Thursday, November 25, 2010
Mikhail Shamolin, President and CEO of MTS, has met with Dow Jones columnist Paul Sharma. Mikhail talked about MTS’ focus on data usage and highlighted the untapped potential of machine-to-machine communications. He also mentioned that the Company’s aim is to become a content aggregator, selling TV and local on-demand content through multiple interfaces.
Please see below the link to the Dow Jones Investment Banker article:
The Wall Street Journal, Russia’s MTS Eyes Data Over M&A
Monday, October 04, 2010
Global Telecoms Business (GTB), a leading telecommunications trade magazine, ranked MTS President and CEO, Mikhail Shamolin, the 26th most powerful telecommunications professional globally in its annual “Power 100” list of leading industry executives. The 2010 ranking, determined by reader-submitted nominations, is an improvement from last year’s placing of Shamolin at #29. GTB acknowledged several milestone achievements at MTS over the past year as the cause.
“Mikhail Shamolin is the president and CEO of MTS, which operates in Russia and the CIS. Since May 2008, Shamolin has driven corporate transformation through MTS’s entrance into fixed-line services through the acquisition of Comstar-UTS, the provider of integrated telecommunication solutions in Russia, and the launch of Omlet.ru, an online content portal.
“During Shamolin’s tenure, first as head of MTS’s Russian business and then CEO of MTS, the company’s core markets have delivered nearly 20% compound annual revenue growth since 2005 and developed into the world’s ninth largest telecommunications company by subscriber numbers.”
The full 2010 ranking is available on GTB’s website.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Yesterday, we held the 2009 Analyst and Investor Day in Moscow with participation of close to 100 members of the investment community both foreign and local. The interactive format of the event provided an opportunity for those in attendance to closely interact with MTS’ top management. A range of important topics was discussed including the Company’s new 3i Strategy, integration of Comstar, financial management and guidance for 2009
, as well as the developments in our markets of operation.
For those unable to join us at the event, presentations were made available on our website
. Later this week, we will be posting audio recordings of the sessions and a few photos from the event.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Global Telecom Business, a leading telecommunications trade magazine, recently interviewed Mikhail Shamolin, President and CEO of MTS. The interview is now available on GTB’s website
, where Shamolin discusses the acquisition of Comstar and MTS’ plans for delivering content to subscribers.
Monday, August 17, 2009
By Joshua Tulgan, Director of Investor Relations at MTS (NYSE:MBT)
Recently, we tracked a discussion about the role of IR in the M&A process on a couple of industry blogs (original entry
and the response
to it). Given the recent announcement
of our intent to acquire a controlling stake of COMSTAR-UTS, I thought I could offer one perspective from an IR professional.
I would agree that investment banks are a great resource for information for M&A communications (i.e. the data points used to sell the deal, such as multiples and comparisons with other similar transactions, particularly in a global context). At the same time, I do believe that the IR department should be brought in to discuss such key questions as the strategic justification, valuation process, and key integration issues inherent in any M&A deal.
The IR department has been afforded an active role in many facets of the transaction due to the legal, governance and valuation issues involved. Our key task has been laying the groundwork for investors to appreciate the strategic importance of the transaction, followed by a multi-faceted approach to managing the information flow, investors’ expectations and management intent following the closing of the transaction. Our success so far has been due to our deep involvement in the deal and driven by the fact that long after the banks, our M&A team, the lawyers and DD advisors are gone, the IR department will be left to mind the store so to speak.
In the end, we do sell ideas, data points, etc. to our audiences, but IR affords the rare opportunity to craft the item being sold. And I think any salesperson would admit that the greater role IR has in shaping a product, the more the IR function will believe in the product. And this makes the product that much easier to sell.