Globaltrans Repays US$50 Million Debt to Shareholder
Globaltrans Investment PLC (“Globaltrans”) Russia’s largest privately owned freight rail operator today announces that it has repaid a loan of US$50m to Transportation Investments Holding Limited (“TIHL”), together with accrued interest, representing a total amount of US$53.6 million. The company’s intention to make this repayment was previously announced at the time of its IPO on the London Stock Exchange in April this year. TIHL currently owns 50.10% of Globaltrans.
The repayment is being made from the proceeds of US$224.7 million received by Globaltrans during the IPO. As stated earlier, the company also intends to use part of the proceeds for the purchase and lease of additional rolling stock.
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NOTES TO EDITORS
Globaltrans is Russia’s largest privately owned freight rail operator and the second largest freight rail operator in Russia after Russian Railways and its affiliates, including Freight One, by number of rolling stock operated. The Group provides rail freight transport and logistics services, as well as certain ancillary services to large industrial customers and medium-size corporate customers in Russia and carries customers’ cargos to destinations in Russia and Ukraine.
The Group’s key customers include member companies of a number of large Russian industrial groups active in the metals and mining, oil and oil products and other major sectors of the Russian economy, including, Evraz, Lukoil, MMK, RITEK, Rosneft, Severstal and Ural Steel, as well as their affiliates and suppliers.
The Group’s modern rolling stock fleet comprised 21,310 cars as at 31 December 2007, including gondola (open top) cars, oil tank cars, hopper cars, flatcars and 19 locomotives. As at 31 December 2007, approximately 82 per cent. of the Group’s rolling stock was either owned or leased from third parties under finance leases, with the remainder leased from third parties under operating leases. The average age of the rolling stock owned by the Group or leased by the Group under finance leases as at 31 December 2007 was approximately 3.1 years.
The Group’s business model is based on (a) an extensive modern rolling stock fleet, consisting of several types of railcars, which enables it to cater to the high-volume transportation requirements of its key industrial customers, (b) a strong customer focus and sophisticated logistics know-how, enabling it to provide complex rail transportation and logistics solutions tailored to the needs of its customers, and (c) utilisation of advanced destination management and route optimisation, which reduces “empty runs” of the rolling stock and maximises the efficient commercial utilisation of the Group’s rolling stock.
Globaltrans operates through its two wholly owned operating subsidiaries incorporated in the Russian Federation, OAO New Forwarding Company and OOO Sevtekhnotrans.
The Group’s operating profit for the years ended 31 December 2007 and 2006 was US$127.6 million and US$76.8 million, respectively. The Group’s assets as at 31 December 2007 and 2006 were US$778.0 million and US$697.7 million, respectively.
These materials do not constitute or form part of any advertisement of any securities, or any offer or invitation to sell securities, or any solicitation of any offer to purchase securities, in any jurisdiction. These materials may contain projections or other forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial performance of Globaltrans. Globaltrans wishes to caution you that these statements are only predictions and that actual events or results may differ materially. Globaltrans does not intend to update these statements to reflect events and circumstances occurring after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.