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Renault-Nissan Alliance and Russian Technologies Agree to Create Joint Venture to Acquire a Majority Stake in AVTOVAZ

Paris (ots/PRNewswire) -

        - Renault-Nissan and state corporation Russian Technologies will form joint
          venture to accelerate product launches and technology transfer to AVTOVAZ, Russia's
          largest carmaker.
        - Renault-Nissan will invest about US$750 million, and Russian Technologies will
          favorably restructure debt as they form the joint venture.
        - Renault-Nissan will get a majority stake in the joint venture, which will
          control AVTOVAZ; transaction is expected to be complete in 2014. 

The Renault-Nissan Alliance and state corporation Russian Technologies have agreed to create a joint venture and give the Renault-Nissan Alliance an indirect majority stake in AVTOVAZ, according to a new memorandum of understanding.

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The Renault-Nissan Alliance, AVTOVAZ, Russian Technologies and Troika Dialog signed the non-binding agreement today in Paris. According to the memorandum, the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Russian Technologies will contribute their respective stakes in AVTOVAZ to a joint venture that will control AVTOVAZ, Russia's largest car company and maker of the iconic Lada brand.

Renault-Nissan plans to invest about US$750 million, which will give the French-Japanese car group 67.13% of the joint venture in mid-2014. The joint venture will then hold 74.5% of AVTOVAZ. The transaction is expected to be complete by 2014.

Renault, which purchased 25% of AVTOVAZ in 2008 and then helped AVTOVAZ pilot an aggressive turnaround, will invest about US$300 million in the joint venture. Nissan, which does not currently own a stake in AVTOVAZ, will invest about US$450 million. Renault and Nissan will make periodic payments through 2014.

Russian Technologies has agreed to restructure its outstanding loans with AVTOVAZ with approximately RUB7 billion (US$238 million) proceeds from the anticipated sale of AVTOVAZ's non-core assets being used to repay part of Russian Technologies' loans. The remainder of circa RUB46 billion (US$1.56 billion) of interest-free debt is being extended well beyond its current maturity date. This gives AVTOVAZ a strong balance sheet with no liquidity constraints.

For the full release, go to:

http://blog.alliance-renault-nissan.com/sites/default/files/20120 5_The_Alliance_Press_Release.pdf

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Contact:

Media contact: Mia Nielsen, Communications Manager,
Renault-Nissan Alliance, +33(0)6-10-83-31-33, mia.nielsen@renault.com



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