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10:48 PM  June 18, 2019

Company of Tomsk native Zelvensky became the first RUSNANO "unicorn"

© РИА Томск. Павел СтефанскийCompany of Tomsk native Zelvensky became the first RUSNANO unicorn

TOMSK, Jun 18 – RIA Tomsk. The company producing single-walled nanotubes OCSiAl, co-owned by businessman Yuri Zelvensky, became the first "unicorn" company (a company that started as a startup whose value exceeds 1 billion dollars) in the RUSNANO portfolio, Forbes reported on Tuesday.

According to the analytical system "SPARK-Interfax", OCSiAl was registered in Novosibirsk in 2012. Its main profile – is the industrial production of single-walled carbon nanotubes under the Tuball brand. The company is owned by Cyprus OCSiAI SA and FARSONECH INVESTMENTS LIMITED. Revenues of OCSiAl in 2017 amounted to 501.5 million rubles, net loss – 113 million.

According to Forbes, 47% of the shares of the head structures of OCSiAl are owned by the company's founders Yuri Zelvensky, Oleg Kirillov and Mikhail Predtechensky, RUSNANO controls 17.3%, the remaining shares are divided between the A&NN investment group and the unnamed British investor.

"The investment group of the billionaire Alexander Mamut A&NN helped RUSNANO to create a startup-"unicorn". In 2019, A&NN acquired 0.5% of OCSiAl from RUSNANO for $ 5 million. Thus, the entire business was valued at exactly 1 billion dollars. This information was confirmed by both sides of the transaction", – Forbes reports.

According to the newspaper, the OCSiAl company become the first "unicorn" in the RUSNANO portfolio. At the end of 2018, its share accounted for 86% of world production and 95% of world sales of single-walled carbon tubes. The company synthesized 11.7 tons of Tuball nanotubes. It also conducted a test launch of a new Graphetron 50 synthesis plant, designed for the production of 50 tons of nanotubes per year.

"According to the company itself, in 2018 OCSiAl revenue doubled and exceeded 10 million million dollars... In the years 2021-2022, the company plans to open the first stage of a new site in Luxembourg. Its capacity will be 250 tons of Tuball nanotubes per year", – reports Forbes .

According to open sources, Yuri Zelvensky lived in Tomsk from the moment he entered Tomsk State University, in the 90s he run a business here. According to "SPARK-Interfax", Zelvensky at various times was a co-owner of 25 companies registered in the Tomsk region. He currently controls five Tomsk companies: LLC MT, Sibirneft, Siberian Scientific Agency, Topinvest and Trenka.

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