Arkady Rotenberg may buy a blocking stake in the largest Russian air carrier, Aeroflot, said three sources FT. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin, according to two interlocutors of the newspaper, endorses the intentions of a businessman, and a source close to the airline, claims that the leadership of “Aeroflot” aware of the interest of a billionaire to the asset.
A representative of Rotenberg said that the package in “Aeroflot” the businessman was never interested, and the possibility of buying 25% of a billionaire does not consider.
The representative of “Aeroflot” have refused comments. To receive the comment of the press Secretary of Putin Dmitry Peskov, did not.
The market value of Aeroflot is $ 9.7 billion the state’s Share in “Aeroflot” — 51,17%, 3,26% of Rostec. The General Director of “RT-business Development” (“daughter” of “Rostec”) Andrey Korobov in late February, said the desire of the Corporation to increase its stake in Aeroflot to 20%.
At the end of December 2015, the head of Rosimushchestvo Olga Dergunova was called “Aeroflot” among the assets that can be privatized. At a meeting on privatization in President Vladimir Putin on 1 February was attended by General Director of “Aeroflot” Vitaly Saveliev, along with leaders of other companies preparing for sale of “Bashneft” (50,08%) and ALROSA (the state 43,93%) and Rosneft (19.5 per cent). Also willing to sell 25% minus one share of Sovkomflot, 3% minus one share in Transneft.
In August 2015 Putin signed a decree on the establishment of a new company “Sheremetyevo international Airport”, which will consolidate the assets of the airport, now controlled by the state and private investors from the company “Sheremetyevo holding” (controlled by the partners of the company TPS Avia — Rotenberg, Alexander Ponomarenko and Alexander Skorobogatko). The share of Russian Federation in the capital “the Sheremetyevo” will amount to 31.6 per cent, private — 68,4%. As its contribution of the Russian Federation will contribute to the Charter capital of the newly created company 83,038% of shares of JSC “Sheremetyevo international airport”.