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Rusal Seeks to Complete Loan Talks With Lenders in Two Months

Dec. 16 (Bloomberg) -- United Co. Rusal, the world’s largest aluminum producer, said it wants to complete negotiations within two months with lenders for a “more flexible approach” to covenants given the prospect of “continuing weakness” in commodity markets next year.

The company is confident that lenders will meet its requirements, Chief Executive Officer Oleg Deripaska said in a Bloomberg TV interview.

Rusal also requested from its lenders a period in which its covenants aren’t tested, it said in a statement yesterday.

Rusal completed an $11.4 billion debt refinancing in October that involved borrowing $4.75 billion from 13 lenders, including BNP Paribas SA and ING Groep NV.

Rusal undertook a $17 billion debt restructuring in 2009 as the global crash in commodity prices coincided with increased borrowing to finance Rusal’s expansion. Aluminum prices have slumped 29 percent from this year’s peak of $2,797 a ton on May 3.

To contact the reporter on this story: Firat Kayakiran in London at fkayakiran@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: John Viljoen at jviljoen@bloomberg.net

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