Financial Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2006

15 June 2006

Moscow, Russian Federation — June 15, 2006 — Mobile TeleSystems OJSC («MTS» — NYSE: MBT), the largest mobile phone operator in Russia and the CIS, today announces its first quarter 2006 financial and operating results.

Q1 2006 — Financial and Operating Results Management Presentation
Q1_2006_mgmt_presentation.pdf (198 KB)

Financial Highlights

  • Consolidated revenues of $1,289 million
  • Consolidated OIBDA2 of $599 million (OIBDA margin of 46.5%)
  • Consolidated net income of $184 million
  • Free cash-flow3 positive with $11 million

Operating Highlights

  • Operational in 83 regions in Russia; 5 countries of the former Soviet Union (FSU)
  • Subscriber growth of 2.86 million new customers added during the quarter; 1.84 million new customers added in April and May, bringing MTS’ consolidated subscriber base to 62.89 million as of May 31, 2006
  • Leading position maintained in MTS’ national operating markets – Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Belarus

Financial Summary (Unaudited)

US$ million

Q1

2006

Q1

2005

Change

Y-on-Y

Q4

2005

Change

Q-on-Q

Revenues

1,288.7  

1,057.0

21.9%

1,332.7

(3.3%)

Net operating income

334.2

338.7

(1.3%)

362.7

(7.9%)

Net operating margin

25.9%

32.0%

-

27.2%

-

Net income

184.4

232.5

(20.7%)

242.6 

(24.0%)

OIBDA

598.6

536.9

11.5%

613.1 

(2.4%)

OIBDA margin

46.5%

50.8%

-

46.0%

-

Leonid Melamed, President and CEO of MTS, commented:

“I would like to first off thank the shareholders of MTS for recently electing me President and CEO of MTS, not only a leading Russian blue-chip company, but the top mobile phone operator in region. MTS has gone through a period of rapid growth, demonstrating that we are an effective operator in the markets of the former Soviet Union. As the Russian market matures, and as Ukraine approaches saturation point, we aim to further solidify our leadership position by improving upon the effectiveness of our operations, and seek additional opportunities for growth abroad using our economies of scale.

We witnessed difficult Q4 2005 and Q1 2006, but currently are pursuing a number of initiatives covering our entire value chain aimed at increasing our revenue in our home markets and optimizing business processes to improve upon our margins. We will be aggressive in examining costs and seek an acceptable rate of return on our investments and expenses. As a benchmark, we are seeking a return on invested capital of 25% over a five-year period through organic and inorganic growth.

In Q1 2006 we maintained our leading revenue share in Russia, while showing a clear lead in market share in Belarus, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. In Ukraine, the mobile market has entered a more competitive environment after the acquisition of URS by Vimpelcom in November 2005. Nevertheless, UMC maintained its revenue leadership in the post-paid market. Our subsidiary in Uzbekistan increased its market share from 55% to 57% and remains a clear leader in the country’s telecommunications market. In Turkmenistan, our subsidiary continued to dominate the local market and now boasts a 75% market share compared to 74% at the end of the previous quarter. During the first quarter, MTS' joint venture in Belarus enjoyed a 51% market share as penetration in the country reached 46%. The Company remains committed to acquiring a controlling stake in the joint venture.

Looking back more closely on the first quarter of 2006, we witnessed a slight drop in revenue in Russia of 2.6% to $929 million q-o-q. We attribute this loss to seasonal issues, namely fewer working days and lower guest roaming revenues, as well as inappropriate price policies in a number of regions. We have adjusted prices in these regions and are now refocusing our marketing both on a national and local level. Our first step was to launch a new brand, a brand chosen as much for its innovative feel as its clarity. We are introducing segmented tariff plans for all services, targeted sales policies by region and loyalty programs, at the same time strengthening our proprietary distribution network by remodeling sales and service centers. On Tuesday, we also announced the gradual move towards fixed ruble-based tariffs as we simplify our payment process. The goal of these steps remains to increase sales, stimulate traffic and improve customer service.

In Ukraine, the first quarter is also a weak quarter due to the winter holiday period and the effects of holiday-related promotions. Since the beginning of Q1 2006, interconnect payments received from state-controlled Ukrtelekom fell by 16.7%, and in turn rates between the mobile operators decreased accordingly.

In Uzbekistan, revenues remained flat at $25.4 million, though net income fell by 8.7% due to a change in the company’s accounting policies.

The group’s OIBDA margin of 46.5% was higher than Q4 2005, but fell slightly short of our expectations due a one-time charge of $16 million in our provision for doubtful debt. If it wasn’t for this cost item, our OIBDA margin could have been more than another percentage point higher.  For the group, we expect an OIBDA margin of above 50% moving forward as we more fully optimize our operating expenses.

Three factors contributed to our lower net income of $184 million. Firstly, on a quarter-on-quarter basis, we witnessed a decrease in revenues from our Russian and Ukrainian operating units.  Secondly, we incurred an increase in other non-operating costs mostly related to roaming expenses. And thirdly, our depreciation and amortization expenses also increased.

ARPU in Russia fell 15% q-o-q to $6.2. We expect that the introduction of CPP, coupled with targeted measures to stimulate voice traffic and the development of value-added services, should allow us to stabilize ARPU in 2006 and lay a foundation for growth for the future. As for value-added services, we plan to improve upon its contribution to ARPU from the current level of 14%. For Ukraine, intensified competition will result in a future dilution of ARPU, though we are pleased with the rise in value-added services as a percentage of subscriber revenue and naturally view this as a driving factor for future growth.

In addition, we are reevaluating our approach on a group-wide basis to capital expenditures by placing more emphasis on payback periods and internal rates of return. Each macro-region is being given a set of key performance indicators, quality benchmarks and operational standards. We are already witnessing benefits from this system, as our CAPEX blend is moving from one focused on coverage to capacity.”

Operating Overview

Market Growth

Growth in Russia and Ukraine continued with mobile penetration4 increasing from 87% to 91% in Russia and from 64% to 69% in Ukraine during the first quarter of 2006.

Mobile penetration in Uzbekistan increased from 4.0% at the beginning of the year to 4.4% at the end of the first quarter and from 1.5% to 1.8% in Turkmenistan. In Belarus, mobile penetration increased from 41% to 46% for the same period.

Subscriber Development

The Company added 2.86 million new customers during the first quarter of 2006 on a consolidated basis, all of which were added organically. MTS’ operations in Russia accounted for 1.62 million, 1.13 million were added in Ukraine, approximately 90.5 thousand in Uzbekistan and 21.6 thousand in Turkmenistan.

The Company’s churn rates in Russia and Ukraine in the first quarter of 2006 increased slightly when compared to the previous quarter to 6.3% and 6.1% respectively.

Since the end of the first quarter to May 31, 2006, MTS has organically added a further 1.84 million, expanding its consolidated subscriber base to 62.89 million.

Market Share

In Russia, MTS kept its leading position with a market share of approximately 35%. In Ukraine, the Company maintained its market share at 44%. MTS’ market share5in Uzbekistan reached 57% and 75% in Turkmenistan at the end of the first quarter of 2006.

In Belarus, the market share of MTS Belarus decreased slightly during the first quarter of 2006 from 52% to 51%.

Customer Segmentation

Subscriptions to MTS’ pre-paid tariff plans (Jeans in Russia, and Jeans and SIM-SIM in Ukraine) accounted for 94% of gross additions in Russia and 95% Ukraine. By the end of the first quarter of 2006, 89% of MTS’ customers in Russia were signed up to pre-paid tariff plans, compared to 81% a year ago. In Ukraine, the share of customers signed to pre-paid tariff plans increased from 87% in Q1 2005 to 91%.

Key Operating Summary

 

Q1 2006

Q4 2005

Q3 2005

Q2 2005

Q1 2005

Total consolidated subscribers, end of period (mln)

61.05

58.19

50.36

44.07

38.69

Russia

45.84

44.22

38.87

34.09

30.25

Ukraine

14.46

13.33

10.94

9.52

8.08

Uzbekistan

0.67

0.58

0.49

0.40

0.35

Turkmenistan

0.09

0.07

0.06

0.06

-

MTS Belarus6

2.34

2.13

1.85

1.61

1.40

Russia

ARPU (US$)7

6.2

7.3

8.9

9.3

9.1

MOU (minutes)

118

123

130

134

138

Churn rate (%)

6.3

5.2

2.9

6.8

6.7

SAC per gross additional subscriber (US$)

18.7

19.8

18.6

18.4

18.2

Ukraine

ARPU (US$)

7.5

9.1

10.8

10.8

10.0

MOU (minutes)

147

120

132

118

130

Churn rate (%)

6.1

6.0

6.2

5.7

5.1

SAC per gross additional subscriber (US$)

14.4

9.4

15.7

14.2

22.1


 Russia

  • First quarter revenues up 16% year-on-year to $929 million8
  • First quarter net income down 30% year-on-year to $121 million
  • First quarter OIBDA up 5% year-on-year to $434 million (OIBDA margin of 47%)

MTS’ average monthly minutes of usage per subscriber (MOU) in Russia declined from 123 to 118 minutes in the first quarter of 2006 as a result of the dilution of the subscriber mix by low usage subscribers and seasonal factors such as fewer working days and lower subscriber activity during the cold winter.

The average monthly service revenue per subscriber (ARPU) in Russia continued to decline due to seasonal factors, such as the decline in roaming revenues, as well as the continued dilution of the subscriber base by mass market subscribers and the drop in the average price per minute (APPM).

Subscriber acquisition cost (SAC) in Q1 2006 decreased from $19.8 to $18.7 due to the reduction in marketing campaigns after the New Year holidays.

Ukraine

  • First quarter revenues up 33% year-on-year to $317 million9
  • First quarter net income up 7% year-on-year to $62 million
  • First quarter OIBDA up 28% year-on-year to $144 million (OIBDA margin of 45%)

MOU increased sequentially in Ukraine in the first quarter to 147 minutes from 120 minutes in the fourth quarter as a result of a high number of new users that activated their services in the last week of 2005 and began to make calls in Q1 2006 as well as offers made to match our competitors.

ARPU in Ukraine decreased to $7.5 in the first quarter from $9.1 in the fourth quarter due to the decrease of interconnect rate and seasonal effect. The decline in the ARPU in the quarter is comparable to Q1 2005 (18% in 2006 vs. 19% in 2005).

SAC in Q1 2006 increased to $14.4 from $9.4 in the previous quarter due to an increase in marketing expenses in line with the aggressive market environment, as well as a Winter Olympic marketing campaign and a decrease in subscriber gross additions on a q-on-q basis. This constitutes a normal seasonal trend and reflects the change in the mix of prepaid and postpaid additions.

Uzbekistan

Revenues in Uzbekistan in the first quarter contributed $25.4 million to the Company’s consolidated revenues (up 45% y-o-y), $15.7 million to its consolidated OIBDA (up 62% y-o-y) with an OIBDA margin of 61.8%, and $6.1 million to its consolidated net income (up 102% y-o-y). First quarter ARPU was $13.4, down from $15.9 in the previous quarter. First quarter MOU was 411 minutes, a decrease from 450 minutes in the previous quarter.

Turkmenistan

MTS’ operations in Turkmenistan contributed $19.0 million to the Company’s consolidated revenues and $5.4 million to its consolidated OIBDA (OIBDA margin of 28.3%). ARPU was at $80.5, a decrease from $88.4 in the previous quarter.

Financial Position

The Company’s cash expenditure on property, plant and equipment in the first quarter of 2006 amounted to $297 million, of which approximately $223 million was invested in Russia, $65 million in Ukraine, $9 million in Uzbekistan and $1 million in Turkmenistan. In addition, its cash expenditure on intangible assets during the quarter amounted to $38 million ($36 million in Russia and $2 million in Ukraine).

As of March 31, 2006, MTS’ total debt10 was at $2.9 billion, resulting in a ratio of total debt to LTM OIBDA11 of 1.1 times. Net debt amounted to $2.7 billion at the end of the quarter and the net debt to LTM OIBDA ratio remained at 1.1 times.

1 Based on unaudited consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“US GAAP”).
2 See Attachment A for definitions and reconciliation of OIBDA and OIBDA margin to their most directly comparable US GAAP financial measures.
3 See Attachment B for reconciliation of free cash-flow to net cash provided by operating activity.
4 The source for all market information on Russia and Ukraine in this press release is AC&M-Consulting.
5 According to the Company’s estimates.
6 MTS owns a 49% stake in Mobile TeleSystems LLC, a mobile operator in Belarus, which is not consolidated.
7 See Attachment C for definitions of ARPU, MOU, Churn and SAC.
8 Excluding intercompany eliminations of $1.0 million.
9 Excluding intercompany eliminations of $0.7 million.
10 Total debt is comprised of the current portion of debt, current capital lease obligations, long-term debt and long-term capital lease obligations; net debt is the difference between the total debt and cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments; see Attachment B for reconciliation of net debt to our consolidated balance sheet.
11 LTM OIBDA represents the last twelve months of rolling OIBDA. See Appendix B for reconciliations to our consolidated statements. 

Attachments to the Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2005 Earnings Press Release

Attachment A

Non-GAAP financial measures. This press release includes financial information prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, or US GAAP, as well as other financial measures referred to as non-GAAP. The non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, the information prepared in accordance with US GAAP.

Operating Income Before Depreciation and Amortization (OIBDA) and OIBDA margin. OIBDA represents operating income before depreciation and amortization. OIBDA margin is defined as OIBDA as a percentage of our net revenues. Our OIBDA may not be similar to OIBDA measures of other companies; is not a measurement under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States and should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, the information contained in our consolidated statement of operations. We believe that OIBDA provides useful information to investors because it is an indicator of the strength and performance of our ongoing business operations, including our ability to fund discretionary spending such as capital expenditures, acquisitions of mobile operators and other investments and our ability to incur and service debt. While depreciation and amortization are considered operating costs under generally accepted accounting principles, these expenses primarily represent the non-cash current period allocation of costs associated with long-lived assets acquired or constructed in prior periods. Our OIBDA calculation is commonly used as one of the bases for investors, analysts and credit rating agencies to evaluate and compare the periodic and future operating performance and value of companies within the wireless telecommunications industry. OIBDA can be reconciled to our consolidated statements of operations as follows:

 

US$ million

Q4 2005

Q1 2006

Q1 2005

Operating income

362.7

334.2

338.7

Add: depreciation and amortization

250.4

264.4

198.2

OIBDA

613.1

598.6

536.9



US$ million

Q4 2005

 

Russia

Ukraine

Uzbekistan

Turkmenistan

Operating income

233.5

115.3

8.3

5.5

Add: depreciation and amortization

194.4

41.4

7.2

7.5

OIBDA

427.9

156.7

15.5

13.0

 

US$ million

Q1 2006

 

Russia

Ukraine

Uzbekistan

Turkmenistan

Operating income

229.9

92.9

9.9

1.5

Add: depreciation and amortization

203.9

50.8

5.8

3.9

OIBDA

433.8

143.7

15.7

5.4

 

US$ million

Q1 2005

 

Russia

Ukraine

Uzbekistan

Turkmenistan

Operating income

257.6

76.4

4.7

-

Add: depreciation and amortization

157.4

35.8

5.0

-

OIBDA

415.0

112.2

9.7

-

OIBDA margin can be reconciled to our operating margin as follows:

 

Q4 2005

Q1 2006

Q1 2005

Operating margin

27.2%

25.9%

32.0%

Add: depreciation and amortization as a percentage
of revenue

18.8%

20.6%

18.8%

OIBDA margin

46.0%

46.5%

50.8%

Q4 2005

 

Russia

Ukraine

Uzbekistan

Turkmenistan

Operating margin

24.4%

34.1%

32.4%

31.3%

Add: depreciation and amortization as a percentage
of revenue

20.4%

12.3%

28.2%

42.4%

OIBDA margin

44.8%

46.4%

60.6%

73.7%


US$ million

Q1 2006

 

Russia

Ukraine

Uzbekistan

Turkmenistan

Operating margin

24.8%

29.3%

39.0%

7.7%

Add: depreciation and amortization as a percentage
of revenue

21.9%

16.0%

22.8%

20.6%

OIBDA margin

46.7%

45.3%

61.8%

28.3%

 

US$ million

Q1 2005

 

Russia

Ukraine

Uzbekistan

Turkmenistan

Operating margin

32.1%

32.1%

26.9%

-

Add: depreciation and amortization as a percentage
of revenue

19.6%

15.0%

28.6%

-

OIBDA margin

51.7%

47.1%

55.5%

-


Attachment B

Net debt represents total debt less cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments. Our net debt calculation is commonly used as one of the bases for investors, analysts and credit rating agencies to evaluate and compare our periodic and future liquidity within the wireless telecommunications industry. The non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, the information prepared in accordance with US GAAP.

Net debt can be reconciled to our consolidated balance sheets as follows:

US$ million

As of March 31, 2006

As of March 31, 2005

Current portion of debt and of capital lease obligations

830.2

768.7

Long-term debt

2,077.4

2,079.0

Capital lease obligations

2.3

2.9

Total debt

2,909.9

2,850.6

Less:

       Cash and cash equivalents

       Short-term investments

 

(119.3)

(58.2)

 

(78.3)

(28.1)

Net debt

2,732.4

2,744.2

Last twelve month (LTM) OIBDA can be reconciled to our consolidated statements of operations as follows:

 

US$ million

Year Ended December 31, 2005

Three month ended March 31, 2005

Nine month ended December 31, 2005

 

 

A

B

C=A-B

Net operating income

1,632.0

338.7

1,293.3

Add: depreciation and amortization

907.1

198.2

708.9

OIBDA

2,539.1

536.9

2,002.2

OIBDA for the three months ended March 31, 2006

 

 

598.6

LTM OIBDA at March 31, 2006

 

 

2,600.8

 

Free cash-flow can be reconciled to our consolidated statements of cash flow as follows:

US$ million

For three months ended March 31, 2006

For three months ended March 31, 2005

Net cash provided by operating activities

372.6

482.7

Less:

       Purchases of property, plant and equipment

       Purchases of intangible assets

       Purchases of other investments

       Investments in and advances to associates

       Acquisition of subsidiaries, net of cash acquired

 

(279.2)

(38.1)

(2.8)

-

(23.6)

 

(332.3)

(98.8)

-

0.4

(2.1)

Free cash-flow

10.9

49.9


Attachment C

Subscriber. We define a “subscriber” as an individual or organization whose account shows chargeable activity within sixty one days, or one hundred and eighty three days in the case of our Jeans brand tariff, or whose account does not have a negative balance for more than this period.

Average monthly service revenue per subscriber (ARPU). We calculate our ARPU by dividing our service revenues for a given period, including guest roaming fees, by the average number of our subscribers during that period and dividing by the number of months in that period.

Average monthly minutes of usage per subscriber (MOU). MOU is calculated by dividing the total number of minutes of usage during a given period by the average number of our subscribers during the period and dividing by the number of months in that period.

Churn. We define our “churn” as the total number of subscribers who cease to be a subscriber as defined above during the period (whether involuntarily due to non-payment or voluntarily, at such subscriber’s request), expressed as a percentage of the average number of our subscribers during that period.

Subscriber acquisition cost (SAC). We define SAC as total sales and marketing expenses and handset subsidies for a given period. Sales and marketing expenses include advertising expenses and commissions to dealers. SAC per gross additional subscriber is calculated by dividing SAC during a given period by the total number of gross subscribers added by us during the period.

MOBILE TELESYSTEMS
CONDENSED UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2006 AND 2005

(Amounts in thousands of U.S. dollars, except share and per share amounts)

 


Three months ended Three months ended

March 31, 2006 March 31, 2005
Net operation revenue
Service revenue and connection fees 1 250 548 1 038 935
Sales of handsets and accessories 38 161 18 093

1 288 709 1 057 028
Operating expenses
Cost of service 239 028 142 615
Cost of handsets and accessories 62 119 60 173
Sales and marketing expenses 128 422 127 430
General and administrative expenses 205 935 169 079
Depreciation and amortization 264 427 198 168
Provision for doubtful accounts 35 728 14 311
Other operationg expenses 18 829 6 534
Net operating income 334 221 338 718
Currency exchange and translation gains (11 161) (600)
Other expense /(income):
Interest income (3 747) (5 094)
Interest expenses 42 075 30 437
Other expense (income) 17 666 (7 442)
Total other expense, net 55 994 17 901
Income before provision for income taxes and minority interest 289 388 321 417
Provision for income taxes 102 908 83 898
Minority interest 2 056 5 044
Net income 184 424 232 475
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding, in thousands 1 987 926 1 986 124
Earnings per share — basic and diluted 0.09 0.12


MOBILE TELESYSTEMS
CONDENSED UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
AS OF MARCH 31, 2006 AND DECEMBER 31, 2005

(Amounts in thousands of U.S. dollars, except share amounts)

 


As of March 31, 2006 As of December 31, 2005
CURRENT ASSETS:
Cash and cash equivalents $119 260 $78 284
Short-term investments 58 206 28 059
Trade receivables, net 265 889 209 320
Accounts receivable, related parties 713 7 661
Inventory and spare parts 174 690 156 660
VAT receivable 369 072 398 021
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 395 599 413 248
Total current assets 1 383 429 1 291 253
PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT 4 680 137 4 482 679
INTANGIBLE ASSETS 1 409 593 1 439 362
INVESTMENTS IN AND ADVANCES TO ASSOCIATES 102 014 107 959
OTHER INVESTMENTS 152 799 150 000
OTHER ASSETS 69 116 74 527
Total assets 7 817 088 7 545 780
CURRENT LIABLITIES
Accounts payable 317 316 363 723
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 800 916 749 600
Accounts payable, related parties 80 303 40 829
Current portion of long-term debt, capital lease obligations 830 216 768 674
Total current liabilities 2 028 751 1 922 826
LONG-TERM LIABILITIES
Long-term debt 2 077 396 2 078 955
Capital lease obligations 2 294 2 928
Deferred income taxes 134 174 158 414
Deferred revenue and other 50 694 57 824
Total long-term liabilities 2 264 558 2 298 121
Total liabilities 4 293 309 4 220 947
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES  —  —
MINORITY INTEREST 32 803 30 744
SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Common stock: (2,096,975,792 shares with a par value of 0.1 rubles authorized and 1,993,326,138 shares issued as of March 31, 2006 and December 31, 2005, 776,505,720 of which are in the form of ADS as of March 31, 2006 and 763,554,870 — as of December 31, 2005) 50 558 50 558
Treasury stock (5,400,486 common shares at cost as of March 31, 2006 and December 31, 2005) (5 534) (5 534)
Additional paid-in capital 567 585 568 104
Unearned compensation - (1 210)
Shareholder receivable (4 026) (7 182)
Accumulated other comprehensive income 59 230 50 614
Retained earnings 2 823 163 2 638 739
Total shareholders’ equity 3 490 976 3 294 089
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity 7 817 088 7 545 780


MOBILE TELESYSTEMS
CONDENSED UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2006 AND 2005

(Amounts in thousands of U.S. dollars)

 


Three months ended March 31, 2006 Three months ended March 31, 2005
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATIONG ACTIVITIES:
Net income $184 424 $232 475
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Minority interest 2 056 5 044
Depreciation and amortization 264 427 198 168
Amortization of deffered connection fees (7 414) (10 434)
Equity in net income of associates (14 272) (7 922)
Inventory obsolescence expense  5 307 953
Provision for doubtful accounts 35 728 14 311
Deferred taxes (44 484) (22 793)
Non-cash expenses associated with stock bonus and stock options 691 367 
Changes in operation assets and liabilities:
Increase in accounts receivable (85 349) (1 323)
Increase in inventory (23 337) (162)
Increase in prepaid expenses and other current assets 37 165  (16 659)
Increase in VAT receivable 28 949 (9 771)
Increase in trade accounts payable, accrued liabilities and other current liabilities (11 323) 100 411
Net cash provided by operationg activities 372 568 482 665
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
Acquisition of subsidiaries, net of cash acquired (23 618) (2 143)
Purchase of property, plant and equipment (297 180) (332 255)
Purchase of intangible assets (38 071) (98 765)
Purchase of short-term investments (55 472) (10 000)
Proceeds from sale of short-term investments 25 325 130
Proceeds of other investments (2 799) -
Investments in and advances to associates - 401 
Net cash used in investing activities (391 815) (442 632)
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Proceeds from issuance of notes  - 400 000
Notes and debt issuance costs (682) (3 983)
Capital lease obligation principal paid (2 067) (2 041)
Proceeds from loans 204 538 94 189
Loan principal paid (144 750) (96 257)
Payments from shareholders 3 219 2 483
Net cash provided in financinf activities 60 258 394 391
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (35) 310
NET INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS 40 976  434 114
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, at beginning of period 78 284 274 150
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, at end of period 119 260 708 264


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