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Schneider Electric has signed a letter of intent to offload its Russian division to local management, writing off up to $315 million (€300 million) in net book value as a result. Jean Pascal Tricoire, CEO at the France-based UPS manufacturer, said it suspended all new investments in Russia after the invasion of Ukraine on …

  1. Andy The Hat Silver badge

    It's interesting that they are concerned about going through "regulatory approvals" in Russia and not just pulling out ... Sounds to me like they want to keep good faith with the Russians so they have a good chance of walking back in when Putin has finished killing people and nobody is looking any more ... :-(

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Or..

      Maybe they are just trying to ensure benefits and pensions to the extent they can be paid are paid and the Russian staff is treated as fairly as possible after they exit.

      Without the group buying power, R&D, and strategic insight growth to the point a meaningful impact is made on the Russian economy is unlikely. With sanctions inducing inflation and currency devaluation the environment is likely to be challenging and there will probably be more job losses, standard of living drops, and effective income cuts but they can still work in the domestic market and provide their part of systems including those used by hospitals schools...

      Remember Russians are people too and the real enemy is the government forcing conscripts to fight and any elites who support that.

      I stand with Ukraine and support all international entities leaving Russia in protest.

      In doing that there is no need to harm the populous and polarise the world at the individual level when a number of governments are being adversarial and childish enough for us all. Leaving in an orderly fashion is protest enough.

      1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

        Re: Or..

        Isn't all this a win for the very Russians we are supposed to be sanctioning?

        All the companies that are pulling out will be given to Putin's palls for pennies. It's like pulling out of the UK cos of Brexit and giving the UK operation to Rees-Mogg to punish them.

        1. Filippo Silver badge

          Re: Or..

          Not if the value of those companies subsequently drops below the value they used to provide to Russian economy.

          1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

            Re: Or..

            The value is definitely lower, but rather than eg. BP mothballing a pipeline project until a new regime, or waiting for it to be 'nationalised' and claiming compensation/insurance they are selling it - to the same oligarchs.

            The oligarchs presumably don't care that it would be more efficient in a Ricardian sense if the pipeline was operated by BP - when they just got a $bn infrastructure project for peanuts

            1. Filippo Silver badge

              Re: Or..

              I was comparing the sale to continued operation by BP. Comparing the sale to a shutdown is different, but I think the sale still makes sense.

              I suspect that they believe there's a good chance that if they held on to the property, but shut it down entirely, the result would be that it just slowly (or not so slowly, people will start stealing stuff) degrades into near-worthlessness, and/or eventually gets nationalised without compensation as the nation further degrades into totalitarianism. Given that scenario, it makes more sense to sell while you can.

          2. heyrick Silver badge

            Re: Or..

            Not to mention these companies will no longer be associated with the support, R&D, design improvements, etc etc of the parent company. And perhaps even lose financial and human benefits.

            They'll essentially be frozen in time and have to make their own way forward from now.

        2. julian.smith
          Happy

          Re: Or..

          "Isn't all this a win for the very Russians we are supposed to be sanctioning?"

          NO

          If the assets are worthless buying them isn't a win

          Russia is set to be going back 30? 50? 75? years

          America has come clean that their objective is to break the back of post Soviet Russia -

          How's it going Vlad?

          1. Potemkine! Silver badge

            Re: Or..

            How's it going Vlad?

            With a fortune estimated to $200,000,000,000, very well, thank you. It pays to be the Mob Boss.

      2. Lich

        Re: Or..

        I used to work for them (I was emplpyed by Areva T&D), until redundancy..... My experience, was that they won't be considering the staff. The company is very driven by what the French Government want them to do.

        But I would fully, expect them to buy the Russian division back.

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