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Rosneft and partners buy Essar Oil for $13 billion

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Staff Writer | October 17, 2016
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Acquisition   Rosneft bought a 49 percent stake in Essar

Rosneft and its partners today took over India's second biggest private oil firm Essar Oil in an all-cash deal valued at about $13 billion.

Rosneft bought a 49 percent stake in Essar Oil's refinery, port and petrol pumps, while Netherlands-based Trafigura Group, one of the world's biggest commodity trading companies, and Russian investment fund United Capital Partners split another 49 percent equity equally.

The remaining 2 percent will be held by minority shareholders after delisting of Essar Oil.

The deal has an enterprise value of close to $12.9 billion – $10.9 billion being for a 20 million tons a year refinery in Gujarat and over 2,700 petrol pumps and another $2 billion for Vadinar port in Gujarat.

The deal factors in Essar Oil's debt of about $4.5 billion and about $2 billion debt with the port company.

Also, the near $3 billion dues to Iran for past oil purchases will continue to be on Essar Oil books.


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