Release from 12.02.2019

Strong fourth quarter and solid performance for FY 2018

•    Revenue growth and strong operative EBITDA
•    Increase of mobile subscriber base +1.7%, postpaid subscribers +4.1%
•    RGUs increase by 3.7%; strong TV and broadband demand
•    Expected brand value amortization impacts net profit 2018
•    Good positioning in the CEE region for a digital future


Thomas Arnoldner, CEO of A1 Telekom Austria Group, commenting on the highlights 2018:


"The consistent implementation of our growth strategy proved to be successful also in 2018. The A1 Telekom Austria Group is recording a solid operating performance. Revenues increased by 1.8% for the full year, adjusted for FX and one-off effects revenues increased by 3.1% year-on-year. Group EBITDA decreased by 1.3% in 2018, adjusted for one-off and FX effects as well as restructuring charges EBITDA rose by 3.6%, with growth recorded in all segments with the exception of Slovenia and Belarus. Due to our solid revenue growth and our continuous cost efficiency improvements, we achieved a strong operative EBITDA growth.

Despite operational improvements, reported net profit for the full year 2018 amounted to EUR 242.7 mn, compared to EUR 345.5 mn in the previous year. The decline is exclusively attributable to a positive tax effect in the previous year and the expected brand value amortization of EUR 197.9 mn in 2018 (2017: EUR 121.8 mn) due to the Group-wide rebranding. This means that more than 90% of these amortizations have already materialized as of year-end 2018.

In the fourth quarter 2018, we recorded a strong revenue growth of 3.1%. EBITDA excluding restructuring charges rose strongly by 8.3%, in Austria even by 8.6%.

We are well on the way to transforming our company from a traditional telecommunications provider into a digital service provider. Innovative products with a focus on entertainment and smart living for residential customers as well as IoT, ICT, cloud and security solutions in the business segment underline our position as a strong international group in a digital future".

More information is available in the earnings release 
https://www.a1.group/en/ir/interim-results

A1 Telekom Austria Group, listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange, is a leading provider of digital services and communications solutions in Central and Eastern Europe with more than 24 million customers, currently operating in seven countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia and Slovenia (A1), (Vipnet), Belarus (velcom/ A1), the Republic of Serbia (Vip mobile) and the Republic of North-Macedonia (one.Vip).
 
Offering communications, payment and entertainment services as well as integrated business solutions, A1 Telekom Austria Group achieved revenues of 4.47 billion Euros by year end 2017. Around 19.000 employees and state of the art broadband infrastructure make digital business and lifestyle possible and enable people, companies and things to connect everywhere anytime. As European unit of América Móvil, one of the largest wireless services provider in the world, A1 Telekom Austria Group is headquartered in Vienna and gives access to global solutions.
 
For further information please visit our Website at www.A1.group/en/home
 

Contact

Livia Dandrea-Böhm
Spokesperson A1 Telekom Austria Group
+43 664 66 31452
livia.dandrea-boehm@a1.at

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