Russia’s second biggest lender VTB has bought almost 50 billion rubles of the debt of the metals producer Mechel from Sberbank to become the largest creditor of the group, the bank said in a statement on November 7.
“Group VTB has purchased the debt of the group Mechel from Sberbank totaling a little less than 50 billion rubles, which, jointly with the current exposure, has made VTB the largest creditor of the group,” the bank said.
Mechel’s net debt amounted to 423 billion rubles in 2018. In June Mechel offered its key creditors, Sberbank, VTB and Gazprombank, to revise its terms and the banks were studying the proposal. (Prime/Ukrainian metal)