Rostelecom OJSC: 0.43% of Rostelecom’s Shares Have Been Sold to Svyazinvest
as Part of the Reorganisation Process
UK Regulatory Announcement
Rostelecom OJSC (the “Group”) (MICEX - RTS: RTKM, RTKMP; OTCQX: ROSYY),
Russia’s national telecommunications operator, today announces that the parent
company, OJSC Svyazinvest, has bought 12,644,374 (or 0.43%) of Rostelecom’s
ordinary shares from Rostelecom’s subsidiary, LLC MOBITEL (“Mobitel”).
The price of one Rostelecom ordinary share was RUB 136.05. Therefore, Mobitel
received RUB 1,720,267 thousand for 12,644,374 ordinary shares. This amount
was previously received by Svyazinvest as a result of Rostelecom acquiring
part of Svyazinvest’s additional share issue last year.
As a result of this deal, the amount of shares that Mobitel holds in
Rostelecom has decreased to 123,787,653 or to 4.21% of ordinary shares.
This deal is the next step of the second stage of the reorganisation process,
which is taking place in compliance with a Russian Federation Presidential
Decree^1 and is designed to simplify the shareholder structure and to
eliminate the cross ownership of Rostelecom.
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For more information please visit http://www.rostelecom.ru/en/ir or contact:
“Rostelecom Investor Relations / Rostelecom IR” application for iPhone and
iPad is now available to download for free from the Apple App Store via:
Investor Relations Department
Tel. +7 (499) 995 97 80
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Rostelecom (www.rostelecom.ru) is Russia’s largest national telecommunications
operator with presence in all Russian regions. The Group is a universal
operator and undisputable leader of broadband and pay-TV markets in Russia
with over 9.5 million fixed-line broadband subscribers and over 6.8 million
pay-TV subscribers. As Rostelecom develops its mobile data networks, its
position as a major mobile operator is growing with over 13.5 million
currently subscribed to Rostelecom’s mobile voice services. The Group is also
an important innovator that provides solutions in the field of medicine,
E-Government, cloud computing and education.
Rostelecom was assigned a ‘BBB-’ and ‘BB+’ international credit ratings by
Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s respectively, both with a ‘Stable’
outlook. The Group generated RUB 77.1 billion of consolidated revenues, RUB
28.8 billion of OIBDA (37.4% of revenues) and RUB 6.4 billion of net income
for the first three months ended March 31, 2013.
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^1 Russian Federation Presidential Decree No.340 “On the Reorganisation of
Rostelecom OJSC” dated March 24, 2012
Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking statements within
the meaning of the U.S. federal securities laws and are intended to be covered
by the safe harbors created thereby.
Those forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to:
*Management’s assessment of the Company’s future operating and financial
results as well as forecasts of the present value of future cash flows and
*the Company’s anticipated capital expenditures and plans to construct and
modernize its network;
*the Company’s expectations as to the growth in demand for its services,
plans relating to the expansion of the range of its services and their
*the Company’s plans with respect to improving its corporate governance
*the Company’s expectations as to its position in the telecommunications
market and the development of the market segments within which the Company
*economic outlook and industry trends;
*the Company’s expectations as to the regulation of the Russian
telecommunications industry and assessment of impact of regulatory
initiatives on the Company’s activity;
*other statements regarding matters that are not historical facts.
Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other
factors, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those
expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These risks,
uncertainties and other factors include:
*risks relating to changes in political, economic and social conditions in
Russia as well as changes in global economic conditions;
*risks relating to Russian legislation, regulation and taxation, including
laws, regulations, decrees and decisions governing the Russian
telecommunications industry, securities industry as well as currency and
exchange controls relating to Russian entities and their official
interpretation by regulatory bodies;
*risks relating to the Company, including the achievement of the
anticipated results, levels of profitability and growth, ability to create
and meet demand for the Company’s services including their promotions, and
the ability of the Company to remain competitive in a liberalized
*technological risks associated with the functioning and development of the
telecommunications infrastructure, technological innovations as well as
the convergence of technologies;
*other risks and uncertainties. For a more detailed discussion of these and
other factors, see the Company’s Annual Report and the Company’s other
Many of these factors are beyond the Company’s ability to control or predict.
Given these and other uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue
reliance on any of the forward-looking statements contained herein or
otherwise. The Company does not undertake any obligation to release publicly
any revisions to these forward-looking statements (which are made as of the
date hereof) to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to
reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as may be required
under applicable laws.
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