Merger with VTB24, Redemption and Conversion of Shares
At the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018, VTB Group underwent a large-scale reorganisation that saw the merger of VTB24 into VTB Bank. As a result, on 10 January 2018, ordinary shares in VTB24 were converted into ordinary shares in VTB Bank in accordance with Article 75 of the Federal Law on Joint-Stock Companies. The conversion ratio was 1/79 (1 share of VTB24 was converted into 79 shares of VTB Bank). The terms of the conversion were the same for all VTB24 shareholders. At the same time, shares of VTB24 owned by VTB24 and VTB Bank were not subject to conversion and were redeemed. After the completion of the merger, VTB Bank became the legal successor to VTB24, taking on all of its liabilities.
Changes to the register were made by the Bank's registrar, VTB Registrar, after the Bank made the relevant entries in the Unified State Register of Legal Entities and on the basis of the documents submitted to the registrar. As a result of the conversion of VTB24 shares into shares of VTB Bank, the number of VTB shareholders increased by 2,696, including 2,611 individuals.
One of the key challenges facing the Bank in terms of developing its relations with minority shareholders in 2018 was to provide shareholders with new possibilities for communication, primarily remote channels of electronic communication. These faster, more convenient forms of electronic communication are gradually gaining more and more trust among users. For example, the VTB Shareholder mobile application, which was developed by VTB Bank and VTB Registrar specifically for the needs of private investors, is very popular. There was a significant increase in the number of users of the application in 2018.
Users of the application have access to information from leading analysts in VTB Group, online information on stock prices, the ability to maintain records of their investment portfolio and to stay up to date on current information about privileges for VTB shareholders.
In 2018, the VTB Shareholder mobile application added functionality that enables users to see all existing privileges for VTB Bank shareholders. In addition, shareholders can use the convenient feature of filtering the available privileges that they want to see. To do this, a user only needs to specify the number of shares they own. For active investors, a function was added that allows investors to connect to the trading system in the VTB My Investments application.
Through the VTB Shareholder mobile application, any shareholder, regardless of where they live or are currently located, can receive information on the activities of the Bank and VTB Group as a whole and on their investments, they can take part in the management of the Bank, vote at general meetings and not miss out on any important corporate actions. In 2018, the Bank also continued to develop its
Facebook and Twitter remained among the priority means of communication with shareholders, with engagement led through the accounts of the Shareholders Consultative Council. The number of Facebook followers increased by 26% over the year. These channels enable the Bank to quickly convey important information to shareholders and to attract a younger audience. In addition, social networks open up the possibility of hosting a wide range of additional media materials, such as videos and interviews, photo reports and live broadcasts.