On 18 September 2006, an Extraordinary General Meeting of Vneshtorgbank's Shareholders took place. The meeting approved of splitting VTB ordinary registered shares. As a result, each Vneshtorgbank's ordinary registered share with a nominal value of RUR 1,000 held by a shareholder will be replaced in VTB Shareholders' Register with 100,000 ordinary registered shares with a nominal value of RUR 0.01 each. Participation of each shareholder in VTB authorized capital will remain the same. Alongside this decision, the shareholders approved amendments to be made to Vneshtorgbank Charter to reflect a change in the nominal value and number of shares both placed and announced.
Same day, Supervisory Board of Vneshtorgbank held its meeting. Members of the Board decided to convene an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Bank's Shareholders on 19 October 2006 and approved its agenda. Major issues to be discussed at the meeting will be approving of the Bank's auditing company, which is expected to be Ernst & Young Vneshaudit as recommended by the Supervisory Board, and launching of the Group's corporate brand - VTB. Besides, the Supervisory Board made a decision to open a new branch in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and to close an existing branch in Sochi since a new sub-office of Krasnodarsky branch will be opened on its basis.