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Results of the Annual General Meeting

04.06.2008

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Ekaterinburg – June 04, 2008 – Uralsvyazinform (RTS: URSI/URSIP) the leading carrier of fixed-line and mobile services in the Urals region, Russia reports the results of the Annual General Meeting.

The shareholders approved the annual report, annual financial statements including profit and loss statement, and profit distribution as of FY2007, as below.

Financial and operational highlights, 2007 (Russian Accounting Standards)


Financial, RUR million 2007 2006 Change, y-o-y, %
Revenues 39 152,6 33 851,0 +15,7%
Expenses 30 503,4 26 217,5 +16,3%
EBITDA 13 209,3 9 880,0 +33,7%
EBITDA margin 33.7% 29.2% -
Operating profit 8 649,3 7 633,5 +13,3%
Operating margin 22.1% 22.6% -
Pre-tax profit 5 546,4 3 372,0 +64,5%
Net profit 3 685,3 2 084,7 +76,8%
Net margin 9.4% 6.2% -
Operational data, as of end of period
Number of subscribers
fixed-line services, thous 3 699 3 673 +0.7%
Mobile services (GSM), thous 5 115 4 412 +15.9%
Broadband services, thous 295 115 +156,5%
Digitalisation of fixed-line networks, % 74.6% 73.6%
Telephone penetration
fixed-line services, % 28 28 -
mobile services, % 100+ 89 -
Number of employees 26 401 30 952 -14,7%

The Meeting approved the annual dividend as of 2007 at the below rates:

  • RUR 0.047031 per one preferred share payable until August 03, 2008;
  • RUR 0.022821 per one common share payable until December 15, 2008.

Overall, dividend payout will amount to RUR 1,105.6 mln, or 30.0% of net profit as of 2007. The rest of undistributed net profit at the amount of RUR 2,579.7 mln is used to increase the equity capital.

The AGM elected the Board of Directors consisting of 11 persons.

  • Boris D. ANTONYUK, Deputy Minister at RF Ministry for Information Technologies and Telecommunications
  • Yuri A. BILIBIN, First Deputy General Director at ZAO “Skylink”
  • Alla B. GRIGORYEVA, Deputy Director of Corporate Governance and Legal Department of OAO “Svyazinvest”
  • Gennady V. ZHELTYAKOV, Advisor to General Director at OAO “Svyazinvest”
  • Sergey M. KERBER, Investment Director at ZAO ‘Lider’ (Pension Fund)
  • Olga G. KOROLYOVA, Chief Accountant OAO “Svyazinvest”
  • Vladimir A. STATYIN, General Director at Non-Commercial Partnership “Association for Protection of Shareholder Rights”
  • Dmitry Y. TUSHUNOV, Head of Analytical Section at ZAO “Lider”
  • Anatoly Y. UFIMKIN, General Director of OAO “Uralsvyazinform”
  • Evgeny A. CHECHELNITSKY, Deputy General Director of OAO ‘Svyazinvest’
  • Anton A. SCHEGOLIKHIN, Executive Director at OAO “Svyazinvest”

The Meeting also elected the Audit Commission.

  • Valentina F. VEREMYANINA, Deputy Director of Corporate Governance and Legal Department of OAO “Svyazinvest”
  • Yan S. GRINCHENKO, Leading specialist of Corporate Governance and Legal Department of OAO “Svyazinvest”
  • Svetlana F. KARTUZOVA, Leading specialist of Accounting, Tax and Statistics at OAO “Svyazinvest”
  • Elena O. KONKOVA, Leading specialist of Internal Audit Department at OAO “Svyazinvest”
  • Ivan V. TOPOLYA, Deputy Chief Accountant at OAO “Svyazinvest”
  • Olga S. CHETVERKINA Leading specialist of Internal Audit Department at OAO “Svyazinvest”
  • Dmitry A. SHOROKHOV Deputy head of Section of Economics and Finance Department at OAO “Svyazinvest”

The AGM approved KPMG (ZAO) as the company auditor for 2008 (As recommended by the Board of Directors for approval at AGM following the tender to nominate the Auditor).

Other decisions included the approval of the new versions of the Charter, Regulations on the Board of Directors, and amended Regulations on the Managing Board. The AGM also validated the amount of remuneration paid to the Board of Directors and approved the termination of membership in the Regional Mobile Operators Association.

Summing up the Meeting’s results, Anatoly Ufimkin, CEO said,“The year of 2007 was special for Uralsvyazinform. This year is marked by the fifth anniversary of the company as an inter-regional unit. With combined resources, opportunities and potentials, we created a strong company renowned both nationally and abroad. In the last five years, we have added over 720 new telephone lines, increased our mobile subscriber base more than 10 times to exceed five million. One of the most prominent results is probably the growth of market capitalization, which has now exceeded US$ 2 billion.
In terms of 2007 results, the company has fulfilled all the objectives assigned to us by the shareholders. In particular, the introduction of tariffs in local services was one of the most important reforms of the year. Sustained growth in broadband was another major business objective. In 2007, we increased our subscriber numbers 2.5 times and reached 295,000 mark, while our market share of data transmission services exceeded 55%.
We also continued to prioritize on mobile business, which has been the company’s main growth driver together with broadband services for the last few years. In general, our mobile business proved its high efficiency in a competitive environment. In 2007, revenue generation in mobile services and new services increased by 22% and 49% on 2006, respectively. Thus, unregulated services now deliver 42% of the company’s overall sales”.
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The first session of newly elected Board of Directors has nominated Evgeny Chechelnitsky, Deputy General Director of OAO ‘Svyazinvest’, the Board’s Chairman.

For additional information, please contact IR department on tel. +7 (343) 379 1217 or e-mail: investor@gd.usi.ru. The most recent company information is also available at www.uralsviazinform.com or URSI_RU page in Bloomberg system.