Yandex’s restructuring deal expected to be delayed to next year

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The completion of Nasdaq-listed Russian tech company Yandex’s restructuring is expected to be delayed into next year, two sources familiar with the negotiations told Reuters on Monday.

Dutch holding company Yandex NV has been working on a restructuring for months, as it tries to ensure some of its businesses retain access to Western markets despite sanctions against Moscow over the conflict in Ukraine.

The deal was initially expected to be reached in December. Any deal ultimately requires approval from shareholders and Russia’s government.

Yandex declined to comment on restructuring process.

The company is aiming to recoup shareholder funds through the sale of its main revenue-generating Russian businesses, such as its search and ride-hailing operations. It then plans to develop four other business lines internationally.

One of the sources, speaking on condition of anonymity because the information is not public, said the company had made “great progress” and handed all the documents to lawyers, but it was not clear the work would be completed this month.

Another source said the goal now was to complete the deal in the first quarter.

On Monday, Russia’s central bank registered an issuance of ordinary and preferred shares of a new company called MKAO Yandex, which is being set up in the city of Kaliningrad as part of the restructuring.

(Reporting by Darya Korsunskaya, Alexander Marrow and Gleb Stolyarov; writing by Vladimir Soldatkin; editing by Barbara Lewis)