TELE2 AB SEES SECOND CONSECUTIVE QUARTER WITH A POSITIVE RESULT BEFORE
TAXES AND AN ADDITIONAL IMPROVEMENT TO AN ALREADY POSITIVE CASH FLOW
New York and Stockholm - Monday, August 5, 2002 - Tele2 AB ("Tele2",
"the Group") (Nasdaq Stock Market: TLTOA and TLTOB and Stockhomsbörsen:
TEL2A and TEL2B), the leading alternative pan-European
telecommunications company, today announced its consolidated results for
the second quarter ended June 30, 2002.
· MSEK 1,207 EBITDA in Q2* (Q2 2001 MSEK 347)
· Positive EBT in Q2 of MSEK 249 (Q2 2001 MSEK -505)
· Central Europe reports MSEK 12 EBITDA in fixed telephony
(Q2 2001 MSEK -133)
· Mobile operations for Tele2 in Sweden reported EBITDA margin
of 56% in Q2 and revenues up 21%
· Positive cash flow of MSEK 70 (Q2 2001 MSEK -180) after
investments, including special investments of MSEK 550**
· Interest bearing liabilities continue to be reduced
* includes MSEK 87 relating to court case with Telia (Note 5).
** includes payments relating to acquisition of FORA Telecom and
investment in Svenska UMTS nät
Lars-Johan Jarnheimer, President and CEO of Tele2 AB stated:
"This is the second successive quarter in which Tele2 has delivered a
positive result before tax. The mobile businesses continued to perform
strongly, the fixed line operations in continental Europe continued to
improve and, in Sweden, mobile margins of over 50% remain best in class.
Our focus continues to be on low customer acquisition cost, churn
management and operational cost control. The market conditions support
Tele2 in achieving these three objectives. Firstly competitors are
retreating from the market place and this has opened up opportunities to
acquire customers at competitive prices. Also churn continues to be
reduced by offering customers more products in an integrated service as
local calling is now generally available, except in Germany. Finally the
continued fall in interconnection rates across Europe allows Tele2 to
reduce costs further."
FINANCIAL AND OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS
(The figures shown in parenthesis correspond to the comparable periods
in 2001 and all negative amounts are distinguished with a minus sign).
Financial highlights for the second quarter, 2002
SEK millions Q2 Q2
Operating Revenue 7,710 6,213
EBITDA (i) 1,207 347
EBIT (ii) 423 -379
EBT (iii) 249 -505
Profit (loss) after taxes -48 -695
Earnings (loss) per share, -0.33 -4.79
(i) Operating Profit (loss) before depreciation and amortization
(ii) Operating Profit (loss) after depreciation and amortization
(iii) Profit (loss) after financial items
(iv) The taxes for the period are mainly related to deferred
taxes and have no cash impact
Operating highlights, for the second quarter, 2002
· During the quarter Tele2 invested MSEK 250 as the remaining part of
its equity injection into Svenska UMTS nät, the Swedish UMTS network
company jointly owned with Telia. Tele2 also made a final payment of $30
million to Millicom International Cellular for the acquisition of FORA
Telecom B.V, following the award of two GSM licenses in St Petersburg
and its surrounding area. Despite these payments, which totalled
approximately MSEK 550 for the quarter, Tele2 remained cash flow
· Local calling is being progressively introduced across Europe and
is already available in Sweden, France, Spain and Italy. Local calling
has been available in Holland since 1 August 2002 and will be introduced
in other countries in due course.
· The Swedish Administrative Court of Appeal did not grant Telia an
inhibition in its case against Tele2 regarding interconnection rates.
The Stockholm County Administrative Court had previously ruled that
Telia is liable for payments regarding traffic transited via their
network. Telia has decided to ignore the court's ruling, final judgement
is expected in the Autumn.
· Tele2 was awarded two GSM 1800 wireless licenses in St Petersburg
and its environs.
· Tele2 increased its ownership in Finnish 3 G Ltd from 20% to
· Tele2 has been awarded a third generation UMTS license in
Luxembourg. No license fee was paid.
Post Quarter Events
· Tele2 Denmark purchased the corporate customers of Ventelos.
Operating revenue Q2, MSEK 3,379 (2,912), +16%
EBITDA Q2, MSEK 1,204 (833), +45%
The Nordic market encompasses Tele2 operations in Sweden, Norway,
Denmark and Finland, and Datametrix. Optimal Telecom is included with
effect from 1 January 2002 (note 4).
Tele2 has agreed terms with Telia in Sweden, Telenor in Norway and TDC
in Denmark to resell ADSL services and Tele2 expects that the launch of
these services will take place this summer.
Tele2 in Sweden is the main component of the Nordic region. In the
second quarter Tele2 in Sweden was able to maintain high margins, with
EBITDA margins of 56% in mobile and 23% in fixed line and Internet,
compared to 53% and 18% respectively in quarter two 2001. The mobile
operations in Sweden reported 2.8 million customers, an annualized
increase of 21%. Monthly average revenue per mobile customers (ARPU),
including both postpaid and prepaid customers, was SEK 205 in the second
quarter and monthly mobile minutes of usage (MOU) were 107 in the second
quarter. Prepaid mobile customers accounted for 69% of the total mobile
subscriber base. Fixed telephony and Internet had 1.9 million customers
at the end of the quarter.
Denmark, Finland and Norway
Denmark, Finland and Norway reported 1.6 million, predominantly fixed
telephony, customers and encouragingly, competitive pressures continue
to reduce in these countries.
In Norway Tele2 has been successful in cross selling mobile services to
its fixed line customers which have kept customer acquisition costs low.
In Denmark margins have improved as costs have been reduced and prices
have stabilised and Tele2 is now the only remaining fixed telephony and
internet provider competing with the incumbent TDC. In July Tele2
Denmark purchased Ventelos' corporate customers.
Following the successful launch of a cost saving initiative in Sweden in
September last year this programme has been replicated in Norway and
Denmark. This led to staff reductions of approximately 10% in Denmark
and 20% in Norway.
Eastern Europe and Russia
Operating revenue Q2, MSEK 588 (272), +116%
EBITDA Q2, MSEK 133 (58), +129%
The Eastern Europe and Russia market encompasses Tele2 operations in the
Baltics (Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia), in Poland, the Czech Republic
and Russia, and X-source.
In Russia Tele2 was awarded two licenses to develop GSM 1800 wireless
telephony in the city of St Petersburg and its surrounding area
(Oblcom). Tele2 acquired FORA Telecom B.V., the Russian mobile operator,
from Millicom International Cellular in the fourth quarter of 2001 and,
following this award, Tele2 now has 12 GSM licenses in Russia.
In the Baltics, Tele2's offering was further enhanced through the launch
of a pan-Baltic Intelligent Network pre-paid platform, capable of
supporting pre-paid roaming.
Tele2 signed an interconnect agreement for fixed telephony in the Czech
Republic in quarter two, the first operator in this market to do so.
Revenues within Eastern Europe and Russia are predominantly from the
Operating revenue Q2, MSEK 1,374 ( 1,205), +14%
EBITDA Q2, MSEK -51 (-133), of which MSEK 12 (-133) for fixed telephony
The Central European market encompasses Tele2 operations in Germany, the
Netherlands, Switzerland and Austria, and a license in Ireland.
EBITDA for this market area continued to improve and the fixed line
operations were EBITDA positive for the second successive quarter, in
line with Tele2's target of reaching breakeven within three years from
operational launch. ARPU for the fixed line business in Central Europe
was SEK 148 in the second quarter.
In Germany Tele2 continues to benefit from market consolidation as a
number of competitors have either been integrated into larger
organisations or disappeared from the market and Tele2 is now the number
four operator in Germany. Local calling however, has not yet been
introduced and consequently Tele2 has not benefited from these revenues.
Tele2 is the largest alternative telephony operator in The Netherlands.
Tele2's fixed line business now includes local calling from 1 August and
with further interconnect cuts Tele2 will be able to offer an
increasingly competitive product to its customers. The MVNO, which was
launched last summer is acquiring customers at a low cost, and
illustrates the benefits of cross selling mobile services to the fixed
line customer base.
Tele2 is now the second largest alternative operator in Switzerland, and
it is the largest alternative fixed telephony operator in Austria.
Consumption per customer in both countries continues to rise reflecting
the high levels of preselection. In Switzerland Tele2 has been able to
take local traffic since April 1, 2002 and so the full benefit was
reflected in Q2 numbers.
Operating revenue Q2, MSEK 2,010 (1,293), +55%
EBITDA Q2, MSEK -72 (-310)
The Southern Europe market includes Tele2 operations in France, Italy
and Spain and a license in Portugal.
This market area has continued to show strong growth in operating
revenue, which was up 12% from last quarter. There has been a strong
improvement in EBITDA in the second quarter with MSEK -72 as compared to
MSEK -181 in quarter one. Tele2 achieved a strong ARPU for Southern
Europe of SEK 148 in the second quarter, a 5% increase on the first
Tele2 now offers a complete product portfolio including local, long
distance, international and fixed to mobile calls allowing Tele2 to
exploit any opportunities that may emerge from the local loop market.
Tele2 now offers local calls to 100% of clients in France and Spain
which has had a very positive impact on traffic, revenues and churn.
These improvements have been achieved at minimal cost.
Tele2 Italy continued to show a substantial improvement in profitability
in quarter two and has managed to consolidate its position as Italy's
second alternative fixed telephony operator. Since the beginning of 2002
Tele2 Italy has offered local calls to 100% of clients.
In Spain Tele2 is now the number four operator which underlines the
success of the IP network, which delivers a high-quality service to our
clients. The full prepaid offer generates high operational savings and
allows Tele2 to offer the best prices on the market.
Operating revenue Q2, MSEK 195 (163), +20%
EBITDA Q2, MSEK 32 (-1)
The Luxembourg market includes Tele2 operations in Liechtenstein and
Luxembourg, a license in Belgium, 3C and Transac.
Tango is the largest mobile provider in Luxembourg. The launch of TANGO
TV in conjunction with Tango Sunshine radio is successfully reaching its
younger target audience and is the first step to interactivity between
media and mobile which will drive SMS traffic in particular. Tango has
launched GPRS prepaid in the second quarter and has also recently
launched MMS services.
Branded Products and Services
Operating revenue Q2, MSEK 164 (368)
EBITDA Q2, MSEK -39 (-100)
Branded Products include Tele2 UK, the operation recently launched in
conjunction with the Post Office in the UK, C3, Everyday.com and
Optimal Telecom has been moved to the Nordic market area with effect
from 1 January 2002 (Note 4).
At the Parent company level, Tele2 reported, at June 30, 2002, operating
revenue of MSEK 8 (7), EBIT of MSEK -41 (-25) and liquidity of MSEK 3
compared to MSEK 8 at December 31, 2001.
In May 2002 the AGM authorized the board to issue an option program to
employees within the Group through a new issue in the company
representing a maximum of 1,055,000 B-shares (Note 2).
In July 2002, 8,317,143 A-shares have been converted into B-shares (see
Third Quarter of 2002 Results
The release of Tele2's financial and operating results for the period
ended September 30, 2002 will be on October 23, 2002.
Stockholm, August 5, 2002
Board of Tele2 AB
The financial and operating results for the period ended June 30, 2002
have not been subject to specific review by the Company's auditor.
Tele2 AB, formed in 1993, is the leading alternative pan-European
telecommunications company offering fixed and mobile telephony, data
network and Internet services under the brands Tele2, Tango and Comviq
to 16.1 million people in 21 countries. Tele2 operates Datametrix, which
specializes in systems integration, 3C Communications, operating public
pay telephones and public Internet services; Transac, providing billing
and transaction processing service; C³, offering co-branded pre-paid
calling cards and IntelliNet and Optimal Telecom, the price-guaranteed
residential router device. The Group offers cable television services
under the Kabelvision brand name and together with MTG, owns the
Internet portal Everyday.com. The Company is listed on the
Stockholmsbörsen, under TEL2A and TEL2B, and on the Nasdaq Stock Market
under TLTOA and TLTOB.
Lars-Johan Jarnheimer Telephone: + 46 8 562 640 00
President and CEO, Tele2 AB
Håkan Zadler Telephone: + 46 8 562 640 00
CFO, Tele2 AB
Andrew Best Telephone: + 44 20 7321 5022
Visit us at our homepage: http://www.Tele2.com
CONFERENCE CALL DETAILS
A conference call to discuss the results will be held at 17.30 (Swedish
time) / 11.30 (New York time), on 5 August 2002. The dial in numbers
are: +44 (0)20 8781 0571 and +1 303 713 7898 and participants should
quote, Tele2 AB. A live audio stream of the conference call can also be
accessed at www.Tele2.com. Please dial in / log on 5 minutes prior to
the start of the conference call to allow time for registration. An
instantaneous recording of the conference call will be available for 48
hours after the call on +44 (0)20 8288 4459 access code 792582, or on +1
703 736 7336, access code 792582.
Consolidated Income Statement
Consolidated Balance Sheet
Consolidated Cash flow Statement
Change of Consolidated Shareholders' Equity
Market Areas split by Business Areas
Tele2 in Sweden
Five Year Summary
Notes to the Accounts
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