Telenor Reports Q2 669450

Company announces strong growth and high margins

July 23, 2009

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FORNEBU, Norway -- "The trends from the first quarter of 2009 continued into this quarter, with a challenging business environment also affecting the telecom sector. In spite of pressure on the top line development our operations are improving their performance, resulting in a record high operating cash flow. At the end of the quarter, we reached a total of 168 million mobile subscriptions," said Jon Fredrik Baksaas, President and CEO of Telenor.

Strong growth and high margins

"Grameenphone in Bangladesh and Mobile Norway are delivering a particularly strong quarter, both in terms of revenue growth and margins. We are also happy to see that Telenor Pakistan this quarter reached its highest margins so far. During this quarter the margins and market positions in CEE remained strong and Kyivstar distributed dividends for 2006 and 2007. The Telenor portion amounted to NOK 2.1 billion," Baksaas said.

The Telenor brand launched in Denmark

"In June the Telenor brand was successfully launched in the Danish market. The rebranding will strengthen Telenor Denmark's ability to provide unified products and services, as well as creating a stronger company identity. In Sweden we continue to focus on improving efficiency. In addition to initiatives in sales and distribution channels, downsizing of staff has been announced and will be completed during the second half of 2009," Baksaas said.

Preparing for launch in India

"In India we are building our operation and preparing for launch. Key agreements are now in place, including GSM equipment and IT outsourcing, in addition to infrastructure sharing. We plan to launch services in five circles in the fourth quarter. The current roll-out plan is embedded in our updated outlook for 2009," Baksaas said.

New hearing in Siberia

"Our shares in VimpelCom are under arrest since 11 March 2009 related to the unfounded Farimex case. Telenor's appeal of previous rulings is scheduled to be heard in the Federal Court of Tyumen 30 September 2009," Baksaas said.

Revenues remain under pressure

"For the rest of the year we expect revenues to remain under pressure. We will continue to scale our business activities accordingly, while delivering a strong operating cash flow and sustaining our market positions," Baksaas said.

Telenor Group (Nasdaq: TELN)

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