As previously announced: http://corp.megafon.com/investors/news/capital_market_releases/20190417-1700.html, MegaFon Finance became entitled to proceed with a squeeze-out of the remaining shareholders of the Company pursuant to Article 84.8 of Federal Law No. 208-FZ on Joint Stock Companies dated 26 December 1995 (the “JSC Law”) as it acquired approximately 20.36% of the shares of MegaFon pursuant to the mandatory tender offer and, as a result, the number of shares of the Company held by MegaFon Finance, together with ordinary shares held by its affiliates, increased to approximately 99.2%.
Pursuant to the Squeeze-out Request and the JSC Law, the shares of MegaFon held by the remaining shareholders of MegaFon were blocked on the personal accounts / depo accounts of the shareholders as at the close of business on 3 June 2019 and were transferred to the account of MegaFon Finance following the payment of the squeeze-out price. The squeeze-out price was RUB 659.26 per share. The squeeze-out price was transferred to the bank accounts of the shareholders or nominee holders as set forth by the law. The period of transfer of the squeeze-out price to the shareholders which held shares through nominee holders depends on the number of nominee holders through which the shares were held.
The squeeze-out price payable to the shareholders registered in the shareholders’ register of MegaFon, which did not update the details of their bank accounts by 3 June 2019, as a result of which the Company’s registrar did not have such information, was deposited with the notary at the Company’s registered address, Arina Evgenievna Lemekhova (address: 19 Barrikadnaya str., build. 1, premises 22, room 239, 123242 Moscow, telephone: +7 (495) 229-90-31, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
As a result of the Squeeze-out MegaFon Finance acquired 4,966,749 ordinary shares of MegaFon, which constitutes approximately 0.8% of total outstanding shares of the Company. Accordingly, the number of shares of the Company held by MegaFon Finance constitutes 29.68% and, together with ordinary shares held by its affiliates, 100% of ordinary shares of the Company.
Gevork Vermishyan, CEO of MegaFon, commented: “Despite the completion today of the purchase of MegaFon shares in free float, we would like to thank the investment community for the trust and support we have received since the IPO in 2012. I stay confident that the listing at a certain stage significantly contributed to the development of the Company. We will definitely keep the experience gained over the years, which will allow us to solve the strategic tasks we face.”
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