Net sales growth for the group of 6 percent excluding exchange rate differences
Net sales amounted to SEK 11,275 (10,852) million corresponding to a growth excluding exchange rate difference of 6 percent in the quarter. EBITDA in Q4 2012 amounted to SEK 2,672 (2,873) million, equivalent to an EBITDA margin of 24 (26) percent.
Good customer intake in market area Russia
In Q4 2012, Tele2 Russia added 373,000 (250,000) customers, resulting in a total customer base of 22.7 (20.6) million. EBITDA amounted to SEK 1,243 (1,209) million, equivalent to an EBITDA margin of 37 (40) percent.
Sustained mobile revenue growth in market area Nordic
Mobile revenue in Sweden grew by 6 percent, as customer demand for smartphones and data services increased further during the quarter. The mobile EBITDA contribution in the quarter was SEK 748 (798) million due to increasing demand for high-end smartphones resulting in higher subsidise. Tele2 Norway performed according to plan during the quarter, focusing on rolling out the country’s third mobile network.
Maintained operational progress in market area Central Europe & Eurasia
During the quarter, Tele2 Kazakhstan continued to expand its market share and added 361,000 (249,000) new customers in the quarter. The total customer base amounted to 3.4 (1.4) million. The Baltic operations experienced further price competition tackled with increased marketing efforts.
Significant progress within mobile in market area Western Europe
During the quarter, Tele2 Netherlands successfully secured mobile licenses for next generation mobile data services. Operationally, the company continued its marketing push within the mobile segment, adding 55,000 (2,000) customers. Tele2 Austria continued its steady operational development thanks to a combination of innovative product offers and tight cost control. Tele2 Germany experienced as expected further deterioration within the fixed telephony segment, which was partly offset by successful efforts within fixed via mobile offers.
The Board of Directors proposed a dividend for 2012 amounting to SEK 7.10
The Board of Tele2 AB decided to recommend an increase in the ordinary dividend of 9 percent to SEK 7.10 (6.50) per share in respect of the financial year 2012.