Arkady Rotenberg can buy a blocking stake in Russia's largest carrier, "Aeroflot", said three sources FT. Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to the newspaper, endorses the intention of a businessman and a source close to the airline, claims that the management of "Aeroflot" aware of the interest in the asset billionaire.
Meanwhile, according to Rotenberg representative package "Aeroflot" businessman never interested and the possibility of acquiring 25% stake in the company is not considering a billionaire. The "Aeroflot" at first declined to comment. However, later denied this report. A source close to the management of the company, said that such a deal can hardly be considered real. According to him, the airline carries out functions in support of the Russian aircraft industry (speaking the main customer of SuperJet aircraft and MS-21), and if "Aeroflot" will go completely under the control of private companies, such support would be impossible. Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov, in turn, has not commented on recent media information. On segodnyashnye day the market value of "Aeroflot" is estimated at $ 9.7 billion. The state owns 51.17% shares of the company, even 3.26% is owned by "Rostec", which, as reported at the end of February, I would like to increase its stake in " Aeroflot "to 20%. At the end of December 2015 the head of the Federal Property Agency Olga Dergunova called "Aeroflot" among the assets that can be put up for privatization. At a meeting for the privatization of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, held on 1 February, was attended by the general director of "Aeroflot" Vitaly Saveliev, as well as the heads of other companies preparing to sell - "Bashneft" (50.08%), "Alrosa" (the state - 43.93%) and "Rosneft" (19.5%). In addition, ready for sale of 25% minus one share of "Sovcomflot" and 3% minus one share of "Transneft". In August 2015, Putin signed a decree on the establishment of a new company "Airport Sheremetyevo", which will consolidate the airport's assets under the control of the state and private investors from "Sheremetyevo Holding" LLC (it is controlled by the company TPS Avia Partners -arcade style Rothenberg, Alexander Ponomarenko and Alexander Skorobogatko). In February it was reported that the company and partners Rothenberg received 68.4% of Sheremetyevo. TPS Avia Holding back in 2013, was chosen for the role of the management of Sheremetyevo investor for the construction of a new terminal and a tunnel between terminals. The total investment in these innovations on the part of non-state shareholders would be $ 840 million., Said airport spokesman. Recall economic plan of the Government actions for the current year provides for an increase in budget revenues due to the privatization of the state assets which the list has not been determined. At a meeting on February 1, Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the government to finalize the list of companies that can be privatized in the future to discuss this matter in detail once more. At the same time the new owners of the assets, according to him, should be in the Russian jurisdiction. The meeting, which was held Putin, attended by the heads of "Rosneft", "Sovcomflot", "Aeroflot", VTB, "Bashneft", ALROSA, Russian Railways and other top managers of the state-controlledCOMP ANIES and banks. Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev called "Bashneft", ALROSA, "Rosneft" and a number of other public companies more than others ready for privatization, noting that they could be privatized as early as 2016.