MTG holds 60,008,800 CTC Media shares, which together represent 38.1% of the total issued and outstanding number of CTC Media shares. The Group therefore expects to receive approximately USD 8 million in cash dividends from CTC Media on or about 30 March 2012, and total dividends of approximately USD 31 million for the full year 2012.
CTC Media paid out a total of USD 130 million in cash dividends in 2011 in four quarterly instalments, and the Group therefore received a total of USD 49 million in dividends during the year. The lower level of anticipated payments in 2012 reflects the increased investments that CTC Media is making and plans to make in programming and in the overall development of the business during 2012.
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Hans-Holger Albrecht, Chief Executive OfficerTel: +46 (0) 8 562 000 50
Modern Times Group (MTG) is an international entertainment broadcasting group with operations that span four continents and include free-TV, pay-TV, radio and content production businesses. MTG’s Viasat Broadcasting operates free-TV and pay-TV channels, which are available on Viasat’s own satellite platforms and third party networks, and also distributes TV content over the internet. MTG is also the largest shareholder in CTC Media, which is Russia’s leading independent television broadcaster.
Modern Times Group is a growth company and generated record net sales of SEK 13.5 billion in 2011. MTG’s Class A and B shares are listed on Nasdaq OMX Stockholm’s Large Cap index under the symbols ‘MTGA’ and ‘MTGB’.
The information in this announcement is that which Modern Times Group MTG AB is required to disclose under the Securities Market Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. It was released for publication at 12.30 CET on 28 February 2012.