MOSCOW, Russia — MTS (NYSE: MBT; MOEX: MTSS), Russia’s leading mobile connectivity and digital services provider, announces that Bastion LLC, the Company's wholly-owned subsidiary, purchased 778,144 shares of common stock from Sistema Finance S.A. (“Sistema Finance”), a Luxembourg-based subsidiary of the Company’s majority shareholder Sistema PJSFC. The shares represent 0.039% of share capital issued by MTS. The transaction was carried out under the Repurchase Plan announced on March 31, 2020 and amounted to RUB 240,059,341.1.
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.
* * *
For further information, please contact in Moscow:
Investor Relations Department
Mobile TeleSystems PJSC
Tel: +7 495 223 2025