Third quarter 2012: High margins and continued growth

In the third quarter of 2012, Telenor Group reported revenues of NOK 25.3 billion, representing an organic revenue growth[1] of 3%. EBITDA before other items was NOK 8.8 billion, EBITDA margin was 34.8%, and operating cash flow was NOK 5.5 billion.

Published: 24 October 2012 07:00

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Significant investments in Norway

“I am proud of our recent launch of 4G services in 11 cities in Norway. The rollout continues at rapid speed, and more than nine out of every ten Norwegian will have access to our 4G network in 2015. Telenor’s significant and long term investments enable us to deliver superior coverage and network quality, catering for the strong uptake of data services. The increased data usage and migration to bundled tariffs contributed to revenue growth this quarter,” said Jon Fredrik Baksaas, President and CEO of Telenor.

Challenges in Bangladesh and Hungary

“In Bangladesh, we are experiencing intense competition and a challenging regulatory environment. Grameenphone has initiated mitigating activities to regain revenue growth, including further development of Grameenphone’s leading network and distribution position. In Hungary, the disputed double taxation regime and other regulatory challenges pose a significant risk for the industry going forward,” Baksaas said.

Mobile data growth in Serbia, Sweden and Thailand

“Telenor Serbia, Telenor Sweden and DTAC in Thailand all demonstrate profitable growth fuelled by smartphones and mobile data demand. We are pleased to see that DTAC has won the auction for 3G licence and spectrum. Our Broadcast unit reports record high EBITDA margin on the back of well-executed cost management,” Baksaas said.

Submitted application in India

“In India, we have submitted an application for participation in the upcoming licence auction. However, several key issues need to be resolved before the final decision is made on participation. Meanwhile, the restructuring of the Indian operation is progressing according to plan,” Baksaas said.

Guiding for 2012

“For the full year 2012, we expect organic revenue growth of around 4% and operating cash flow margin of 23 to 24% not including India. At our Capital Markets Day in September, we announced our goals for the coming years, in order to stay ahead and drive value creation. With continued growth above peers and improved operational efficiency we aim for an operating cash flow of NOK 28 to 30 billion in 2015,” Baksaas said.

Key figures for third quarter

The table below contains key figures for the third quarter of 2012, compared to the previous year:

(NOK in millions except earnings per share)

Third quarter







           25 253

            24 631

             98 516

EBITDA before other income and expenses

8 796

8 292

30 526

EBITDA margin before other income and expenses (%)




Adjusted operating profit 2

5 366

4 493

  15 217

Adjusted operating profit/Revenues (%)




Profit after taxes and non-controlling interests

3 649

2 589

7 165

Earnings per share from total operations, basic, in NOK





5 499

2 760

  11 907

Capex excl. licences and spectrum

3 336

2 722

11 441

Capex excl. licences and spectrum/Revenues (%)




Operating cash flow 3

5 460

5 571

19 085

Net interest-bearing liabilities

  18 222

For more information please refer to the quarterly report on


Scott Engebrigtsen, Communication Manager, Telenor Group, Tel: +47 90043484, E-mail:

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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 24 October 2012 at 09:00 hrs Norwegian time/CET. The presentation will be held in Auditorium Voice, Telenor Expo Visitors’ Centre, at the Telenor Headquarters at Fornebu outside Oslo. President and CEO Jon Fredrik Baksaas and CFO Richard Olav Aa will present the results. All presentations will be given in English.

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1 Organic revenue is defined as revenue adjusted for the effects of acquisition and disposal of operations and currency effects.

2 Adjusted operating profit is defined as Operating profit less other income and expenses and impairment losses

3 Operating cash flow is defined as EBITDA before other income and expenses – Capex, excluding licenses and spectrum.