NOVATEK announces consolidated IFRS results for the year ended 31 December 2008

18 March 2009

Moscow, 18 March 2009. OAO NOVATEK today released its audited consolidated financial statements for the years ended 31 December 2008 and 2007 prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”).

IFRS Financial and Operational Highlights

(in millions of Russian roubles)

 FY 2008FY 2007
Revenues
Oil and gas sales76,07660,406
Sales of polymer and insulation tape2,0981,602
Other revenues1,098362
Total revenues79,27262,370
Other income (loss)(236)110
Total revenues and other income79,03662,480
Total operating expenses(46,916)(37,115)
Profit from operations32,12025,365
Finance income (expense)(3,384)124
Profit before income tax28,58925,489
Profit for the year22,92718,728
Profit (loss) attributable toshareholders of OAO NOVATEK22,89918,736
(in Russian roubles)7.546.17

Total revenues grew by 27.1% year-on-year to RR 79,272 million for the twelve months ended 31 December 2008 from RR 62,370 million in the corresponding period of 2007, reflecting the general strength and stability of our core business operations despite signs of economic slowdown in Russia and abroad caused by the global economic and liquidity crisis. The increase in total revenues from our primary business operations was attributable to the increase in overall hydrocarbon sales volumes and the pricing environment for both domestic and international sales.

The profit attributable to NOVATEK shareholders increased by 22.2% to RR 22,899 million, or RR 7.54 per share, as compared to RR 18,736 million, or RR 6.17 per share, in the corresponding period of 2007.

Selected Operating Highlights

Production and Purchased Volumes
FY 2008
FY 2007
Natural gas production
(million cubic meters)
30,430
28,250
Natural gas purchases
(million cubic meters)
2,885
3,139
Total natural gas production and purchases
33,315
31,389
Liquids production (thousand tons)
2,563
2,400
Liquids purchases (thousand tons)
98
56
Total liquids production and purchases
2,661
2,456

Sales VolumesFY 2008FY 2007
Natural gas (million cubic meters)33,27432,054
Stable gas condensate (thousand tons)1,5831,508
Liquefied petroleum gas (thousand tons)618554
Crude oil (thousand tons)270269
Oil products (thousand tons)15973

Sales volumes of natural gas for the full year increased by 1,220 million cubic meters, or 3.8%, from 32,054 million cubic meters to 33,274 million cubic meters, due to the strong organic production growth with the launch of the Yurkharovskoye field phase two expansion and stabilized production levels at the East-Tarkosalinskoye field.

Our liquids sales volumes for the full year increased by 226 thousand tons, or 9.4%, from 2,404 thousand tons to 2,630 thousand tons, due to increased stable gas condensate and LPG sales volumes resulting from organic growth at the Yurkharovskoye field and increased capacity at our Purovsky Processing Plant as well as an increase in our oil products trading activities. Our stable gas condensate in transit or storage and recognized as inventory was relatively unchanged between periods. At 31 December 2008, we had 220 thousand tons of stable gas condensate in transit or storage and recognized as inventory until such time as it is delivered to the port of destination as compared to 224 thousand tons as of 31 December 2007.

“Despite the onset of the difficult economic environment in the world, we continued to invest significant amounts of capital in our operations to realize the Company’s strategic plans to increase productive and processing capacity. The successful launch of two major expansion projects, at our Yurkharovskoye field and the Purovsky Processing Plant, in the fourth quarter 2008 provides the platform for future hydrocarbon production growth. Our capital investments in geological exploration and development activities resulted in an increase in our mineral resource base and the successful replacement of 230% of our proven reserves. The results of 2008 are key to the future development of NOVATEK” according to Leonid V. Mikhelson, NOVATEK’s Chief Executive Officer.

Selected Balance Sheet Items

(in millions of Russian roubles)

 31 December 200831 December 2007
ASSETS  
Non-current assets113,57886,937
Property, plant and equipment, net108,71482,669
Total current assets25,42817,038
Total assets139,907103,975
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY  
Non-current liabilities28,76310,088
Long-term debt19,93542
Current liabilities14,16912,075
Total liabilities43,26722,163
Equity attributable to OAO NOVATEK shareholders 96,06981,335
Minority interest571477
Total equity96,64081,812
Total liabilities and equity139,907103,975

The full set of audited consolidated IFRS financial statements, the notes thereto and Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations are available on the Company’s web site (www.novatek.ru).

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Certain statements in this press release are not historical facts and are “forward looking” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the US Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (hereinafter, the Exchange Act). Forward looking statements include statements concerning our plans, expectations, projections, objectives, targets, goals, strategies, future events, future revenues or performance, capital expenditures, financing needs, plans or intentions relating to acquisitions, our competitive strengths and weaknesses, plans or goals relating to forecasted production, reserves, financial position and future operations and development, our business strategy and the trends we anticipate in the industries and the political and legal environment in which we operate and other information that is not historical information. By their very nature, forward looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, and risks exist that the predictions, forecasts, projections and other forward looking statements will not be achieved.


PAO NOVATEK is the largest independent natural gas producer in Russia, and in 2017, entered the global LNG market by successfully launching the Yamal LNG project. Founded in 1994, the Company is engaged in the exploration, production, processing and marketing of natural gas and liquid hydrocarbons. Upstream activities of the Company’s subsidiaries and joint ventures are concentrated mainly in the prolific Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Region, which is the world’s largest natural gas producing area and accounts for approximately 80% of Russia’s natural gas production and approximately 15% of the world’s gas production. NOVATEK is a public joint stock company established under the laws of the Russian Federation. The Company’s shares are listed in Russia on Moscow Exchange (MOEX) and the London Stock Exchange (LSE) under the ticker symbol «NVTK».

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