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OAO Rosneft, Russia's state- controlled oil company, raised its number of shares outstanding by 13 percent by consolidating units to cut costs and risks.
Rosneft now has 10.6 billion shares outstanding, the Moscow-based company said in an e-mailed statement today. This compares with 9.38 billion previously, a company official said. The production and refining units were consolidated on Oct. 1.
Rosneft is acquiring and developing new fields as it becomes Russia's main oil exporter to Asia, a key role in President Vladimir Putin's energy strategy. Rosneft last month overtook BP Plc's Russian venture, TNK-BP, as the country's second-largest oil producer.
The consolidation included OAO Yuganskneftegaz, Rosneft's largest production unit, which the government seized from Yukos in 2004. Rosneft bought all of Yugansk's common shares after a state auction while Yukos held a 23 percent stake in preferred shares.
Shareholders in Rosneft's major subsidiaries agreed to the consolidation as the company prepared for a public share offering earlier this year. The $10.6 billion sale was the world's fifth biggest.
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