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Lenenergo Prefs – 10-15% yield & EOS Russia – Adventures in Russian Grids – Deep Worth Investments Weblog

Lenenergo Prefs – 10-15% yield & EOS Russia – Adventures in Russian Grids – Deep Worth Investments Weblog


I purchased Lenenergo Prefs final week at a mean of 168. This can be a 3% weight, I’m additionally re-entering EOS Russia – a fund holding Russian grid firms, additionally at a 3% weight.

This got here to me from EOS Russia – a Swedish listed funding in Russian electrical energy distribution grids (kindly beneficial by one in all my beloved readers). These are principally owned by Rosetti – the Most important Russian electrical energy operator however have minority shareholders and (considerably illiquid) listed stakes. They’re very low-cost and appear to have turned a nook when it comes to profitability / dividends. EOS are buying and selling at a c20% low cost to NAV, have fairly low bills and have holding in what look like very undervalued belongings turning the nook.

EOS put it effectively right here:

If the businesses proceed operationally on the present trajectory and dividend payouts stay at round 40% of IFRS internet earnings, the dividends that will fairly be anticipated on 2021 earnings would suggest the next dividend yields at present share costs: MRSK Heart-Volga 13-15%, MRSK Urals 17-22%, MRSK North-West 4-10% and Lenenergo pref 12.8% (this primarily based on Lenenergo’s most well-liked dividend components). MRSK Volga’s dividends will possible be nonetheless zero or very modest as the corporate reported a loss within the first half, though it nonetheless has a good likelihood to interrupt even for the total yr. MRSK Volga’s outcomes ought to enhance not less than considerably on the again of rising industrial exercise within the area.

(P2 https://www.eos-russia.com/wp-content/uploads/MRSKnewsletter_Aug21.pdf)

I truly suppose Lenenego pref’s dividends shall be greater than 12.8%. My finest guess primarily based on the half yr might be a choice dividend of 19-25 Rub per share. so a yield of c11-15%. I truly suppose nearer to fifteen%, however we are going to see. Rosetti prefs commerce at a c3-10% yield (it varies loads) so if this low cost narrows it implies an honest rise in value, although RSTI is much bigger, and extra liquid. Russian base charges are at 6.75% (having simply risen). Distribution ought to be a long-term secure enterprise, significantly sooner or later.

Russian choice shares are considerably uncommon they normally supply a share of internet revenue – distributed amongst all choice share holders. Rights can solely be altered with the consent of choice holders. Normally if the corporate goes to do away with Prefs a suggestion is made to purchase them out following an impartial appraisal. Clearly that is Russia, so do you actually belief all the pieces shall be performed in an above board approach? Apart from day-to- day inefficiency and corruption I’m not conscious of a lot minority oppression within the electrical energy business. Virtually all Lenenergo is owned by Rosetti or the Saint Petersburg metropolis authorities, the minorities are solely 2.5% of the shares in issue- so (hopefully) barely price stealing from. The prefs are an affordable proportion of this (22%), sadly, I don’t have a breakdown of who owns the prefs.

There are many inefficiencies and oddities within the Russian electrical energy market – completely different tariffs to do the identical factor for various firms, decrease prices in several areas, a few of that is coverage to help sure causes, some is simply the best way the system advanced and doesn’t make a lot sense. They’re cleansing all of it up and shifting (for distribution) to a regulated asset base / price of return regulation from value plus. This could give Lenenergo and the opposite grids scope to chop prices (which had been primarily based on value+ regulation). I consider this has been began in Leningrad / St Petersburg already, although laborious info on this has proved unattainable to seek out, one of many downsides in investing abroad.

There’s no use to fret about excessive vitality costs. Russia makes use of decrease inner fuel costs so I might not count on there to be authorities motion associated to this, not like in Europe the place it is a actual chance.

There’s some dialogue of a Rosseti buyout of Lenergo. I believe the ord’s are the place you wish to be if you wish to play this as they may have a look at P/B low cost and St Petersburg govt has a far greater value value. I choose the prefs on account of a pleasant excessive (hopefully extra secure) yield/

Don’t overlook as effectively that the Rouble is undervalued on a PPP degree and phrases of commerce look like bettering with the next oil/fuel/pure useful resource value.


So that you get a 10-15% yield, scope for share value rises sooner or later and (probably) appreciation in alternate for acceptance of a small degree of corp governance threat / opacity. Relying on H2 outcomes I might hope for speedy appreciation in Lenenergo over the subsequent yr. EOS Russia will take a number of years to play out however has a a number of of the upside.

As ever ideas / feedback appreciated.



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