Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (the Borrower or Company), one of the leading mobile operators in the Russian Federation, is contemplating long-term financing from the EBRD in order to finance:
(i) capital expenditure
(ii) local works
(iii) acquisitions in the regions of the Russian Federation.
Through this transaction, the Bank will be supporting the geographical expansion of MTS into the underserved regions of the Russian Federation and supporting competition in these areas. The proposed project will promote competition which in turn will lead to introduction of new services and more importantly, through the reduction of prices, it will bring the mobile telephony within the reach of a wider segment of the population in the regions, thus promoting commercial activity in these economically less developed areas.
Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (MTS or the Company) is the largest mobile phone operator in Russia and the CIS. It provides services to over 27.8 million subscribers in Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. The Company is quoted on the NYSE and is rated BB- (stable) by S&P and Ва3 (stable) by Moody’s.
Principal shareholders are Sistema (50.4%), and T-Mobile (25.1%). The free float is at 22.5%.
The Bank will provide a US$ 150 million loan with a maturity of up to seven years.
MTS expects its capex spending in 2005 to exceed US$ 1.4 billion.
The project was screened C1.
There are unlikely to be significant environmental issues associated with this project. Environmental due diligence is currently underway initially using the Bank’s Environmental Questionnaire for Telecommunication Projects. Environmental issues are likely to be associated with construction and installation works for transmissions, towers and other equipments, right-of-way, general health and safety issues and new acquisition. The Company will be required to ensure that the project will comply with national and EU environmental, health and safety standards and regulations as well as to submit annual reports on environment, health and safety.
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