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For Immediate Release 10 October 2007
LSR GROUP ANNOUNCES ITS INTENTION TO CONDUCT A GLOBAL OFFERING
AND LISTING ON THE LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE
LSR Group ("LSR" or the "Group"), one of the leading real estate developers and building materials producers in the St Petersburg and Leningrad region, today announces its intention to list global depositary receipts ("GDRs") representing its ordinary shares on the London Stock Exchange in connection with an offering (the "Offering") of existing ordinary shares ("shares") and GDRs by certain of LSR’s shareholders.
The Global Offering
The Offering is expected to comprise an offering of shares and GDRs to institutional investors outside of the Russian Federation and an offering of shares in the Russian Federation. LSR’s existing ordinary shares have been admitted to list "I" on the Moscow Interbank Currency Exchange and the Russian Trading System Stock Exchange.The Offering is subject to receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals, including the relevant registrations and approvals by the Russian Federal Financial Market Service and the UK Financial Services Authority. The principal purpose of the Offering is to enable the Group to undertake a capital increase following the Offering through a closed subscription for newly-issued ordinary shares, for which certain selling shareholders intend to subscribe using proceeds from the Offering.
The Group intends to use the proceeds of this capital increase to fund its growth strategy, through the expansion and development of its real estate portfolio and the modernisation of its plant and equipment, including the construction of new brick, cement and aerated concrete production facilities, as well as for general corporate purposes.
Deutsche Bank is Global Coordinator for the Global Offering. ABN AMRO Rothschild, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank are Joint Bookrunners and URALSIB Financial Corporation is Co-Lead Manager.
Commenting on today’s announcement, Igor Levit, CEO of LSR, said:
"We represent a unique business model in Russia, with our integrated combination of market leading businesses in real estate and building materials. Our leadership in St Petersburg and the wider Leningrad region of Russia ideally positions us to benefit from rapid growth in that area, as well as giving us a platform for expansion throughout other regions in Russia and into the commercial real estate segment."
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NOTES TO EDITORS
Founded in 1993, LSR is one of the leading real estate development, construction and building materials companies in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region, combining two complementary market leading businesses.
The Group is one of the leaders in the development of elite residential real estate projects in St Petersburg and a significant developer of mass-market real estate there. The Group also has a market leading position in the production of building materials and aggregates in St Petersburg and the surrounding Leningrad region.
The Group is one of the largest producers of ceramic bricks in Russia and one of the largest producers of aerated concrete in Russia. In 2006 it was, and remains, the market leader in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region in each of sand, crushed granite, bricks, reinforced concrete, ready-mix concrete and aerated concrete segments.
LSR manages and operates its businesses through two divisions:
The Group’s portfolio of real estate development projects includes 34 completed projects and over 35 properties at various stages of development and a number of potential projects currently under consideration. As of June 30, 2007, the Group had a development portfolio with a potential net sellable area of approximately 7.8 million meters2 located primarily in St Petersburg and the Leningrad region, much of which is in prime locations.
The Group’s Building Materials, Aggregates and Construction Services Division produces and sells a variety of building materials, including precast reinforced concrete products, ready-mix concrete, bricks and aerated concrete blocks. The division also extracts and processes aggregates such as sand and crushed granite. The construction services segment of this division provides tower crane services and operates a fleet of vehicles for the transport of construction materials.
The Group has building materials production facilities and quarries from which it extracts aggregates and clay in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region. Although historically LSR’s centre of operations has been in St. Petersburg and the surrounding Leningrad region, it has recently started to expand into other regions of Russia, including Moscow and the Moscow region. It has building materials production facilities in Moscow producing reinforced concrete products and ready-mix concrete, and production facilities in each of Estonia and Latvia that produce aerated concrete.For the years ended December 31, 2004, 2005 and 2006 and for the six months ended June 30, 2006 and 2007, the Group had revenues of RUB 7,530.9 million, RUB 13,085.5 million, RUB 21,110.8 million, RUB 9,336.4 miilion and RUB 16,062.0,million respectively, and as of June 30, 2007 it had total assets of RUB 50,955.4 million. Moody’s Investors Service assigned a B1 rating to LSR Group in July 2007.
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