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Prokhorov agrees sale of 25% stake in NorNickel to RusAl

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RusAl has agreed the acquisition of a 25% plus one share in the metal's giant, Norilsk Nickel from Onexim Group, Mikhail Prokhorov's holding company, a company press release said Friday.
MOSCOW, November 23 (RIA Novosti) - RusAl has agreed the acquisition of a 25% plus one share in the metal's giant, Norilsk Nickel from Onexim Group, Mikhail Prokhorov's holding company, a company press release said Friday.

Prokhorov will receive an 11% stake in RusAl, the aluminum giant, and a cash payment.

"This strategic transaction paves the way to develop the enlarged RusAl into a global, diversified metals, mining and energy group" said Alexander Bulygin, Chief Executive of RusAl.

RusAl said in a press release that the merger would "provide the scale and scope to allow the enlarged company to compete more effectively with the newly emerging global majors."

Prokhorov and Interros President Vladimir Potanin are two key shareholders of the Russian metals giant Norilsk Nickel. Both businessmen announced early this year plans to divide assets. Prokhorov held 28.2% and Potanin 25.3% of Norilsk Nickel's shares as of October 26.

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