Stockholm – Tuesday, July 26, 2005 – Tele2 AB (“Tele2”, “the Group”) (Stockholmsbörsen: TEL2A and TEL2B), Europe’s leading alternative telecom operator, today announced its consolidated results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2005.
■ Swedish Mobile telephony reported an EBITDA margin of over 45% for Q2 2005
■ EBITDA for Q2 2005 increased to MSEK 1,689 (1,671)
■ Operating revenue for the ﬁrst six months increased by 12% to MSEK 23,622 (21,090)
■ Proﬁt after tax for the ﬁrst six months amounted to MSEK 1,159 (1,437)
■ Earnings per share for the ﬁrst six months amounted to SEK 2.62 (3.20)
Lars-Johan Jarnheimer, President and CEO of Tele2 AB commented:
“Since Tele2 last reported in April, we have taken some signiﬁcant steps in positioning our business for the coming years, ensuring that Tele2 is well placed to meet the opportunities and challenges ahead.
In July we acquired Comunitel in Spain, which provides an excellent platform on which to build our Spanish business. Also in the same month, we announced our intended public bid for Versatel, which immeasurably strengthens our operations in the Netherlands and Belgium. In addition, in mid-June we launched our long awaited mobile services in France and have accelerated our ADSL marketing there, on the back of our agreement with Neuf Telecom.
I am very encouraged by our performance in the second quarter. Our revenues grew by more than 12%, as against Q2 2004 and EBITDA increased to MSEK 1,689.
I would especially like to mention Swedish mobile telephony, which produced an excellent result this quarter with a rise in margins to 45%, mainly as a result of the ongoing success of our Comviq Knock-out offer. We also successfully introduced a copy of Knock-out, called Champion, in Norway.
In Baltic & Russia, revenues grew by 23% and we had our highest ever customer intake of 521,000. In Central Europe, primarily due to the UTA acquisition, revenues grew sharply but what is notable, is the signiﬁcant rise in Central Europe’s EBITDA margin to 8%.
Tele2 will continue to develop its product offering across Europe, while maintaining our goal of balancing cash ﬂow, growth and proﬁtability.”
Lars-Johan Jarnheimer, Telephone: + 46 (0)8 562 640 00
President and CEO, Tele2 AB
Håkan Zadler, Telephone: + 46 (0)8 562 640 00
CFO, Tele2 AB
Dwayne Taylor, Telephone: + 44 (0)20 7321 5038
Lena Krauss, Telephone: + 46 (0)8 562 000 45
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