Amsterdam, 7 September 2018 - VEON Ltd. (NASDAQ: VEON, Euronext Amsterdam: VEON), a leading provider of connectivity and internet services for emerging markets, today announces the completion of the transaction to sell its 50% stake in Wind Tre to CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd. (“CK Hutchison”).
VEON expects to use cash proceeds from the sale, equal to EUR 2.45 billion (approximately USD 2.9 billion1), to reduce debt and for general corporate purposes. As a result of the completion of this transaction, the net pro-forma leverage ratio2 of the Group (“Group leverage”) is now approximately 1.7x, significantly below our previously announced target ratio of 2.0x.
In closing the transaction, VEON will record a net gain of approximately USD 1.2 billion3 in Q3 2018.
Ursula Burns, Executive Chairman of VEON, said: “We are pleased to announce the closing of the Wind Tre deal. As we’ve said before, this sale not only simplifies our Group structure, but also reinforces our emerging markets focus while crystallising value for shareholders, who can be confident that our dividend policy is underpinned by a strengthened balance sheet.”
1 USD/EUR = 1.16
2 Q2 2018 Net debt/LTM EBITDA
3 Based on book value at Q2 2018
VEON is a NASDAQ and Euronext Amsterdam-listed global provider of connectivity and internet services.
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