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Strong third quarter for Telenor

25/10/2023

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- Third quarter was a strong quarter for Telenor. We delivered solid growth and earnings momentum in the Nordics and saw firm traction for synergy realisation in Asia, says Sigve Brekke, CEO of Telenor Group.

Service revenues were NOK 15.8 billion, which is an increase of NOK 0.5 billion or 4% compared to the same period last year. EBITDA grew by a 7% year on year, adjusted for a positive one-time effect in Pakistan last year. Organic EBITDA increased by 1%.

- Our success depends on our ability to create value for our customers and that is our key driver. We continue to see strong customer validation and receive top customer experience ratings for our consumer mobile services in Denmark, Finland and Sweden, says Sigve Brekke, CEO of Telenor Group.

Telenor Nordics delivered 4% service revenue growth and 8% EBITDA growth in the third quarter, supported by strong operational performance and lower energy prices. Growth in mobile remained steady at around 5%.

In Asia, Telenor Group has number one positions in three out of four markets, with a total customer base of 200 million people. Telenor's businesses in Asia delivered underlying growth despite of challenging macro conditions. Telenor Asia's service revenues adjusted for the Pakistan one-time effect last year, improved by 6% and EBITDA increased by 4%. This was driven by mobile revenue growth in both Bangladesh and Pakistan, more than offsetting the negative impact of inflationary pressure, including higher energy prices.

- Customer excellence, free cash flow generation and long-term value creation will remain top priorities for us going forward, says Sigve Brekke, CEO of Telenor Group.

Updated Financial Outlook for 2023:

Above 3% organic growth in Nordic service revenues (updated from low-to-mid-single digit growth ).

3-4% organic growth in Nordic EBITDA (updated from low-to-mid-single digit growth ).

Nordic capex to sales ratio of around 17% (unchanged).

Key figures Telenor Group* Third quarter First three quarters Year

NOK in million 2023 2022 2023 2022 2022

Service revenues 15 775 15 227 46 467 44 775 59 760

Organic service revenue growth (%) 4% 6% 4% 5% 3%

Total Revenues 20 108 19 531 59 518 57 210 76 877

Organic revenue growth (%) 2% 6% 3% 4% 4%

Operating expenses (6 331) (5 946) (19 550) (18 474) (25 229)

EBITDA before other income and other expenses 9 251 9 287 26 097 25 790 33 830

Organic EBITDA growth (%) 1% 6% 2% 1% 1%

Operating profit 4 987 4 980 13 195 11 816 15 143

Net income from associated companies and joint ventures 23 (93) (269) (264) (301)

Net income attributable to equity holders of Telenor ASA 2 451 1 549 21 417 7 006 44 913

Capex excl. lease 2 666 3 172 9 637 9 540 13 560

Free cash flow before M&A 4 330 3 955 4 572 7 319 9 866

Total Free cash flow 4 331 5 211 9 479 9 657 10 604

Leverage 2.2 2.1 2.2 2.1 2.2

Media contact:

Ingibj rg Meyer-Myklestad +47 90 60 55 05

Investor Relations:

Frank Maa +47 91 67 40 45
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