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VTB announces pricing of Global Offering at 13.60 kopecks, US$0.00528 per Share and US$10.56 per GDR

11 May 2007


This document is not a prospectus. Investors should not subscribe for any transferable securities referred to in this announcement except on the basis of information in the prospectus.

For Immediate Release May 11, 2007

VTB announces pricing of Global Offering at 13.60 kopecks, US$0.00528 per Share and US$10.56 per GDR

JSC VTB Bank ("VTB") today announces the pricing of its Global Offering of ordinary shares ("Shares") and Global Depositary Receipts ("GDRs"):

  • The Global Offering has been priced towards the top of the indicative price range at 13.60 kopecks, US$0.00528 per Share and US$ 10.56 per GDR with each GDR representing 2,000 Shares.
  • A total of 1,513 billion newly issued Shares were allocated in the Global Offering, representing 22.5% of VTB's enlarged share capital, implying a post money market capitalisation of VTB of US$ 35.5 billion.
  • The total offer size is approximately US$ 8.0 billion, making the VTB Global Offering the world's largest IPO this year to date.
  • Strong, high quality institutional demand was received across all regions in which the Shares and GDRs were offered in addition to significant demand from Russian retail investors.
  • Over 131,000 retail investors in Russia applied for Shares with a total value of approximately US$ 1.6 billion, which has been allocated in full, making it the most successful Russian retail offer to date by number of applicants and value of demand.
  • VTB will receive all of the net proceeds of the Global Offering, which it intends to use primarily to support the ongoing expansion of its business, including the expansion of its Russian retail banking operations.
  • Conditional dealings will commence on the London Stock Exchange at 09:00 today. Admission of GDRs to the Official List of the UK Listing Authority ("Admission"), and dealing of the GDRs on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol "VTBR", is expected to take place at 08:00 on May 17, 2007. Dealing in the Shares on the MICEX and RTS in Moscow, Russia, under the symbol "VTBR" will start once the placement report has been registered with the CBR.
  • Citi, Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs International were Joint Global Coordinators for the Global Offering and, together with Renaissance Capital, were Joint Bookrunners.


Andrey Kostin, President - Chairman of the Management Board of VTB, said today:

"The strength of demand for our shares reflects investor appetite for the high quality exposure to the fast growing Russian banking market that VTB offers and is a clear endorsement of our strengths and growth strategy".

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About VTB

VTB is a leading Russian universal banking group offering a wide range of banking services and products across Russia, certain CIS countries and selected countries in Western Europe, Asia and Africa. VTB is focused on providing banking products and services to Russian and CIS clients through its domestic and foreign operations and to foreign clients doing business primarily related to, or in, Russia and the CIS through its foreign banking subsidiaries and representative offices.

It is the second largest banking group in Russia by assets, total loans and total deposits. As of December 31, 2006, the VTB Group had $52,403 million in total assets and $6,992 million in total equity (including minorities) and generated $2,810 million of operating income for the year ended December 31, 2006, including $1,745 million of net interest income and $351 million of net fee and commission income, which grew at an annual increase of 92% and 109%, respectively. The VTB Group achieved a record net profit of $1,179 million (including minorities) for the year ended December 31, 2006.
VTB was established in 1990 as the Bank for Foreign Trade of the Russian Federation. Since that time, VTB has, through organic expansion and selected acquisitions, transformed itself into a universal banking group with a strong presence in Russia and an expanding presence in the CIS and elsewhere.

Despite this expansion, the Group`s Russian banking business continues to represent a significant majority of its activities. VTB has four subsidiary banks in Russia, one subsidiary bank in each of Armenia and Georgia, one subsidiary bank in Belarus, two subsidiary banks in Ukraine, six subsidiary banks in Western Europe (in the United Kingdom, France, Austria, Germany, Cyprus and Switzerland) and one subsidiary bank in Angola.  VTB also has an associated bank in each of Luxembourg and Vietnam, as well as representative offices in China, India, Belarus and Italy and a branch of VTB Europe in Singapore. The VTB Group recently rebranded the majority of its subsidiaries so that ``VTB`` now forms part of their names. As of December 31, 2006, the VTB Group operated its banking business in Russia through 524 branches (including sub-branches and outlets).

Already an established leader in Russian corporate banking, VTB has recently achieved faster than market growth in the attractive Russian retail banking sector, where it is focused on the growing, higher margin upper mass and affluent retail customer segments. It increased loans to individuals and deposits to individuals at 2004-2006 CAGRs of 341% and 86%, respectively, both at a faster pace than the overall Russian banking sector and than that of other top Russian banks during the same period.

Prior to the Global Offering, the Russian Federation, acting through the Federal Property Agency, owns 99.9% of VTB's ordinary shares, and is, and will continue after the Global Offering to be, the controlling shareholder of the VTB Group. 

The VTB Group has three principal areas of business:

  • Corporate banking, which provides a broad range of commercial banking services and products, including corporate lending, foreign trade transactions, syndicated loans, deposit and settlement services, as well as custody services to large and medium-sized corporations and financial institutions;
  • Retail banking, which provides financial services, including deposit accounts, lending and certain ancillary services, to individuals and small-sized corporations; and
  • Investment banking, which provides debt capital markets underwriting, project financing and advisory services, merger and acquisition financing and advisory services, portfolio management services and also manages the Group's proprietary trading activities.

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This document does not constitute or form part of any offer or invitation to sell or issue, or any solicitation of any offer to purchase or subscribe for, any shares or other securities of VTB, nor shall any part of it nor the fact of its distribution form part of or be relied on in connection with any contract or investment decision relating thereto, nor does it constitute a recommendation regarding the securities of VTB.

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This announcement is an advertisement and not a prospectus and investors should not subscribe for or purchase any shares or other securities referred to in this announcement except on the basis of information in the prospectus which is intended to be published by VTB in due course in connection with the admission of GDRs representing the VTB shares to the Official List of the U.K. Financial Services Authority. Such prospectus will, following publication, be available in a printed form at the registered office of VTB.

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Information contained in this document is not an offer, or an invitation to make offers, sell, purchase, exchange or transfer any securities in Russia or to or for the benefit of any Russian person or any person in Russia, and does not constitute an advertisement of any securities in Russia. The GDRs have not been and will not be registered in Russia and are not intended for "placement" or "public circulation" in Russia.

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