First quarter 2011: Growth and modernisation

(Fornebu, 4 May 2011) In the first quarter of 2011, Telenor Group reported revenues of NOK 24,1 billion, representing an organic revenue growth of 7%. EBITDA before other items was NOK 7.4 billion, EBITDA margin was 31 per cent, and operating cash flow was NOK 5 billion. Telenor's consolidated mobile operations added nine million subscriptions during the quarter. "The Telenor Group started 2011 with 7% organic revenue growth and healthy margins. We achieved an operating cash flow of NOK 5 billion, while most of the operations are going through significant network modernisation. Our mobile operations are continuing the strong subscriber growth seen in the last part of 2010, adding 9 million subscribers during the first quarter this year," said Jon Fredrik Baksaas, President and CEO of Telenor Group Nordic "In the Nordic region, mobile voice usage is fairly stable while data continues to grow. In Norway and Denmark, there is increased price competition and more comprehensive measures on cost reductions are required. The network modernisation programmes in all three markets will significantly reduce network operations cost. Telenor Sweden acquired 800 MHz spectrum which will contribute to an efficient 4G network. Throughout the Nordics, we are launching a number of new service offerings that will strengthen our market position and enhance user experience," Baksaas said. Central and Eastern Europe "In Central and Eastern Europe, Telenor Serbia confirmed the positive momentum with strong growth and improved margins while Telenor Hungary maintained stable underlying margins. On 15 April, VimpelCom completed the Wind Telecom transaction following the approval by a special shareholder meeting. Telenor opposed the transaction, but we will continue to work in the best interest of VimpelCom. In parallel, we have initiated arbitration proceedings to secure Telenor's shareholder rights," Baksaas said. Asia "The Asian operations were the main contributors to subscriber and revenue growth. Uninor in India continued the trend from second half of 2010, with subscriber growth of 5.2 million, reaching 17.4 million. Indian authorities continue their investigations of the 2G licence award process that took place early 2008, prior to Telenor's entry to Uninor. Telenor welcomes an early clarity on these issues. The four other Asian operations achieved 13% organic revenue growth in the quarter. Smartphone demand and data usage in Malaysia and Thailand continues the strong momentum. Customer growth in Grameenphone continued at high level and contributed to 21% revenue growth. With 26% cash flow margin we are on track to deliver good returns in Pakistan," Baksaas ended. Maintained outlook for 2011 Based on the results and trends in the first quarter, Telenor maintains its outlook for 2011. Key figures The table below contains key figures for the first quarter of 2011, compared to the previous year: +-------------------------------------------------------+-------------+------+ |(NOK in millions except earnings per share) |First quarter| Year | +-------------------------------------------------------+------+------+------+ |  | 2011 | 2010 | 2010 | +-------------------------------------------------------+------+------+------+ |Revenues |24 092|22 339|94 843| +-------------------------------------------------------+------+------+------+ |EBITDA before other income and expenses | 7 359| 7 151|29 220| +-------------------------------------------------------+------+------+------+ |EBITDA margin before other income and expenses (%) | 30.5| 32.0| 30.8| +-------------------------------------------------------+------+------+------+ |Adjusted operating profit | 3 654| 3 193|13 086| +-------------------------------------------------------+------+------+------+ |Adjusted operating profit/Revenues (%) | 15.2| 14.3| 13.8| +-------------------------------------------------------+------+------+------+ |Profit after taxes and non-controlling interests [1] | 2 793| 1 038|14 333| +-------------------------------------------------------+------+------+------+ |Earnings per share from total operations, basic, in NOK| 1.71| 0.63| 8.69| +-------------------------------------------------------+------+------+------+ |Capex[2] | 2 610| 2 383|11 688| +-------------------------------------------------------+------+------+------+ |Capex excl. licences and spectrum | 2 403| 2 383|11 355| +-------------------------------------------------------+------+------+------+ |Capex excl. licences and spectrum/Revenues (%) | 10.0| 10.7| 12.0| +-------------------------------------------------------+------+------+------+ |Operating cash flow  [3] | 4 956| 4 768|17 865| +-------------------------------------------------------+------+------+------+ |Net interest-bearing liabilities |15 088|21 252|19 276| +-------------------------------------------------------+------+------+------+ For more information please refer to the quarterly report on Contact: Scott Engebrigtsen, Communication Manager, Telenor Group, Tel: +47 90043484, E- To the editorial offices: Press and analyst conference In connection with the publication of the financial results, a press and analyst conference will be held on Wednesday 4 May 2011 at 09:00 hrs Norwegian time/CET. The presentation will be held in Auditorium A, Telenor Expo Visitors' Centre, at the Telenor Headquarters at Fornebu outside Oslo. President and CEO Jon Fredrik Baksaas and CFO Richard Olav Aa will present the results. All presentations will be given in English. Internet and mobile broadcast The press and analyst conference will be broadcast live over the Internet, and a recorded version will be made available on relations/reports/q1-2011. During the live transmission, written questions may be submitted via the Internet. The conference will also be available live, and in a recorded version, on mobile phones - for access, SMS expo to 2440 or +47 99454510 from abroad. Conference call and Q&A The press and analyst conference will also be available as a conference call. This service also allows participants to ask questions at a concluding Q&A session, which will be held immediately after the presentation and a brief Q&A session in the auditorium. Please register well in advance on (+47) 800 80 119 (from Norway) or (+47) 23 18 45 01 (from Norway or abroad). Materials English language versions of the full quarterly report and all presentations used during the press and analyst conference will be made available at 07:00 and 08:45 hrs Norwegian time/CET, respectively. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [1] As of the first quarter 2010, figures for OJSC VimpelCom and Kyivstar were included with a one quarter lag. [2] Capex is defined as capital expenditures from continuing operations [3] Operating cash flow is defined as EBITDA before other income and expenses - Capex, excluding licenses and spectrum. This announcement is distributed by Thomson Reuters on behalf of Thomson Reuters clients. 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