PRN: Mobile TeleSystems Announces Financial Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2011

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Mobile TeleSystems Announces Financial Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2011


MOSCOW, May 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

Mobile TeleSystems OJSC ("MTS" - NYSE: MBT), the leading telecommunications provider in Russia and the CIS, today announces its unaudited US GAAP financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2011.

Key Financial Highlights of Q1 2011

- Consolidated revenues down 2.0% q-o-q to $2,934 million

- Consolidated OIBDA[1] down 2.9% q-o-q to $1,126 million with 38.4% OIBDA margin

- Consolidated net income[2] of $322 million

- Free cash-flow[3] positive with $621 million for the first three months of 2011

Key Corporate and Industry Highlights

- Appointment of Andrei Dubovskov, former Head of Business Unit MTS Ukraine, as President and CEO of MTS

- Completion of share buyback in March 2011 related to the statutory merger of Comstar with MTS

- Conversion of Comstar ordinary shares into MTS ordinary shares on April 1, 2011 and subsequent completion of the statutory merger of Comstar with MTS

- Continued acquisitions of regional fixed operators with a purchases of alternative operators in Kurgan and Altai Krai for RUB 435.0 million and RUB 545.8 million respectively

- Annual dividend recommendation by the MTS Board of Directors of RUB 14.54[4] per ordinary MTS share (approximately $1.04 per ADR[5]) for the 2010 fiscal year, amounting to a total of RUB 30.05 billion (approximately $1.08 billion or 78% of US GAAP net income)

- Receipt of GSM 900 MHz license in Penza region giving MTS full 2G coverage in Russia

- MTS' brand has been named as one of the BRANDZ(TM) Top 100 Most Powerful Brands with the 80th position and a brand value of $10.9 billion


Andrei Dubovskov, President and CEO of MTS, commented, "Group revenue for the quarter increased 12% year-over-year to reach $2.93 billion on the back of strong subscriber additions and growth in data traffic and handset revenues. Revenues in Russia - including mobile, fixed and handset and equipment sales - increased 14% year-over-year to RUB 74.3 billion."

Alexey Kornya, MTS Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, said, "In the first quarter, Group OIBDA declined by 3% year-over-year to $1.1 billion with the OIBDA margin for the period reaching 38.4%. Our Russia OIBDA margin increased sequentially from 37.7% to 39.1% in Q1 2011. The improvement is mainly attributable to the growing share of higher-margin data traffic revenues on the back of our modem sales push and expanding 3G networks."

Mr. Dubovskov added, "With the completion of the Comstar merger, we can now focus on the broader optimization of our business. Operationally, we can concentrate on rationalizing headcount to eliminate redundancies. We can also begin to examine asset disposals like real estate in our fixed line business in order to lower costs. For the customer, we can move ahead with critical steps in integrating our business, including convergent billing, so as to further improve our customer experience, increase loyalty and drive future growth."

This press release provides a summary of some of the key financial and operating indicators for the period ended March 31, 2011. For full disclosure materials, please visit .

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Mobile TeleSystems OJSC ("MTS") is the leading telecommunications group in Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, offering mobile and fixed voice, broadband, pay TV as well as content and entertainment services in one of the world's fastest growing regions. Including its subsidiaries, the Group services over 108.9 million mobile subscribers in Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Armenia and Belarus, a region that boasts a total population of more than 230 million. Since June 2000, MTS' Level 3 ADRs have been listed on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol MBT). Additional information about the MTS Group can be found at

Some of the information in this press release may contain projections or other forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial performance of MTS, as defined in the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify forward looking statements by terms such as "expect," "believe," "anticipate," "estimate," "intend," "will," "could," "may" or "might," and the negative of such terms or other similar expressions. We wish to caution you that these statements are only predictions and that actual events or results may differ materially. We do not undertake or intend to update these statements to reflect events and circumstances occurring after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. We refer you to the documents MTS files from time to time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the Company's most recent Form 20-F. These documents contain and identify important factors, including those contained in the section captioned "Risk Factors" that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those contained in our projections or forward-looking statements, including, among others, the severity and duration of current economic and financial conditions, including volatility in interest and exchange rates, commodity and equity prices and the value of financial assets; the impact of Russian, U.S. and other foreign government programs to restore liquidity and stimulate national and global economies, our ability to maintain our current credit rating and the impact on our funding costs and competitive position if we do not do so, strategic actions, including acquisitions and dispositions and our success in integrating acquired businesses, including Comstar-UTS, potential fluctuations in quarterly results, our competitive environment, dependence on new service development and tariff structures, rapid technological and market change, acquisition strategy, risks associated with telecommunications infrastructure, governmental regulation of the telecommunications industries and other risks associated with operating in Russia and the CIS, volatility of stock price, financial risk management and future growth subject to risks.


[1] See Attachment A for definitions and reconciliation of OIBDA and OIBDA margin to their most directly comparable US GAAP financial measures.

[2] Attributable to the Group.

[3] See Attachment B for reconciliation of free cash-flow to net cash provided by operating activity.

[4] The dividend yield per share is 5.7% based on the closing price of the MTS ordinary share on the Moscow Interbank Currency. Exchange as of April 26, 2011.

[5] According to the Russian Central Bank exchange rate of 27.8964 RUB/USD as of April 27, 2011. The dividend amount is set in Russian rubles by the Board of Directors; U.S. dollar amounts provided for reference using the foreign exchange rate as of April 27, 2011.

Company Codes: NYSE:MBT, Bloomberg:MBT@UN, Bloomberg:MTSI@RM, ISIN:RU0007775219, ISIN:US6074091090
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