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Subscriber growth and strong cash flow

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(Fornebu, 28 October 2021) «In the third quarter, Telenor reports flat organic subscription and traffic revenues, a 2% decline in organic EBITDA and a strong cash flow of NOK 7 billion. The results are impacted by the prevailing covid situation in Asia, nevertheless, we see strong trends, adding almost 2 million subscribers this quarter and almost 7 million year to date.

The solid performance in the Nordics continued. In Norway, demand for value added services drove a 3 % mobile ARPU growth in the quarter. The 5G rollout and copper decommissioning is running at full speed, supporting our superior network position and laying the foundation for future service growth.

In Finland and Denmark, the strong performance resulted in 4 % growth in subscription and traffic revenues.

In Asia, there are early signs of gradual recovery from the impact of the pandemic. Subscriber growth and increasing data usage are important drivers in Bangladesh and Pakistan. In Thailand, the results are impacted by lockdowns. The country, however, is signaling re-opening of the borders for tourists towards the end of the year. In Malaysia, we see gradual improvement in performance through targeted market initiatives, supported by government stimuli packages and easing of restrictions as a result of high vaccination rates.

During the pandemic, we have accelerated the execution of our strategic ambitions, including modernisation and digitalization initiatives. As a result, our operations today are more efficient and resilient than they were at the beginning of the pandemic. Based on the performance so far this year, and on our expectations for the fourth quarter, we maintain our outlook for 2021.»

Sigve Brekke, President and CEO, Telenor Group

KEY FIGURES TELENOR GROUP*

Third quarter

First three quarters

Year

NOK in million

2021

2020

2021

2020

2020

Revenues

27 411

28 408

82 087

86 517

115 839

Organic revenue growth (%)

0.3

-2.7

1.0

-2.4

-2.7

Subscription and traffic revenues

20 698

21 465

61 542

65 693

87 147

Organic subscription and traffic revenue growth (%)

-0.1

-2.9

-0.3

-2.3

-2.6

EBITDA before other income and other expenses

12 856

13 623

37 418

39 798

52 347

Organic EBITDA growth (%)

-2.2

3.3

0.1

1.4

1.0

EBITDA before other income and other expenses/Revenues (%)

46.9

48.0

45.6

46.0

45.2

Net income attributable to equity holders of Telenor ASA

2 642

4 527

942

9 652

17 341

Capex excl. licences and spectrum

4 014

3 535

12 077

10 215

15 811

Total Capex

4 025

3 943

14 323

10 962

21 152

Free cash flow before M&A

6 170

3 895

11 288

10 554

12 542

Total Free cash flow

7 185

4 372

13 139

11 725

20 855

Mobile subscriptions - Change in quarter/Total (mill.)

1.8

4.2

172.1

163.1

165.5

*With effect from the second quarter of 2021, Telenor Myanmar is classified as held for sale and discontinued operations, see note 3. As a consequence, the relevant figures in the table above and throughout the report excludes Telenor Myanmar.

Third quarter 2021 summary1)

  • The Group’s mobile subscriber base grew by 1.8 million. The subscriber base was 172 million at the end of the quarter.

  • Subscription and traffic revenues remained stable on an organic basis. Total reported revenues were NOK 27.4 billion, a decrease of NOK 1.0 billion.

  • Currency adjusted opex decreased by NOK 0.1 billion, or 1%. Reported opex decreased by NOK 0.3 billion.

  • Organic EBITDA decreased by 2%. Adjusted for non-recurring item in Sweden last year, organic EBITDA decreased by 1%. Reported EBITDA before other items was NOK 12.9 billion and the EBITDA margin was 47%.

  • Capex excluding licences and spectrum was NOK 4.0 billion, yielding a capex to sales ratio of 15%.

  • Reported net income was NOK 2.6 billion.

  • Total free cash flow was NOK 7.2 billion. Leverage decreased to 1.9x at the end of the third quarter from 2.0x at the end of the previous quarter primarily driven by the solid free cash flow.

1)Please refer to Definitions on page 27 for descriptions of alternative performance measures.


Media enquiries:
Tormod Sandstø, Director Communications, Telenor ASA
+47 90 94 32 15 | Tormod.Sandsto@telenor.com


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