Amsterdam (22 May 2017) – VEON Ltd. (NASDAQ: VEON, Euronext Amsterdam: VEON) announced today that its subsidiary VimpelCom Holdings B.V. has successfully entered into a new RUB 110 billion, five-year term loan agreement with Sberbank. The term loan will refinance the existing loans between Sberbank and PJSC VimpelCom, as well as provide additional funds for general corporate purposes.
VEON’s Chief Financial Officer Andrew Davies commented: “The agreement to enter into a new term loan is an important further step in continuing VEON’s strategy to centralize debt at the holding level, thus improving the capital structure of the Group. We are pleased with the strong commitment we received from Sberbank for this loan, which supports the Group’s liquidity profile and provides greater financial flexibility.”
VEON, a NASDAQ-listed global provider of communications services, formerly known as VimpelCom, aspires to lead the personal internet revolution for more than 235 million customers it serves today, and many others in the years to come.
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