SISTEMA INCREASES OWNERSHIP IN OPERATING COMPANIES
Sistema, the largest private sector consumer services company in Russia and the
CIS, today announced that it has increased its ownership in the Mezhregionalny
Transit Telecom ('MTT') and Moscow Bank for Reconstruction and Development
('MBRD') operating companies.
Sistema has acquired an additional 5% equity stake in Mezhregionalny Transit
Telecom, which operates a nationwide transit network providing
telecommunications services and network interconnection for mobile and fixed
line network operators throughout Russia, for a cash consideration of
approximately US$ 6.4 million. This transaction has increased Sistema's voting
interest in MTT to 50% and Sistema will continue to report its share of earnings
in MTT as an affiliate.
The company has also completed the purchase of a 13.33% equity stake in the
Moscow Bank for Reconstruction and Development, which has over 4,715 corporate
banking customers and also provides retail banking services through its local
branches in Moscow and other major cities across Russia. The total consideration
amounted to approximately US$ 10 million, including a cash payment of US$ 2.1
million and promissory notes in the amount of US$ 7.9 million. As a result of
this transaction, Sistema's voting interest in MBRD has increased to 98.9% of
the company's share capital.
For further information, please visit www.sistema.ru or contact:
Sistema Investor Relations
Tel: +7 095 730 1543
Shared Value Limited
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7321 5023
Sistema is the largest private sector consumer services company in Russia and
the CIS, with over 35 million customers. Sistema develops and manages
market-leading businesses in selected service-based industries, including
telecommunications, technology, insurance, banking, real estate, retail and
media. Founded in 1993, the company reported revenues of US$ 4.1 billion for the
first nine months of 2004 and total assets of US$ 7.7 billion as at September
30, 2004. Sistema's shares are listed under the symbol 'SSA' on the London Stock
Exchange, under the symbol 'AFKS' on the Russian Trading System (RTS), and under
the symbol 'SUST' on the Moscow Stock Exchange (MSE).
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