Moscow, Russia — April 30, 2004 — Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (“MTS” — NYSE: MBT), the largest mobile phone operator in Russia and Ukraine, announces the calling of the annual general meeting of shareholders (AGM) and the recommended amount of dividends.
At the Board of Directors (BoD) meeting yesterday, the calling of the annual general meeting of shareholders was scheduled for June 24, 2004.
The Company’s BoD recommended the AGM approve annual dividends of RUR 3.20 per ordinary MTS share1 (approximately $2.22 per ADR2) for the 2003 fiscal year, amounting to a total of RUR 6.38 billion ($221.14 million)3. The record date for the Company’s share- and ADR-holders entitled to participate in the AGM and to receive dividends was set for May 10, 2004.
Other issues entered by MTS’ BoD into the AGM agenda include the election of the BoD and Review Commission, the approval of the Company’s Auditor and adoption of amendments into MTS’ Charter.
1 The exact amount to be paid is RUR 3.20217480 per ordinary share.
2 According to Russia’s Central Bank exchange rate of 28.86 RUR/$ as of April 29, 2004.
3 The amount is 48.0% of the Company’s net income in 2003 in accordance with the RAS and 42.8% of net income under US GAAP.
For further information, contact:
Mobile TeleSystems, Moscow
Investor and Public Relations
tel: +7 095 911 6553
Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (or “MTS”) is the largest mobile phone operator in Russia and Ukraine. Together with its subsidiaries, the company services over 19.2 million subscribers. The regions of Russia as well as in Belarus and Ukraine in which MTS and its subsidiaries are licensed to provide GSM services have a total population of approximately 200.6 million. Since June 2000, MTS’ shares have been listed on the New York Stock Exchange with the ticker symbol MBT. Additional information about MTS can be found on MTS’ website at www.mtsgsm.com.
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