MOSCOW, Russia - Mobile TeleSystems PJSC ('MTS' or 'the Company' - NYSE:MBT; MOEX:MTSS), Russia's largest mobile operator and a leading provider of media and digital services, announces the restructuring of an existing RUB 70 bn loan and raising of a new RUB 15 bn loan with Sberbank PJSC.
The restructuring agreement for the outstanding RUB 70 bn loan from Sberbank provides for a lower interest rate as well as modified maturity terms. The new RUB 15 bn loan was drawn from an existing revolving credit facility at Sberbank secured by MTS in May 2018, with the funds raised to be used for general corporate purposes.
'MTS continues to seek timely opportunities to optimize our debt portfolio amid a favorable interest rate environment. By improving loan terms and raising additional funds, we are taking another step forward in strengthening our mutually beneficial relationship with Sberbank,' commented Andrey Kamensky, Vice President for Finance.
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For further information, please contact in Moscow:
Investor Relations Department
Mobile TeleSystems PJSC
Tel: +7 495 223 2025
Learn more about MTS. Visit the official blog of the Investor Relations Department at www.ir.mts.ru/ir-blog
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Mobile TeleSystems PJSC ('MTS' - NYSE: MBT; MOEX: MTSS), Russia's leading mobile connectivity and digital services provider, offers a range of mobile, fixed-line, and digital services. We serve over 80 million mobile subscribers in Russia, Armenia, and Belarus, and about 9 million customers in Russia of fixed-line services, including fixed voice, broadband internet, and pay-TV. To keep pace with evolving customer demand, MTS is redefining what telecommunications services are by offering innovative products beyond its core network-related businesses in various tech segments, including Big Data, financial and banking services, internet of things, OTT, cloud computing, systems integration and e-commerce. We leverage our market-leading retail network as a platform for customer services and sales of devices and accessories. MTS maintains its leadership in the Russian mobile market in terms of revenue and profitability. MTS is majority-owned by Sistema PJSFC. Since 2000, MTS shares have been listed on the New York Stock Exchange and since 2003 - on the Moscow Exchange. For more information, please visit: www.ir.mts.ru.
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