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Investment Ratings

VTB Capital uses a three-tiered Investment Rating system for stocks under coverage: Buy, Hold, or Sell.

The three main ratings correspond to the next 12-month Expected Total Return (ETR), defined as the difference between the Target Price and the Last Price divided by the Last Price plus the expected Dividend Yield over the next 12 months. The correspondence is as follows (as of the publishing date):

BUY: ETR exceeds plus 20% or more

HOLD: ETR is between zero and plus 20%

SELL: ETR is less than zero

VTB Capital Research assures the correspondence between the active Investment Ratings and the aforementioned definitions at the time of the Target Price and/or Investment Rating revision. Between such revisions, day-to-day movements in the prices of financial instruments could result in a temporary discrepancy between the Investment Rating and the aforementioned definition. Analysts address such discrepancies based on their scale and duration.

UNDER REVIEW: In the event that significant information about an issuer is due to be announced or is expected to become public in the foreseeable future, or the analyst needs time to evaluate such information, which was announced recently, s/he might choose to place that issuer Under Review. This means that the analyst is suspending the previously published financial forecasts, Target Price and investment rating in order to review them while waiting for the impending information. As such, they are no longer valid and should not be relied upon.

RESTRICTED : In certain circumstances, VTB Capital is not able to communicate issuer ratings due to internal policy and/or law and regulations. In this case, any revision of the financial forecasts, Target Prices and Investment Ratings will be carried out only after the Restricted status is removed.

Notwithstanding the above, VTB Capital may from time to time issue investment recommendations predicated on a different time horizon (such as short-term trading recommendations) to that which is described above. Where VTB Capital issues such an investment recommendation, the use of an alternative time horizon for the purpose of formulating such investment recommendation might result in differences between such investment recommendation and any investment rating published in accordance with the Investment Rating system described above.

The below table details the distribution of VTB Capital’s Investment Ratings on the basis of the three-tier recommendation system described above.

Investment Rating Distribution
Hold 4638%
Sell 11 9%
Restricted 0 0%
Not Rated 0 0%
Under Review 17 14%
Investment Rating Distribution for IB clients
Buy15 56%
Hold7 26%
Sell0 0%
Not Rated0 0%
Under Review 5 19%

As of 10 April 2016, the VTB Capital Ratings Distribution table accounts for all the instruments covered, rather than the companies covered. In instances where we provide a recommendation for more than one instrument issued by a company, these are now counted separately. This accounts for the increase in the number of ratings from the count as of 29 February 2016. A list of those companies for which we cover more than one instrument can be found at DoubleRecPLC20171231.pdf.

Conflicts Disclosures and Equity Research Historical Ratings

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Price Targets

VTB Capital Research employs a Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) model as its principal valuation framework for estimating the fair and target prices of stocks. The central metric is fair current Enterprise Value (EV), which is obtained on the basis of Free Cash Flow to Firm (FCFF) discounted at a constant company-specific Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC).

Conflicts Management Arrangements

VTB Capital Research has been published in accordance with our conflict management arrangements.

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