OJSC Megafon (MFON) - Pricing for Initial Public Offering
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28 November 2012
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MegaFon IPO priced at US$ 20 per share and GDR
MOSCOW, Russia (November 28, 2012) -Open Joint Stock Company MegaFon
("MegaFon" or the "Company") today announces the pricing of its ordinary
shares ("Shares") and global depositary receipts ("GDRs" and together with the
Shares, the "Securities") sold in its initial public offering ("IPO" or
"Offering") by Sonera Holding B.V., a subsidiary of TeliaSonera AB
("TeliaSonera"), and MegaFon Investments (Cyprus) Limited ("MICL"), a wholly
owned subsidiary of MegaFon(together the "Selling Shareholders").
· The Offer price is set at US$20 per Share and per GDR, with each GDR
representing an interest in one Share.
· The total size of the Offering is US$1.7 billion excluding the
· The Offer price implies a market capitalisation of MegaFon of US$11.1
billion at listing.
· The Offering consists of 84,526,819 Shares in the form of Shares and
GDRs, excluding Shares and GDRs subject to the over-allotment option.
· Following completion of the Offering, prior to exercise of the
over-allotment option, the free float will account for approximately 15.2% of
the Company's share capital (excluding shares owned by MICL post offering),
while AF Telecom and TeliaSonera will hold approximately 55.8% and 29.0%,
respectively (in each case, excluding shares owned by MICL post offering).
· MegaFon expects to use approximately 50% of the net proceeds from the
Offering received through its subsidiary MICL to repay or refinance existing
debt and the remainder will be used for general corporate purposes including
the continuing development and expansion of its network.
· The Selling Shareholders will, pro rata to the number of Shares and GDRs
being sold by each of them, grant the Joint Bookrunners an Over-Allotment
Option to acquire up to an additional 10% of Shares and GDRs allocated in the
Offering, at the Offer price
· Conditional dealings in the GDRs on the London Stock Exchange and trading
in the Shares on the MICEX Stock Exchange commence today, both under the
symbol MFON. Admission of the GDRs to the Official List and to unconditional
trading through the International Order Book of the London Stock Exchange is
expected to take place on 3 December 2012.
· Morgan Stanley and Sberbank CIB are Joint Global Co-ordinators and Joint
Bookrunners and Citi, Credit Suisse and VTB Capital are Joint Bookrunners.
Commenting on today's announcement, Sergey Soldatenkov, Chairman of the Board
of Directors of MegaFon, said:
"On behalf of the Board I welcome all our new shareholders. We are committed
to a strategy of delivering attractive returns to all investors. Through the
implementation of this strategy we believe our new shareholders can benefit
from further growth in the Russian mobile sector."
Ivan Tavrin, CEO of MegaFon, said:
"We received high quality institutional demand from all regions in which the
Securities were offered. The successful pricing of our IPO today is a clear
endorsement of MegaFon's investment case and reflects investor appetite for
the Russian mobile data growth story. We look forward to delivering further
profitable growth and value creation as we continue to leverage our leadership
in mobile data to exploit the significant opportunities we see ahead."
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Notes to editors
· Operating market:Russia's telecommunications market was worth RUB1,607
bn in 2011 (according to AC&M Consulting, Direct-INFO). Itswireless
telecommunications industry is the largest in Europe with c. 230m subscribers
as at 30th September 2012 (according to AC&M), underpinned by strong GDP
growth and governed by what is at present a relatively benign regulatory
· Market position:the Company is Russia's 2nd largest mobile operator in
terms of subscribers with c.63m subscribers representing a market share of
over 27% as of 30 September 2012, (according to AC&M) and the largest operator
in the mobile data segment since 2008, a market which has grown at a CAGR of
over 44% from 2009 to 2011 (according to AC&M).
· Strong position in promising data and VAS market: The Russian mobile
data market is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 21% from 2011-2015 (according to
AC&M) with potential for low existing smartphone and 3G penetration to catch
up with Western European levels. The Company believes it is well positioned to
exploit the potential further growth of the Russian mobile data market as it
operates the most extensive 3G network in Russia, offering high performance
and service quality. It was the first of the Big Three to offer LTE/4G
high-speed mobile broadband data services to its clients and expects to be in
a position to offer its LTE/4G services in over 40 cities, including Moscow
and St Petersburg, by the end of 2012. Similar room for growth exists in value
added services, where the Company aims to develop innovative services and
· Strong growth record:the Company's consolidated total revenue and
operating income before depreciation and amortisation (OIBDA) for the year
2011 amounted to RUB 242.6bn and RUB 100.8bn, respectively, representing a 3
year CAGR since 2009 of 15.5% and 6.9%, respectively. Furthermore, MegaFon's
Q3 2012 results demonstrate strong continuing momentum with consolidated total
revenue and OIBDA growing by 12.3% and 21.1%, respectively, compared to Q3
2011, with an OIBDA margin of 45.1%, up 2.8 percentage points compared to the
· Strong focus on productivity and efficiency: MegaFon is focused on
driving higher value data and services revenue growth, while continuing to
benefit from lower expected capital intensity going forward, ongoing cost
saving and capital efficiency initiatives to optimise potential for cash flow
· Attractive shareholder remuneration policy: the Company has approved a
dividend policy which sets annual dividends at the higher of (x) 50% of Net
Profit or (y) 70% of free cash flow (as set out in its dividend policy), plus
a value (which may be negative) corresponding to the net debt capacity of the
company within the bounds of its optimal capital structure. This is a net
debt-to-adjusted OIBDA ratio (where adjusted OIBDA means the amount of net
profit (exclusive of the effect of non-cash items) for the relevant financial
period, plus depreciation and amortisation) between 1.2 and 1.5 times.
· Highly experienced management team and strong sponsorship from
incumbent shareholders: MegaFon's management is highly experienced with a
strong industry track record. The Company further benefits from the expertise
and insight of our strategic shareholders AF Telecom and TeliaSonera. As part
of the Offering, Mr Nyberg, a member of the MegaFon Board of Directors, has
communicated to the Company his intention to subscribe for Securities in the
Offering at the Offer price in the amount of U.S.$2 million. As part of a
long-term incentive plan, Mr Tavrin has agreed to purchase from MegaFon's
subsidiary, MICL, a 1.25% interest (7,750,000 shares as at the date hereof) in
the Company at the Offer Price within 30 days of Admission.
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