Telenor adds 6.6 million mobile subscribers in Q4 2015

Telenor added 6.6 million mobile subscribers during the fourth quarter, taking the total number of customers to 203 million.

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NEW DELHI: "Five per cent organic revenue growth and five per cent organic EBITDA growth in 2015 shows the strength of our portfolio of operations. We are, however, entering 2016 with increased competition in some of our key markets, and it will be my key priority to secure focus on profitable growth and cost efficiency," says Sigve Brekke, Chief Executive Officer of Telenor Group.


Highlights for Q4 2015: Telenor reported fourth-quarter revenues of NOK 33.5 billion and organic revenue growth of 2%. EBITDA before other items grew 10% on an organic basis to NOK 10.9 billion. The EBITDA margin was 32%. Telenor added 6.6 million mobile subscribers during the fourth quarter, taking the total number of customers to 203 million.

In Norway and Sweden, there are solid trends in the mobile consumer segment from increasing data usage and relevant offers. On the fixed side, both operations continued to grow their high-speed internet subscriber base, adding 107,000 connections during the year.

In Thailand, dtac added 400,000 customers during the quarter, with growth both in prepaid and contract segments. While competition remains intense, dtac continued its 3G and 4G network roll-out and has made significant quality and coverage improvements during 2015. Performance in Malaysia was hampered by intense competition on data and international calls, as well as a weakening currency.


Telenor's operations in Bangladesh and Pakistan show strong performance, both in terms of subscriber growth and profitability. Telenor Myanmar has made impressive progress in its first year of operation, and ended the year with 14 million subscribers.

Impairment Loss of NOK 2.1 Billion: The outlook for the Danish telecom market remains challenging. As a consequence of updated earnings projections, an impairment loss of NOK 2.1 billion was recognised in the fourth quarter of 2015 in Telenor Denmark.

Dividend proposal of NOK 7.50 per share: Based on the financial results for 2015, the Board of Directors will propose a dividend of 7.50 per share for 2015, to be paid out in two tranches. The proposal is in line with Telenor's ambition to deliver a year over year growth in dividends.

Outlook for 2016: Telenor expects continued healthy organic revenue growth for the Group in 2016, but fierce competition and headwinds in key markets like Thailand and Malaysia put pressure on EBITDA margin expectations. Investments will continue to be centred on the rollout of high-speed mobile and fixed networks. Based on this, the financial guidance for 2016 is organic revenue growth in the range of 2% to 4% and an EBITDA margin of 33% to 34%. The capex to sales ratio is expected to be 17% to 19%.

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