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2017-10-03

Telia Company: Resultat av försäljning av delar av aktieinnehavet i MegaFon

Pressmeddelande 2017-10-03

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in whole or in part, into or in the United States, Canada, Australia
or Japan or any other jurisdiction in which offers or sales would be
prohibited by applicable law. This announcement does not constitute
or form an offer of securities in the United States, Canada,
Australia, Japan or any other jurisdiction.

Please see the important notice at the end of this announcement.

Telia Company tillkännager härmed resultatet av det anbudsförfarande
avseende försäljning av aktier i MegaFon som inleddes den 2 oktober
riktat mot institutionella placerare.

I anbudsförfarandet har Sonera Holding B.V., ett av Telia Company AB
helägt dotterbolag, åtagit sig att sälja 38,5 miljoner aktier i
MegaFon till ett pris av 585 RUB per aktie, totalt 22 522 MRUB
(motsvarande cirka 3,2 GSEK) med en positiv pro forma effekt på
nettoskuld/EBITDA med 0,1x.

- Telia Company är en av grundarna av MegaFon och har från början
aktivt medverkat till att företaget blivit ledande på den mobila och
digitala marknaden i Ryssland. Då vi fokuserar på Norden och Baltikum
enligt strategin för att bli den nya generationens telekombolag, är
det naturligt att minska vår exponering i MegaFon. Telia Company
kommer efter försäljningen av delar av vårt aktieinnehav att förbli
den näst största ägaren i MegaFon och vi kommer att fortsätta det
konstruktiva samarbetet med den största ägaren USM Group för att
skapa värde för samtliga aktieägare, säger Johan Dennelind, vd och
koncernchef Telia Company.

Efter den avslutade försäljningen äger Telia Company cirka 19 procent
av aktierna i MegaFon. Som ett resultat av transaktionen så kommer
MegaFon att omklassificeras från intressebolag till en finansiell
tillgång från och med det fjärde kvartalet 2017. Transaktionen
påverkar inte Telia Companys utsikter för helåret 2017.

Telia Company har åtagit sig att inte sälja ytterligare aktier i
MegaFon under 90 dagar efter det att försäljningen har avslutats (om
inte Joint Bookrunners uttryckligen ger sitt godkännande till detta
eller sedvanliga undantag föreligger).

Försäljningsbeloppet betalas kontant enligt sedvanliga villkor.

BofA Merrill Lynch, Citi och Morgan Stanley agerar så kallade Joint
Bookrunners i transaktionen.

Denna information är sådan information som Telia Company AB är
skyldigt att offentliggöra enligt EU:s marknadsmissbruksförordning.
Informationen lämnades, genom ovanstående kontaktpersons försorg, för
offentliggörande den 3 oktober 2017 kl. 08.00 CET.

För mer information, kontakta gärna vår presstjänst: 0771 77 58 30,
besök Newsroom (http://www.teliacompany.com/sv/nyhetsrum/) och följ
oss på Twitter @Teliacompany (https://twitter.com/Teliacompany).

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kontroll.

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indirectly, in or into the United States. The distribution of this
announcement may be restricted by law in certain jurisdictions and
persons into whose possession any document or other information
referred to herein comes should inform themselves about and observe
any such restriction. Any failure to comply with these restrictions
may constitute a violation of the securities laws of any such
jurisdiction.

This announcement does not contain or constitute an offer of, or the
solicitation of an offer to buy, securities to any person in the
United States, Australia, Canada or Japan or in any jurisdiction to
whom or in which such offer or solicitation is unlawful. The shares
referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the
US Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act") and may
not be offered or sold in the United States except pursuant to a
transaction an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to,
the registration requirements of the Securities Act. The offer and
sale of shares referred to herein has not been and will not be
registered under the applicable securities laws of Australia, Canada
or Japan. Subject to certain exceptions, the shares referred to
herein may not be offered or sold in Australia, Canada or Japan or
to, or for the account or benefit of, any national, resident or
citizen of Australia, Canada or Japan. There will be no public offer
of the shares referred to herein in the United States, Australia,
Canada or Japan or elsewhere.

The shares in MegaFon have not been approved or disapproved by the
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, any state securities
commission or other regulatory authority in the United States, nor
have any of the foregoing authorities passed upon or endorsed the
merits of the Placing or the accuracy or adequacy of this
announcement. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal
offence in the United States.

In member states of the European Economic Area ("EEA") (each, a
"Relevant Member State"), this announcement and any offer if made
subsequently is directed only at persons who are "qualified
investors" within the meaning of the Prospectus Directive ("Qualified
Investors"). For these purposes, the expression "Prospectus
Directive" means Directive 2003/71/EC (and amendments thereto,
including the 2010 PD Amending Directive, to the extent implemented
in a Relevant Member State), and includes any relevant implementing
measure in the Relevant Member State and the expression "2010 PD
Amending Directive" means Directive 2010/73/EU. In the United
Kingdom, this announcement is directed exclusively at Qualified
Investors (i) who have professional experience in matters relating to
investments falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services
and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended
(the "Order") or (ii) who fall within Article 49(2)(A) to (D) of the
Order, and (iii) to whom it may otherwise lawfully be communicated
(all such persons together being referred to as "relevant persons"),
and any investment activity to which it relates will only be engaged
in with such relevant persons and it should not be relied on by
anyone other than such persons. Persons in the United Kingdom who are
not relevant persons and persons in other Relevant Member States who
are not Qualified Investors should not take any action on the basis
of this announcement and should not act or rely on it. In the
Netherlands, this announcement and any offer if made subsequently is
directed exclusively at qualified investors (gekwalificeerde
beleggers) within the meaning of the Dutch Act on Financial
Supervision (Wet op het financieel toezicht).

Merrill Lynch International ("BofA Merrill Lynch"), Citigroup Global
Markets Limited ("Citi") and Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc
("Morgan Stanley" and together with BofA Merrill Lynch and Citi, the
"Joint Bookrunners"), each of which is authorised by the Prudential
Regulation Commission and regulated by the Financial Conduct
Authority and the Prudential Regulation Commission in the United
Kingdom, are acting exclusively for Telia Company and no-one else in
connection with the Placing. They will not regard any other person as
their respective clients in relation to the Placing and will not be
responsible to anyone other than Telia Company for providing the
protections afforded to their respective clients, nor for providing
advice in relation to the Placing, the contents of this announcement
or any transaction, arrangement or other matter referred to herein.

No prospectus or offering document has been or will be prepared in
connection with the Placing. Any investment decision in connection
with the Placing must be made on the basis of publicly available
information. Such information has not been independently verified.
The information contained in this announcement is for background
purposes only and does not purport to be full or complete.

Each of the Joint Bookrunners and their respective affiliates
expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update, review
or revise any forward looking statement contained in this
announcement whether as a result of new information, future
developments or otherwise.

In connection with the Placing, the Joint Bookrunners and any of their
respective affiliates may take up a portion of the shares referred to
herein as a principal position and in that capacity may retain,
purchase, sell, offer to sell for their own accounts such shares and
other securities of MegaFon or related investments in connection with
the Placing or otherwise. In addition, the Joint Bookrunners and any
of their affiliates may enter into financing arrangements (including
swaps or contracts for differences) with investors in connection with
which the Joint Bookrunners and any of their affiliates may from time
to time acquire, hold or dispose of shares. Accordingly, references
to the shares being issued, offered, subscribed, acquired, placed or
otherwise dealt in should be read as including any issue or offer to,
or subscription, acquisition, placing or dealing by, the Joint
Bookrunners and any of their affiliates acting in such capacity. None
of the Joint Bookrunners intends to disclose the extent of any such
investment or transactions otherwise than in accordance with any
legal or regulatory obligations to do so.

None of the Joint Bookrunners or any of their respective affiliates or
any of their or their affiliates' directors, officers, employees,
advisers or agents accepts any responsibility or liability whatsoever
for or makes any representation or warranty, express or implied, as
to the truth, accuracy or completeness of the information in this
announcement (or whether any information has been omitted from the
announcement) or any other information relating to Telia Company,
Megafon, their subsidiaries or associated companies, whether written,
oral or in a visual or electronic form, and howsoever transmitted or
made available or for any loss howsoever arising from any use of this
announcement or its contents or otherwise arising in connection
therewith.

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