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 that Bastion LLC, the Company's wholly-owned subsidiary, purchased 6,420,868 shares of Common Stock (including shares of Common Stock represented by ADSs) from Sistema Finance S.A. ('Sistema Finance'), a Luxembourg-based subsidiary of the Company's majority shareholder Sistema PJSFC. The shares represent 0.3213% of share capital issued by MTS. The transaction was carried out under the Repurchase Plan announced on March 31, 2020 and amounted to RUB 2,079 m.
The shares were acquired under a sale and purchase agreement concluded prior to the launch of MTS's Repurchase Plan under Rule 10b5-1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The agreement provides for the sale by Sistema Finance to Bastion LLC of a number of shares (including ADSs) proportionate to the number of the Company's shares purchased under the Repurchase Plan in each reporting month at the average price per share calculated for a relevant month such that Sistema's (together with its affiliates exclusive of the Company and its subsidiaries) aggregate percentage ownership and voting power in the Company after the Repurchase Plan will be substantially equal to Sistema's and such affiliates' ownership as at the date of the commencement of the Repurchase Plan.
Under Russian legislation, MTS is required to disclose any shares acquired by the Company or any of its subsidiaries. MTS will fully disclose the aggregate number of shares acquired during the period, what this represents in MTS's share capital, as well as price paid, during its next quarterly disclosure.
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Investor Relations Department
Mobile TeleSystems PJSC
Tel: +7 495 223 2025
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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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