Russian InfoWatch cybersecurity plans $7mn bonds

Russian InfoWatch cybersecurity plans $7mn bonds
Natalya Kaspersky CEO InfoWatch
By bne IntelliNews March 2, 2018

Natalya Kaspersky CEO InfoWatchLeading Russian technology company InfoWatch that develops information protection solutions, plans to issue two-year bonds worth a total of RUB400mb ($7mn), the company told Vedomosti daily on March 1.

In February InfoWatch, the company of one of Russia's top tech entrepreneurs and co-founder of anti-virus powerhouse Kaspersky Lab Natalya Kasperskaya, registered a bond program of RUB5bn with up to 15-year maturities on Moscow Exchange.

The program will be split into several issues depending on market conditions. The funds raised would be used to refinance short-term debt and support liquidity in seasonal downturns.

Kasperskaya commented to Vedomosti that IT industry in Russia is under-financed in the absence of market instruments of raising investment. Most of the companies are financed by sales, which limits the development of the industry makes it less competitive vis-a-vis international peers. 

Russia has become infatuated with tech and Kasperskaya is a top player in the industry, who also servers on the presidential digital technology advisory committee. She is one of Russia’s top businesswomen.

Today InfoWatch has half the Russian market for providing data security and includes many of Russia’s major corporates — everyone from Lukoil to Sberbank, Kasperskaya told bne in a podcast in October last year.

Kasperskaya has a blue chip CV: she has a higher degree in maths from Moscow Institute of Electronics and Mathematics; she has won Kommersant’s top Russian manager award twice; she is one of the ten richest women in Russia; and, she sits on the presidential tech advisory council.