Gazprom Profit Jumps as Kremlin Seeks Higher Dividend

  • Profit rose to 787 billion rubles after FX losses in 2014
  • Government tells companies to distribute half of 2015 profit

Gazprom PJSC, the world’s biggest natural gas producer, said full-year profit jumped almost five-fold, signaling the possibility of a higher dividend payout just as the Russian government needs more funds to plug its budget gap.

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