Sistema dates back to 1993, when the corporation acquired
assets in the first telecommunications, electronics, tourism, trade,
oil refining, construction and real estate.
Investments in oil & gas sector
Commenced development of oilfields in the Komi Republic and construction of Kedr-M fuel stations in Moscow. Sistema forms a sub-holding, Sistema-Invest, aimed at managing new projects.
Sistema forms Sistema-Hals
Sistema-Hals becomes a sub-holding that combines Sistema’s enterprises operating in the Moscow construction market.
Creation of Vimpel Communications
Sistema becomes a founder of Vimpel Communications (VimpelCom), Russia's pioneer in mobile telephony services.
Initial acquisition phase
Acquisition of assets in telecommunications, electronics, tourism, retail, oil and oil products, construction and real estate.
Sistema JSFC founded in 1993.
Sistema enters MGTS
Sistema acquires initial stake in MGTS, Moscow’s leading fixed line telecoms company.
Acquisition of MTS
Sistema reinvests proceeds from VimpelCom sale to buy a 40.4% stake in Mobile TeleSystems and begins to jointly develop the company with Deutsche Telekom.
IPO of VimpelCom
VimpelCom was the first Russian company to successfully IPO on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), raising 110.8 $mln. Sistema sold its stake in VimpelCom during the public offering.
Eugeny Novitsky is appointed as President and member of the Board of Directors of Sistema.
Creation of insurance holding
An insurance holding is formed on the basis of ROSNO.
1998 Financial Crisis
Sistema is one of the few large Russian corporations that does not find itself on the verge of default during the 1998 crisis, and fully settles its financial obligations.
Creation of Sistema-Telecom
Sistema-Telecom holding is created on the basis of Sistema's telecommunications department to manage its stakes in telecoms.
The IPO of MTS on the New York Stock Exchange is successfully completed raising $323 mln.
Disclosure of shareholding structure
Sistema is one of the first Russian companies to use the institute of independent directors, and the first large non-listed Russian company to disclose its shareholding structure.
World Economic Forum Membership
Sistema becomes a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF), joins the special program for the corporate governance development and adopts all the principles recommended by the WEF.
High-tech KNC established
Management company KNC, bringing together the Zelenograd high-tech enterprises, is established to ensure more effective development of the electronics industry operations.
Increase of stakes in subsidiaries
Sistema’s stakes in MTU-Intel, Intourist, MBRD, East-West United Bank are increased. Additionally, 50% in Golden Line and 100% in STROM Telecom, the Czech Republic, are acquired.
Allianz AG invests in ROSNO
Sistema agrees a partial sale of ROSNO to one of the world's largest insurance groups Allianz AG. As a result of the transaction Allianz owns 47.2% of ROSNO, Sistema’s stake is 49%.
Participation in Skylink Moscow project
Sistema announces its participation in the project for creating a mobile communications operator in the IMT-MC-450 (CDMA2000) standard. Skylink is established to implement the project.
Control over Comstar
Control gained over Comstar (50%) and Kosmos TV (50%). The total amount of the transaction is approximately $35 mln.
Creation of IAC
The International Advisory Council of Sistema is formed from leading Russian and international business figures.
Control over MTS
Sistema acquires additional 10% in MTS from Deutsche Telecom and becomes major shareholder with 50.4% share in the largest cellular operator in Eastern Europe.
Sistema's shares listed on RTS
Sistema’s ordinary shares are included in Quotation List B of the RTS stock exchange under the AFKS ticker symbol.
Control acquired over Kvazar-Micro
Control is acquired over the Kvazar-Micro corporation (Ukraine) that operates in the IT and system integration sector.
Sistema is the Best Corporate Borrower
The Euromoney magazine recognizes Sistema JSFC as the Best Corporate Borrower in Eastern Europe.
Partnership of Sistema and Alcatel
Sistema and Alcatel sign a contract to roll out Russia's first broadband entertainment network which establishes a platform to provide multimedia services to Sistema's retail customers.
Sistema's GDRs listed on LSE
Following IPO, Sistema’s GDRs are listed on the official quotation list of the London Stock Exchange under the SSA ticker symbol. The IPO raised $1.56bn and at the time was the largest IPO in the history of Russia and Central and Eastern Europe.
Establishing of Sitronics
OJSC SITRONICS is established to consolidate assets under KNC’s management – Kvazar Micro and CJSC Sitronics.
Restructuring of high-tech assets
Sitronics consolidates 100% of Kvazar-Micro
Sistema acquires stakes in BashTEK
Sistema buys $502.9m worth of minority stakes in Novoil, Ufa oil refinery, Ufaneftekhim, Bashneft, Ufaorgsintez, Bashnefteprodukt and Bashkirenergo.
Sistema starts trading onсthe MSE
Sistema ordinary shares began trading on the Moscow Stock Exchange under the SIST ticker symbol.
Sistema's stake in MTS increases
Sistema increases its stake in MTS by 2.3% to 52.8%
Acquisition of 74% in DTV and CTV
Sistema acquires 74% in Digital TV and Radio Broadcasting (CTV) which form the basis for Sistema's media business.
Fixed telecom assets consolidation
Sistema completes the consolidation of the fixed telecom assets at Comstar-United TeleSystems. The consolidation results in Comstar-UTS holding 99% in MTU-Inform, 100% in Telmos, 100% in MTU-Intel and 55.62% in MGTS.
Sistema announces appointment of Vladimir Evtushenkov as the company's President, and appointment of Eugeny Novitsky as the Chairman of the Board of Directors.
SITRONICS and Siemens AG set up a Joint Venture Innovative Research Center Ltd.
Siemens AG and Sitronics signed an agreement and established a joint venture Innovative Research Center Ltd.
Alexander Goncharuk is appointed as President and CEO of Sistema.
Sistema-Hals raises $409 mln in an IPO on the London Stock Exchange.
Comstar-UTS raises $1 bln in an IPO on the London Stock Exchange.
Sistema sells ROSNO to Allianz
Sistema sells 47.4% of ROSNO to Allianz for $750mln with an option to acquire the remaining 3% of ROSNO from Sistema in several years.
Sitronics raises $2.35bn in an IPO on the London Stock Exchange.
Acquiring additional stake in MBRD
Sistema increases stake in MBRD to 98.9%
Listing on the MICEX
The shares of Sistema are listed on the MICEX (quotation list B) under the AFKC ticker symbol.
Sistema acquires SSTL
Sistema acquires 10% of SSTL and later the same year signs an agreement to acquire a further 41% stake. In addition Sistema enters into a call option to raise the stake from 51% to 74%. The transaction is worth $46.74m.
Acquisition of a stake in Dalcombank
Sistema acquires a 20% stake in the authorized capital of Dalcombank in Khabarovsk and then acquires additional 28.16% of shares. As a result, Sistema increases its stake in the bank's authorized capital to 48.16%.
Development of Healthcare business
Sistema acquires a 100% stake in American Hospital Group and a 20% stake in Medexpress clinics chain. Later Sistema consolidates a 100% shareholding of Medexpress clinics chain.
Acquiring additional stake in SITRONICS
Sistema increases stake in SITRONICS to 60%.
The merger of healthcare assets
Sistema completes the merger of its healthcare assets into the Medsi Group of companies holding, 100% of which is owned by Sistema.
Sistema joins the Top-10 best employers
Sistema voted as one of the top 10 best employers in Russia, in a survey of managers’ community, compiled by E-xecutive.
Set up of the largest movie complex
Sistema’s shareholding in the new company is 51%; the stake of RWS management is 49%.
Restructuring of financial assets
MBRD consolidates 66% of East-West United Bank
Acquisition of stake in Dalcombank
Sistema acquires additional 50.48% shares in Dalcombank. Later the same year Sistema increases its stake in Dalcombank (Khabarovsk) from 98.65% to 100%.
Leonid Melamed is appointed as President and CEO of Sistema.
Sistema acquires control in BashTEK companies
Sistema acquires control in BashTEK companies and transfers the first $2 bln tranche. As a result, Sistema’s ownership in Bashneft increase to 76.5%. The second US$ 500m tranche was agreed to be paid after 14 months.
Sale of 3% of ROSNO to Allianz
Sistema completes its exit from ROSNO by selling the remaining 3% stake to Allianz for 34 mln EUR.
Sale of Sistema-Hals
VTB Bank exercises a call option for a 31.5% stake in Sistema-Hals. This transaction was the second stage of an agreement signed in April 2009 when VTB acquired an initial 19.5%. As a result, VTB increases its stake in Sistema-Hals to 51.24%.
Sistema sells its stake in Comstar-UTS to MTS
Sistema completes the sale of a 50.91% stake in Comstar-UTS to MTS for approximately $1.32 bln.
Sberbank acquires stake in Detsky Mir
Sistema sells 25%+1 share in Detsky Mir Center to Sberbank of Russia through an additional share issue. Detsky Mir-Center issues 743 shares with a par value of RUB 100, representing 25% + 1 share of the Company’s share capital after the additional issue. The shares will be placed at approximately RUB 4.6 mln per share.
Exit from Sistema-Hals
Sistema sells remaining 27.6% stake in Sistema-Hals. The stake is bought by Blairwood Limited and Stoneflower Limited which acquire 13.8% of Sistema-Hals shares each. The total value of the transaction is $70m.
Acquisition of NIS
Sistema acquires a 51% stake in NIS (25.5% from RTI-Systems Concern and 25.5% from SITRONICS). NIS is the federal operator of satellite navigation services responsible for commercialization of GLONASS system.
Acquisition of M2M Telematics
Sistema acquires 51% in the authorized capital of M2M Telematics. Sistema has a right to acquire the remaining 49% stake in the period from 2012-2015 in accordance with the agreement between the companies.
Acquisition of 49% of RussNeft
Sistema signs an agreement to acquire 49% of RussNeft, a top 10 Russian oil company for c.$100 million
Establishment of RTI for Sistema’s high-tech assets consolidation
Sistema begins reorganization of its high-tech investments. The group sells a 15% stake in the newly formed holding company (OAO RTI) for RUB 3 bln to Bank of Moscow and in turn contributes its 97% stake in RTI Systems and RUB 2.88 bln in cash. In July, Sistema sells its 63% stake in Sitronics to RTI.
Acquisition of agricultural assets
Sistema acquired 100% stake in OJSC Donskoe for RUB 476.5 million and 100% stake in OJSC “First Cavalry Army Stud Farm” for RUB 303 million. Both land clusters are located in Rostov region with a combined land of 39 thousand hectares.
Bashneft and Petrochemical Holding establishes United Petrochemical Company as a vehicle to assess possible investments in petrochemical sector.
Sale of MGTS
MTS acquires 29.05% stake in MGTS from Sistema for RUB 10.56 billion.
Partial sale of Intourist to Thomas Cook
Intourist and Thomas Cook Group establish a joint venture involving Intourist’s tour operating and retail business. Thomas Cook acquires a 50.1% stake in the JV for a total stock and cash consideration of US$ 45 million.
Reorganization of energy assets
Sistema announces reorganization of its shareholding in Bashkirenergo via its subsidiary Sistema-Invest. Previously, partly owned through Bashneft, Sistema’s interest in Bashkirenergo is transferred to Sistema-Invest. Reorganisation creates simpler and stand alone ownership structures in the Groups’ energy investments.
Rosimushchestvo acquires stake in SSTL
SSTL increases its authorized capital by INR 28,894.5m (approximately $647m). Rosimushchestvo acquires a 17.14% stake in SSTL on behalf of the Russian Government for INR 26,988m (approximately $600m).
New organisational structure
Sistema’s Board of Directors approves new organizational structure, designed to reshape Sistema from an operating holding company to an investment company model. Investments were divided into two portfolios: core assets and developing assets.
In March 2011 Mikhail Shamolin, formerly CEO and President of MTS, was appointed as CEO and President of Sistema.
Acquisition of 100% SG-trans
Sistema won the privatisation tender to acquire 100% ownership stake in SG-trans, Russia’s largest independent provider of specialised railcars for transportation of liquefied petroleum gas, for RUB 22.77 billion.
JV with members of the Louis-Dreyfus family
Sistema and members of the Louis-Dreyfus family established a JV in the farming business in Russia. JV combined both parties’ agricultural assets, totaling approx 90k hectares.
Medsi merger with SUE assets
Medsi commenced a merger of assets with the State Unitary Enterprise Medical Centre (“SUE”). Medsi initiated an additional share issuance via a closed subscription. SUE paid for the shares issued to it with its property, which has a market value of RUB 6.043 bln, and will receive a 25.02% stake in the integrated company.
Exit from power generation
Bashkirenergo was split into Bashkirian Power Grid Company (transmission and distribution grids) and Bashenergoactiv (power generation assets). Sistema-Invest obtained a 92.48% voting stake in Bashkirian Power Grid Company and received RUB 11.2 from INTER RAO. Sistema no longer has any interest in the power generation assets.
RTI consolidates 100% of SITRONICS
As a result of Voluntary Tender Offer and later squeeze-out procedure RTI's total ownership stake in SITRONICS amounted to 100% of SITRONICS' share capital. Delisting of SITRONICS from the London Stock Exchange took place on August 23, 2012.
Acquisition of NVision
RTI Group and NVision Group Managing Company LLC completed the deal for the strategic integration of RTI Group's and CJSC NVision Group's information and communication technologies assets. RTI Group paid a total cash consideration of RUB 3 billion, and contributed certain assets, and now owns a 50%+0.5 share stake in NVision Group.
Acquisition of 50% Financial Alliance LLC
Sistema acquired 50% of Financial Alliance LLC, a professional railcar operator, from Bashneft for RUB 3.41 billion (US$ c110 mln). Bashneft acquired 50% of Financial Alliance in August 2012 by transferring its fleet of approximately 4500 railcars to it.
Sale of RussNeft
Sistema sold its 49% stake in RussNeft for US$ 1.2 bln.
Restructuring of transportation assets
Sistema sold of its 70% and 15% of SG-trans to Financial Alliance and Unirail for RUB 12.0 bln and RUB 2.5 bln, respectively. Sistema retained 100% of SG-trading.
New motivational programme
Sistema’s Board of Directors approved a new motivational programme, based on cash generation and share price performance principles.
Sistema acquired a 98% stake in United Petrochemical Company, vertically integrated petrochemical group, from Bashneft for RUB 6.2 bln. Later UPC established a JV with a subsidiary of Alpek for the construction of petrochemical plants in Bashkortostan.
Acquisition of BNSA
Sistema acquired a 100% stake in Bashneft-Services Assets, an oil services company, from Bashneft for RUB 4.1 bln.
Reorganisation of Sistema Invest
The reorganisation proposed the separation of Sistema Invest's assets to eliminate cross ownership at Bashneft.
Acquisition of Business Nedvizhimost
Sistema acquired 51% of Business Nedvizhimost, which owns 76 properties with total area of 178,000 sq m, from MGTS-Nedvizhimost for RUB 3.2 bln. Later Sistema acquired another 49% for RUB 3.1 bln.
Investment in forestry and pulp and paper
In September 2014, LLC LesInvest, Sistema’s subsidiary, acquired from the Bank of Moscow 100% of OJSC Segezha Pulp and Paper Mill and 100% of LLC Derevoobrabotka-Proekt together with all debt obligations to the Bank of Moscow on debt free cash free basis.
Increased stake in NVision Group
The total value of the deal amounted to US$ 82.5 million, US$ 37.5 mln of which paid in cash, and US$ 45 mln in Sistema shares. Sistema's ownership in CJSC NVision Group amounted to 88.75%.
Increased stake in Business Nedvizhimost to 100%
In April 2014, Sistema acquired 49% of the ordinary shares of CJSC Business Nedvizhimost from CJSC MGTS-Nedvizhimost, for RUB 3.1 bln. As a result, Sistema now owns 100% of the company.
Investment in OZON
In April 2014, Sistema acquired a 10.8% stake for US$ 75 mln in OZON. MTS, Sistema's telecoms subsidiary, also acquired a 10.8% stake at the same valuation. As a result, two representatives from Sistema and MTS joined OZON's Board of Directors.
In July 2014, Sistema paid out record dividends in the amount of RUB 19.9 bln, corresponding to dividend yield of 5%.
Sistema invests in Concept Group
In October 2014, Sistema acquired a 40% stake for a total consideration of approximately RUB 1 billion in a holding company that owns Concept Group, one of Russia's leading fashion clothing retailers by revenue growth. In accordance with the terms of the signed documentation Sistema has an option to increase its shareholding in Concept Group to a controlling stake within three years.
Sistema participate in additional share issue of MTS Bank
In October 2014, Sistema signed a binding agreement with its subsidiary MTS Bank to acquire 2,474,818 ordinary shares of the Bank's additional share issue for RUB 9,460,684,754.
Sistema transferred Bashneft to the Russian Federation
In December 2014, Sistema transferred Bashneft to the Russian Federation as a result of civil proceedings about unlawful privatisation of Bashneft. Sistema was not party to those events and filed a claim for the recovery of damages from sellers, as a result of the seizure of the Bashneft shares.
Acquisition of Kronshtadt Group
In October 2015 Sistema acquired 100% of shares in JSC Kronshtadt Group and assets belonging to the Group from Industrial Investors Group for RUB 4.8bn. Kronshtadt Group combines a range of Russian innovative companies that manufacture high-tech products and world-class solutions for aircraft engineering, security, transport and development of natural resources (including in the Arctic region). The Group has a number of key technological competences and unique intellectual potential in mathematical modelling and engineering of complex informational systems as well as engineering and production of commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), modern comprehensive training simulators, visualisation systems, and on-board & land-based electronic navigation equipment. Because Kronshtadt Group's competences are highly complementary to RTI (another Sistema subsidiary), the companies will work in synergy to strengthen their market position and create a platform for future growth.
Development of Segezha Group
In February 2016, LLC LesInvest, a Segezha Group company, acquired a controlling equity interest in OJSC Lesosibirsk Woodworking Plant No.1, one of Russia's largest producers of sawn timber, fibreboards, planed timber, and furniture from Angara pine, based in the Krasnodar region. LWP No.1 processes more than a million meters of round timber annually and has access to an allowable cut of 2.9 million cu. M. a year.
Monetisation of a stake in Detsky Mir
In December 2015, Sistema's subsidiary CJSC DM Finance sold 23.1% of equity shares in OJSC Detsky Mir to the Russian-China Investment Fund (RCIF) for RUB 9.75bn. As a result, RCIF is now entitled to nominate two directors on Detsky Mir’s board out of ten.
Investments in real estate
In December 2015, LLC Razvitie, a joint venture of Sistema and LSR Group, won an open tender for the right to acquire 100% of LLC ZIL-Yug for RUB 34.2bn. The terms of the tender envisage an eight-year instalment plan. Razvitie will have to make no further payments in 2016 (as it already paid a RUB 1.5bn deposit in 2015), but will pay RUB 2.5bn in 2017 and one-third of the total amount in 2023. Sistema plans to invest no more than 10% of the amount now attributed to it based on its stake in Razvitie (or no more than RUB 1.7bn), and expects to find co-investors to cover the rest of the expenses. LLC ZIL-Yug owns development rights for 109.9 hectares in the southern premises of the now-defunct automobile manufacturer ZIL (23 Avtozavodskaya St.). The development project envisages construction of 1.5. sq. m. of real estate, including 1.1m sq. m. in housing, 0.35m sq. m. in commercial real estate and 0.05m sq. m. in infrastructure. The city will finance about 40 ha of infrastructure, including new roads and landscaping of adjacent areas. Sistema's subsidiary Leader-Invest, charged with managing the project on Sistema's behalf, already has another project in the same industrial park, called Nagatino i-Land.
Increase of ownership in Medsi Group to 100%
In October 2015, Sistema acquired 25.02% of shares in CJSC Medsi Group from State Unitary Enterprise Medical Center of the Moscow Mayor and Government Administration ("GUP") for RUB 6,116bn, with half to be paid on a one-year instalment plan. The increased ownership in Medsi Group will give Sistema more flexibility in expanding the chain of private clinics, building new facilities, and making the company more manageable.
New progressive dividend policy
In April 2016, Sistema’s Board of Directors adopted a new dividend policy. In line with the new policy, total dividends recommended for each reporting year will be, at a minimum, the higher of either an amount equivalent to a dividend yield of at least 4%, or RUB 0.67 per ordinary share In April 2017, the Board of Directors approved amendments to the dividend policy: total dividends recommended for each reporting year will be, at a minimum, the higher of either an amount equal to a dividend yield of at least 6%, or RUB 1.19 per ordinary share.
Sistema will seek to distribute dividends twice per year, based on its results for the first nine months and the full year.
Sistema’s calculation of the dividend yield on its ordinary shares shall use the weighted average price of one ordinary share of the Company traded on Moscow Exchange in the relevant reporting year.
Sale of the transport business
In August 2016, Sistema sold 50% of SG-trans to a group of non-affiliated buyers for RUB 6.0bn. The Corporation remains the owner of assets previously spun off from SG-trans, including SG-trading and real-estate assets.
Private equity fund with Rusnano
In September 2016, Sistema and Rusnano launched a joint private equity fund specialising in investments in high-tech companies and projects. The fund will have up to USD 100m under management. Sistema and Rusnano each own 50% of the fund, and will allocate cash funds as soon as it becomes necessary to finance specific transactions. The private equity fund has been established for an initial seven-year term, which may be extended for an additional three years. The average investment size being targeted is USD 5-20m. In the future third party investors will also be able to invest in the fund. For more details about the fund, see Other Investment Activities: Funds.
Development of the hotel business
In November 2016, Sistema’s subsidiary Sistema Hotel Management agreed to acquire nine Regional Hotel Chain (RHC) hotels from VIYM, a company managing the private equity funds in the CIS and Europe, for RUB 2.6bn. The hotels include Courtyard by Marriott Paveletskaya (Moscow), Holiday Inn Express (Voronezh) and seven Park Inn hotels in Astrakhan, Volgograd, Izhevsk, Kazan, Novosibirsk, Sochi, and Yaroslavl, and have a total of 1,379 rooms with floor space of 87,613 sq m. The hotels have total external debt of RUB 4bn. All of the hotels were built over the past five years and do not currently require any capital investments. The hotels opened in 2014-2015 – Holiday Inn Express (Voronezh), Park Inn (Volgograd), Park Inn (Novosibirsk) and Park Inn (Sochi) – have significant potential for increased profitability when they achieve their target performance indicators. For more details about Sistema’s hotel business see: Other Investments.
Changing ownership stake in MTS
During 2016, Sistema conducted a number of transactions to sell MTS shares, bringing Sistema’s effective stake in MTS’s share capital to 50.03%. As a result of the sales, Sistema raised RUB 18.1bn in 2016; an additional RUB 4.7bn was received in the first quarter of 2017 from participating in MTS’s share buyback programme.
Detsky Mir Group’s IPO
In February 2017 Sistema held a successful IPO of Detsky Mir’s shares on the Moscow Exchange. The offering price was set at RUB 85 per share corresponding to the company’s market capitalisation of approximately RUB 62.8bn. Sistema’s stake in Detsky Mir amounted to 52.1% . As a result of the transaction, Sistema raised ~RUB 12.9bn (before underwriting fees and other expenses).
Completion of merger between SSTL and RCom
In October 2017, Sistema completed the merger of the telecoms business of Sistema Shyam TeleServices (SSTL) with Reliance Communications (RCom). SSTL received a 10% equity stake in RCom following a new share issue by the Indian operator. If the Department of Telecommunications and the courts of India confirm that SSTL's spectrum can be used to deploy 4G networks without any additional payments, SSTL may be entitled to an earnout payment from RCom.
Launch and successful implementation of MTS's share repurchase programme
In 3Q 2017, MTS launched a share repurchase programme totalling up to RUB 20 bn to create additional returns for shareholders. As of the end of March 2018, MTS had repurchased RUB 19.8 bn worth of shares from its shareholders, including Sistema.
New paper-making machine at Segezha Pulp and Paper Mill
In 4Q 2017, Segezha Group launched the unique paper-making machine with a high level of automation and capacity of 110,000 tons. Investments in the project amounted to EUR 80 mn. The machine was built by an international team of engineers and technologists from Germany, Russia, China, Finland, Brazil, Croatia and the Czech Republic. Following its launch, Segezha PPM became the world's biggest producer of unbleached sack paper.
Development of Sistema’s land bank
In 2017, Steppe AgroHolding expanded its land holdings by 67,000 ha to 380,000 ha by acquiring new assets with a high growth potential in the Stavropol and Rostov regions.
Medsi: new acquisitions in regions
Medsi continued investing in the expansion of its business in Moscow and other regions. In August 2017, it acquired the Medem clinic to enter the St Petersburg market. The 6,800 sq m clinic consists of 28 departments. In September 2017, Medsi acquired Medlife, a leading healthcare chain in Perm, consisting of five clinics and a sports and recreation centre with a total area of over 6,400 sq m.
Detsky Mir expands and enters new markets
Detsky Mir entered a new market — retail sale of pet supplies — in line with its strategy to expand its business. Detsky Mir manage estimates the size of the Russian pet products market at RUB 200bn. In December 2018, the company opened four pilot pet stores under the 'Zoozavr' brand.
Segezha Group: increasing output and enhancing efficiency
In July 2018, the company launched the second line at the Vyatka Plywood Mill, increasing plywood output to 192,000 cu m and expanding the range of high-margin products, including large-size long-grain plywood. In December 2018, a pellet plant with annual capacity of 70,000 t of pellets was opened at the Lesosibirsk Woodworking Plant. Pellets are produced from sawdust waste generated at the woodworking facility. In the fourth quarter of 2018, the Segezha Pulp & Paper Mill commissioned a multi-fuel boiler that runs on bark waste, which will increase heat generation at the mill by 25% and reduce use of expensive fuel oil.
Agroholding Steppe increases capacity
Agroholding Steppe actively increased its capacity in the dairy segment. In March 2018, the company commissioned its fifth dairy farm for 1,800 cows. The new farm is expected to reach target output of 20,000 t of milk per year by 2021. All capacity increases are expected to more than triple the company’s production from 40,000 tonnes in 2017 to over 120,000 tonnes in 2023, making Steppe Agroholding one of the top three players in the Russian market.
MTS Bank monetisation
In July 2018, MTS acquired a 28.63% stake in MTS Bank from Sistema for RUB 8.27 billion. In February 2019, Sistema divested an additional 39.5% stake in MTS Bank to MTS for RUB 11.4 billion, which reduced its ownership in MTS Bank to 5.0% and increased MTS’s stake to 94.7%. The transaction enabled MTS to consolidate its fintech business in Russia and to simplify operational management, making it possible to launch new products faster and to utilise MTS’s retail network more effectively in order to expand the bank’s footprint.
Creation of a combined microelectronics company
In February 2019, RTI Microelectronics, an RTI Group company, signed a legally binding agreement with State Corporation Rostec and JSC Roselectronica to create a combined microelectronics components company.
Increasing presence in pharma
In 2019, Sistema acquired a 13% equity interest in JSC Pharmaceutical Enterprise Obolenskoe (“OBL Pharm”). The stake was acquired jointly with VTB Bank and management of OBL Pharm. In April 2019, the Russian Direct Investment Fund, the Russia-China Investment Fund and leading Middle Eastern funds joined the project. Total investment of the consortium amounted to RUB 15.5 billion. The transaction aims to create a leading pharmaceutical group and a top-5 player in the commercial segment of the Russian pharmaceutical market by merging OBL Pharm and Binnopharm. The combined diversified product portfolio includes about 200 drugs.
Increasing ownership in Ozon
In February 2019, Sistema acquired 18.7% of Russia’s leading multi-category online retailer, Ozon Holdings, from MTS for RUB 7.9 billion. The decision to increase the stake is based on Sistema’s strategic bet on growth prospects for e-commerce and market consolidation through investments in the market leader. In addition, Sistema’s venture capital fund Sistema_VC owns 16.3% of Ozon.
Enhancing position in real estate
In February 2019, Sistema sold 51% of JSC Leader Invest to Etalon Group, while retaining a 49% stake in the company. Following this transaction, Sistema acquired 25% of Etalon Group for USD 226.6 million. The transactions create a top-three player in the Moscow and St. Petersburg real estate development markets, bring together complementary product portfolios, allow Leader Invest’s projects to leverage Etalon’s general contracting capacity and regional sales network to accelerate construction and sales, and realise significant synergies in construction while reducing administrative expenses.