Central Bank of Russia in $5.2 Billion Secondary Public Offering of Sberbank Shares
September 18, 2012
Cleary Gottlieb represented the Central Bank of Russia and Sberbank of Russia in connection with the USD5.2 billion sale by the CBR of approximately 7.58% of the share capital of Sberbank. The sale was structured as a Rule 144A / Regulation S secondary public offering of ordinary shares in Sberbank and global depositary shares, each GDS representing an interest in four ordinary shares, simultaneously with an offering of ordinary shares in Russia on the MICEX Stock Exchange. The transaction priced on September 18. As a result of the sale, the CBR’s participation in Sberbank has decreased to 50% of the share capital plus one voting share, which is the minimum currently required for the CBR by Russian law.
In connection with the transaction, Sberbank’s American depositary shares previously traded on the unregulated market segment of the London Stock Exchange, as well as the GDSs offered in the Rule 144A / Regulation S offering, were admitted to the Official List of the UK Listing Authority and to trading on the LSE’s regulated market for listed securities. The underlying ordinary shares of Sberbank have been listed on MICEX since 1996.
Sberbank is the largest commercial bank in Russia, accounting for approximately 28% of all Russian banking sector assets and providing banking services to approximately 50% of the Russian population. As of September 14, 2012, Sberbank ranked as the 18th largest bank in the world by market capitalization. The SPO is a key milestone in the announced multi-billion dollar Russian privatization program, representing the largest Russian equity deal since the 2008 - 2009 financial crisis and the fourth largest ever international capital-raising on the LSE.
Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs International, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley and Troika Dialog (a leading Russian investment bank and, since 2011, a part of the Sberbank group) acted as joint bookrunners in connection with the Rule 144A/Regulation S portion of the offering.