AMSTERDAM, April 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ --
-- Trading of VimpelCom Ltd. to Begin Today on a When-issued Basis
VimpelCom Ltd. today announces the results of the U.S. Offer for all shares and American Depositary Shares ("ADSs") of OJSC "Vimpel-Communications" ("OJSC VimpelCom") (NYSE:VIP).
The U.S. Offer expired yesterday at 5:00 pm, New York City time. A total of 308,309,375 ADSs (representing 15,415,468 shares) were validly tendered and not withdrawn in the U.S. Offer. It is expected that the major shareholders of OJSC VimpelCom, Telenor ASA and Altimo Holdings & Investments Ltd., will also cause their shares to be tendered in the Russian Offer prior to its close at 11:59 pm, Moscow time, on Tuesday, 20 April 2010, bringing the aggregate combined tenders in the U.S. Offer and the Russian Offer to 56,144,721 shares, representing 97.29% of OJSC VimpelCom's outstanding shares.
It is therefore expected that the requirement that more than 95% of OJSC VimpelCom's outstanding shares be tendered in the Exchange Offer, which is one of the key remaining conditions to the successful completion of the transaction, will be met.
VimpelCom Ltd. DRs will begin trading today on the NYSE on a "when-issued" basis, under the ticker symbol "VIP.WI". Regular way trading of the VimpelCom Ltd. DRs is anticipated to commence on Thursday, 22 April 2010, under the ticker symbol "VIP".
Following expiration of the U.S. Offer, 24,697,325 OJSC VimpelCom ADSs were not tendered. If these remaining (non-tendered) OJSC VimpelCom ADSs meet the NYSE's continued listing criteria, the ticker symbol of these remaining (non-tendered) OJSC VimpelCom ADSs (CUSIP 68370R 10 9) will change from "VIP" to "OVIP" beginning on Monday, 19 April 2010. These remaining (non-tendered) OJSC VimpelCom ADSs are intended to be delisted from the NYSE following the successful completion of the Exchange Offer.
Following the expiration of the Russian Offer and the successful completion of the Exchange Offer, OJSC VimpelCom shares and ADSs not tendered in the U.S. Offer or the Russian Offer will be subject to a mandatory squeeze out procedure under Russian law.
VimpelCom Ltd. will announce the final results of the Exchange Offer on Wednesday, 21 April 2010, following expiration of the Russian Offer.
Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC and Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated acted as dealer managers for the U.S. Offer.
Alexander Izosimov, CEO of VimpelCom Ltd., commented:
"We are announcing an excellent result today - the U.S. Offer has received overwhelming support from shareholders, which shows that investors strongly back VimpelCom Ltd.'s strategy and the combination of OJSC VimpelCom with Kyivstar. We look forward to the completion of the Russian Offer next week, after which our priority will be the integration of the two businesses as a platform for creating value for all our shareholders."
About VimpelCom Ltd.
The combination of OJSC VimpelCom and Kyivstar into one consolidated company will create a stronger business with enhanced market presence and growth prospects, leading to substantial value creation potential for OJSC VimpelCom shareholders and benefits for all shareholders, subscribers and employees.
Important Additional Information
In connection with the U.S. Offer by VimpelCom Ltd. to acquire all outstanding shares of OJSC VimpelCom (including those represented by ADSs), VimpelCom Ltd. has filed with the SEC a registration statement on Form F-4, which includes a prospectus and related U.S. Offer acceptance materials to register shares of VimpelCom Ltd. (including those represented by DRs) to be issued in exchange for OJSC VimpelCom shares held by U.S. persons and OJSC VimpelCom ADSs held by all holders, wherever located. The Exchange Offer comprises an offer made pursuant to a prospectus sent to all shareholders of OJSC VimpelCom who are U.S. holders and to all holders of OJSC VimpelCom ADSs, wherever located (the "U.S. Offer"), and an offer made pursuant to a separate Russian offer document to all holders of OJSC VimpelCom shares, wherever located (the "Russian Offer," and together with the U.S. Offer, the "Offers"). The U.S. Offer expired at 5:00 pm New York City time on 15 April 2010, and the Russian Offer is scheduled to expire at 11:59 pm Moscow time on 20 April 2010. VimpelCom Ltd. has the right to extend the acceptance period of the Offers. Any extension will be announced not later than the next business day after the previously scheduled expiration date of the Russian Offer. VimpelCom Ltd. will announce any extension of the Offers by issuing a press release and by publishing an announcement in newspapers in the United States and Russia. In addition, VimpelCom Ltd. will file the announcement with the SEC via the EDGAR filing system and post the announcement on its website (http://www.vimpelcomlimited.com).
Holders of OJSC VimpelCom securities are urged to carefully read the registration statement (including the prospectus) and any other documents relating to the U.S. Offer filed with the SEC, as well as any amendments and supplements to those documents, because they contain important information. Free copies of the registration statement, including the prospectus and related U.S. Offer acceptance materials and other relevant documents filed with the SEC in respect of the U.S. Offer, can be obtained at the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov or at VimpelCom Ltd.'s website at http://www.vimpelcomlimited.com. The final prospectus and related U.S. Offer acceptance materials have been mailed to holders of OJSC VimpelCom securities eligible to participate in the U.S. Offer. Additional copies may be obtained for free from Innisfree M&A Incorporated, the information agent for the U.S. Offer, at the following telephone numbers: 1-877-800-5190 (for shareholders and ADS holders) and 1-212-750-5833 (for banks or brokers). This announcement is not an offering document and does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval, nor shall there be any sale or exchange of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale or exchange would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the laws of such jurisdiction. The solicitation of offers to exchange OJSC VimpelCom securities for VimpelCom Ltd. DRs in the United States will only be made pursuant to the prospectus and related U.S. Offer acceptance materials that have been mailed to U.S. holders of OJSC VimpelCom shares and all holders of OJSC VimpelCom ADSs, wherever located. An investor may only exchange OJSC VimpelCom shares for VimpelCom Ltd. DRs in the Russian Offer if such investor is a "qualified investor" under the applicable Russian rules and regulations. This announcement is not for publication, release or distribution in or into or from any jurisdiction where it would otherwise be prohibited.
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