Kcell places KZT 16.8 billion in 3-year bonds on KASE


Almaty, 1 March 2019 — Kcell Joint Stock Company («Kcell» or the «Company») (LSE, KASE: KCEL), the leading provider of mobile telecommunications services in Kazakhstan, announces that it undertook a bond placement (KZP01Y03F725; KZ2C00004208; KCELb1) on the Kazakhstan Stock Exchange (KASE) on 28 February 2019, in which bonds to the value of KZT 16.8 billion were placed with investors at a yield of 11.5%.

This was the second placement in the programme Kcell announced on 14 December 2017. The first placement was on 18 January 2018, in which bonds to the value of KZT 4.95 billion were placed.

The programme is aimed at expanding and diversifying the Company’s funding sources, increasing the average term of Kcell’s financial liabilities and decreasing its funding costs.


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Company Overview

Kcell provides mobile voice telecommunications services, messaging services, value-added services such as multimedia and mobile content services, as well as data transmission services including internet access. It has two brands: the Kcell brand, which is targeted primarily at corporate subscribers (including government subscribers), and the Activ brand, which is targeted primarily at mass market subscribers. The Company offers its services through its extensive, high quality network, which covers substantially all of the populated territory of Kazakhstan.

In December 2012, Kcell successfully completed its offering of GDR’s on the London Stock Exchange and common shares on KASE. The price was set at USD 10.50 per GDR and KZT 1,578.68 per share with each GDR representing one share. The offering consisted of 50 million shares, which represent 25 percent of Kcell’s share capital.

On 21 December 2018, Kazakhtelecom JSC acquired the 75 percent stake in Kcell held by Telia Company and Fintur Holdings B.V.

Kcell plans to continue investing in the deployment of its 3G/4G network to expand coverage and to introduce high quality services. Kcell aims to provide high quality services at competitive prices, expand its offering of products and services, while maintaining the high quality of its network and enhancing its brand value.