June 2, 2017 / 6:32 PM / 2 months ago

Russian tycoon Deripaska says En+ wants $1.5 billion from possible IPO

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File photo: Oleg Deripaska, president of Russian aluminum giant Rusal, looks on before a meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan with Russian and Turkish entrepreneurs at the Konstantinovsky Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, August 9, 2016.Sergei Karpukhi

MOSCOW (Reuters) - En+ Group, which manages Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska's aluminum and hydro power businesses, wants to raise about $1.5 billion from a possible initial public offering (IPO) in London, Deripaska said on Friday.

En+ owns assets in metals and energy, including a 48 percent stake in Rusal, a Hong Kong-listed Russian aluminum producer, which is a big consumer of hydroelectricity produced by En+'s power companies.

The decision about the IPO may be taken in the next 18 months subject to market conditions, Deripaska said in an interview with Rossiya 24 TV on the sidelines of the St Petersburg International Economic Forum.

The group is not in a hurry to do the deal and may wait for better market conditions as several other Russian firms are expected to do their deals soon, he added.

As of late April, En+ Group planned to raise $2 billion from the sale of a 20-25 percent stake in London and Moscow as early as June, according to sources familiar with the deal.

The funds from the possible deal were expected to be used for refinancing of En+'s $5-billion debt.

Reporting by Polina Devitt and Anastasia Lyrchikova; editing by Adrian Croft

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