|Bid||26,708.00 x 1500|
|Ask||24,904.00 x 100|
|Day's Range||25,652.00 - 26,022.00|
|52 Week Range||17,350.00 - 28,224.00|
|Beta (5Y Monthly)||0.96|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||167.36|
|Earnings Date||Aug. 09, 2021 - Aug. 13, 2021|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||1,644.57 (6.25%)|
|Ex-Dividend Date||May 31, 2021|
|1y Target Est||222.53|
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- The world’s top producer of refined nickel and palladium is dealing with the aftermath of a devastating Arctic fuel leak that resulted in a record $2 billion levy. It’s among the biggest emitters of acid rain-causing sulfur dioxide. Yet Russian mining giant MMC Norilsk Nickel PJSC spent much of its time with investors this week talking up its green efforts and climate goals. To attain them, it plans to spend $5.5 billion-plus, as part of a broader $27 billion, 10-year investment blueprint.That’s a strikingly modest push for a company that throws up as much cash, and pollutes as badly, as Nornickel does. Still, it’s talk and organizational reshuffling that send an encouraging signal — providing upcoming discussions between the company’s largest owners also reconsider a generous dividend policy to free up more money for investment in cleaner operations. If that happens, it will augur well for progress even in what have long been the least environmentally friendly corners of corporate Russia, despite the government’s less-than-impressive track record. Nornickel has a dismal ecological history. The polar city that carries its name has ranked among the country’s most polluted in large part thanks to its local industrial titan. In 2016, a spill turned a local river blood red. The miner has since been more active when it comes to environmental, social and governance issues, perhaps in part because many of the metals it produces — high-grade nickel, used in batteries; copper, essential for green energy systems; or palladium, for pollution-control devices for cars and trucks — have a starring role in a zero-carbon economy. But progress has been slow.Then came 2020. In a grim few months, Nornickel had three significant accidents: the May diesel leak, an incident that tipped industrial water into the tundra in June, and, in July, an aviation-fuel spill.Much of what was announced on Tuesday, ranging from an air-quality improvement plan to better water treatment facilities, is overdue and not quite as generous as it seems. Even if much of the $5.5 billion is spent in the first years of the plan, as Nornickel curbs sulfur-dioxide emissions, it’s not much for a company that churned out $2.7 billion in free cash flow in the first half, and plans to expand production.There is evidence of action, though. Nornickel is cracking down on laggard managers and starting to tie pay to green targets. That suggests it’s listening to concerns from institutional investors facing calls to ditch big polluters from their portfolios. Buyers such as electric-car maker Tesla Inc. are promising big rewards for nickel mined in an environmentally friendly way.There’s helpful self-interest too. For example, better monitoring of the permafrost on which key polar infrastructure is built should allow better protection in a region warming at twice the global rate. As a country, Russia is lagging behind many of its peers on environmental matters. The May spill, one of the country’s worst, earned Nornickel’s billionaire boss Vladimir Potanin a public dressing down from President Vladimir Putin. Yet even in a year marked by record Arctic heat and fires, it’s hard to say even climate concerns have made it to the top of the Kremlin’s priorities. Moscow published a carbon development plan in March, the first to take a view to 2050. It didn’t map out a shift away from fossil fuels.At a conference with European officials this week, Putin’s advisor and special envoy on climate issues criticized restrictions on carbon-intensive commodities, which could hurt Russia, and fell back on arguments that the country has already contributed to greenhouse gas emission reduction goals, glossing over the fact the drop is due to the collapse of the Soviet industrial complex.There is little pressure on the Kremlin to take a more proactive stance in the near-term. The same is not true for Nornickel.The company could yet impress in a laggard mining sector, and woo greener-minded investors who have long been put off. But it needs to convince its second-largest shareholder, aluminum giant United Co. Rusal, to reassess its dividend policy, one of the most generous in the industry, and then put the cash to work. Their shareholder deal expires on Jan. 1, 2023.CEO Potanin, also Norilsk’s largest investor, has said the structure is a relic of the past. In a changing economy, even yield-hungry fund managers will have to concur.This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Clara Ferreira Marques is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering commodities and environmental, social and governance issues. Previously, she was an associate editor for Reuters Breakingviews, and editor and correspondent for Reuters in Singapore, India, the U.K., Italy and Russia.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinionSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Last month, surfers on Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula began to complain of eye pain and corneal burns. Some fell ill. Dead octopus, star fish and sea urchins began to wash up on the beach. Yellow foam was visible from space.Local officials have reacted with unusual transparency to the environmental disaster. It still took too long for wide-ranging investigations to get underway. In a country vulnerable to the consequences of global warming by virtue of its frozen expanses and coastlines, better oversight is sorely overdue.For Russia, 2020 has been a year of climate warnings. Melting permafrost in the Arctic helped trigger a fuel-tank leak that released 20,000 tons of diesel into rivers and soil in late May, prompting comparisons with the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. By July, Siberian fires had engulfed an area larger than Greece.The mysterious death of marine life in Russia’s sparsely populated eastern limb may seem smaller in scale but is no less dire. Scientists say the pollution has killed 95% of life on the sea floor in one bay. The 40-kilometer (25-mile) slick is now heading south, towards Japan. In Moscow, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Dmitry Kobylkin played down the incident: It was no catastrophe, he said, as no one was hurt. A storm was blamed. Kamchatka’s governor, Vladimir Solodov, has done considerably better. His administration has brought in researchers and environmental groups, and last week pledged to publish the results of all analyses as it works to figure out the exact source of the problem. He provides updates on social media.Better yet, Solodov vowed to clean up a troubled landfill for pesticides that was initially seen as a potential culprit, even as scientists began instead to suspect a harmful algal bloom — when naturally occurring algae grow out of control and produce toxins damaging to wildlife, a phenomenon increasingly common as sea waters warm. A strong reaction, and indeed openness, are helpful signals, as Russia grapples with environmental challenges from record Arctic temperatures to the problematic legacy of Soviet-era environmental degradation. Earlier this year, the country’s environmental watchdog levied a near-$2 billion fine on miner MMC Norilsk Nickel PJSC over the diesel spill, a figure the company disputes. Prevention is needed too, though, and improved controls would be a start. Currently, that responsibility is spread across multiple authorities. In the case of the Arctic leak, local officials said they found out about it from social media posts, prompting a rebuke from Putin; Nornickel has denied holding back information. In the Far East, surfers raised the alarm.The exact cause of the Kamchatka disaster has yet to be firmly established. It is already clear, though, that supervision was insufficient. Even if neither a pesticide dump nor rocket fuel stored in nearby military installations were to blame, no one was able to swiftly say so for certain. And there are plenty of other such ageing stockpiles scattered along Russia’s distant eastern and northern reaches. As with water and soil checks, activists say much of what is sometimes Soviet-era monitoring could be updated and automated.Further out, a clearer official strategy on combatting — not just adapting to — global warming would help. While algal blooms are not manmade, they are larger, more toxic and more frequent as sea temperatures rise. Official comments have only just begun to make the link in Kamchatka. Suffering the consequences of a changing climate already, Russia could do worse than to put the green economy at the heart of its stated focus on developing the vast Far East region, broadly part of Putin’s national projects aimed at improving living standards and infrastructure. As Solodov argues, it would help expand tourism. So far, those plans have been heavier on rhetoric than on genuine investment and attention from the central government. For Russian voters, ecological missteps have long had political implications: The mishandling of the Chernobyl cataclysm, after all, contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union. In a Levada Center poll published in January, before the coronavirus pandemic took hold, environmental pollution was listed as the top perceived threat, ahead of international terrorism, war and even climate change. With warnings piling up, it’s high time Moscow listens.This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Clara Ferreira Marques is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering commodities and environmental, social and governance issues. Previously, she was an associate editor for Reuters Breakingviews, and editor and correspondent for Reuters in Singapore, India, the U.K., Italy and Russia.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinionSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
MOSCOW / ACCESSWIRE / September 30, 2020 / PJSC MMC Norilsk Nickel (OTC PINK:NILSY), the world's largest producer of palladium and high-grade nickel, as well as a major producer of platinum and copper, signed a cooperation agreement with three organizations representing over 90% of the indigenous minorities living in the north of Russia and its Far East.