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Daimler to Increase Stake in Russian Maker Kamaz

The Russians are on western technology shopping spree.

by on Feb.11, 2010

In back, Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation. (from left to right) Serguei Skvortsov, Managing Director, Troika Dialog, Andreas Renschler, Daimler Board of Management member responsible for Daimler Trucks & Daimler Buses, Serguei Chemezov, General Director of Rostechnologii State Corporation and Chairman of the Board of Directors of OJSC Kamaz, Serguei Kogogin, General Director of Kamaz.

In back, Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation. Seated left to right, Serguei Skvortsov, Managing Director, Troika Dialog, Andreas Renschler, Daimler Board of Management, Serguei Chemezov, General Director of Rostechnologii State Corporation and Chairman of the Board of Directors of OJSC Kamaz, Serguei Kogogin, General Director Kamaz.

Daimler AG and Russia’s largest  investment bank, Troika Dialog, have signed a memorandum of understanding to increase  Daimler’s stake in Russia’s largest truck manufacturer, Kamskiy avtomobilny zavod, by the acquisition of 5% of the Kamaz shares held by Troika Dialog.

The price of the transaction was not disclosed. Kamaz has about 50,000 employees and $1 billion in annual revenue.

The announcement came on the  same day as Fiat entered an agreement with Russian automaker Sollers to share technology and build as many as 500,000,  small cars and SUVs in eastern Russia.

Under this heavy duty truck plan, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) would also  become a Kamaz shareholder.

If all the EU regulatory approvals are obtained, the Daimler and EBRD acquisitions would be made in parallel. No such regulatory impediment exists in Russia, as the presence of Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, at the signing ceremony confirms.

The Germans, once again, head east.

Daimler AG will initially increase its holding in Kamaz by 1% to 11%. The remaining 4% of the deal would be bought by the EBRD. The EBRD would also get a seat on the Kamaz board of directors.

Daimler already has a seat on the Kamaz board, the result of a strategic partnership with Kamaz, Russian Technologies and Troika Dialog signed in December 2008.

Daimler acquired a 10% stake in Kamaz just as the global Great Recession took hold and the Russian  auto market collapsed to half its former size.

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Heavy Duty!

“The planned increase of our stakes in Kamaz is strengthening the strategic partnership of Daimler Trucks at KAMAZ,” said Andreas Renschler, Daimler Board of Management member responsible for Daimler Trucks and Daimler Buses.   (more…)