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Yandex gets to keep Nasdaq listing, subject to Russia restructuring

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Publish date: Thu, 08 Jun 2023, 10:31 PM
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Russian internet firm Yandex on Thursday (June 8) said it had been granted permission to retain its Nasdaq Stock Exchange listing provided the restructuring and divestment of its Russian business is concluded by the end of 2023.

Often dubbed "Russia's Google", Yandex is making progress on a corporate restructuring plan that should see it divest ownership and control of core, Russia-based businesses, in what could be one of Russia's most significant corporate deals this year.

Russian billionaires including Vladimir Potanin, CEO and the largest shareholder of metals giant Nornickel, and Vagit Alekperov, co-founder and a major shareholder in oil major Lukoil, are among the bidders for assets ultimately valued around US$14 billion , three people familiar with the matter told Reuters last month.

Given Kremlin measures that oblige foreign companies leaving Russia to sell their assets at a 50% discount, shareholders in Yandex's Dutch-registered holding company Yandex NV, most of whom are Western investment funds, could ultimately make about US$7 billion from a full divestment.

Yandex, which has confirmed that it has received proposals from a number of investors, said in a statement the Nasdaq hearing's panel notified it of the decision to keep its listing on June 6.

"(The decision is) subject to certain conditions related to the timing and implementation of Yandex's proposed corporate restructuring, including the divestment of ownership and control of a number of our core businesses, including all Russia-based businesses, by the end of 2023," it said.

A trading halt, implemented on Feb 28, 2022, will remain in effect, Yandex said. Its Moscow-listed shares were 1.9% higher as of 0809 GMT, outperforming the wider market. 


  - Reuters


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