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Diamond manufacturers must use technology to react swiftly to changes in the market

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Giving beauty to people as a gift

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Russia’s Finance Ministry does not deem it possible to launch a new float of ALROSA in 2017

17 february 2017
(rns.online) – It is impossible to have another round of privatization for ALROSA in 2017, Alexey Moiseev, Deputy Minister of Finance said on Thursday.
"Not this year, for sure. There should be an agreement with the other shareholder (the Republic of Sakha - RNS). We have always said that the sale of the federal stake above 10.9% is impossible. On the part of the Russian Federation, we have now sold just enough to reach this level. Any further reduction of our shareholding will be done in parallel with Yakutia," he said.
According to Alexey Moiseev, the negotiations between the Federal Property Management Agency and the Republic of Sakha has not yet begun.
"I do not see any possibility this year. If it will occur, it will be later," he said.
The privatization of the 10.9% stake in diamond miner ALROSA was completed on July 11, 2016. ALROSA’s President Andrey Zharkov called this floating operation satisfactory and stressed that he saw no need for further privatization.
Last December, Yegor Borisov, the head of Yakutia told RNS that he did not see any need for further privatization of ALROSA either. He noted that additional floating of the Russian Federation’s 8-percent stake in ALROSA was not discussed with the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). The head of Yakutia reiterated the position that the republic will keep its stake of 25% plus one share, and its uluses (municipalities) will preserve their 8%.
"We believe that today the company is operating quite well. From the point of view of the company’s efficiency ... there is no need to do this. Privatization is generally a way to find an efficient owner," he said.
However, the privatization plan for 2017-2019 received by the RNS news agency in early February 2017 included ALROSA among other companies.


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