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M&A: LUKOIL sells some of assets in Kazakhstan to Sinopec for $1.2 billion

Vagit Alekperov, President of OAO LUKOIL, signed a purchase and sale agreement today that allows the company to sell its 50-percent stake in the Caspian Investment Resources Ltd to China's Sinopec. The total price of the shares for sale will be around $1.2 billion and will be subject to a number of adjustments as of the closing date.

Caspian Investment Resources Ltd., through a number of joint ventures, owns various stakes in four hydrocarbon-production projects in Kazakhstan. LUKOIL's share in commercial hydrocarbon production as part of the above projects equaled 10.2 million boe in 2013.

The transaction is meant to optimize LUKOIL's overseas hydrocarbon asset portfolio. The transaction closing is subject to a number of conditions precedent, specifically, the approval by the Kazakhstan state authorities. The complete closing of the transaction is expected before the end of 2014.

At the same time, LUKOIL will continue to participate in Kazakhstan hydrocarbon-production projects, including Kumkol, Karachaganak and Tengiz projects. The company is also a member of the Caspian Pipeline Consortium.

"We carry out our activities in Kazakhstan and are interested in investment accrual there. The company intends to reallocate the investments to geologic exploration projects, including those in the Kazakhstan sector of the Caspian Sea. Besides, the company is expected to issue a tender for development of a construction project of a lube-production plant in the vicinity of Almaty in April of 2014," Mr. Alekperov said.

OAO LUKOIL (tax number: 7708004767) is Russia's second largest oil producer. In 2013, LUKOIL increased production of hydrocarbons to 116.6 million tones. As of December 31, 2013, the company's proven SEC compliant reserves totaled 17.4 billion barrels of oil equivalent including 13.5 billion barrels of oil and 23.6 trillion cubic feet of gas.

The company's authorized capital is RUB 21,264,081.375 represented by 850,563,255 common shares at par value of RUB 0.025 currently in circulation. The largest block of the company's shares is owned by its management.

US GAAP net profit of OAO LUKOIL for 2013 decreased by 30% to $7.627 billion from $10 925 billion the year before. Sales revenue increased by 1.6% year-on-year to $141.452 billion. EBITDA (earnings before interest, income tax, depreciation, and amortization) totaled $16.668 billion.

RAS net profit of LUKOIL in 2013 decreased by 4% to RUB 209.87 billion. The company's revenue decreased by 9% to RUB 280.008 billion from RUB 308.067 billion the year before.

"AK&M", 16.04.2014


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