Amsterdam (3 April 2017) – VEON Ltd. (NASDAQ and Euronext Amsterdam: VEON), a leading global provider of telecommunications and digital services headquartered in Amsterdam and serving over 235 million customers, today announces the listing and trading of shares of VEON on Euronext Amsterdam to start tomorrow 4 April 2017.
Jean-Yves Charlier, Chief Executive Officer of VEON, said: “Listing in Amsterdam is a major milestone in our transformation, as we build a global technology company with a compelling propositions to both customers and investors. Trading on the Euronext Amsterdam will give us stronger access to European investors and the opportunity for inclusion in key indices.”
Second listing and start of trading.
VEON (formerly known as VimpelCom) first listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 1996, and now trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market since 2013. The listing on Euronext Amsterdam provides VEON with the opportunity to broaden its access to Eurozone capital markets, raise its profile and visibility among European-based investors, potential index inclusion and increase its liquidity.
The Euronext Amsterdam is a logical choice to list given that VEON’s headquarters has been based in the Netherlands since 2010 and the company now employs a workforce of over 500 staff in the Dutch capital, comprising a mix of, digital, technology, engineering, legal, marketing and policy & communications talent.
No new shares are issued in connection with the dual listing. VEON will continue to trade on the NASDAQ Global Select Market. The market capitalization currently amounts to over USD 7 billion.
The Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) approved VEON’s prospectus for admission of its entire ordinary share capital to be listed and traded on Euronext Amsterdam. A copy of the prospectus has been published on the VEON corporate website www.veon.com (Investor Relations section, “quarterly reports, 20-F and other filings”) and is also available electronically via the website of the AFM (www.AFM.nl).
Shares of VEON are expected to start trading in Amsterdam tomorrow at 0900 CET under the symbol VEON. The depositary bank has agreed to waive the cancellation fees for the first 70 million NASDAQ listed ADSs transferred into ordinary shares at Euronext Amsterdam.
Jean-Yves Charlier, CEO of VEON will sound the gong to open trading for the day and to mark the first day of trading in VEON shares on Euronext Amsterdam.
Rebrand and Company repositioning.
The Company’s intention to change its name to VEON was announced at Mobile World Congress on 27 February 2017 as part of the Company’s repositioning from a mobile telecom operator to global tech player. VEON intends to continue to build on its local brands’ strong awareness and focus on maintaining its strong market positions. VEON is the new name of the Company and a new personal internet platform that integrates powerful data analytics and artificial intelligence, with a fresh take on messaging capabilities, enabling users and communities to connect by voice, text, picture and video through a beautifully designed interface.
VEON is a NASDAQ and Euronext Amsterdam listed global provider of connectivity, with the ambition to lead the personal internet revolution for the 235 million+ customers it currently serves, and many more in the years to come.
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