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Kazakhstan Daily News Roundup – May 16, 2011

Posted on May 16, 2011 by KazCham

HEADLINES:

New focus on “people’s IPO” following election
(bne) – With Kazakhstan’s presidential elections out of the way, the focus in Astana is on the “People’s IPOs”. Plans to sell minority stakes in various state-owned enterprises are a little behind schedule, but due to take place by the end of the year.

ENERGY:

MIE Holdings issues $400-million bond to buy Kazakh oil junior (SRI)

Max Petroleum begins drilling NARS-1 exploration well on Narmundanak South prospect(Proactive Investors)

Tub-Karagan-2 exploration well completed (Interfax)

Uranium One turns a profit in the first quarter, posts record revenue (Proactive Investors)

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY:

Kazkommertsbank issues $300-million Eurobond
(SRI) – Kazkommertsbank, Kazakhstan’s largest lender by assets, has placed a seven-year Eurobond worth $300 million at an annual rate of 8.50% on May 5, the bank said last week.

Kazakh bank BTA returns to profit, may sell assets
(Reuters) – Kazakh bank BTA is open to offers for its Belarussian and Turkish assets and will seek to expand lending to the retail sector and small businesses at home this year, the bank’s chief executive said last Thursday.

Kazakhstan Temir Zholy repays $450-million Eurobond (SRI)

Asian Development Bank to lend $500 million to Kazakhstan for SMEs (SRI)

On the move: Samruk-Kazyna (SRI)

Kazakhstan GDP grows 6.6% in Q1 – statistics agency (Reuters)

Kazakhstan oligarch suffers setback in London legal battle (EurasiaNet)

Indicators – May 13, 2011 (Reuters)

METALS AND MINING:

Glencore’s $7.6-billion Kazakh business under threat
(Telegraph) – Kazakhstan’s leading opposition figures have accused Glencore of benefiting from an illegal privatisation of assets, amid fears the recent commodities sell-off could hurt the company’s valuation or force it to pull its $61-billion flotation.

ENRC warns on cost pressures, Q1 output rises (Reuters)

POLITICS:

Kazakhstan making steady progress against corruption (The Hill)

Kazakhstan: Washington experts go on spin cycle (Eurasia Review)

Kazakhstan and NATO preparing for a new partnership stage (Interfax)

 

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