VEON announces launch of a RUB drawdown under GMTN programme and publishes base offering memorandum
Amsterdam, 7 September 2021 - VEON Holdings B.V. (the “Issuer”), a subsidiary of VEON Ltd. (NASDAQ, Euronext Amsterdam: VEON), announces a drawdown of 3 or 5 year senior unsecured notes denominated in Russian Roubles (the “Notes”) in 144A / Reg S format, subject to market and other customary conditions (the “Drawdown”), under its Global Medium Term Note Programme established in April 2020 (the “GMTN Programme”). The Drawdown is the fourth drawdown under the Issuer’s GMTN Programme. The Issuer intends to use the net proceeds of the Drawdown for general corporate purposes.
In connection with the Drawdown, the Issuer has also updated its GMTN Programme established in April 2020, with a programme limit of US$6.5 billion or the equivalent thereof in other currencies, and published a base offering memorandum (the “Base Offering Memorandum”), which today has been approved by the Luxembourg Stock Exchange, in order to enable the Notes to be admitted to listing on the Official List of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange and to trading on the Euro MTF market of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.
VEON is a NASDAQ and Euronext Amsterdam-listed global provider of connectivity and internet services. For more information visit: www.veon.com.
This release is for informational purposes only and shall not constitute a prospectus or an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities in the United States or any other jurisdiction, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under applicable securities laws. The Drawdown is being made on the basis of the Base Offering Memorandum.
The Notes have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). The Notes may not be offered or sold in the United States except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws. There will be no public offer of the Notes in the United States (for these purposes, “United States” means the United States of America, its territories and possessions, any State of the United States, and the District of Columbia). The Notes are being offered and sold in the United States only to qualified institutional buyers in accordance with Rule 144A under the Securities Act and to non-U.S. persons outside the United States in accordance with Regulation S under the Securities Act.
In member states of the European Economic Area (a “Relevant State”), this release is for distribution only to and directed only at persons who are “qualified investors” within the meaning of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 (as amended, the “Prospectus Regulation”). In relation to each Relevant State, the investment contemplated by this release does not constitute and shall not, in any circumstances, constitute a public offering nor an invitation to the public in connection with any offer within the meaning of the Prospectus Regulation. Each potential investor located within a Relevant State will be deemed to have represented, acknowledged and agreed that it is a “qualified investor” within the meaning of the Prospectus Regulation.
The manufacturer target market (MIFID II/UK MIFIR product governance) is eligible counterparties and professional clients (all distribution channels). No EU PRIIPs or UK PRIIPs key information document has been prepared as the Notes will not be available to retail investors in the EEA or the United Kingdom.
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This release contains “forward-looking statements,” as the phrase is defined in Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The words “expect,” “will,” and similar words are intended to identify estimates and forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are not historical facts, and include statements relating to, among other things, the completion of the transaction described above. The forward-looking statements included in this release are based on management’s best assessment of VEON’s strategic and financial position and of future market conditions, trends and other potential developments. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the risk that the transaction described above will not be completed. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements or assumptions. Certain other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in any forward-looking statements include the risk factors described in VEON’s Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended 31 December 2020 and other public filings made by VEON with the SEC. The forward-looking statements included in this release are made only as of the date hereof, and VEON disclaims any obligation to update them or to announce publicly any revision to any of the forward-looking statements contained in this release, or to make corrections to reflect future events or developments.