RDIF, Mail.ru Group, USM, MegaFon, Ant Group sign agreements to form joint ventures in payments and financial services

Press release, 12.02.2021

Moscow, February 12, 2021 – The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF, Russia’s sovereign wealth fund), Mail.ru Group, USM, Ant Group and MegaFon today announced that they have signed binding agreements to create a payments joint venture (PJV) and a financial services joint venture (FSJV). The announcement follows the signing of non-binding term sheets in 2019, when the parties announced a partnership to promote financial inclusion in Russia.

Mail.ru Group’s contribution into the PJV will amount to RUB 4.5 billion in assets consisting of a 100% stake in non-bank settlement credit institution Money.Mail.Ru (LLC) and VK Pay payment system. The two assets will continue being used as financial and payment instruments within the company’s ecosystem. Mail.ru Group will be the largest shareholder in the PJV with a 40% stake.

Mail.ru Group’s contribution into the FSJV will be RUB 870 million in cash in exchange for a 5.95% stake in the FSJV.

USM’s contribution into the FSJV will include a 100% stake in ASK Renessans, a 100% stake in Round Bank, a 100% stake in InPlat, other assets and cash.

Other shareholders including RDIF, Ant Group and MegaFon will contribute cash, assets or a combination of cash and assets into the FSJV and PJV.

The deals are expected to close in 2021 after satisfying a number of conditions including third party approvals. Upon completion, Russian shareholders will own the majority stakes in both the PJV and FSJV.


Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) is Russia's sovereign wealth fund established in 2011 to make equity co-investments, primarily in Russia, alongside reputable international financial and strategic investors. RDIF acts as a catalyst for direct investment in the Russian economy. RDIF’s management company is based in Moscow. Currently, RDIF has experience of the successful joint implementation of more than 80 projects with foreign partners totaling more than RUB2 tn and covering 95% of the regions of the Russian Federation. RDIF portfolio companies employ more than 800,000 people and generate revenues which equate to more than 6% of Russia’s GDP. RDIF has established joint strategic partnerships with leading international co-investors from more than 18 countries that total more than $40 bn. Further information can be found at rdif.ru

Mail.ru Group is an evolving ecosystem of services, helping millions of people with their day-to-day needs online. More than 90% of the Russian internet audience use the company’s products. The Mail.ru Group ecosystem enables people to keep in touch (using social networks OK and VK, messaging apps and email service), play video games (via MY.GAMES), get and offer items and services, browse jobs and hire talent (via Youla and Worki), master new skills (GeekBrains, Skillbox and other educational services), stay informed (Mail.ru portal), and offers many other activities. The ecosystem also includes Mail.ru Group’s own smart speaker Capsule with the Marusya voice assistant. Mail.ru Group services allow quick authorization via VK Connect. Another important component of the ecosystem is the Mail.ru Group-Sberbank joint platform, which includes Citymobil, Delivery Club, Samokat and other services for ordering food or grocery delivery, ride hailing or booking a car. The company also owns a share in AliExpress Russia, a platform allowing to order almost any item online. The company offers enterprises to employ its dynamic ecosystem to digitize their business processes, providing a range of solutions from online promotion to cloud services.

USM is a diversified Russian holding company with significant interests across the metals and mining, telecommunications, technology and Internet sectors. The group's assets include industry leaders such as Metalloinvest, Udokan Copper, MegaFon and ICS Holding. USM is a shareholder of the Centre for Research in Perspective Technologies and an indirect shareholder of Mail.ru (https://mail.ru/) Group. USM is registered in Russia. Its key shareholders are Alisher Usmanov, Vladimir Skoch, Farhad Moshiri and Ivan Streshinsky.

MegaFon is a pan-Russian operator of digital services and a three-time winner of the Ookla award for the “Fastest Mobile Communication Network in Russia”. MegaFon has built the largest LTE/4G network in Russia with more than 100,000 base stations in 83 regions of the country. The company's services are used by 77.6 million customers.

Ant Group is a leader in the development of open platforms for technology-driven inclusive financial services, and the parent company of China’s largest digital payment platform, Alipay.

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For additional information contact:

Alexey Urazov                                                 Andrew Leach / Maria Shiryaevskaya
Russian Direct Investment Fund                                 Hudson Sandler
Director for External Communications               Tel: +44 (0) 20 7796 4133 
Mobile: +7 915 312 76 65                         
E-mail: Alexey.Urazov@rdif.ru

Mail.ru Group
Tatiana Volochkovich
Phone: +7 495 725 6357 extension: 3434
Mobile: +7 905 594 6604
E-mail: t.volochkovich@corp.mail.ru

Sergei Luchin
Mobile: +7 (915) 223-35-71
E-mail: s.luchin@corp.mail.ru

Timur Arslanov
Mobile: +7 926 302 01 91
E-mail: Press@usm-group.com

Anna Bazhina
Mobile: +7 925 788 85 88
E-mail: pr@MegaFon.ru

Ant Group
Sally Wang
Mobile: +852 9829 9007
E-mail: sally.w@antgroup.com