May 11, 2018 / 1:07 AM / 2 months ago

UPDATE 1-Rusal's first quarter earnings jump, but warns on sanctions impact

* Says long term impact of sanctions "difficult to determine"

* Rusal has said plans to overhaul board, management

* Q1 recurring net profit rises 22.4 pct on-year (Adds detail)

May 11 (Reuters) - Russian aluminium giant Rusal boosted first-quarter recurring net profit on Friday amid stronger aluminium prices, but warned that sanctions imposed by the United States in April could harm its business.

Washington last month announced sanctions on Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska and several companies in which he is a large shareholder, including Rusal, En+ Group Plc and GAZ Group, in response to what the United States called Russia's "malign activities".

Rusal's recurring net profit for the first quarter of 2018 rose 22.4 percent to $531 million from $434 million at the same time last year, the world's second biggest aluminium maker said.

Rusal said its current situation was largely affected by the sanctions imposed by the United States on April 6, and repeated its assessment that it is "highly likely that the impact may be materially adverse" for its business.

"In present circumstances, any forecast or outlook made or previously made should be deemed unreliable and may become irrelevant due to ongoing developments on the market at this period of time," it said.

"The longer term effects of the ... sanctions as well as the threat of additional future sanctions are difficult to determine."

Deripaska's En+ Group holds his 48 percent stake in Rusal, Russia's largest aluminium producer.

The U.S. Treasury last month gave investors an additional month to divest or transfer their holdings in sanctions targets Rusal, En+ Group Plc and GAZ.

The extension on investments followed an earlier U.S. Treasury announcement that it would give American companies until Oct. 23 instead of June 5 to wind down business with Rusal.

Rusal plans to overhaul its board and management in hopes of persuading the United States to lift the sanctions, which have led customers to stop buying its aluminium, sources close to the company told Reuters last month.

Deripaska has agreed in principle to reduce his stake in En+ after the United States said it could remove Rusal from the sanctions list if he ceded control. (Reporting by Melanie Burton)

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