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Published: 26 July 2010      

FESCO sells its stake in NCC

FESCO has sold its 50% stake in National Container Company

The deal, which has the approval of First Quantum, is reportedly worth US$900M. This represents a fantastic return for FESCO, which paid US$375M when it bought Severstaltrans' 50% stake in NCC in 2006.

According to a joint NCC and First Quantum statement, FESCO’s 50% share has been purchased by a company belonging to Andrey Kobzar, a long-time partner of First Quantum group.

Alyona Ashurkova, NCC president, noted: “We are satisfied with this purchase. Finally the conflict inside the company has been resolved. Now we and our [new] partner can move further in terminal development and expansion.”

As previously reported, NCC and FESCO (part of Industrial Investors Group) fell out last year over Ust-Luga Container Terminal (ULCT), with FESCO wanting to freeze investment in this "green field" project because of the economic downturn and resultant surplus container handling capacity in the Russian Baltic.

According to NCC, construction work at ULCT, which was suspended because of the financing disagreements, will be restarted soon.

"The new shareholders are now looking at investment models and familiarising themselves with [our] development plans," said NCC.


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