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Russian ESG Stocks Still Cheap

By Oleg RybalkinStock MarketsMay 15, 2021 03:08PM ET
Russian ESG Stocks Still Cheap
By Oleg Rybalkin   |  May 15, 2021 03:08PM ET
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For those interested in investing in best ESG rated Russian stocks, there are good news: these companies, as a rule, pay good dividends. Moreover, their stocks are still quite cheap in terms of P/E ratio as compared to American/European analogues.
This analysis deals with three stocks among the top 20 Russian companies in terms of their ESG ranking, which was performed and updated by RAEX-Europe on May 14, 2021. The main criteria in this article, besides ESG performance, was dividend yield, P/E ratio and availability for purchase in the US.

1. Mobil’nye Telesistemy PAO ADR

  • Description: the largest mobile network operator in Russia
  • Market cap: 7.57B
  • P/E: 9.23
  • Price (hereinafter as of 05.14.21): 8.89
  • ESG Ranking: 6
  • Dividend yield: 10.94 %, which is higher than analogues: Verizon (NYSE:VZ), AT&T (NYSE:T

Unfortunately, Mobil’nye Telesistemy (NYSE:MBT) is the only stock in the present analysis which trades on NYSE. Still, the others (see below) can be bought by placing orders on the over-the-counter (OTC) market. True, in doing so, there is a risk of investing in a less liquid marketplace where it's harder to determine a fair price, and trading volumes may be sparse. Still, these are well-known, financially stable companies with good ESG ranking and high dividends, which have to be mentioned within the present research:

2. Gazprom 

  • Description: Gazprom (OTC:OGZRY) is a Russian majority state-owned multinational energy corporation, one of the largest publicly-listed natural gas company in the world.
  • Market cap: 79.47B
  • P/E: 43.97
  • Price: 6.70
  • ESG Ranking: 14
  • Dividend yield: 6.21 %, a little bit higher than the analogue: Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE:XOM

3. Polyus PAO 

  • Description: Polyus (OTC:OPYGY) is a Russian gold mining company. The largest gold producer in Russia and one of the top 10 gold mining companies globally by output
  • Market cap: 27.24B
  • P/E: 16.95
  • Price: 103.50
  • ESG Ranking: 17
  • Dividend yield: 4.21 %, higher than the analogue: Newmont Goldcorp Corp (NYSE:NEM?

Definitely, this list of stocks is limited and it can be continued. However, the article provides an insight into ESG-ranked Russian companies, which, as it has been demonstrated above, have growth potential, pay good dividends and can help to make a portfolio better-balanced geographically.

Russian ESG Stocks Still Cheap

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