Moscow, Russian Federation – Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (“MTS” - NYSE: MBT), today announces that “COMSTAR – United TeleSystems” JSC (“Comstar” - LSE: CMST), a majority-owned subsidiary of MTS, has concluded a non-binding MOU with OAO Svyazinvest and AFK Sistema to begin negotiations over the reorganization of certain assets, that if realized could ultimately lead to the disposal of Comstar’s stake in Svyazinvest and the increase in its ownership stake in OAO Moscow City Telephone Network (MGTS).
Comstar currently owns 25% +1 share of Svyazinvest and a 55.73% stake in MGTS. Svyazinvest owns a 23.33% stake in MGTS. The MOU contemplates, among other things, a potential sale by Comstar of the respective interest in Svyazinvest, the acquisition of a stake in MGTS and the restructuring of certain indebtedness in connection with the deal.
The precise terms and consummation of the transactions remain subject to the negotiation and execution of definitive binding documentation by these and potentially other parties as well as satisfaction of any applicable conditions (including receipt of any required regulatory approvals and valuations). No assurance can be given that any of the parties will execute definitive documentation or that any of the contemplated transactions will occur.
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For further information, please contact in Moscow:
Joshua B. Tulgan
Director, Investor Relations
Mob: +7 985 220 4208
Department of Investor Relations
Mobile TeleSystems OJSC
Tel: +7 495 223 2025
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Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (“MTS”) is the largest mobile phone operator in Russia and the CIS. Together with its subsidiaries, the Company services over 97.16 million subscribers. The regions of Russia, as well as Armenia, Belarus, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan, in which MTS and its associates and subsidiaries are licensed to provide GSM services, have a total population of more than 230 million. Since June 2000, MTS’ Level 3 ADRs have been listed on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol MBT).
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