Telenor reports fourth-quarter results

Press release
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“In 2016, Telenor continued to grow revenues and delivered a record high EBITDA. We made significant progress on network deployment during the year, supporting our customers' increasing data usage. Based on the 2016 results, we are proposing a dividend of NOK 7.80 per share, which represents an increase of four per cent compared to last year.
During the fourth quarter, organic revenue growth was one per cent and EBITDA increased by two per cent on an organic basis. The revenue growth was primarily driven by the rapidly increasing data consumption in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar. We also saw positive effects from the ongoing fibre roll-out in Norway and Sweden. The intense competition in our Thai, Malaysian and Danish markets continued during the quarter. Cost efficiency is a key driver for value creation, and I’m pleased to see that effects from our efficiency initiatives are starting to come through.

Entering 2017, our priorities are clear: We will continue to digitize our core business in order to build strong and engaging customer relationships and to capture the efficiency opportunities that digitization brings,” says Sigve Brekke, Chief Executive Officer of Telenor Group.

Key figures Telenor Group

(NOK in millions)Q4 2016Q4 2015FY 2016FY 2015
Organic revenue growth (%)
EBITDA before other income and other expenses10,79310,86046,48344,197
EBITDA before other income and other expenses/Revenues (%)32.632.435.434.5
Profit after taxes and non-controlling interests2,286(2,125)2,8323,414
Capex excl. licences and spectrum/Revenues (%)20.819.517.318.4
Capex/Revenues (%)20.822.220.019.7
Mobile subscriptions - Change in quarter/Total (mill.)3.46.6214203

Fourth quarter 2016 summary

  • Total revenues decreased by 1% to NOK 33.1 billion, while the organic revenue growth was 1%. Mobile subscription & traffic revenues increased by 1% on an organic basis.

  • EBITDA before other items was stable at NOK 10.8 billion, corresponding to an EBITDA margin of 33%, which is a slight increase from last year.

  • EBITDA before other items was negatively impacted by a provision of NOK 0.3 billion related to a decision by the Swedish Tax Agency regarding VAT treatment for 2013 and 2014. Excluding this effect, the organic EBITDA growth was 5%.

  • Capital expenditure excluding licences and spectrum was NOK 6.9 billion, resulting in a capex to sales ratio of 21%.

  • As a result of lowered growth expectations within the US media advertising segment, an impairment of NOK 1.0 billion has been recognised in Tapad, which is included in Other Units.

  • Reported earnings per share (EPS) for 2016 were NOK 1.89. Adjusted for effects related to VimpelCom, impairment losses, other items and currency loss on repayment of internal loans, the EPS was NOK 9.53.

  • Based on the financial results for 2016, the Board of Directors proposes a dividend of NOK 7.80 per share for 2016, to be paid out in two instalments. The proposal is in line with Telenor’s ambition to deliver a year over year growth in dividends.

  • In 2017, Telenor expects an organic revenue growth in the range of 1% to 2% and an EBITDA margin of around 36%. The capex to sales ratio excluding licences is expected to be 15% to 16%.

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Investor Relations Contacts: 

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Press and analyst presentation

In connection with the publication of the financial results, a presentation will he held on Thursday 2 February at 10:00 am CET. The presentation, which will also be available via webcast, will be held in Auditorium Voice, Telenor Expo Visitor Centre at Fornebu near Oslo. CFO Jørgen C. Arentz Rostrup will present the quarterly results. The presentation will be held in English. There will not be a QA session following the quarterly results as a result of Telenor’s Capital Markets Day 2017 being held the same day from the same location. The Capital Markets Day programme begins at 11:00 am CET and will also be available via webcast. For further details, see


The quarterly report and the presentation are available here.