Second quarter 2009: Commitment to priorities remains firm

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"The trends from the first quarter of 2009 continued into this quarter, with a challenging business environment also affecting the telecom sector. In spite of pressure on the top line development our operations are improving their performance, resulting in a record high operating cash flow. At the end of the quarter, we reached a total of 168 million mobile subscriptions," said Jon Fredrik Baksaas, President and CEO of Telenor.

Strong growth and high margins

"Grameenphone in Bangladesh and Mobile Norway are delivering a particularly strong quarter, both in terms of revenue growth and margins. We are also happy to see that Telenor Pakistan this quarter reached its highest margins so far. During this quarter the margins and market positions in CEE remained strong and Kyivstar distributed dividends for 2006 and 2007. The Telenor portion amounted to NOK 2.1 billion," Baksaas said.

The Telenor brand launched in Denmark

"In June the Telenor brand was successfully launched in the Danish market. The rebranding will strengthen Telenor Denmark's ability to provide unified products and services, as well as creating a stronger company identity. In Sweden we continue to focus on improving efficiency. In addition to initiatives in sales and distribution channels, downsizing of staff has been announced and will be completed during the second half of 2009," Baksaas said.

Preparing for launch in India


"In India we are building our operation and preparing for launch. Key agreements are now in place, including GSM equipment and IT outsourcing, in addition to infrastructure sharing. We plan to launch services in five circles in the fourth quarter. The current roll-out plan is embedded in our updated outlook for 2009," Baksaas said.

New hearing in Siberia

"Our shares in VimpelCom are under arrest since 11 March 2009 related to the unfounded Farimex case. Telenor's appeal of previous rulings is scheduled to be heard in the Federal Court of Tyumen 30 September 2009," Baksaas said.

Revenues remain under pressure

"For the rest of the year we expect revenues to remain under pressure. We will continue to scale our business activities accordingly, while delivering a strong operating cash flow and sustaining our market positions," Baksaas said.

Key Figures

The table below contains pro forma key figures (including Kyivstar) for the second quarter of 2009, compared to the previous year:

(NOK in millions except earnings per share)Q2 2009Q2 2008Year 2008
Revenues26 92327 058109 970
EBITDA before other income and expenses9 3329 36238 491
EBITDA margin before other income and expenses (%)34.734.635.0
Adjusted operating profit5 0715 62122 640
Adjusted operating profit/Revenues (%)18.820.820.6
Profit after taxes and non-controlling interests1 3753 53613 065
Earnings per share from total operations, basic, in NOK0.832.117.83
Capex3 2496 38622 715
Capex excl. licences and spectrum3 2494 83620 680
Capex excl. licences and spectrum/Revenues (%)12.117.918.8
Operating cash flow (EBITDA before other income and expenses - Capex)6 0834 52617 811
Net interest-bearing liabilities34 72835 70239 309

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Pål Kvalheim
Vice President, Group Communications
Telenor Group
Tel: +47 970 44 970

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