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2014-07-07 17:50:00



OAO Gazprom, the world's largest natural-gas producer, may pay a lower dividend in 2016 than Russia earlier predicted as investments in export pipelines soar, according to materials for a government meeting last week.

The Finance Ministry expects to get 84.4 billion rubles ($2.5 billion) from Gazprom dividends in 2016, 32 percent less than an earlier forecast of 124.7 billion rubles, according to the document obtained by Bloomberg News. The new figure equates to 9.3 rubles a share, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

The government's lower forecast for dividends may reflect investment plans at state-controlled Gazprom. The Moscow-based company decided in May to spend $55 billion in the next decade to build a gas pipeline to China and develop east Siberian fields. It must also finance the $22 billion South Stream pipeline project to the European Union.

The state plans on getting 68.8 billion rubles from its share in Gazprom in 2015, unchanged from an earlier forecast, Russia's Finance Ministry said in the document. That equates to a 5 percent increase from this year and equals about 7.6 rubles a share, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Payments to the budget in 2017 are estimated at 92.9 billion rubles, the ministry said, equal to 10.2 rubles a share.

Russian Standards

The ministry used profits estimated under Russian accounting standards when calculating some of the state companies' dividends, a government official said, asking not to be identified because the information isn't public. The payout percentage was also reduced, with almost all of the calculations based on payments of 25 percent of profit under Russian standards, he said.

Gazprom shares rose 0.7 percent to 150.21 rubles by 10:40 a.m. Moscow time after falling 2.1 percent on July 4.

State-controlled companies were due to pay at least 35 percent of profit under international accounting standards from 2016 to boost payments to the budget, the Finance Ministry said last year. Russia's Economy Ministry opposed the measure in May.

Russia may drop the plan for Gazprom, said Yulia Bushueva, a managing director at Arbat Capital in Moscow. If there's a need to boost budget income, the government may introduce new taxes rather than sharing more profit with Gazprom's minority shareholders, she said.

Gazprom has 23.7 billion shares outstanding and 38.4 percent is owned directly by the government. The company's profit to Russian standards was 628 billion rubles last year versus to 1.139 trillion rubles to international standards.

Gazprom spokesman Igor Volobuev declined to comment, saying that questions on state forecasts should be directed to the Finance Ministry. Finance Ministry spokeswoman Svetlana Nikitina didn't immediately return a request for comment.




November, 20, 09:05:00


REUTERS - India’s natural gas consumption is expected to rise to 70 billion cubic metres (bcm) by 2022 and 100 bcm by 2030, according to a government think tank and the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies, up from 50 bcm now. India burns just 7 percent of what top user the United States consumes in a year with about a quarter of India’s population.

November, 20, 09:00:00


Norway, which relies on oil and gas for about a fifth of economic output, would be less vulnerable to declining crude prices without its fund investing in the industry, the central bank said Thursday. The divestment would mark the second major step in scrubbing the world’s biggest wealth fund of climate risk, after it sold most of its coal stocks.

November, 20, 08:55:00


WSJ - Light, sweet crude for December delivery rose $1.41, or 2.6%, to $56.55 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, snapping a three-session losing streak. Brent, the global benchmark, advanced $1.36, or 2.2%, to $62.72 a barrel.

November, 20, 08:50:00

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U.S. Rig Count is up 327 rigs from last year's count of 588, with oil rigs up 267, gas rigs up 61, and miscellaneous rigs down 1 to 1. Canada Rig Count is up 24 rigs from last year's count of 184, with oil rigs up 9 and gas rigs up 15.

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