All-time high EBITDA as transformation gains traction

Once again, Telenor Group delivered a strong set of results, with an organic mobile subscription and traffic revenue growth of 3% and continued EBITDA expansion in the third quarter. The company reduced costs by NOK 0.4 billion, achieved a record high EBITDA margin of 42% and reported a strong cash flow. Net income was NOK 5.8 billion.

Published: 25 October 2017 07:00

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“We delivered a strong set of results. On an organic basis, growth in core revenues, together with continued progress on our efficiency agenda, generated a 9% increase in EBITDA.

Execution of our business strategy is gaining traction. So far this year, our team has achieved cost savings of 1 billion kroner, implying that our target for 2017 has already been met and further efficiency gains should be expected going forward. The solid results, together with the proceeds from the completion of the VEON sell-down, give us a free cash flow of 9.4 billion kroner for the quarter.

Our next steps are to continue transforming our business by focusing on digitalising the core, improving efficiency across the company and nurturing growth, where we see reassuring trends and potential. In order to further improve our services and remain competitive, we aim to leverage new technologies and make responsible use of our data for the benefit of our customers. We will maintain our focus on digitalising our networks and customer interactions, which are two aspects that we believe are critical to achieving our ambitions and ensuring that our services are value adding for our customers,’’ said Sigve Brekke, Chief Executive Officer of Telenor Group.

Key Figures

NOK (in millions) Q3 2017 Q3 2016 First 9 months 2017 First 9 months 2016 Year 2016
Revenues 30 735 31 249 92 663 93 669 125 395
Organic revenue growth (%) 1.0 1.3 1.1 0.8 0.8
EBITDA before other income and other expenses 12 976 12 307 37 157 35 317 45 966
EBITDA before other income and other expenses/Revenues (%) 42.2 39.4 40.1 37.7 36.7
Net income attributable to equity holders of Telenor ASA 5 756 (4 821) 9 758 546 2 832
Capex excl. licences and spectrum/Revenues (%) 12.4 15.6 13.8 16.1 17.4
Capex/Revenues (%) 16.1 16.0 16.3 19.8 20.2
Free cash flow 9 426 9 064 21 539 8 792 10 300
Mobile subscriptions – Change in quarter/Total (mill.) 1.9 (0.7) 176 166 170

With effect from the first quarter 2017, Telenor India is treated as an asset held for sale and discontinued operations in Telenor’s financial reporting

Third-quarter 2017 summary

  • Total organic revenues increased by 1%. Organic mobile subscription & traffic revenues increased by 3%.
  • Reported EBITDA before other items was NOK 13 billion, corresponding to a record high EBITDA margin of 42%, an increase of 3 percentage points from last year.
  • Net income attributable to equity holders of Telenor ASA was NOK 5.8 billion.
  • Capex excluding spectrum licences was NOK 3.8 billion, resulting in a capex to sales ratio of 12%.
  • Free cash flow for the quarter was NOK 9.4 billion.


  • Based on the performance in the first nine months of 2017 and our current expectations for the remainder of the year, we keep the financial guidance for 2017. We expect organic revenue growth in the range of 1% to 2%, EBITDA margin of 38% to 39% and capex to sales ratio excluding spectrum licences of 15% to 16%.

Media Contact
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Investor Relations Contacts
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Helge Øien, mobile: (+47) 91 31 92 42,

Press and analyst presentation
In connection with the publication of the financial results, a press and analyst conference will be held on Wednesday 25 October at 09:00 hrs Norwegian time/CET. The presentation, which will also be broadcast live via webcast, will be held in Auditorium Voice, Telenor Expo Visitor Centre at Fornebu near Oslo. CEO Sigve Brekke and CFO Jørgen C. Arentz Rostrup will present the results. The presentation will be held in English.

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The quarterly report and the presentation are available here.