Raven Property cautious amid Russia-Saudi oil price war
Interest rate cuts have supported the Russia-focused group recently, but it is cautious due to the coronavirus and slumping oil price
Russia-focused Raven Property said it was treading with caution in the wake of an oil-price dispute between Russian and Saudi Arabia, opting to hold off on a final decision on dividends for its year to end-December.
The group owns logistics warehouses in Russia, whose economy is now under threat from the coronavirus, and slumping oil prices.
The timing and structure of distributions will be determined “at a later date when market volatility has calmed down”, CEO Glyn Hirsch said.
Raven, which has a market capitalisation of R4.6bn, has a strategy of holding logistics warehouses in Russia for long periods to produce rental income.
The group reported on Monday that net operating income rose 7% to £126.5m (about R2.59bn), describing 2019 as a good year, partially due to falling interest rates in Russia.
Oil is a major source of Russia's export earnings, and the refusal by Russia earlier in March to agree to oil production cuts has led to a decision by Saudi Arabia to increase production.
The price of Brent crude oil has more than halved so far in 2020.
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