Two consultants who worked with the Lakhta Center say that, on the whole, the sale of the complex to Gazprom has been discussed before. They do not consider a transaction as a real transaction. “It's just shifting from one pocket to another,” says one of them.
A top manager of an investment fund connects the purchase of an office center with the traditional reluctance of Gazprom to pay high dividends. He fears that the acquisition of "Lakhta Center" may reduce the basis for calculating dividends for the year 2018.
Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller in November 2017 emphasized that, despite the large investment program, the absolute amount of dividend payments to the company in the coming years will not decrease. At the end of November 2018, the management of Gazprom informed that the company plans to increase the amount of payments for 2018 per share to double digits. "Interfax" with reference to the source reported that they can reach 10.4 rubles. per share (8.04 rubles a year earlier). If this value is approved by the board of directors and the meeting of shareholders, the amount of dividend payments by Gazprom in 2018 could increase by 29.3% to RUB 246.2 billion. Based on the consensus forecast for Reuters, Gazprom can earn 1.2 trillion rubles in 2018. net profit.