Thursday, July 14, 2011
On July 13, 2011 IR Magazine Russia & CIS held its annual awards ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Moscow. Joshua Tulgan, MTS Director of Investor Relations and the Acting Director of Corporate Finance, won in the prestigious "Best investor relations officer, large cap" category. MTS was also honored with a second place in the "Grand prix for best overall investor relations, large cap" category.
Winners of the 2011 awards were chosen as a result of an independent survey of buy-side and sell-side professionals. The survey was conducted between March 7 and May 6, 2011 by Thomson Reuters Extel, working in association with the IR Magazine Russia & CIS. Responses were received from 312 individuals at 149 asset management firms or brokerage houses.
You can find more details about the event at the IR Magazine Russia & CIS website.
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
On October 27, 2010, Alexey Kornya, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of MTS, presented at the 7th Annual Russian CFO Summit hosted by the Adam Smith Conferences in Moscow. In his presentation, Alexey provided an overview of MTS’ policies aimed at optimization of the debt portfolio. He highlighted the fact that the average cost of debt has been reduced from 11.2% in September 2009 to 8.4% in October 2010 while the average maturity of the loan portfolio has been increased from 3 to 5 years (slide 14 in the attached presentation). In line with the Company’s preference for ruble denominated debt the currency structure of liabilities has been rebalanced. According to Mr. Kornya, by the end of 2010 the foreign currency denominated debt will constitute less than 30% of the Company’s liabilities (slide 15).
A PDF version of the presentation (in Russian) can be found below for review.
Adam Smith Conferences Presentation
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
We are proud to share two articles in the Financial Times published this week, reporting on MTS and our content portal, Omlet.ru. We have talked about Omlet.ru in this blog before and it has recently received Meffys award.
During our trip to New York to celebrate the 10th anniversary of listing on the NYSE, Mikhail Shamolin, President and CEO of MTS, met with the Financial Times journalists. Mikhail talked about content distribution in Russia, how we can overcome the piracy grip, and why MTS has a window of opportunity to carve a strong position in the potentially lucrative content market.
Here are the articles:
Financial Times, Russian Omlet mushrooms with legal downloads
Financial Times, Russia’s MTS in talks to boost web content
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Last week we have celebrated the 10th anniversary of listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
. MTS’ management went to New York to ring the NYSE closing bell and meet with partners of the Company based in the city. Click here to watch the video of the closing bell
This anniversary offered us the opportunity to reflect on the progress MTS has made during the past ten years. In the year 2000, when we listed here in New York, we were a Moscow-based operator servicing just around 3 million mobile users. Ten years later, MTS has over 100 million customers across Russia and five neighboring countries. We have offered basic voice services back in 2000, and now we have expanded our offering to mobile and fixed voice and broadband, pay TV as well as content and entertainment services. We have also been recognized among the strongest global brands in the BRANDZ survey published by the Financial Times that has listed MTS as the most valuable brand in Russia and among the top 100 globally (LINK), and we continue to be the premiere blue-chip Russian company.
To make the occasion more memorable, we decided to bring a bit of Russia to the financial center of New York. We placed a huge banner inspired by the Soviet poster art
on the façade of the NYSE and gave out Russian food
to around 2,000 employees of the NYSE. Following the closing bell, MTS management and the CEO of NYSE Euronext hosted a cocktail reception at the NYSE
to commemorate the anniversary.
More photos from the event can be viewed here
Friday, February 19, 2010
Pavel Roytberg, Director for Products and Services at MTS Russia, receives the GSMA Global Mobile Award.
We have attended the 2010 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week and wanted to share some highlights of MTS at the show for the readers of our blog.
In a video interview below with Light Reading TV, Dr. Michael Hecker
, Vice President for Strategy and Corporate Development at MTS, discusses the rising demand for data in our markets, our growth outlook and plans for LTE.
There have also been a number of announcements at the show relevant to MTS:
- We have been honored with the GSMA 15th Annual Global Mobile Award in the “Best Billing & Customer Care Solution” category for our “Your Individual Optimal Tariff Plan” service. MTS became the first mobile operator from Russia and the CIS to be recognized with one of the most prestigious awards in the telecommunications industry.
- MTS Ukraine has selected Alcatel-Lucent to conduct a Long Term Evolution (LTE) trial, which will begin in the second half of 2010.
- MTS is teaming up with Opera Software to provide a co-branded version of the Opera Mini browser. This will provide our subscribers with access to a customized Opera Mini start page when they download the browser on their mobile phones.
- Vantrix, the global leader of mobile video optimization and delivery solutions, announced that it was selected by MTS to provide a video delivery solution for Omlet.ru, MTS’ online and mobile content portal.
Monday, February 01, 2010
FOX Business Network, interviewed Mikhail Shamolin
, CEO and President of MTS, in Davos last week. Shamolin attended the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2010
in Davos, using the opportunity to meet with his peers to learn how others are managing through the global economic downturn and discuss trends and ideas shaping the telecom and entertainment industries. In the video below, Shamolin discusses the future of telecoms and the potential for growth in our core markets of Russia and the CIS.
Monday, December 14, 2009
President and CEO of MTS, Mikhail Shamolin
, recently gave an interview
. In the interview, Mr. Shamolin provides his views on the Company's stock performance vis-a-vis investors' perception of Russian companies as well as answers a few questions on the latest developments in the Russian telecommunications market.
Thursday, December 03, 2009
Earlier this week MTS became the only Russian telecommunications company to obtain the ISO 9001:2008 certificate of conformity for its Quality Management System that covers all of our locations in Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. The certification audit was conducted by SGS, the global leader in inspection, verification, testing and certification services.
“Implementing the certification audit of the MTS Group allowed us to make sure that the Company’s activities and its internal quality management processes comply with the highest international standards. Obtaining the certificate of conformity helps to strengthen the Company’s reputation as an operator with a high service quality. I am convinced that getting the ISO certificate will bring MTS even more trust on behalf of its clients, investors and partners as well as will boost its further effective and successful business development,” said Peter Marriott, Vice-President of SGS S.A.
“The certification audit confirms the high level of service standards and the effectiveness of the process management system maintained by MTS throughout its markets of operation. The certification provides an additional incentive for our Company to further standardize requirements and approaches towards quality management in order to create better conditions for managing the processes of the integrated management system in the framework of the MTS Group,” noted Mikhail Shamolin, President and CEO of MTS.
In the future, along with the annual surveillance audits we intend to extend the geographical scope of the certification to all of our markets of operation.
From left to right: Alexander Gamov – Director of the Quality Assurance Department at MTS, Peter Marriott – Vice-President of SGS SA, Konstantin Timoshechkin – Manager in charge of business development at SGS S.A. (Eastern Europe).
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Following the 2009 Analyst and Investor Day in Moscow, we have posted audio recordings of each session on our website.
Below you can find a few photos from the event.
Mikhail Shamolin, President and CEO of MTS, opening the first session, "Corporate Strategy 2009+"
Alexey Kornya, acting Chief Financial Officer, presenting during the second session, "Group Financial Overview"
Session 3, "Overview of the Russian Market"
From left to right: Aleksander Popovskiy, Head of MTS Russia; Andrei Ushatskiy, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer; Pavel Roytberg, Director of Product Development; Garrett Johnston, Director of Strategic Marketing
Additional photos are available here: http://picasaweb.google.com/ir.mtsgsm/MTSAnalystAndInvestorDay2009
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.