Among other things, a sales rise and ruble-dollar fluctuations pushed the figure up, the company said.
Earlier reports said the company's RAS net profit in the first quarter of 2007 amounted to 34.7 billion rubles ($1.3 billion), compared to a loss of 22.6 billion rubles ($875.63 million) in the same period of last year.
Norilsk Nickel is one of the world's top producers of precious and non-ferrous metals. It accounts for over 20% of the global nickel output, more than 10% of cobalt and 3% of copper. Norilsk Nickel produces about 96% of all Russian nickel, 55% of copper and 95% of cobalt.