Russia Tops European IPO League For 2007

PBN Releases Its Annual Scorecard on 33 Russian, Ukrainian and 
Kazakh IPOs 
LONDON & MOSCOW, KYIV, Ukraine & ALMATY, Kazakhstan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--February 
26, 2008
In 2007 Russian companies raised more money in initial public
offerings (IPOs) than companies from any other European country,
according to IPO Pioneers 3, a report released today by The PBN
Company, the strategic and financial communications consultancy. 
Russian companies raised a total of $29.4bn during the year. This
outstrips companies from the UK, which raised $ (GBP 11.3bn),
followed by Germany ($11bn), with Italy ($5.8bn) and France ($4.9bn)
trailing well behind. Overall 2007 was another record year for
Russian, Ukrainian and Kazakh IPOs in spite of the global market
downturn, the report shows. 
"In 2007 Russian companies demonstrated that they are now true
global players in the equity capital markets. This performance
underlines the convergence between fast growing developing markets and
the more mature economies," said Peter B. Necarsulmer, Chairman & CEO
of The PBN Company. "They also showed that they are sufficiently
developed to withstand global market tremors, and are therefore a
relatively safe haven for international investors seeking new
high-growth opportunities - something few would have believed possible
just a couple of years ago. 
"Another sure sign of the growing maturity of CIS markets is that,
whereas before IPOs were about oligarchs cashing out, now over 80% of
funds raised are reinvested in the businesses," continued Necarsulmer. 
The report profiles all the year's IPOs from Russia and the
Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), which together raised
$34.3bn. Key highlights from the report reveal: 
--  Russia's Sberbank and VTB were the world's largest floats in 
2007, raising $8.8 billion and $8 billion respectively. 
--  Acceleration in number of CIS floats to 33 - compared with 23 
in 2006 and 16 in 2005. 
--  Average deal size of over $1 billion - compared with $917 
million in 2006 and $380 million in 2005. In contrast, UK 
issues on the London Stock Exchange averaged $127 million. 
--  Growing resilience of region - 12 CIS companies went to market 
after onset of the global liquidity crisis in August, raising 
$8 billion, or 23% of the total amount raised in 2007. This is 
24% more than was raised in the entire 10-year period from 
Vimpelcom's first issue in 1996 through the end of 2005. 
--  Dominance of financial sector with 52% of all funds raised. 
Real estate offerings were also prominent, up 731% y-o-y, with 
flotations from resources and mining down to only 15% of funds 
raised from 56% in 2005-6. 
--  Companies which listed on local exchanges outperformed those 
which listed abroad - the combined market capitalization of 
Russia-only listings was up 16% compared to London's AIM and 
Main Market, with combined market capitalization of all CIS 
companies to list finishing down 1% and 5%, respectively. 
--  81% of all funds raised last year were reinvested into the 
business - compared to only 35% in 2006 and 46% in 2005, 
demonstrating that CIS IPOs are no longer synonymous with 
exits and cash-outs by founding shareholders. 
"It is not just about Russia. Ukraine was the second best
performing stock market in the world in 2007 after China and began
2008 showing remarkable resistance to global market volatility," said
Necarsulmer. "Kazakhstan, which raised $3.8 billion in 2007, will
undoubtedly continue to become an increasingly important equity play
over the coming year." 
Looking ahead, 2008 should see the rise of companies from
fast-growing and politically important sectors in Russia such as
infrastructure, engineering, technology and agriculture, which are top
of the Russian government's agenda. 
The PBN Company has identified over 85 Russian & CIS companies
that are believed to be considering initial flotations in the next 3
IPO Pioneers 3: Featuring Russian, Ukrainian and Kazakh Offerings
reviews all 33 CIS IPOs in 2007, complete with listing data and
offering trends. It is the third volume of The PBN Company's IPO
Pioneers series of research products, which is available at 
The report includes analyses of the following IPOs: 
AFI Development (AFID) 
Aisi Realty (AISI) 
Alliance Bank (ALLB) 
Armada (ARMDG) 
Bank Saint-Petersburg (STBK) 
Chagala Group (CHGG) 
Dixy (DIXY) 
Eurasia Drilling (EDCL) 
Eurasia Natural Resources Corp (ENRC) 
Ferrexpo (FXPO) 
Integra (INTE) 
Kazakhstan Kagazy (KAG) 
KDD Group (KDDG) 
Kernel Holding (KERN) 
LSR Group (LSRG) (MVID) 
Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works (MMK) 
Novorossiysk Commercial Seaport (NCSP) 
Nutrinvestholding (NTRI) 
OGK-2 (OGK2) 
Pharmstandard (PHST) 
PIK Group (PIKK) 
Polymetal (PMTL) 
Rosinter (ROST) 
Sberbank (SBER) 
Sitronics (SITR) 
Synergy (SYNG) 
TMM (TR61) 
Uralkali (UKRA) 
Volga Gas (VGAS) 
About The PBN Company ( 
The PBN Company is the leading strategic and financial
communications consultancy with a focus on emerging markets. The
company has offices in London, Moscow, Kyiv, Riga, Almaty, Sochi and
Washington DC. In 2007 the PBN Company advised on the IPOs of Bank
Saint-Petersburg, Ferrexpo, and MMK. 
PBN's clients in the region include Alliance Bank, Arcelor Mittal,
Baltic Beverages Holdings, Bank Saint-Petersburg, Basic Element, BP,
Citigroup, Dragon Capital, Enel, Ferrexpo, Horizon Capital, Knight
Frank, Merrill Lynch, Motorola,, Nordstream, Pepsi, Pharmacy
Chain 36.6, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Renaissance Group, Rolf Group of
Companies, Rosneft, Sberbank, Sony Pictures, Telenor and UkrEximBank. 
In 2007 PBN was named Eastern Europe Consultancy of the Year by
The Holmes Report and became a member of the WPP group of companies. 
The PBN Company
Washington DC
Paul Nathanson, +1 202-466-6210
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