Stockholm - Tele2 AB, (Tele2), (NASDAQ OMX Stockholm: TEL2 A and TEL2 B) today announced its consolidated results for the third quarter 2010.
"Offering the best price is the cornerstone of our business model"
"Tele2's results in the third quarter were strong, and the positive momentum in our business continues in all our markets. We delivered all-time high profitability, as we grew our customer base at a fast pace while improving quality. Offering the best price is the cornerstone of our business model, and we will defend the price position in each of our markets. Sustaining our market position requires world-class cost control. We will continue to benchmark our cost performance against our peers to make sure that we stay ahead of the competition. We strive to understand customer needs and desires. The world of telecoms is a challenging one and we are standing on the verge of a new era. We monitor market trends closely in order to evolve our products and services, shape our future and ensure long-term success", comments Mats Granryd, President and CEO of Tele2 AB.
Net sales in Q3 2010 amounted to SEK 10,007 (9,753) million, excluding one-off items of SEK -9 (76) million. Including one-off items, net sales amounted to SEK 9,998 (9,829) million. EBITDA in Q3 2010 amounted to SEK 2,751 (2,441) million, equivalent to an EBITDA margin of 27 (25) percent.
Record net customer intake and EBITDA contribution in market area Russia
In Q3 2010, Tele2 Russia added 1,170,000 (1,100,000) customers. During the quarter, EBITDA amounted to SEK 1,011 (596) million and the third and fourth new regions reached EBITDA break-even on a monthly basis.
Enhanced mobile revenue growth in market area Nordic
Mobile revenue in Sweden grew by more than 10 percent, driven by success in the smart phone segment.
Market recovery in the Baltic region and further business improvement in Croatia, driving sequential EBITDA improvement in market area Central Europe & Eurasia
During the quarter, Tele2 Croatia added 81,000 (70,000) new customers, while further improving the EBITDA contribution. In the Baltic region, the general market continued its recovery, supporting Tele2's mobile operations in the countries.
Further success in the corporate segment for market area Western Europe
In the corporate segment, Tele2 Netherlands was successful in extending the binding period of several large customers. The restructuring of Tele2 Austria led to further operational improvement in the quarter.
The Interim report is available on reports.tele2.com/2010/Q3
Tele2 will present the Q3 2010 results at a meeting at Myntkabinettet, Slottsbacken 6, Stockholm, at 10.00 am CET (09:00 am UK time/04:00 am NY time) on Wednesday, October 20, 2010. The presentation will be held in English and webcasted on Tele2's dedicated Q3 2010 website, reports.tele2.com/2010/Q3.
There will also be the possibility to listen to the meeting live over the phone and attend the Q&A session via a conference call. Please note that there might be a time lag of up to 30 seconds between the Internet broadcast and the conference call if you are simultaneously watching and calling in to the press conference.
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Mats Granryd, President & CEO
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Lars Nilsson, CFO
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Lars Torstensson, Investor Relations
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Tele2 is one of Europe 's leading telecom OPERATORS, always providing the best deal. We have 30 million customers in 11 countries. Tele2 offers mobile services, fixed broadband and telephony, data network services, cable TV and content services. Ever since Jan Stenbeck founded the company in 1993, it has been a tough challenger to the former government monopolies and other established providers. Tele2 has been listed on the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm since 1996. In 2009, we had net sales of SEK 39.5 billion and reported an operating profit (EBITDA) of SEK 9.4 billion.