Rusal posts second quarter profit of USD 440 million amid U.S. sanctions
The sanctions, the toughest since Moscow's 2014 annexation of Crimea, roiled aluminium markets and were later watered down.
Recurring net profit at Hong-Kong-listed Rusal was up 75 percent from a year ago, but down 17 percent from the first quarter of 2018. The earnings figures were the first to be released since sanctions were imposed in early April.
The U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions against billionaire Oleg Deripaska and eight companies in which he is a large shareholder, including aluminium exporter Rusal, in response to what it termed "malign activities" by Russia.
The sanctions, the toughest since Moscow's 2014 annexation of Crimea, roiled aluminium markets and were later watered down. The Treasury Department has since warmed to the idea of removing Rusal from the list altogether.
In July, Washington extended a delay for investors to divest holdings in Rusal and some other companies from Aug. 5 to Oct. 23, saying it was in talks with Deripaska on how he could cede his control of the company and try to remove it from the sanctions list.
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