Amsterdam, 5 February 2019 – VEON Holdings B.V. (the “Offeror”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of VEON Ltd. (together with the Offeror, “VEON”), announces that the Offeror intends to deposit a public mandatory cash tender offer (the “MTO”) with the Egyptian Financial Regulatory Authority (the “FRA”) in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 12 of the Executive Regulations of the Capital Market Law No. 95 of 1992 for the purchase of up to 1,997,639,608 shares of Global Telecom Holding S.A.E (“GTH”), representing approximately 42.31% of GTH’s issued shares, at a price of EGP 5.30 per share (the “Offer”).  As previously announced, VEON intends to take GTH private following the MTO.

Under the provisions of Chapter 12 of the Executive Regulations of the Capital Market Law No. 95 of 1992, the Offeror will deposit the MTO with the FRA within 60 calendar days of this announcement.

As the Offeror has not yet submitted the MTO to the FRA, VEON is unable to comment further on this matter.

Additional Information

This announcement is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell securities. If the Offeror elects to offer to purchase or to solicit an offer to sell securities, such offer or solicitation will only be made pursuant to materials filed with the Egyptian Stock Exchange upon submission of the MTO. These materials, if and when available, will contain important information that should be read carefully and in its entirety before any decision is made with respect to a tender offer.

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