Acquisition of outstanding 40% of BaltTransServis
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Globaltrans Investment PLC (the “Company” and together with its consolidated subsidiaries “Globaltrans” or the “Group”, LSE/MOEX ticker: GLTR) announces that it has agreed to acquire ND White Limited’s stake in LLC BaltTransServis (“BTS”), thereby increasing Globaltrans’ shareholding to 100% from the 60% it currently holds (“the Transaction”). The agreed price of the Transaction amounts to RUB 9.1 billion in cash. The Transaction has already received clearance from the Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation and is expected to complete within a month.
BTS is one of the leading Russian freight rail operators of tank cars, specialising in the transportation of oil products and oil. It has a strong market position, long-term service contracts with industry leaders Rosneft and Gazprom Neft as well unique competencies in operating its own locomotives. As of the end of 2021 BTS had 13,136 units of total fleet including 66 mainline locomotives. BTS recorded 3% year-on-year growth in transportation volumes in 2021.
Commenting on the Transaction, CEO Valery Shpakov said:
“We are delighted to have agreed to acquire an outstanding stake of BTS at a price that provides an attractive valuation for our shareholders. This investment underscores our belief in the robustness of the oil products and oil transportation segment as evidenced by its resilience during the turbulence of the last few years. In addition, we are now seeing pleasing momentum in the segment which is recovering from the lows experienced in the pandemic. Following completion, the transaction will allow Globaltrans to access 100% of the free cash flow in this cash generative business, further supporting our capacity for investment and dividends.
Separately, I would like to re-affirm our intention to distribute final 2021 dividends in the amount of RUB 5.0 billion or about RUB 28 per share/GDR with expected payment in April-May 2022.”
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NOTES TO EDITORS
Globaltrans Investment PLC (“Company” and together with its consolidated subsidiaries “Globaltrans” or the “Group”) is a leading freight rail transportation group with subsidiary operations across Russia, the CIS and the Baltic countries.
The Company was founded in 2004 by a group of entrepreneurs who combined their freight rail businesses under the single brand Globaltrans. These founders remain key shareholders of the Group.
Throughout its years of operation, the Company has pursued a prudent approach to investment, expanding its fleet both by means of organic growth and through the acquisition of other rail operators. Globaltrans’ total fleet is currently almost three times larger than it was at the time of the Company’s IPO in 2008.
The Group’s dividend policy establishes a transparent and straightforward approach to the payment of dividends and is supported by a long history of delivering attractive shareholder remuneration.
Globaltrans global depositary receipts (GDRs) have been traded on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: GLTR) since May 2008 and on the Level One quotation list of the Moscow Exchange since October 2020 (ticker symbol: GLTR).
Due to its vast logistics capabilities, the Group is able to efficiently manage industrial cargo flows, transporting metallurgical cargoes, oil products and oil, coal and construction materials. The Group serves a broad range of clients in Russia and the CIS including some of Russia’s leading companies.
Globaltrans has a total fleet (including owned and leased in under finance and operating leases) of more than 68 thousand units as of the end of September 2021, of which about 95% are owned by the Company. The core of the fleet is universal gondola cars used for a broad range of bulk cargoes (69% of total fleet) and tank cars for transporting oil products and oil (28% of total fleet). Globaltrans also manages its own fleet of mainline locomotives with 71 units that mostly provide traction for its block trains.
The Group’s logistics management principally aims to provide reliable services, responding promptly and flexibly to customer needs, while achieving a good level of profitability for the business. The main component of the Group’s centralised logistics system is its single dispatching centre that monitors every aspect of Globaltrans’ fleet operation. By effectively managing shipments and routes, Globaltrans ensures high utilisation of its fleet and achieves maximum productivity and quality of service.
Additional information on Globaltrans is available at www.globaltrans.com.
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The information in this announcement is subject to verification, completion and change. Accordingly, no representation or warranty, express or implied, is made or given by or on behalf of the Company or any of its shareholders, directors, officers or employees or any other person as to the accuracy, completeness or fairness of the information or opinions contained in this announcement. None of the Company nor any of its shareholders, directors, officers or any other person accepts any liability whatsoever for any loss howsoever arising from any use of the contents of this announcement or otherwise arising in connection therewith.
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 Including 5,471 units leased in from other Group subsidiaries and 1,693 units leased in from third parties.
 Including engaged fleet.
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