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18 Apr 2016

VimpelCom statement on preferred shares redemption

Amsterdam (April 18, 2016) - VimpelCom Ltd. (NASDAQ: VIP) made the statement below following its recent preferred shares redemption:

As previously disclosed, Telenor did not give notice to VimpelCom of its intention to convert its 305,000,000 voting preferred shares. The preferred shares have been redeemed by VimpelCom at a redemption price of US$0.001 per share and are no longer outstanding. 

VimpelCom’s issued share capital now consists of 1,756,731,135 common shares held as follows:

 
ShareholderCommon shares % of common and voting shares
Free Float 189,579,732 10.8%
Telenor(1) 580,578,840 33.0%
LetterOne(2) 840,625,001 47.9%
Stichting(3) 145,947,562 8.3%
Total 1,756,731,135 100%

* Certain amounts and percentages that appear in this table have been subject to rounding adjustments. As a result, certain numerical figures shown as totals may not be exact arithmetic aggregations of the figures that precede or follow them.

(1) As reported on Schedule 13D, Amendment No. 29, filed on October 5, 2015, by Telenor East Holdings II AS with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), Telenor East Holdings II AS is the direct beneficial owner of 580,578,840 common shares and 305,000,000 preferred shares. Pursuant to the terms of VimpelCom’s bye-laws, as of April 15, 2016, the 305,000,000 preferred shares held by Telenor have been redeemed by VimpelCom at a redemption price of US$0.001 per share and have ceased to be outstanding.

(2) As reported on Schedule 13D, Amendment No. 19, filed on April 1, 2016, by L1T VIP Holdings S.à r.l. with the SEC,  L1T VIP Holdings S.à r.l. is the direct beneficial owner of 840,625,001 common shares. Letterone Investment Holdings S.A. (“LetterOne”) is the sole shareholder of L1T VIP Holdings S.à r.l. and, in such capacity, may be deemed to be the beneficial owner of the common shares held for the account of  L1T VIP Holdings S.à r.l.  LetterOne is a Luxembourg company, with its principal business to function as a holding company.

(3) As reported on Schedule 13G, filed on April 1, 2016, by Stichting Administratiekantoor Mobile Telecommunications Investor (the “Stichting”), with the SEC, the Stichting is the direct beneficial owner of 145,947,562 common shares. As the holder of depositary receipts issued by the Stichting, L1T VIP Holdings S.à r.l. is entitled to the economic benefits (dividend payments, other distributions and sale proceeds) of such common shares. The Stichting is a foundation (stichting) incorporated under the laws of the Netherlands.

About VimpelCom

VimpelCom (NASDAQ: VIP) is an international communications and technology company driven by a vision to unlock new opportunities for customers as they navigate the digital world. Present in some of the world’s most dynamic markets, VimpelCom provides more than 200 million customers with voice, fixed broadband, data and digital services. VimpelCom’s heritage as a pioneer in technology is the driving force behind a major transformation focused on bringing the digital world to each and every customer. VimpelCom offers services to customers in 14 markets including Russia, Italy, Algeria, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Armenia, Georgia, Laos, and Zimbabwe. VimpelCom operates under the “Beeline”, “Kyivstar”, “WIND”, “Mobilink”, “banglalink”, “Telecel”, and “Djezzy” brands.

Follow us on Twitter @VimpelCom, visit our blog @ blog.vimpelcom.com or website @http://www.vimpelcom.com 

Contact information

Media and Public Relations

VimpelCom Ltd.
Neil Moorhouse
Tel: +31 20 79 77 200 (Amsterdam)
pr@vimpelcom.com

Investor Relations

VimpelCom Ltd.
Remco Vergeer
ir@vimpelcom.com
Tel: +31 20 79 77 200 (Amsterdam)

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