Russia: Merger Sibur and Taif to Join their Petrochemical Businesses

Editor: Ahlam Rais

Under the new business deal, existing Taif shareholders will receive a 15 % stake in Sibur Holding. With this move, the new company will aim to make its petrochemicals business more competitive on a global scale which will also offer potential opportunities for Russia’s petrochemical industry.

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Upon realization of Sibur’s and Taif’s already approved investment projects, the combined company will be one of the world’s top 5 producers of polyolefin and rubber products.
Upon realization of Sibur’s and Taif’s already approved investment projects, the combined company will be one of the world’s top 5 producers of polyolefin and rubber products.
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Moscow/Russia – Sibur and Taif have initiated a number of steps to combine their petrochemical businesses. Existing Taif shareholders will receive a 15 % stake in PJSC Sibur Holding in exchange for the transfer of a controlling interest in Taif’s group of petrochemical and energy companies. The remaining stake in JSC Taif can be subsequently purchased by the combined company.

The deal will be closed subject to completion of the relevant corporate procedures and receipt of necessary regulatory approvals.

This combination will make the new company’s petrochemical operations more competitive in the global market, improve its resilience to market fluctuations, and also unlock further growth potential of Russia’s petrochemical industry through joint realization of capital intensive projects, and also boost chemical non-commodity exports.

The transaction will also bring new jobs and opportunities for sustainable development and environmental management. Furthermore, the new combined company will benefit from improved resource base diversification, distribution and logistics optimization, joint R&D development, and sharing operational best practices to maximize the efficiency of its assets. Upon realization of Sibur’s and Taif’s already approved investment projects, the combined company will be one of the world’s top 5 producers of polyolefin and rubber products.

The merger will also facilitate more efficient distribution of feedstock to ensure full capacity utilization and further development of the petrochemical cluster in Tatarstan. The new company is expected to continue with funding for Taif’s approved capex program and development of the group’s assets, bringing together Taif’s business management expertise and strength in human capital to all of the combined group’s entities.

Dmitry Konov, Chairman of the Management Board at Sibur Holding: “Taif Group boasts an unrivalled portfolio of products and technologies. Powered further by Sibur’s capabilities, the new combined company will be able to deliver an industry leading growth program. By combining our assets and professional teams, we will further boost productivity at Russia’s leading petrochemical facilities and also significantly improve the competitive position of the Russian petrochemical industry on global markets.”

Albert Shigabutdinov, Chairman of Taif’s Board of Directors: "Through the merger of our companies, we can unleash the huge potential for further efficient development of the nation’s petrochemical industry. The deal will help Taif Group to substantially accelerate the key projects in its 2030 Strategic Development Program that will see significant investment over the next ten years, improve productivity at our facilities, and expand our product mix. By 2030, we expect tax payments, including those to Tatarstan’s consolidated budget, to increase significantly."

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