On 10 December 2018, MegaFon Finance cancelled all GDRs held by it and received the respective number of the Company’s ordinary shares. Upon the cancellation of the GDRs, MegaFon Finance became the owner of 139,616,537 ordinary shares of the Company, which, together with the shares held by its affiliates, constitutes 78.84% of MegaFon’s share capital. MegaFon Finance has crossed over the 75% threshold and intends to make a mandatory tender offer to the shareholders of the Company to acquire the Company’s shares held by them in accordance with the procedure and within the term set forth by the Federal Law “On Joint Stock Companies”.
MegaFon Finance informed the Company that on 11 December 2018 it submitted the mandatory tender offer to the Central Bank of Russia for review and that it has obtained the required corporate and regulatory approvals for carrying out the mandatory tender offer to acquire ordinary shares of MegaFon.
For the purposes of the performance by MegaFon Finance of its obligations to make the mandatory tender offer, the Company entered into a suretyship agreement with Bank GPB (JSC) for the amount of up to RUB 90 billion to secure performance of MegaFon Finance’s obligations under the agreement for the issuance of the bank guarantee.
As previously disclosed at: https://corp.megafon.com/investors/news/capital_market_releases/20181029-1701.html and http://corp.megafon.com/press/news/20181106-0932.html, on 16 October 2018 MegaFon Finance acquired 109,629,380 ordinary shares of the Company and 29,987,157 GDRs from MegaFon Investments (Cyprus) Limited, representing 17.68% and 4.84% of MegaFon’s share capital respectively, which, together with ordinary shares held by its affiliate AF Telecom Holding LLC, then constituted 74.00% and 4.84% of MegaFon’s share capital, respectively.
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Notes to Editors
MegaFon PJSC is a pan-Russian operator of digital opportunities, operating in all segments of the telecommunications markets in Russia, and in the Republics of Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Tajikistan. MegaFon is a recognized market leader in the provision of mobile data services, was the first operator in Russia to launch commercial operation of a third generation (3G) network and was the first operator in the world to launch commercial operation of an LTE-Advanced (4G) data network. MegaFon is traded on the Moscow Exchange under the symbol MFON. Additional information about MegaFon and the products and services provided by MegaFon can be found at: http://www.megafon.ru.
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