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May 14, 2014
05:35 EDTVIPVimpelCom reports Q1 EPS 2c, consensus 15c
Reports Q1 revenue $5.02M, consensus $5.18B. Jo Lunder, CEO, commented, "We previously indicated our expectation that 2014 would be a challenging year and the Q1 results reflect the more difficult trading environment. Group organic revenues declined by 5%, however due to our continuing focus on cost control the Group's EBITDA margin remains strong at 41.6%. All of our Business Units have reported double-digit data revenue increases and we continue to invest in high-speed networks to drive future growth. In Russia, we continued the roll out of our 3G and 4G/LTE networks and we are also improving many aspects of our customer value proposition. I am confident that we are taking the right measures in Russia but we expect continued pressure on results through 2014. In Italy, we have endured a period of intense price competition and although Wind has continued to outperform its competition, we expect continuing market contraction in 2014. In the Africa & Asia Business Unit there were small declines in organic revenue and EBITDA, although Bangladesh saw strong revenue growth. In Ukraine, our transformation program is going according to plan with early signs of positive results. Our CIS markets again delivered a solid set of results. Recently we also agreed a favorable resolution of our discussions in Algeria and we completed the refinancing of our most expensive debt, related to Italy. Together, we estimate that these achievements will deliver approximately USD 600 million in annual interest savings. Despite these successes, due to the challenging environment in many of our operations, we have revised our targets for 2014."
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January 30, 2015
09:20 EDTVIPVimpelCom, Global Telecom announce close Algeria transaction
VimpelCom and its subsidiary Global Telecom Holding announce the closing of the sale by GTH of a 51% interest in Omnium Telecom Algeria SpA to the Algerian National Investment Fund, or the "FNI", for $2.6B. GTH and the FNI have entered into a shareholders agreement, which governs their relationship as shareholders in OTA going forward. GTH will continue to exercise operational control over OTA and, as a result, both GTH and VimpelCom will continue to fully consolidate OTA. VimpelCom CEO Jo Lunder commented: "Today, we have entered into a long-term relationship with the Algerian National Fund, creating a private-public ownership structure for Djezzy. With this new ownership structure, Djezzy is positioned better than ever to lead the way in Algeria, offering customers high quality mobile services and the best digital experience. The deal, on a group level, also releases significant cash amounts to GTH and VimpelCom to pay down gross debt."
January 29, 2015
10:00 EDTVIPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:30 EDTVIPVimpelCom downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
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January 19, 2015
13:15 EDTVIPVimpelCom COO Rene Schuster leaving company
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