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Solid momentum into the year for Telenor

30/04/2024

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Telenor showed good momentum going into the first quarter with top-line growth in both the Nordics and Asia.

The first quarter was yet another solid quarter for Telenor. We continue to develop security services to protect our customers against digital attacks, and we see that it is important for our customers, says Sigve Brekke, CEO of Telenor.

Services revenues in the first quarter ended at NOK 15.8 billion, corresponding to an organic increase of 5.6 per cent compared to the same period last year. EBITDA ended at NOK 8.5 billion, corresponding to organic growth of 6.9 per cent. Free cash flow amounted to NOK 3.3 billion before M&A.

Telenor Nordics and Telenor Asia delivered five and six per cent growth in service revenues respectively in the first quarter of the year, while organic EBITDA growth ended at eight and five per cent.

Cyber security threat on the riseIn the first three months of the year, Telenor stopped more than 500 million attempts at digital crime against its customers in Norway.

The significant scale of these attacks tells us this is a serious social problem. The attacks are carried out by well-organised criminal networks, and new technology makes it increasingly easier to mass-produce various forms of attacks, says Brekke.

The figures for the quarter show an increase of almost 70 per cent compared to the previous quarter. At the same time, not surprisingly, the customers' appetite for security products is increasing.

We work every day to protect our customers against digital threats with new and even better products, continues Brekke.

AI in the windArtificial intelligence (AI) is on everyones lips, both in the public and in business.

Today, we use AI in several areas. We use it to optimize our networks, manage our power consumption, in customer service and much more. But thats not enough. As the speed at which AI develops, you risk being outdated tomorrow if you dont act now, says Brekke.

This quarter, Telenor entered a strategic collaboration with NVIDIA, which is the engine behind the largest and most important AI systems.

We will work together in a number of areas with the goal to accelerate AI in the Nordic region. This means, among other things, that AI will be integrated into all aspects of our business, from the workplace and the value chain to the customer experiences. Everything that can be improved with AI will be improved with AI, says Brekke.

The worlds largest mobile networkThe opening of the worlds southernmost base station in Antarctica in February marked a historic event for Telenor. The establishment means that the Norwegian research station Troll in Antarctica has received extensive coverage in the area around the research station.

This base station is the worlds southernmost commercial station and is operated by Telenor Svalbard, which is also responsible for operating the worlds northernmost base station in Ny- lesund. Telenors network thus spans from the worlds northernmost to the worlds southernmost base station, says Brekke.

Financial outlook for 2024:

Low single-digit organic growth in Nordic service revenues.

Medium single-digit organic growth in both Nordic and Group EBITDA.

Nordic capex to sales ratio of around 17 per cent.

Free cash flow of between NOK 9-10 billion before M&A and potential items for Group.

Key figures for Telenor Group* First quarter

Year

NOK in million

2024

2023

2023

Service revenues

15 773

14 823

62 567

Organic service revenue growth (%)

6 %

3 %

4 %

Total Revenues

19 457

19 187

80 452

Organic revenue growth (%)

2 %

4 %

3 %

Operating expenses

(6 704)

(6 441)

(26 832)

EBITDA before other income and other expenses

8 505

8 078

34 564

Organic EBITDA growth (%)

7 %

2 %

3 %

Operating profit

5 631

3 834

16 964

Net income from associated companies and joint ventures

7 295

(191)

(8 466)

Net income attributable to equity holders of Telenor ASA

11 560

18 146

13 734

Capex excl. lease

3 137

3 535

12 731

Free cash flow before M&A

3 288

431

9 490

Total Free cash flow

5 412

5 666

15 003

Leverage

2.2

2.1

2.2

Media contact:

David Fidjeland +47 93 46 72 24

Investor contact:

Frank Maa +47 91 67 40 45
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