20 Oct 2014
VimpelCom’s subsidiary sells its operations in Burundi and Central African Republic
Amsterdam (October 20, 2014) - “VimpelCom Ltd.” (“VimpelCom”, “Company” or “Group”) (NASDAQ: VIP), a leading global provider of telecommunications services headquartered in Amsterdam, today announced that its 51.9% owned subsidiary Global Telecom Holding S.A.E. (“GTH”) has sold its entire 100% stake in Telecel Globe Limited (“TG”), which owns 100% of each of U-COM in Burundi and Telecel CAR in Central African Republic, for USD 65 million, subject to certain post-closing adjustments. TG was acquired by Econet Wireless Global Limited, a diversified telecommunications group with operations in several countries mainly in Africa.
Andrew Davies, Chief Financial Officer of VimpelCom, commented: “We have previously outlined our Value Agenda within which our operations are reviewed to assess their future value to the Group. The decision to sell our operations in CAR and Burundi is a result of this process.”
As disclosed earlier, GTH previously agreed to sell TG to another purchaser in Q1 2013. That purchaser failed to close the deal and forfeited a deposit it had paid to GTH in accordance with the terms of a purchase agreement that is no longer in force.
VimpelCom, an international telecoms company operating in 14 countries and headquartered in Amsterdam, is one of the world’s largest integrated telecommunications services operators providing voice and data services through a range of traditional and broadband mobile and fixed technologies in Russia, Italy, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Algeria, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe. VimpelCom’s operations around the globe cover territory with a total population of approximately 739 million people. VimpelCom provides services under the "Beeline", "Kyivstar", “WIND”, "Infostrada" “Mobilink”, “banglalink”, “Telecel”, and “Djezzy” brands. As of June 30, 2014, VimpelCom had 220 million mobile customers on a combined basis. VimpelCom is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol (VIP). For more information visit: www.vimpelcom.com.