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NOVATEK resumes share buyback program
Moscow, 17 March 2014. OAO NOVATEK (“NOVATEK” and/or the “Company”) announces today that pursuant to the Company’s buyback program originally announced on 7 June 2012 and subsequently extended, during the period from 11 through 14 March 2014, 2 476 250 ordinary shares (including in a form of Global Depositary Receipts) were purchased on the open market.
According to NOVATEK’s Chairman of the Management Board, Leonid V. Mikhelson, “We have resumed our share buyback program by purchasing our shares on the open market as the current share price significantly diverges from the intrinsic value of the Company. We continue to deliver significant shareholder value through the successful execution of our corporate strategy and the timely delivery of our core projects. The recent sell-off is not linked to the strong underlying fundamentals of the Company, nor does it properly reflect, in our opinion, the growth of our hydrocarbon output and the free cash flow generation of our business. Therefore, we felt is was prudent to resume our share buyback program to support our share price and market value, and provide our firm commitment to deliver the enormous growth potential of NOVATEK”.
On 7 June, 2012, the Company’s Board of Directors approved a one-year buyback program in respect of ordinary shares of NOVATEK and/or Global Depositary Receipts representing Shares (each GDR representing 10 Shares) in the aggregate amount of up to 600 million US dollars. On 30 May, 2013, the buyback program was extended until 7 June, 2014, by a decision of the Management Board.
As of 17 March 2014, 9.3 million ordinary shares (including in a form of Global Depositary Receipts) have been purchased on the open market as part of the program implementation.
PAO NOVATEK is the largest independent natural gas producer in Russia, and in 2017, entered the global LNG market by successfully launching the Yamal LNG project. Founded in 1994, the Company is engaged in the exploration, production, processing and marketing of natural gas and liquid hydrocarbons. Upstream activities of the Company’s subsidiaries and joint ventures are concentrated mainly in the prolific Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Region, which is the world’s largest natural gas producing area and accounts for approximately 80% of Russia’s natural gas production and approximately 15% of the world’s gas production. NOVATEK is a public joint stock company established under the laws of the Russian Federation.