The ESN group Berezkin bought RBC Prokhorov

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Filippoupolitis in photobacteria of RBC media holding, Moscow. Archival photoThe ESN group Berezkin bought RBC Prokhorov© RIA Novosti / Alexei Filippoupolitis the image Bank

The ESN group Grigory Berezkin bought a 65% stake in RBC of group «ONEXIM» Mikhail Prokhorov. Reports circulated RBC and SST.

«The ESN group bought 65% of shares and debt obligations of RBC in the group «ONEXIM» Mikhail Prokhorov… the transaction Amount is not disclosed, the adviser of the transaction was organized by «VTB Capital», — said in a statement.

«We are pleased to welcome the team of RBC holding in our group. In my opinion, RBC is now one of the leading media holdings in Russia, and we see great potential for its development in different areas of the business», — said Grigory Berezkin.

The deal between the structures of the ESN and the «ONEXIM» has already received the approval of the Federal Antimonopoly service.

Last summer, the newspaper «Vedomosti» wrote that «ONEXIM» has decided to sell its assets in Russia, including RBC. The General Director of «ONEXIM» Dmitry Razumov then said that the group only negotiates the purchase, sale, or the partners in respect of certain assets, and the decision in this regard was not taken. In late summer, the newspaper’s sources close to Prokhorov, and the leaders of the two media companies told the newspaper that buyers on the RBC and there was no negotiating the sale suspended. Then two newspaper reported that Prokhorov is willing to sell to RBC for $ 250 million (including the debt of 200 million).

The ESN group owns two oil terminals («Uyar» and «Skovorodino»), a 50.5% energotreydera Rusenergosbyt controls «Rusenergoresurs» (the electricity supplier for Transneft). In addition, in 2007, UST bought ProfMedia controlling stake of the publishing house «Komsomolskaya Pravda». If this ID does not reveal the current structure of shareholders. A year ago, the sources reported to the newspaper «Vedomosti», the main shareholder of ID — «the Baltic media group» (owned by the heirs of Oleg Rudnova) and Berezkin no longer controls the asset. Also Berezkin — co-owner of the Moscow version of the newspaper Metro.

RBC is one of the leading media holdings in Russia. The company operates in segments of the Internet, television and the press.