Compared to the previous year, Telenor's revenues (including Kyivstar) increased by 15 per cent in 2007, to NOK 105 billion. Profit after taxes and minority interests increased by 13 per cent in 2007 compared to 2006, reaching NOK 18 billion.
In the fourth quarter of 2007, revenues increased by 10 per cent compared to the same period last year, reaching NOK 27 billion (including Kyivstar). The EBITDA margin in the fourth quarter of 2007 was 32.8 per cent, compared to 33.4 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2006.
"For the full year 2007, we continued to deliver high underlying revenue growth and upheld our market positions, in spite of challenging business conditions in several of our operations," said President and CEO of Telenor, Jon Fredrik Baksaas.
Central and Eastern Europe
In November, the last remaining injunction against Kyivstar was lifted. The financial information from Kyivstar confirmed Telenor's earlier estimates. "In the fourth quarter, Kyivstar continued its impressive performance with high revenue growth combined with solid EBITDA and cash flow margins," said Jon Fredrik Baksaas.
"In Norway, we are disappointed with the performance of our mobile operation in this quarter. The current cost base is not sustainable in today's competitive market, thus cost efficiency measures will be implemented during 2008," said Jon Fredrik Baksaas.
"In Asia, we see continued high customer growth, in particular in Pakistan, where we added an impressive 2 million subscriptions during the quarter. At the same time revenues and EBITDA improved significantly. In October, DTAC in Thailand successfully adopted Telenor's visual identity, and Telenor's logo is now visible in markets covering around 400 million people," said Jon Fredrik Baksaas.
In the fourth quarter of 2007, revenues in Broadcast increased by 15 per cent compared to the fourth quarter of 2006, reaching NOK 1 898 million. EBITDA was NOK 419 million, compared to NOK 260 million in the fourth quarter of 2006.
The table below contains key figures for the fourth quarter and the full year of 2007, compared to the previous year:
F O U R T H Q U A R T E R
Y E A R
(NOK in millions except earnings per share)
Pro forma Group incl. Kyivstar
Pro forma Group incl. Kyivstar
EBITDA before other income and expenses
EBITDA margin before other income and expenses (%)
Adjusted operating profit
Adjusted operating profit/Revenues (%)
Profit after taxes and minority interests (Net income)
Earnings per share from total operations, basic, in NOK
Investments in businesses
Net interest-bearing liabilities
For more information please refer to the quarterly report on www.telenor.com/ir/reports/07q4 .
"Telenor will continue to develop customer friendly and innovative solutions. In all our markets we maintain our focus on sustainability to ensure positive local impact," said Jon Fredrik Baksaas.
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Press and analyst conference
In connection with the publication of the financial results, a press and analyst conference will be held on Wednesday 13 February 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 Trond Westlie 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 https://www.telenor.com/ir/reports/07q4. 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 with 3G, GPRS or EDGE. For more details please refer to https://www.telenor.com/ir/reports/07q4.
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English language versions of the full quarterly report and all presentations used during the press and analyst conference will be made available on https://www.telenor.com/ir/reports/07q4 at 07:00 and 09:00 hrs Norwegian time/CET, respectively.