Renault-Nissan Alliance and Russian Technologies Agree to Create Joint Venture to Acquire a Majority Stake in AVTOVAZ

Paris (ots/PRNewswire) –

– Renault-Nissan and state corporation Russian Technologies will form joint
venture to accelerate product launches and technology transfer to AVTOVAZ, Russia’s
largest carmaker.
– Renault-Nissan will invest about US$750 million, and Russian Technologies will
favorably restructure debt as they form the joint venture.
– Renault-Nissan will get a majority stake in the joint venture, which will
control AVTOVAZ; transaction is expected to be complete in 2014.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance and state corporation Russian
Technologies have agreed to create a joint venture and give the
Renault-Nissan Alliance an indirect majority stake in AVTOVAZ,
according to a new memorandum of understanding.

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The Renault-Nissan Alliance, AVTOVAZ, Russian Technologies and
Troika Dialog signed the non-binding agreement today in Paris.
According to the memorandum, the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Russian
Technologies will contribute their respective stakes in AVTOVAZ to a
joint venture that will control AVTOVAZ, Russia’s largest car company
and maker of the iconic Lada brand.

Renault-Nissan plans to invest about US$750 million, which will
give the French-Japanese car group 67.13% of the joint venture in
mid-2014. The joint venture will then hold 74.5% of AVTOVAZ. The
transaction is expected to be complete by 2014.

Renault, which purchased 25% of AVTOVAZ in 2008 and then helped
AVTOVAZ pilot an aggressive turnaround, will invest about US$300
million in the joint venture. Nissan, which does not currently own a
stake in AVTOVAZ, will invest about US$450 million. Renault and
Nissan will make periodic payments through 2014.

Russian Technologies has agreed to restructure its outstanding
loans with AVTOVAZ with approximately RUB7 billion (US$238 million)
proceeds from the anticipated sale of AVTOVAZ’s non-core assets being
used to repay part of Russian Technologies‘ loans. The remainder of
circa RUB46 billion (US$1.56 billion) of interest-free debt is being
extended well beyond its current maturity date. This gives AVTOVAZ a
strong balance sheet with no liquidity constraints.

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