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ROSTELECOM PJSC: Rostelecom social bonds affirmed by AKRA rating agency

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ROSTELECOM PJSC: Rostelecom social bonds affirmed by AKRA rating agency

22-Nov-2021 / 15:30 MSK
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Rostelecom social bonds affirmed by AKRA rating agency

Moscow, Russia - November 21, 2021 - Rostelecom PJSC (MOEX - RTS: RTKM, RTKMP; OTCQX: ROSYY), Russia's largest integrated digital company, today announces that its social bonds 001P-06R have been verified by the AKRA rating agency and the issuance has been recognised as fully compliant with the international principles and standards (Social Bond Principles (SBP) for financing socially sound and sustainable products that achieve greater social benefits. The inaugural social bond issuance in the expected amount of up to RUB 10 billion will become the first largest social bond in telecoms. 

The proceeds will be invested in the refinancing of the existing two projects: Internet access infrastructure in socially significant regions and Bridging the digital divide.

Sergei Anokhin, Senior VP and CFO of Rostelecom, commented: "Our ambition is to utilise social bonds as one of the key instruments to attract debt capital to finance our sustainable development projects. Rostelecom's business model revolves around social value creation through its digital communication services and solutions which play a significant role in improving quality of life, supporting business efficiency, and indirectly reducing the negative impacts on the environment.

This new debt instrument will help us attract investors with strong focus on ESG credentials. Through launching this bond, with a clear social ambition, we emphasize our commitment to contributing to the communities in which we operate and our ambition to become one of the leading communications companies with social impact at the core of our business spirit. This is an important milestone for Rostelecom as we further strengthen our long-term liquidity and equity profile, and continue to build a more sustainable business that is focused on social value creation."

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PJSC Rostelecom is the largest integrated digital services and products provider, operating in all segments of the telecommunications market in Russia. The Company serves millions of households, state and private enterprises across the country.

Rostelecom is Russia's undisputed market leader, providing high-speed Internet access and pay-TV. The total number of broadband users stands at over 13.5 mln users, it has more than 10.9 mln pay-TV customers, over 6.3 mln of which are subscribed to IPTV. Tele2 Russia, a Rostelecom subsidiary, is a major player in the mobile market with the industry leading NPS, a customer satisfaction benchmark. The joint mobile subscriber base is over 46.6 mln users.

Rostelecom is a key strategic innovator that provides solutions in the following fields: E-Government, cybersecurity, data-centres and cloud computing, biometry, healthcare, education and housing & utility services.

During the 9M 2021, the Group generated RUB 411.8 bln of revenues, RUB 169.7 bln of OIBDA (41.2% of revenue) and RUB 31.4 bln of net income.

Rostelecom is a key strategic innovator that provides solutions in the following fields: E-Government, cybersecurity, data-centres and cloud computing, biometry, healthcare, education and housing & utility services.

The Group's stable financial position is confirmed by its credit ratings. Rostelecom has been assigned 'BBB-' and 'BB+' international credit ratings by Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor's respectively, and AA(RU) by ACRA.

 



ISIN: US7785291078
Category Code: MSCM
TIDM: RKMD
LEI Code: 2534001D752JPNM0H170
Sequence No.: 127385
EQS News ID: 1250998

 
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