Russian petchem firm Sibur and TAIF have initiated a number of steps to combine their petrochemical businesses. Existing TAIF shareholders will receive a 15% stake in PJSC Sibur Holding in exchange for the transfer of a controlling interest in TAIF’s group of petrochemical and energy companies. The remaining stake in JSC TAIF can be subsequently purchased by the combined company. The merger is expected to create one of the world’s top five producers of polyolefin and rubber products, say the companies.
Russian energy companies, led by privately owned Sibur, have increasingly been shifting their focus to petrochemicals in a drive to capitalise on the fast-growing sector and offset the volatile market for crude oil exports.
The deal will be closed subject to completion of the relevant corporate procedures and receipt of necessary regulatory approvals.
This combination will make the new company’s petrochemical operations more competitive in the global market, improve its resilience to market fluctuations, and also unlock further growth potential of Russia’s petrochemical industry through joint realization of capital intensive projects, and also boost chemical non-commodity exports.
The transaction will also bring new jobs and opportunities for sustainable development and environmental management. Furthermore, the new combined company will benefit from improved resource base diversification, distribution and logistics optimisation, joint R&D development, and sharing operational best practices to maximize the efficiency of its assets.
The merger will also facilitate more efficient distribution of feedstock to ensure full capacity utilisation and further development of the petrochemical cluster in Tatarstan. The new company is expected to continue with funding for TAIF’s approved capex programme and development of the group’s assets, bringing together TAIF’s business management expertise and strength in human capital to all of the combined group’s entities.
Dmitry Konov, Chairman of the Management Board at Sibur said, “TAIF Group boasts an unrivalled portfolio of products and technologies. Powered further by Sibur’s capabilities, the new combined company will be able to deliver an industry leading growth programme. By combining our assets and professional teams, we will further boost productivity at Russia’s leading petrochemical facilities and also significantly improve the competitive position of the Russian petrochemical industry on global markets.”
Albert Shigabutdinov, Chairman of TAIF’s Board of Directors, added, “Through the merger of our companies, we can unleash the huge potential for further efficient development of the nation’s petrochemical industry. The deal will help TAIF Group to substantially accelerate the key projects in its 2030 Strategic Development Programme that will see over RUB1.5 trillion of investment over the next ten years, improve productivity at our facilities, and expand our product mix. By 2030, we expect tax payments, including those to Tatarstan’s consolidated budget, to increase significantly – to up to RUB50 billion per year.”
TAIF, located in the Russian Republic of Tatarstan, accounts for 64% and 28% of Russia’s total output of rubbers and plastics respectively.
Leonid Mikhelson, head of and major shareholder in Russia’s largest gas producer Novatek NVTK.MM, owns 48.5% of Sibur. Gennady Timchenko, Mikhelson’s business partner who is a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, owns another 17%, while China’s Sinopec and Silk Road Fund have 10% each.