The ESN group has closed a deal to buy RBC “ONEXIM”

MOSCOW, June 16. /TASS/. The ESN group Grigory Berezkin has closed a deal to buy 65% of actions of holding “RBC” ONEXIM group, according to a press release of the group of ESN.

“The acquisition of RBC holding has been completed. The ESN group bought 65% of shares and debt of PJSC “RBC” ONEXIM group. The sum of transaction is not disclosed by agreement between the seller and the buyer. Consultant in the transaction acted “VTB Capital”, – stated in the message.

That the ESN group is negotiating the purchase of the media holding RBC group “ONEXIM” Mikhail Prokhorov, became known in April. On 18 April, the owner of ESN group Grigory Berezkin TASS confirmed the fact of negotiations.

At the end of may the Federal Antimonopoly service (FAS) satisfied the petition of JSC “Sotol” project (a part of the ESN) on the acquisition of 65.43% of the voting shares of RBC holding. In addition, FAS has approved the “Sotol” project acquisition 80,463% share in LLC “RBC Online”. The Board of Directors of RBC has decided not to use the preemptive right of acquisition 80,46% “RBC Online” face value was 851.5 million rubles.

In early June, Berezkin said that it expects to close the acquisition by RBC in the near future. The owner of the UST noted that the group studies the prospects of synergy between the RBC group with other media assets that are included in UST. According to him, after the closing of the transaction, the group can create a single media holding, uniting all the assets. However, the merging of revisions of the question.

At Berezkina already have media assets, including daily newspaper Metro. The ESN group also 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.

In late 2013 / early 2014 RBC moved 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.