Supreme Court reduces tax claim against Kcell

Almaty, 25 July 2019 - JSC Kcell (“Kcell” or the “Company”) (LSE, KASE: KCEL), the leading provider of mobile telecommunication services in Kazakhstan, announces that on 23 July 2019, the Supreme Court considered the petition, granted the petition and overturned the decision of the Specialised Inter-District Economic Court and the Court of Appeal in respect of an unjustified additional assessment of Withholding Tax (WHT) for a non-resident (Sonera Holding B.V.) as a result of the reorganisation of a legal entity; and an unjustified additional assessment of WHT and VAT for non-residents for remote technical support services. With regard to the remaining contested issues, the decision of the Specialised Inter-District Economic Court and the Court of Appeal was upheld.


As a result of the Supreme Court decision, the KZT 9.0 billion provision for taxes, penalties and fines will be reduced in total by KZT 5.0 billion, comprising KZT 3.0 billion for unpaid taxes, KZT 0.2 billion in fines and a KZT 1.8 billion reduction of the penalty due to the expiration of the limitation period.







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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.