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Sistema Rises on Bid for 25% of Freight One: Moscow Mover

Billionaire Vladimir Evtushenkov’s AFK Sistema rose after saying it plans to compete for state-run OAO Russian Railways’ 25 percent stake in OAO Freight One in October.

Sistema gained as much as 1.9 percent before closing up 0.4 percent at 26.361 rubles in Moscow. The London-traded stock lost 1.5 percent to $22.28. The Micex Index fell 0.5 percent to 1,489.92.

Sistema considers the rail industry to be attractive and may become a financial investor in the asset, Julia Belous, a spokeswoman for the company, said today by phone. Evtushenkov’s Sistema and Vladimir Lisin’s UCL Holdings transportation company were the only companies to submit bids, Kommersant reported today. The minimum price will be 45 billion rubles ($1.45 billion), the newspaper said.

“The railway transport sector is a high-growth, high-return story,” VTB Capital analysts led by Ivan Kim said in an e-mailed note. “We believe that the purchase of a 25 percent stake at the stated starting price would be positive for Sistema.”

JPMorgan Chase & Co. sent out preliminary sale offers at the beginning of the month on behalf of Russian Railways, Kommersant reported, citing unidentified people in the rail transportation market.

UCL Holdings, which owns 75 percent of Freight One, wasn’t immediately available for comment.

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