OJSC Megafon MFON Pricing for Initial Public Offering

  OJSC Megafon (MFON) - Pricing for Initial Public Offering

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OJSC Megafon
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").

Highlights

· 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 
over-allotment option.

· 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."



Enquiries



OJSC MegaFon

Peter Lidov Tel: + 7 926
200 6699 plidov@megafon.ru

Elena Alexandrova Tel: + 7 926442
5383 ealexandrova@megafon.ru



Citigate Dewe Rogerson (London) Tel: +44(0)20 7638
9571

David Westover

Andrew Hey

Chris Barrie

Marina Zakharova





Notes to editors

About MegaFon:

· 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 
framework.

· 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 
content.

· 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 
previous quarter.

· 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 
growth.

· 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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