Moscow, Russian Federation – Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (“MTS” – NYSE: MBT), the largest mobile phone operator in Russia and the CIS, announces that it has acquired through an exchange of shares an 11.06% stake in COMSTAR – United TeleSystems (“COMSTAR-UTS” – LSE: CMST), a leading supplier of integrated telecommunication solutions in Russia and the CIS, and indirectly an additional 14.20% stake in OAO Moscow City Telephone Network (MGTS), Moscow’s incumbent fixed-line telecommunications operator.
Through a series of transactions, a group of investment funds have exchanged their joint 14.20% stake in the OAO Moscow City Telephone Network (MGTS) for 31,816,462 ordinary MTS shares1, representing 1.60% shares outstanding, previously held in treasury and $7.3 million in cash. The MGTS stake, represented by 2,462,687 ordinary shares and 11,135,428 preferred shares, will be held by a wholly owned subsidiary of Comstar-UTS. Simultaneously, MTS will receive 46,232,000 shares, representing 11.06% of total shares outstanding, of Comstar-UTS from MGTS Finance S.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of MGTS. In addition, MTS will pay Comstar-UTS a cash consideration of $8.3 million.
The transaction allows MTS to increase its share in Comstar-UTS to 61.97%, while share of Comstar-UTS in MGTS will rise to 69.93%.
1 Equal to RUB 7,171,430,534.80 based on the MICEX price on December 17, 2009, of 225.4 rubles per share per the terms of the agreement with MGTS shareholders.
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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 97.11 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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