“RUSAL”, which is a co-owner of Norilsk Nickel, is ready to negotiate on the amount of dividends the company after the establishment of the exact size of the damage from the accident at the CHP-3 in Norilsk. Last week a proposal to reduce the dividend were made by the head GMK Vladimir Potanin. This is not the first such proposal of Mr. Potanin, but previously, “RUSAL” has refused, as it sends dividends from the package of “Norilsk Nickel” on payments on their loans.”RUSAL” is ready to consider the specific size of dividend payments, “Norilsk Nickel”, when shareholders will have accurate information on the damage caused by Norilsk Nickel, and the consequences of the accident at TPP-3 under the Norilsk. So the company responded to the proposal of the CEO and major shareholder of MMC Vladimir Potanin to refuse payment of an interim dividend for the year 2020, and the final dividend for the year 2020 to limit a minimum level of $1 billion “Interros” Vladimir Potanin owns about 34% of Norilsk Nickel shares, “RUSAL”, founded by Oleg Deripaska, 27.8% and, Crispian Roman Abramovich and Alexander Abramov was 4.2%.The Minister of natural resources Dmitry Kobylkin, said that “the final assessment of damages can be made only after a complete liquidation,” in the Ministry “still don’t understand the scale” of the accident. Rosprirodnadzor have to write “Norilsk Nickel” the penalty by June 26, the company evaluated the costs of liquidation of consequences of 10 billion rubles. In the “RUSAL” has responded positively to the fact that the Board of Directors of Norilsk Nickel supported the proposal to create the post of Vice-President on ecology and the emergence of system of informing of the Board of Directors on the progress of the disaster. Mr Potanin in his letter pointed out that the accident will seriously affect the financial performance of the company, and “the decision to reduce payments will enable shareholders to show solidarity with the company.” “RUSAL” has traditionally been denied on the issue of adjustments of dividend payments. Dividends from the MMC cover payments on the debt of “RUSAL”. In 2019, the dividends from Norilsk Nickel was $1.1 billion, payments on loans, “RUSAL” — about $600 million “Colleagues I can also understand they have their own financial difficulties, they substantially solve at the expense of dividends, “Norilsk Nickel”,”— said Vladimir Potanin.Eugene Zainullin
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