UST plans to create a unified media holding RBC after purchase

MOSCOW, may 17. /TASS/. The ESN group is studying the prospect of synergy between RBC media holding, is negotiating the purchase which leads with the group “ONEXIM” Mikhail Prokhorov, with other assets, outside of UST, told the owner of ESN Group Grigory Berezkin.

According to him, the group can create a single media holding, uniting all the assets. At Berezkina already have the assets, among which publishing house “Komsomolskaya Pravda” daily newspaper Metro.

“This is, of course, a single holding in General. And there will maximize the use of all the synergy that exists in this business,” he said, answering a question about a possible merger of all assets of SST after the purchase of RBC.

Berezkin said that the synergy of the assets are mainly in the field of advertising. “We have an idea how it will develop. In principle, here everywhere different audiences in all media. They have a lot of synergy”, he added.

According to Berezkina, “the deal is”. “There is no fundamental big contradictions there, there is a lot of equipment left, which engaged the lawyers,” he said, refusing to comment on the details of the transaction and timing.

Berezkin previously reported by TASS that the company is negotiating the purchase of the media holding RBC group “ONEXIM” Mikhail Prokhorov. TASS sources in the media market reported that the group “ONEXIM” in talks about the sale of RBC.

According to the Agency RNS, negotiating the purchase of RBC “ONEXIM” is a pool of investors. The bulk RBC debt is on the balance associated with the “ONEXIM” structures, and the theme of the debt of the company, which is now more than $200 million, remains unresolved.

As noted by one of the sources of TASS, the sale of RBC group of ESN “to a large extent similar to the truth”, although the purchase of an asset, there is a major interested parties. The official representative of ONEXIM, declined to comment.

The Federal Antimonopoly service of April 28, received a petition for approval of acquisition of 65.43% of shares of OJSC “RBK”, JSC “Sotol Project.” “Sotol project” is a group of ESN, said the press service of the group.

The ESN group owns two oil-loading terminals (Uyar and Skovorodino) and energotrader Rusenergosbyt.

About RBC media holding

RBC is one of the largest media holdings in Russia. Owns the eponymous information portal, and the RBC Daily newspaper, RBC magazine and RBC TV.

After the crisis of 2008, RBC was not able to cope with its debt load. In 2010, the main shareholder of the company was a group of “ONEXIM”, taking on debt to RBC.

At the end of 2013 or early 2014 at the RBC passed a number of employees of Forbes. Under the leadership of chief editor of RBC Elizaveta Osetinskaya was conducted merging of revisions of the website, magazine, newspaper and RBC TV.

In April 2016, at the offices of ONEXIM, was raided, and in may RBC lost his editorial leadership – left the company Ossetian, chief editor of Solius and chief news editor Roman badanin.