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SOURCE Mobile TeleSystems OJSC
MOSCOW, RUSSIAN FEDERATION, March 19, 2013 /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 and full year ended December 31, 2012.
Key Financial Highlights of Q4 2012 and FY 2012
Key Corporate and Industry Highlights
Mr. Andrei Dubovskov, President and CEO of MTS, commented, "For the year 2012, Group revenues increased by 1% to $12.4 billion. Overall, we saw strong operating dynamics in our core Russian and Ukrainian markets, yet our Group top line performance was limited by a significant weakening of the Russian ruble versus the US dollar and the mid-year suspension of our operations in Uzbekistan. We continue to see growth in our markets driven by sustained voice usage and greater adoption of data products and services. We delivered both ARPU and usage growth in each of our core markets, a sign of Group's excellence throughout the organization. In 2012, total revenues in Russia increased in ruble terms by 8% to RUB 338 billion driven by increased usage of data products; an increase in handset sales, including sales of higher-value smartphones through our expanding proprietary retail chain; and our ability to attract and retain higher-value subscribers."
1. See Attachment A for definitions and reconciliation of adjusted OIBDA and adjusted OIBDA margin to their most directly comparable US GAAP financial measures.
2. Here and below in the release, net income stands for net income attributable to the Group.
3. See Attachment B for reconciliation of free cash-flow to net cash provided by operating activity.
Mr. Alexey Kornya, MTS Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, said, "In 2012, Group adjusted OIBDA increased by 3% to $5.3 billion. Throughout the year we showed faster adjusted OIBDA growth relative to revenues due to rising contribution from data services and sustained focus on reducing costs. Group adjusted OIBDA margin came in above our guidance for 2012 at 42.6%, despite the suspension of our business in Uzbekistan, which had historically demonstrated a higher adjusted OIBDA margin than elsewhere. For the quarter, Group adjusted OIBDA increased by 1% year-over-year despite on-going costs in Uzbekistan and strategic decisions made by the company to increase our retail network. In Russia, OIBDA rose by 11% to RUB 148 billion. Sustained improvements in OIBDA throughout the year reflected on-going efforts by the Company to manage costs, while we realized benefits from decreased competitive activity."
He continued, "CAPEX for the year came in line with our guidance at $2.9 billion or roughly 23% of sales. In 2012, we continued build-out of our 3G networks, which has reached 28,000 base stations with over 90% sites connected via IP-channels. We invested in backbone and backhaul roll-out in the regions as well as in our GPON project in Moscow, bringing the total length of our fiber-optic networks up to over 140,000 km."
Mr. Dubovskov added, "With the near completion of our aggressive roll-out of 3G in 2012, we foresee a decrease in 3G-related CAPEX in 2013. However, we need to direct sufficient funds towards LTE network build-out to ensure we are able to offer our customers cutting edge solutions and seize commercial opportunities, which LTE provides. Overall, we expect to spend 20% of sales on capital investments. For the period 2013 to 2015, we expect cumulative CAPEX/sales ratio in the range of 18-19%. We are confident that in 2013 we will be able to realize our goal of 5 to 7% revenue growth in local currencies. We believe that macroeconomic factors, the changing revenue mix within the Group and improvement in the competitive environment will allow us to sustain our OIBDA margin in the range of 41 to 42% for 2013."
This press release provides a summary of some of the key financial and operating indicators for the period ended December 31, 2012. For full disclosure materials, please visit http://www.mtsgsm.com/resources/reports/.
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Mobile TeleSystems OJSC ("MTS") is the leading telecommunications group in Russia and the CIS, 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 nearly 100 million mobile subscribers. The Group has been awarded GSM licenses in Russia, Ukraine, Turkmenistan, Armenia and Belarus, a region that boasts a total population of more than 200 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 http://www.mtsgsm.com.
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For further information, please contact in Moscow:
Joshua B. Tulgan
Director, Corporate Finance & Investor Relations
Mobile TeleSystems OJSC
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