Washington, D.C. 20549


Report of Foreign Issuer
July 5, 2018


Pursuant to Rule 13a-16 or 15d-16 of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Commission file number:  333-12032


Mobile TeleSystems PJSC

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

Russian Federation

(Jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)


4, Marksistskaya Street
Moscow 109147
Russian Federation

(Address of principal executive offices)


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports under cover Form 20-F or Form 40-F.


Form 20-F   x   Form 40-F   o


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant by furnishing the information contained in this Form is also thereby furnishing the information to the Commission pursuant to Rule 12g3-2(b) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.


Yes   o   No   x






MTS Increased Its Stake in MTS Bank


July 5, 2018


Moscow, Russian Federation — PJSC MTS (NYSE: MBT, MOEX: MTSS), the leading telecommunications operator and digital service provider in Russia, announces the acquisition of a 28.63% stake in MTS Bank, one of the 50 largest banks in Russia.


In accordance with the agreement, MTS’s wholly-owned subsidiary Mobile TeleSystems B.V. acquired a stake in MTS Bank from Sistema PJSFC (LSE: SSA, MOEX: AFKS), the largest diversified public financial corporation in Russia and the CIS and the majority shareholder of MTS, for RUB 8.27 bln. As a result of the deal, MTS’s share in MTS Bank increased from 26.61% to 55.24%. Sistema’s direct ownership in MTS Bank decreased from 71.87% to 43.24%, while the balance of shares are held by other shareholders.


The deal assumes the consolidation of a controlling stake of MTS Bank by MTS that simplifies interaction between the companies, speeds up the decision-making process and reduces time-to-market for digital financial products. FinTech not only creates potentially new business streams for MTS, it also may positively impact the core telecom business as markets with high data penetration usage often showcase strong usage of mobile-based financial services. Likewise, greater integration will allow MTS to better utilize its retail networks, which will can help dramatically expand the bank’s reach.


Alexey Kornya, President and CEO of MTS, commented, “The acquisition of the controlling stake in MTS Bank is in line with our strategy to diversify the business, achieve synergies and develop innovative financial services. The deal allows us to consolidate MTS business in the Russian FinTech market, which grows by more than 10% per year, simplifies corporate and operational management, and most importantly - accelerates the launch of new products. For the years of our partnership, the bank went through deep transformation: with MTS’s support, the bank upgraded its IT-platforms, optimized business processes, increased its customer base and has been sufficiently capitalized. By 2017, MTS Bank has significantly improved its financial performance and become profitable. Now, we believe that closer integration will bring MTS Bank into top Russian banks in the most promising retail segments such as development of digital banking as an ecosystem of mobile services for customers and remote banking services for small businesses.”


All necessary regulatory and corporate approvals have been received. The approval by the MTS Board of Directors was based on the recommendation of the Special Committee to the Board of Directors.


Key milestones of integration of MTS and MTS Bank


·                  In August 2011, MTS, in partnership with MTS Bank (at that time known as MBRD) launched the MTS Dengi (MTS Money), a project aimed at providing customers throughout Russia with payment tools, including credit cards, near-field communications-enabled SIM cards and PoS (point-of-sale) credit.


·                  In February 2012, MBRD, as part of a broad strategic commercial agreement, rebranded itself as MTS Bank and adopted the look and feel of MTS’s internationally recognized brand.


·                  In March 2013, MTS acquired 25.095% shares of MTS-Bank to take advantage of the convergence of financial and telecommunications services, with the ultimate aim of consolidating the controlling stake and create a digital platform for its customers.


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For further information, please contact in Moscow:


Joshua B. Tulgan

Director, Department of Corporate Finance and Investor Relations

Mobile TeleSystems PJSC

Tel: +7 495 223 2025



Learn more about MTS. Visit the official blog of the Investor Relations Department at


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Mobile TeleSystems PJSC (“MTS” - NYSE:MBT; MOEX:MTSS), the leading telecommunications group in Russia and the CIS, provides a range of mobile, fixed-line and digital services. We serve over 100 million mobile subscribers in Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, and Belarus, and about 9 million customers of fixed-line services, including fixed voice, broadband internet, and pay-TV. To keep pace with evolving customer demand, MTS is redefining what telecommunications services are by offering innovative products beyond its core network-related businesses in various tech segments, including Big Data, financial and banking services, internet of things, OTT, cloud computing, systems integration and e-commerce. We leverage our market-leading retail network as a platform for customer services and sales of devices and accessories. MTS maintains its leadership in the Russian mobile market in terms of revenue and profitability. MTS is majority-owned by Sistema PJSFC. Since 2000, MTS shares have been listed on the New York Stock Exchange and since 2003 - on the Moscow Exchange. For more information, please visit:


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Some of the information in this press release may contain projections or other forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial performance of MTS, as defined in the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify forward looking statements by terms such as “expect,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “intend,” “will,” “could,” “may” or “might,” and the negative of such terms or other similar expressions.  We wish to caution you that these statements are only predictions and that actual events or results may differ materially. We do not undertake or intend to update these statements to reflect events and circumstances occurring after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. We refer you to the documents MTS files from time to time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the Company’s most recent Form 20-F. These documents contain and identify important factors, including those contained in the section captioned “Risk Factors” that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those contained in our projections or forward-looking statements, including, among others, the severity and duration of current economic and financial conditions, including volatility in interest and exchange rates, commodity and equity prices and the value of financial assets; the impact of Russian, U.S. and other foreign government programs to restore liquidity and stimulate national and global economies, our ability to maintain our current credit rating and the impact on our funding costs and competitive position if we do not do so, strategic actions, including acquisitions and dispositions and our success in integrating acquired businesses, potential fluctuations in quarterly results, our competitive environment, dependence on new service development and tariff structures, rapid technological and market change, acquisition strategy, risks associated with telecommunications infrastructure, governmental regulation of the telecommunications industries and other risks associated with operating in Russia and the CIS, volatility of stock price, financial risk management and future growth subject to risks.


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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.













/s/ Alexey Kornya




Alexey Kornya









Date:   July 5, 2018