Metals and Mining
October 16, 2008Sokrat Flash Note: Azovstal Dividends: a Ballsy Game
At the October 25 AGM, Azovstal’s shareholders will decide on dividends for 2002–2007 (maximum USD 0.264 per share, 124% yield). Azovstal has got some cash and, more importantly, the balls — the grinding ones, for supplies of which, together with other steel products, Azovstal can collect from its currently highly profitable ore-mining Metinvest Group partners. The wild card is Azovstal’s huge accounts receivable due from the Group’s traders (USD 0.211 per share, 100% yield), which are much less liquid assets under the current difficult conditions on the steel markets. Whether Metinvest has got the balls to actually declare dividends, and how much, remain open questions for ballsy investors to bet on.