Amsterdam (12 September 2016) - VimpelCom Ltd. (NASDAQ: VIP) - VimpelCom Ltd. (“VimpelCom” or “Company”), a leading global provider of telecommunications and digital services headquartered in Amsterdam and serving over 200 million customers, today announced the commencement of an offering by selling shareholder Telenor East Holding II AS (“Telenor”) of 142,500,000 American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”), each representing one common share of the Company. Telenor intends to grant the underwriters an option to purchase up to 21,375,000 additional ADSs at the offering price, less underwriting discounts and commissions. The price for the offering has not yet been determined. Before pricing of the ADS offering, Telenor may also launch a 3-year bond exchangeable into VimpelCom ADSs in an aggregate principal amount of up to USD 1,000,000,000, with an exchange premium which could be up to 35 per cent. The exchangeable bond will be launched outside the United States to non-US persons, pursuant to Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act.
VimpelCom will not receive any proceeds from the sale of the ADSs by Telenor, and Telenor's sale of the ADSs will not result in dilution of the Company’s issued and outstanding shares.
Morgan Stanley and J.P. Morgan will act as joint global coordinators and joint bookrunners and Citigroup and Credit Suisse will act as joint bookrunners for the offering.
The offering will be made pursuant to the Company’s shelf registration statement on Form F-3 initially filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on May 23, 2014, as amended and most recently declared effective on April 20, 2016 (the “Registration Statement”). The ADSs will be offered only by means of a prospectus and an accompanying prospectus supplement forming a part of the effective Registration Statement. Prospective investors should read the prospectus included in the Registration Statement, the preliminary prospectus supplement and other documents that the Company has filed with the SEC for more complete information about the Company and the offering. The Registration Statement, the preliminary prospectus supplement and the documents incorporated by reference therein are available on the SEC’s website at: http://www.sec.gov.
When available, copies of the preliminary prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus may be obtained from Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, 180 Varick Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10014, Attention: Prospectus Department; J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, toll-free: (866) 803-9204, email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Citigroup Global Markets Inc., c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, toll-free: (800) 831-9146; or Credit Suisse Securities (USA), LLC, Attn: Prospectus Department, One Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010, Phone: (800) 221-1037, Email: email@example.com.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or other jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or other jurisdiction.
VimpelCom (NASDAQ: VIP) is an international communications and technology company, headquartered in Amsterdam, and driven by a vision to unlock new opportunities for customers as they navigate the digital world. Present in some of the world’s most dynamic markets, VimpelCom provides more than 200 million customers with voice, fixed broadband, data and digital services. VimpelCom’s heritage as a pioneer in technology is the driving force behind a major transformation focused on bringing the digital world to each and every customer. VimpelCom offers services to customers in 14 markets including Russia, Italy, Algeria, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Armenia, Georgia, Laos, and Zimbabwe. VimpelCom, whose licenses cover 10% of the world's population, operates under the “Beeline”, “WIND”, “Djezzy”, “Mobilink”, “Kyivstar”, “banglalink” and “Telecel” brands. Follow us on Twitter @VimpelCom, visit blog.vimpelcom.com or visit our website www.vimpelcom.com
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This press release contains “forward-looking statements,” as the phrase is defined in Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements are not historical facts, and include statements relating to, among other things, the completion of the transaction described above. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are based on management’s best assessment of VimpelCom’s strategic and financial position and of future market conditions, trends and other potential developments. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the risk that the transaction described above will not be completed. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements or assumptions. Certain other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in any forward-looking statements include the risk factors described in VimpelCom’s Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2015 and other public filings made by VimpelCom with the SEC. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date hereof, and VimpelCom disclaims any obligation to update them or to announce publicly any revision to any of the forward-looking statements contained in this press release, or to make corrections to reflect future events or developments.