08 Feb 2023
VEON Announces Russian Regulators’ Approval for Sale of Its Russian Operations
Amsterdam, Netherlands, 8 February 2023 08:00 CET – VEON Ltd. (NASDAQ: VEON, Euronext Amsterdam: VEON), a global digital operator that provides converged connectivity and online services, today announces that approval has been received from Russian regulatory bodies for the proposed sale of its Russian operations.
Kaan Terzioğlu, CEO of VEON Group, said: “We believe the sale of our Russian business represents the optimal solution for VEON, its Russian operations, and all stakeholders, including customers, shareholders, creditors, and employees both in and outside of Russia. We are pleased to have reached this significant milestone in the transaction, which is expected to be accretive to equity, reduce VEON's debt, and improve its credit profile.”
On February 7th, 2023, the Sub-Commission of the Government Commission for Control over Foreign Investments in the Russian Federation issued its approval of the proposed sale of VEON’s Russian operations to certain senior members of the management of PJSC VimpelCom, led by its current CEO Alexander Torbakhov, subject to certain conditions, including approval by the Central Bank of the Russian Federation for the listing of any debt issued by PJSC VimpelCom in connection with the transaction.
The Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service has already authorized the transaction, and it is anticipated that the remaining closing conditions will be satisfied and that, as previously communicated, the transaction will complete on or before 1 June 2023.
VEON is a global digital operator that currently provides converged connectivity and online services to over 200 million customers in seven dynamic markets. We are transforming people’s lives, empowering individuals, creating opportunities for greater digital inclusion and driving economic growth across countries that are home to more than 8% of the world’s population. Headquartered in Amsterdam, VEON is listed on NASDAQ and Euronext.
For more information visit: www.veon.com.
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