Russia's Norilsk Nickel returns to profit
Russian palladium and nickel producer Norilsk Nickel has reported a $2.65bn (£1.83bn) net profit for 2009.
The profit comes after a $555m loss a year earlier, when the firm was hit by one-off charges of $4.7bn.
The company reported a 27% drop in revenue to $10.2bn due to lower metal prices. However, it cut costs, with labour expenses down by 25%.
Norilsk Nickel is controlled by Oleg Deripaska's aluminium producer Rusal and Vladimir Potanin's Interros.
The firm said it had reduced its debt to $5.3bn by the end of 2009 from $6.4bn a year earlier, and was required to repay almost $3bn of loans and borrowings this year.
The company's cash and equivalents increased to $3.63bn.