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Mobile TeleSystems

April 11, 2016

MTS announces new dividend policy targeting payout of RUB 25.0 – 26.0 per share

Moscow, Russian Federation – Mobile TeleSystems PJSC (“MTS”, the “Company” or “the Group” – NYSE: MBT; MOEX: MTSS), the leading telecommunications provider in Russia and the CIS, announces that the Board of Directors (“the Board”) at a meeting on April 8, 2016, confirmed the Company’s new dividend policy and recommended approval of dividend payments for 2015 fiscal year at the annual general meeting of shareholders (AGM) to be held on June 23, 2016.

Under the new dividend policy, management sets a target payout of RUB 25.0 – 26.0 per ordinary MTS share (RUB 50.0 – 52.0 per ADR) per calendar year. The policy guarantees a minimum payout of RUB 20.0 per ordinary MTS share (or RUB 40.0 per ADR). The new policy will cover 2016 – 2018.

Payments will continue to be made on a semi-annual basis. Because the Company has long sought to more equally distribute dividends throughout the year, the Board recommended that an annual general meeting of shareholders (“AGM”) approve annual dividends of RUB 14.01 per ordinary MTS share (RUB 28.02 per ADR) or a total of RUB 28.0 bln based on the full-year 2015 financial results. In accordance with the new dividend policy, the Board will review proposals for an interim dividend in Fall 2016.

In addition, the Board has tasked management to consider the advisability of a share repurchase program as an additional way to create further shareholder value. As part of such a program, the Group could allocate up to RUB 30 bln to be spent over the next three years on the repurchase of shares. Such a program would require further approvals by the Board.

The full text of the new dividend policy is available here:

The registrar of shareholders, which are entitled to participate in the AGM, will be set for May 6, 2016. In addition, the Board also recommended that the AGM set the record date for shareholders entitled to receive dividends for the 2015 fiscal year for July 5, 2016.

Furthermore, the Board took the following decisions:

  • Set June 23, 2016, as the date for the AGM;
  • Approval of the agenda for the AGM, which will include approval of the Company’s annual report, financial statements and statement of profit and loss for fiscal year 2015; composition of the Company’s Board of Directors and Audit Committee; approval of the Company’s charter, revised regulations of the Company’s Board of Directors, and confirmation of the Company’s Auditor;
  • Confirm procedures surrounding the preparation and organization of the AGM;
  • The nominations of Mr. Kirill Dmitriev, formerly Director, Macro-Region Moscow, to the position of Vice President, Sales and Services, and Member of the Management Board, and Mr. Igor Egorov, Director, Macro-Region “Center’, to the Management Board, following the departure of Mr. Vadim Savchenko, Vice President, Sales, from the Company, effective May 17, 2016; and
  • Approval of certain related-party transactions.

For a complete disclosure of decisions made by the Board, please click here:

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For further information, please contact in Moscow:
Joshua B. Tulgan
Director, Department of Corporate Finance and Investor Relations
Mobile TeleSystems PJSC
Tel: +7 495 223 2025




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