Ari Epstein, the miner reported in a press release. The new deal both extends... 

Qatar steps in to buy Rosneft stake after China deal collapses

By: Bloomberg     7th May 2018 Qatar emerged as a major shareholder in Rosneft on Friday after a $9-billion deal to sell a stake in Russia’s State-run oil producer to China’s troubled CEFC Energy collapsed. Qatar Investment Authority stepped in after the sellers – a consortium of QIA itself and mining giant Glencore – told... 

Metals maker Arconic slashes forecasts, shares slide

By: Reuters     1st May 2018 Aluminium products maker Arconic Inc slashed its 2018 forecasts for profit and free cash flow on expectations that the price of the metal would remain high this year due to sanctions on Russian supplies and a 10% duty on aluminium imports. Shares of the company, which makes aluminium products... 

Rusal shareholder calls for new strategy in response to US sanctions

By: Reuters     30th April 2018 SUAL Partners, a co-owner of Russian aluminium producer Rusal, said on Monday that Rusal's board and shareholders needed to start work as soon as possible on a new strategy after the company was hit by US sanctions. Washington this month imposed sanctions on billionaire Oleg Deripaska and several... 

Deripaska offers to cut En+ stake in bid for sanctions relief

By: Bloomberg     30th April 2018 Oleg Deripaska offered to make concessions on his ownership of En+ Group Plc, which owns almost half of Russian aluminum giant United Co Rusal, as he seeks to cast off the yoke of US sanctions. The Russian billionaire agreed “in principle” to cut his stake in En+ to less than 50% and plans to... 

Russia, betting on EU-Trump talks, keeps powder dry in Rusal row for now

By: Reuters     26th April 2018 Moscow is holding off on taking retaliatory measures against the United States for imposing sanctions on Rusal, hoping the EU can persuade Washington to ease restrictions against the world's second largest aluminium producer further, sources told Reuters. The United States on Monday gave... 

US extends deadline for Rusal sanctions, aluminium prices dive

By: Reuters     23rd April 2018 The US on Monday gave American customers of Russia's biggest aluminium producer more time to comply with sanctions, and said it would consider lifting them if United Company Rusal Plc's major shareholder, Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska, ceded control of the company. Aluminium prices on the London... 

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