Russia: Asia Cement intends to swap its US$86.5m debt to Vnesheconombank (VEB) for a 49% stake, the Kommersant newspaper has reported. VEB will also provide Asia Cement with a loan to help it refinance two loans, worth a total of US$259.6m. The source quoted by the newspaper said that the swap of the debt for equity was a technical transaction aimed at reducing the company's debt burden. Asia Cement operates a cement plant in the Penza region.
Vnesheconombank to buy stake in Asia Cement in exchange for debt
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