Stockholm – Monday, April 25, 2005 – Tele2 AB (“Tele2”, “the Group”) (Stockholmsbörsen: TEL2A and TEL2B), Europe’s leading alternative telecom operator, today announced its consolidated results for the ﬁrst quarter ended March 31, 2005.
■ Operating revenue increased by 12% to MSEK 11,579 (10,379)
■ Proﬁt after tax amounted to MSEK 483 (678)
■ Earnings per share amounted to SEK 3.27 (4.50)
■ Some 300,000 customers have chosen Tele2’s ﬁxed subscription fee in Sweden, associated with a one-off cost of less than MSEK 100 in Q1 2005
Lars-Johan Jarnheimer, President and CEO of Tele2 AB commented:
“Tele2 showed good revenue growth in the ﬁrst quarter, up 12% compared to last year and a solid performance in proﬁtability and cash ﬂow, taking into account the impact of wholesale line rental, UMTS-payments and integration costs in Austria, corresponding to a total of MSEK 185, as well as our new product offerings.
The underlying proﬁtability in Swedish Mobile telephony improved sequentially, largely as a result of successful product launches.
We now offer ADSL services in nine countries, the Netherlands being the latest addition. Our ADSL strategy varies according to the prevailing regulatory and competitive environment in each country. With more than 600,000 customers we are already a signiﬁcant ADSL provider in Europe.
During the quarter we completed the integration of UTA in Austria and Tiscali in Denmark and we are in an excellent competitive position in both countries.
Two areas that performed well were Central Europe, with a continued strong intake and a steady underlying ﬁnancial performance, and Swedish mobile with an excellent intake, especially of postpaid customers, driven primarily by our innovative Comviq Knock-out offer.
We continue to ﬁght for an improved regulatory environment. In March we published our third “Monopoly Challenger” report in which we set out the issues that both the EU and the respective regulatory authorities need to address to bring about a more competitive telecoms landscape.
In April we made important progress on two fronts in France. The ﬁrst is a long awaited MVNO with Orange, in the form of an enhanced service provider agreement. The second is a letter of intent with Neuf Telecom, giving us access to the most comprehensive ULL network in France. In combination, these two agreements give us a more competitive product offering and excellent growth opportunities in France.”
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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