Amsterdam (3 April 2017) – VEON today filed its Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended 31 December 2016 (the “Form 20-F”) with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov. The Form 20-F is also available on the Investor Relations section of the company’s website www.veon.com.
Reported net profit for the year ended 31 December 2016 has changed from USD 2,506 million as announced on 27 February 2017 to USD 2,420 million. The change is due to the company completing the purchase price allocation pertaining to the formation of the Joint Venture in Italy. International Financial Reporting Standards require having such purchase price allocations completed within 12 months after the date of completion of the transaction. As a result, the company has increased the depreciation and amortization expenses included in the share of results of joint ventures for the period of 5 November 2016 to 31 December 2016 by USD 86 million as compared to FY 2016 results announced on 27 February 2017. Consequently, the share of results of joint ventures for the period of 5 November 2016 to 31 December 2016 has changed from USD 145 million as announced on 27 February 2017 to USD 59 million. This non-cash adjustment had no impact on reported EBITDA.
On 27 February 2017, the company announced a dividend for the financial year ended 31 December 2016 for the aggregate amount of US 23 cents per share, of which US 3.5 cents paid as interim dividend in December 2016.
Today, VEON announced that the final dividend of US 19.5 cents per share is planned to be paid on 12 April 2017 through The Bank of New York Mellon. Shareholders may request a hard copy of the Form 20-F, including VEON’s complete audited financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2016, free of charge, by contacting VEON’s Investor Relations Department at email@example.com.
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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