The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Titan International Inc. and One Equity Partners LLC have reached an agreement with Russian tire producer Cordiant to invest in Voltyre-Prom, a Russian agricultural and industrial tire manufacturer. To shed additional detail on the involved entities, Titan International Inc., is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of agricultural and industrial tires that makes them under the Titan and Goodyear brands. One Equity Partners is a subsidiary of JP Morgan Chase & Co that manages private equity investments.
This consortium will own a controlling stake in Voltyre-Prom with Titan International as the managing partner. Titan International is keen on growing their tire business in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent State countries. The company is bullish on Russia’s burgeoning farming and mining industries.
Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of the RDIF, said, “RDIF completed this deal alongside world class strategic partners from both the global industrial and financial sectors. The involvement of investors of such scale underlines the growth prospects in the Russian agricultural sector. The expertise and knowledge of our partners will help shift the production of world-class tires that currently takes place overseas to Russia. This investment meets the fund’s objectives and represents an exciting opportunity to get a foothold in this sector.”
Planned Signing – General Electric MoU
The Russian Direct Investment Fund plans to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with General Electric on June 21, 2013 to create a joint venture for the construction of mini power plants for Russian manufacturing companies. Autonomous electric power systems can help Russian companies meet some energy needs without the cost to build transmission lines.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), a United Nations programme headquartered in New York City, has partnered with Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) to facilitate a series of meetings between companies to discuss issues surrounding children’s human rights.
According to the news release, “the network will facilitate dialogue between leading brands and retailers in the garment and footwear industry to strengthen children’s rights.”
NBIM is invested in many listed companies and have invited them to join a network to tackle these issues. Over the next two years, the organizations plan to hold three workshops as well as quarterly meetings surrounding these issues.
“Over time, we hope and expect that the network will contribute to improved market practices among companies and greater respect for children’s rights,” says Carine Smith Ihenacho, Global Head of Ownership Strategies, in a NBIM press release.
The China Investment Corporation (CIC) has long struggled with its investments in coal assets, specifically in globally-listed coal miner SouthGobi Resources Ltd, which operates its flagship coal mine in Mongolia. In November 2009, CIC and SouthGobi Resources inked a convertible debenture deal. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]
MSCI, a stock index company whose benchmarks influence investor behavior, has tremendous indirect power impacting the stock markets of smaller economies. In 1988, MSCI released its emerging markets index, a now-widely-used benchmark for many institutional investors wanting access to growth markets. China and South Korea make up the majority of the benchmark, but smaller economies such as Poland, Chile and even Qatar make up other pieces of it.
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