Kazakhstan Chamber of Commerce in the USA

KazCham



Kazakhstan approves list of state companies offered for privatisation 0

Posted on January 14, 2016 by KazCham

Colibri Law Firm BI@colibrilaw.com

The government of Kazakhstan has approved a list of state companies to be offered for privatisation as part of its long-term privatisation plan for 2016-2020.

The plan approves a list of large state-owned companies and organisations that will be privatised, and includes the pharmaceutical company SK-Pharmacy, national space company Kazakhstan Garysh Sapary, state road enterprise Kazakhavtodor, Khorgos international centre of cross-border cooperation, the airport of Astana, the Almaty sanatorium, the Kazakh national film studio, the airports of Kostanai and Petropavlovsk, the Korkyt Ata airport in Kyzylorda, and the Duman entertainment centre in Astana.

The list for priority privatisation also includes the national railway company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (through IPO), national oil and gas company KazMunayGas (IPO), national atomic company Kazatomprom (IPO), national post service Kazpost (IPO), airlines Air Astana (IPO) and Qazaq Air, national telecommunications operator Kazakhtelecom, the airports of Aktobe, Atyrau and Pavlodar, the Aktau international seaport, and the national agricultural holding KazAgro.

Evolution of role sees fund gearing up for ‘People’s IPO’ 0

Posted on December 25, 2011 by Alex

The heart of Kazakhstan’s economy, Samruk-Kazyna has, since its inception, played a crucial role in the country’s industry and economy. Now the fund is ready to float some  of its assets at discounted prices to retail investors. By Clare Nuttall

Kazakhstan’s sovereign wealth fund Samruk-Kazyna put to work billions of US dollars to support the economy during the global economic crisis. With Kazakhstan growing strongly, the fund’s role has evolved – it is now responsible for creating new industries and increasing efficiency in the economy’s most important companies.

This year will see further dramatic changes, as minority stakes in some of its largest and most attractive companies are floated on the domestic stock exchange. Samruk-Kazyna was created in the depths of the crisis through the merger of two existing organizations – holding company Samruk and investment company Kazyna – in October 2008, and its importance to the Kazakh economy cannot be overestimated. Its subsidiary companies include the national rail and postal companies, electricity grid operator Kegoc, state oil-and-gas giant National Company KazMunaiGas, nuclear company Kazatomprom, national air carrier Air Astana, and three of the top four banks. It is also the parent of the Damu small enterprise fund, private equity fund of funds Kazyna Capital Management, and other  financial organizations.

Overall, Samruk-Kazyna manages assets worth in excess of $70 billion, accounting for around 40 percent of the economic activity in the country. It has a total of 404 subsidiaries and affiliated companies. As of March 2010, Samruk-Kazyna announced it had invested KZT897 billion ($6.1 billion) from Kazakhstan’s National Fund to support the economy during the crisis. Its largest financial commitment was to the banking sector, where it invested some KZT486 billion.

Other anti-crisis measures included supporting the real-estate sector (KZT360 billion), support for small and medium-sized enterprises (KZT120 billion) and implementing industrial and infrastructure projects (KZT121.5 billion).

Samruk-Kazyna became the majority shareholder of  BTA Bank and Alliance Bank, injecting liquidity when both were on the brink of collapse in February 2009. Today, a debt restructuring for the two banks has been agreed with creditors.

At the same time, the fund took minority stakes in Kazakhstan’s other big-four banks, Halyk Bank and Kazkommertsbank. Now that GDP growth in Kazakhstan has returned to pre-crisis levels, Samruk-Kazyna is starting to divest some of the assets it acquired during the crisis. The fund has already exited its investment in Halyk, selling the stake back to the bank and its majority shareholder Almex.

Kazkommertsbank could buy back its shareholding in the near future. A sale of BTA to Russia’s Sberbank is still on the cards and Samruk-Kazyna is also looking at potential exit routes for Alliance, but it is adamant that it will sell its shareholdings only if the price is right.

Post crisis, Samruk-Kazyna is involved in raising the efficiency of its subsidiaries, and is the main conduit for big foreign investment projects. The emphasis within Kazakhstan has shifted toward production of processed and value-added products, rather than being purely a supplier of raw materials.

Several of the priority projects within the 2010-14 Accelerated Industrial and Innovative Development program are aimed at achieving this goal. Samruk-Kazyna is already working to diversify and industrialize Kazakhstan. The ‘breakthrough projects’ under the Samruk-Kazyna umbrella include reconstruction of the Atyrau refinery, modernization of the national electricity grid and construction of several new power stations. Within Samruk-Kazyna, two holding companies created in late 2008 are responsible for the chemicals and metals sectors, respectively. The United Chemicals Company was set up to develop a national chemicals industry and reduce Kazakhstan’s dependence on imports of products such as fertilizers. Tau Ken Samruk is the holding company for the Kazakh government’s stakes in metals and mining companies. While oil and gas still account for the lion’s share of Kazakhstan’s exports, metals and mining have been growing in importance in recent years.

Soaring metals prices, and the steady growth in demand from neighboring China in particular, have provided an impetus for Kazakhstan to increase its output. The government stakes in two major London Stock Exchange-listed mining companies – Eurasian Natural Resources Company (ENRC) and Kazakhmys – are held within Tau Ken Samruk. Both companies have an immense presence in the Kazakhstan mining sector, as well as internationally.

Kazakhmys is the largest copper producer in Kazakhstan and one of the top 10 producers worldwide. ENRC – a diversified natural resources group – has a presence in China, Russia, Brazil and Africa, as well as in Kazakhstan. This year has already seen significant changes for Samruk-Kazyna. On April 12, Timur Kulibayev was promoted to chairman as part of the post-elections reshuffle. Kulibayev, the son-in-law of Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev, was previously the company’s deputy chairman.

The fund’s main task this year will be to carry out the ‘People’s IPO’ program, under which shares in companies that are wholly or partly owned by Samruk-Kazyna will be offered at a discount to retail investors and pension funds. In addition to raising funds for expansion, the program is also intended to stimulate the domestic capital market.

At least some of the IPOs are due to take place by the end of this year. Companies expected to be part of the first wave of IPOs include power-generation company Samruk-Energo, electricity grid operator Kegoc, postal service Kazpost and KazMunaiGas Exploration and Production. In the following two years, IPOs of other companies – including Kazatomprom, National Company KazMunaiGas, and railway operator Kazakhstan Temir Zholy – are planned.

SOURCE: Invest in Kazakhstan, 2011, p. 45-46

Kazakhstan Daily News Roundup – July 7, 2011 0

Posted on July 06, 2011 by KazCham

Kashagan said in crisis (again)

(bne) – Shell and its partners developing the Kashagan oilfield will have to ask the Kazakh government for an extension to the 2013 deadline for the first oil from the troubled project, in what would be a humiliating move that could have dire consequences for the future of the project, according to The Daily Telegraph.

ENERGY:

Consortium launches $5.4-billion pipeline expansion (SRI)

Max Petroleum to raise production in Q3; receives trial production approval (SRI)

Gazprom cosies up to Kazakh billionaire (Financial Times)

Jupiter Energy eyes significant milestones in coming months (Proactive Investors)

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY:

BTA makes $166.4 coupon payment (SRI)

On the move: BTA Bank, Samruk-Kazyna (SRI)

Saks, de Beers opening stores in Kazakhstan (SRI)

Monthly inflation 0.3% in June (SRI)

Kazakh central bank leaves refinancing rate unchanged at 7.5% (SRI)

S&P affirms Kazpost ratings, withdraws them upon company request (S&P)

New defaults on the Kazakhstan Stock Exchange possible – KASE chairman (Interfax)

Indicators – July 5, 2011 (Reuters)

METALS AND MINING:

Kazakhstan may build new gold refinery to help boost output (SRI)

Kazakhmys to consider acquisitions with “huge” production potential (SRI)

Kazakh, Slovak companies to mine for lead ore in eastern Kazakhstan (SRI)

Sunkar reports progress on Chilisai project study (SRI)

First Quantum won’t sell its congolese plant to ENRC, pursues mine rights (Bloomberg)

POLITICS AND SECURITY:

The scent of elections (EurasiaNet)

Kazakhstan opens naval air base, intimidates strikers? (EurasiaNet)

SOCIETY:

Sting cancels Kazakh concert over oil worker dispute (SRI)

Kazakhs invest in new Astana (euronews)

Authoritarian Kazakh prez to be hero of fairy tale (AP)

REGIONAL:

U.S. shifts supply routes to Central Asia – report (AFP)

Turkmenistan president ’sings own birthday song’ (AFP)

SOURCE: http://silkroadintelligencer.com/2011/07/07/kazakhstan-daily-news-roundup-july-7-2011/

Kazakhstan Daily News Roundup – February 14, 2011 0

Posted on February 13, 2011 by KazCham

HEADLINES:

KEGOC, Samruk-Energo, Kazpost to launch “people’s IPO” – Nazarbayev
(SRI) – Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev instructed his government to prepare state-owned Samruk-Energo, Kazakhstan Electricity Grid Operating Company (KEGOC), and Kazpost for domestic initial public offerings by the end of the year as part of the so-called “people’s IPO.”

BTA to list shares in Luxemburg, on KASE
(SRI) – BTA, Kazakhstan’s third-largest bank, intends to list around 16% of its shares in Luxembourg in the form of global depositary receipts (GDRs) within the next two or three months, Reuters reported on Friday, citing a BTA spokeswoman.

Kazakhmys plans $6-billion investment program
(SRI) – Kazakh copper miner Kazakhmys plans to spend $6 billion over the next three to four years to upgrade its metal plants and develop energy and mining projects, the company’s chairman Vladimir Kim said on Friday.

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY:

Air Astana plans new international routes Aktau-Istanbul and Aktau-Amsterdam (TREND)

National Bank of Kazakhstan: Exchange rates February 12-14, 2011 (Kazakhstan Today)

Indicators – February 11, 2011 (Reuters)

METALS AND MINING:

MPs urge tighter rules after ENRC’s Africa mine deal (Telegraph)

Sunkar seeks partners (Growth Company Investor)

POLITICS:

The Kazakhstan election puzzle (Global Post)

Kazakhstan opposition to boycott presidential polls (AFP)

U.S. helps secure Kazakhstan’s Soviet-era nuclear stock (UPI)

SOURCE: http://silkroadintelligencer.com/2011/02/14/kazakhstan-daily-news-roundup-february-14-2011/



↑ Top