CEO comment by Anders Nilsson
Nine months into the year we are on track to deliver on the full-year guidance with improving trends in the Sweden Consumer segment and continued execution in the Baltics. We realized an additional SEK 150m of synergies from the Com Hem integration and raise our year-end runrate target to SEK 750 million. The proceeds from the transactions in Kazakhstan and the Netherlands were distributed to shareholders in August through an extraordinary dividend of SEK 6 per share. Tele2's mobile network was recognized as best in Sweden in the P3 Mobile Benchmark 2019 test. We made operational progress in the Swedish consumer segment, strengthening our more-for-more strategy with updated Tele2 price plans, and continued to grow our fixed mobile convergence (FMC) base with 141,000 customers now on FMC-offers.
- Revenue of SEK 6.9 billion, flat compared to Q3 2018 on an organic basis
- End-user service revenue of SEK 5.1 billion, flat compared to Q3 2018 on an organic basis
- Organic growth of 5 percent in underlying EBITDA, excluding IFRS 16, to SEK 2.5 billion for the Group
- Organic growth of 4 percent in underlying EBITDA, excluding IFRS 16, to SEK 2.0 billion in Sweden, driven by synergies from the Com Hem merger
- Net profit from total operations almost doubled to SEK 1.0 billion and equity free cash flow increased by 67 percent, to SEK 1.8 billion, driven by the Com Hem merger
- Profit after financial items (EBT) was SEK 1.3 billion (0.9 billion)
- Earnings per share after dilution was SEK 1.50 (0.99)
- Financial guidance unchanged for end-user service revenue and underlying EBITDA excluding IFRS 16, while capex 2019 is lowered to SEK 2.3-2.6 billion (previously SEK 2.6-2.9 billion)
Teleconference and webcast
Tele2 will host a teleconference and webcast with presentation today, at 10:00 CEST (09:00 BST, 04:00 EDT) on Thursday, October 17, 2019. The presentation will be held in English and will also be available as a webcast at Tele2's website: www.tele2.com
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