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VTB Group becomes a shareholder in Otkritie

 
27 February 2015

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VTB Group has become a shareholder in Otkritie Holding, a leading Russian financial group, with a stake of 9.99 percent. The shares were originally pledged as additional collateral under a loan agreement with VTB by Boris Mints and Vadim Belyaev, and were transferred to VTB following the expiration of the loan repayment period in 2014.

In 2008 VTB Bank issued a loan to Rusenergo Fund Limited, a subsidiary of Otkritie Holding, to establish a fund purposed for investing in shares of Russian energy companies. Otkritie sold Rusenergo Fund in 2009. After Boris Mints sold his shares in Otkritie Holding in 2013, his obligations under the loan were assumed by another shareholder, ICT Group.

 
 
 
 
First Deputy President - Chairman of the Management Board of VTB Bank Yuri Soloviev
«VTB understands Otkritie’s business structure and its growth potential well. Given our solid track record of cooperation with Otkritie, we are positive about this transaction: the asset is transparent and the exit horizon is clear».
Yuri Soloviev,
First Deputy President - Chairman of the Management Board of VTB Bank




Chairman of the Management Board of Otkritie Holding Ruben Aganbegyan said:“Otkritie and VTB Bank have worked successfully together for many years. A new strong shareholder, who is familiar with what the company represents, particularly under current market conditions, is a positive factor in terms of both improving the stability of the business and its opportunities for growth. Once the shares are transferred, Otkritie’s shareholders will have fully discharged their obligations to VTB Bank.”

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Otkritie is a full-service financial group offering a wide range of banking, investment and insurance solutions to retail, corporate and institutional clients. The group’s total assets exceed RUB 4 trillion. Otkritie’s banking group ranks first among Russia’s largest privately-owned banking groups and fourth among Russia’s largest banking groups by total assets. The banking group comprises Otkritie Financial Corporation Bank, Khanty-Mansiysk Otkritie Bank, and Petrocommerce Bank whose integration into the group is expected to draw to a close in spring 2015. Trust Bank will also join the group once its rehabilitation is complete. The group has an extensive network of approximately 700 outlets of various formats and 4,000 ATMs across 60 key regions of Russia. The group employs over 22 thousand people who serve 4 million individuals and 186 thousand corporations.

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