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24.03.05

USD 100 million loan provided to OAO «SIBERIAN-URALS ALUMINIUM COMPANY» .

The Mandated Lead Arrangers of the loan areBNP PARIBAS ZAO, ING BANK (EURASIA) ZAO, ZAO Citibank and Raiffeisenbank Austria, ZAO. ING BANK (EURASIA) ZAO is the documentation agent, and Raiffeisenbank Austria, ZAO acts as the facility agent.

The loan agreement was signed between OAOSiberian-Urals Aluminium Company and the Mandated Lead Arrangers on the 2nd of March.

The loan amounts to USD 100 million, the tenor of the loan is 15 months.The funds will be used for general corporate purposes.

The SUAL Group is a vertically integrated business and is among the tenlargest aluminium producers in the world. SUAL comprises enterprisesinvolved in bauxite mining, alumina refining, production of silicon,aluminium semi-finished and finished aluminium products. Annually, theoperations of the SUAL Group: mine some 5 million tonnes of bauxite,refine more than 2.1 million tonnes of alumina, produce over 920,000tonnes of primary aluminium, produce more than 60,000 tonnes of siliconand manufacture more than 135,000 tonnes of aluminium products.

The Groups revenue for the year ended 31 December 2003 was USD 1.7 billion.

BNP PARIBAS ZAO is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas Group. BNP Paribas is the biggest bank in euro zone in terms of market capitalization (above EUR 30 billion), the total assets of the bank exceed EUR 900 billion. BNP Paribas has one of the leading international banking networks 95,000 employees are working in 87 countries all over the world in three core business Corporate and Investment Banking, Retail banking, and Asset Management and Services. BNP Paribas has credit ratings AA (S&P)and Aa2 (Moodys).

ING BANK (EURASIA) ZAO founded in 1994 is a wholly owned subsidiary ofING Group - a global financial services company of Dutch origin with 150years of experience, providing a wide array of banking, insurance andasset management services in over 50 countries. Based on marketcapitalization ING is one of the 20 largest financial institutionsworldwide with assets totaling 865 bln Euro. ING BANK (EURASIA) ZAOprovides a full range of financial services with focus on CashManagement, Custody, FX and Money Markets and Treasury products,Structured& General Lending and Investment Banking.

ZAO Citibank is a subsidiary of Citigroup in Russia. Citigroup (NYSE:C), is a leading world financial company, with some 200 million clientsaccount in more than 100 countries around the world, which provides tothe clients, corporations, state organizations and institutions a widerange of financial products and services including services toindividuals and lending, corporate and investment products, insurance,brokerage services in capital markets and asset management services. Themajor brand names incorporated under Citigroups red umbrella are Citibank, CitiFinancial, Primerica, Salomon Smith Barney, Banamex and Travelers Life& Annuity. You can find more information on Citigroup inInternet on the site www.citigroup.com

Raiffeisenbank Austria, ZAO is a subsidiary of Raiffeisen InternationalBank-Holding AG (Raiffeisen International). Raiffeisen International isa fully consolidated subsidiary of RZB and a member of the RZB Group,minority interest is held by International Finance Corporation (IFC) andthe European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). RaiffeisenInternational is the holding company for Raiffeisen Group most importantsubsidiaries in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). RZB-Austria is thecentral institution of the Austrian Raiffeisen Banking Group, thecountry''s most powerful banking group. Moody''s Interfax Rating Agencyhas assigned the long-term national scale credit rating toRaiffeisenbank Austria at Aaa (rus) and the short-term rating at RUS-1.

 

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