Tele1 Europe Holding AB Announces Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year 1999

Tele1 Europe Holding AB Announces Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year 1999 Stockholm, Sweden - February 29, 2000 - Tele1 Europe Holding AB ("Tele1"), a rapidly growing, pan-Nordic competitive provider of broadband communications services, today reported fourth quarter and full year 1999 financial and operating results. Commenting on the results, Ivar Stromberg, Tele1's Chief Executive Officer said: "Excellent progress was made during the fourth quarter. Revenues increased 288% over the same pe- riod in 1998 to SEK 99.8 million, gross margin improved substantially, our corporate customer base increased by 47% over the third quarter, and con- struction of local fiber networks was initiated in 6 cities. Tele1 also completed three acquisitions which improved our product portfolio, estab- lished us as a leading DSL provider in Denmark and strengthened our web hosting and internet access presence in Sweden." Financial Highlights: Fourth quarter revenues rose to SEK 99.8 million (USD11.7 million), an increase of 79.0% over Q3 revenues and 287.9% over the same quarter last year. Gross profit as a percentage of revenue was 30.2% for the fourth quarter, an increase of 695 basis points over the third quarter. Revenues from corporate customers rose by 88.4% in the fourth quarter versus the third quarter. Revenue from data and internet services increased by 155.8% in the fourth quarter versus the third quarter. The number of corporate customers rose by 2,376 to 7,466 and directly connected customers rose to 986 from 312 during the quarter. Switched minutes rose by 12.6% to 260 million in the fourth quarter. Issued Euro 150 million of 11 7/8% Senior Notes due 2009 through Tele1´s wholly-owned subsidiary Tele1 Europe N.V. Operational Highlights: Installed an additional 800 km of back-bone network. Installed an additional 57 km of Local Access Fiber. Signed a letter of intent with GlobalConnect of Denmark to purchase 200 km of fiber connecting Alborg, Denmark and Gothenberg, Sweden. Signed a letter of intent with Telia Denmark for 83 km of local access fiber in Copenhagen, Denmark. Signed a mobile agreement with Netcom GSM which enables the provisioning of mobile services in Norway. Acquisition Highlights: Acquired Euroconnect A/S, a business focused Internet service provider in Denmark. Acquired WinEasy AB, a Swedish server/web hosting and Internet access company. Acquired Alfa Industrier AS, a Norwegian supplier and maintainer of private branch exhanges, or PBXs. Signed a purchase agreement to acquire part of Global One's Swedish corporate and government customer base. Key Operating Statistics Q3 1998 Q4 1998 Q3 1999 Q4 1999 Local Access Fiber (km) - - 11 68 Back-bone Network - IRU's (km) - - 220 1020 Corporate customers (number) 2,208 2572 5,090 7466 Directly connected customers (number) 87 115 312 986 Switched minutes (millions) 84 121 231 260 Employees 55 102 225 369 Review of Operations Tele1's revenues for the fourth quarter of 1999 reached SEK 99.8 million (USD 11.7 million), an increase of 79.0% compared to the third quarter of 1999 and a 287.9% increase over the fourth quarter of 1998. The total num- ber of corporate customers reached 7466, of which 986 are directly con- nected. Key customer contracts signed during the quarter included Arthur D. Little, FuNet, ICL and Astra. "The drivers behind our growth in the fourth quarter were primarily Data and Internet services together with in- creased revenue from carrier services. ", said Ivar Stromberg. Gross profit as a percentage of revenue for the fourth quarter was 30.2%, an increase of 695 basis points over the third quarter. The improvement in gross margin was driven primarily by the strong growth in Tele1's data and Internet service revenues. Tele1's service costs in the fourth quarter were SEK 69.6 million (USD 8.2 million), compared to SEK 42.8 million (USD 5.0 million) in the third quarter. Sales, general and administrative (SG&A) costs for the fourth quarter increased to SEK 154.2 million (USD 18.1) from SEK 60.2 million (USD 7.1 million) in the third quarter. "The increase in SG&A resulted primarily from an increase in social taxes payable relating to the com- pany's stock option plan in Norway and Finland, an increase in sales and marketing staff and one time costs related to our acquisitions", commented Ivar Stromberg. Tele1's loss before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) in the fourth quarter was SEK 146.5 million (USD 17.2 million) compared to SEK 47.3 million (USD 5.6 million) in Q3 1999. Interest expense (net) increased from SEK 52.9 million (USD 6.2 million) for the three months ended September 30, 1999 to SEK 68.0 million (USD 8.0 million) for the quarter ended December 31,1999. The increase was due primarily to interest due on the senior notes issued in December1999 by Tele1´s wholly-owned subsidiary Tele1 Europe N.V. The company's net loss in the fourth quarter was SEK 213.5 million (USD 25.1 million) compared to SEK 108.0 million (USD 12.7 million) in the third quarter. Capital expenditures during the fourth quarter amounted to SEK 277.1 mil- lion (USD 32.5 million) versus SEK 43.7 million (USD 5.1 million) in the third quarter. The increase in expenditures can be attributed to the con- struction of the Tele1 local access fiber network and back-bone network. Acquisitions of businesses in the fourth quarter including Euroconnect A/S, WinEasy AB and Alfa Industrier AS, amounted to SEK 388.7 million (USD 45.7 million). As of December 31, the company had SEK 2,636.0 million (USD 309.9 million) in cash and cash equivalents, including restricted cash, versus SEK 1,998.2 million (USD 234.9 million) in the third quarter. The increased cash balance resulted from the issuance of Euro 150 million of Senior High Yield Notes in December. Network Construction During the fourth quarter, Tele1 deployed 57 km of local access fiber, bringing total local fiber deployed to 68 km. Tele1 also added 800 route km of fiber to its back-bone network, bringing total IRU back-bone fiber deployed to 1020 km. On December 12 1999, the company signed a letter of intent with GlobalConnect of Denmark to purchase an IRU for 8 fibers on a 200 km intercity cable connecting Alborg, Denmark with Gothenberg, Sweden. The cable is expected to be in service by the fourth quarter 2000. On December 15, Tele1 connected its first on-net local access customer in Helsinki, Finland. On December 20 1999, the company signed a letter of intent with Telia Den- mark to purchase an IRU for 4 fibers on a 83 km local access fiber ring in Copenhagen, Denmark. The ring is expected to be in service by the end of the first quarter of 2000. Acquisitions In October 1999, Tele1 acquired Euroconnect A/S, an Internet service pro- vider in Denmark, which provides Internet access and broadband data serv- ices to large and medium-sized businesses. Euroconnect also offers corpo- rate dial-up services to the employees of its customers as part of its to- tal service offering. Euroconnect had operating revenues of approximately SEK 57.3 (USD 6.7 million) for the twelve months ended December 31, 1999. Euroconnect connects customers to its 70 points of presence primarily through DSL technology. The Euroconnect network is one of the largest transmission networks in Denmark. In December 1999, Tele1 acquired Alfa Industrier AS, a Norwegian supplier of private branch exchanges, oursourcing services and computer equipment, primarily in Oslo, Norway. Alfa has installed approximately 100 PBXs for large and medium-sized businesses. Alfa Industrier had operating revenues of approximately SEK 16.2 (USD 1.9 million) for the twelve months ended December 31, 1999. In December 1999, Tele1 acquired WinEasy AB, a Swedish server/web hosting and Internet access company. WinEasy serves approximately 30 directly con- nected medium-sized corporate customers. WinEasy had operating revenues of approximately SEK 25.2 (USD 3.0 million) for the twelve months ended De- cember 31, 1999. In addition Tele1 signed a purchase agreement in November to acquire part of the Swedish customer base of GlobalOne. The acquired business of 42 di- rectly connected, large corporate and government customers. GlobalOne is an international telecommunications carrier owned by France Telecom. Commenting on the recent acquisitions, Ivar Stromberg stated: "Our acqui- sitions in the fourth quarter have allowed Tele1 to expand its product portfolio, become one of the leading providers of DSL in Denmark, estab- lish a strong server/web hosting and internet access presence in Sweden, increase the size of our corporate customer base and add talented managers to our team." Financing In December 1999, Tele1 completed an offering of Euro 150 million 11 7/8% Senior Notes due 2009. The notes were issued without warrants. The pro- ceeds of the offering will be used to fund the continued build out of the Company's local access fiber and back-bone networks and for general corpo- rate purposes. Subsequent Events On January 28, the the company finalized the agreement to acquire part of GlobalOne's Swedish corporate and government customer base. On February 2, the company signed a strategic agreement with Netcom GSM A/S, which enables Tele1 to offer mobile services to its business custom- ers in Norway. Similar to the mobile arrangement which the company signed with Telia Mobile of Sweden, the Netcom agreement allows Tele1 to pay wholesale rates for originating and terminating traffic, gain control over customers' Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards and invoice its customers directly. In addition, Tele1 has plans to interconnect its net- work directly to the Netcom GSM network, which will allow the company to terminate mobile-to-fixed calls on its own network. "This agreement en- ables us to meet the demand from our customers who are asking for one sup- plier of communications services, one invoice and one point of contact" said Ivar Stromberg. As of mid February Tele1 has connected 18 on-net local access corporate customers in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland, achieving its objective to successfully connect on-net customers in each of the Nordic countries during the first quarter of 2000. Company disclosure An English translation of the Company's Annual Report and Accounts will be available in March from Tele1 Europe's offices at Hangövägen 25, Posi- tionen 146, 115 74 Stockholm. The Annual Report will also be available in PDF-format on our website: www.tele1europe.com Tele1 Europe Holding AB's first quarter of 2000 financial and operating results for the period ending March 31, 2000, will be released on May 23, 2000. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at 10 a.m on May 24, 2000 at the Scandic Hotel Ariadne, Hangövägen 29 in Stockholm. The Board and President of Tele1 Europe Holding AB will propose to the AGM that no dividend be paid to shareholders for the fiscal year ended Decem- ber 31, 1999. Stockholm, February 29, 2000 On behalf of The Board of Directors of Tele1 Europe Holding AB Ivar Strömberg, CEO Corporate facts Tele1 is a rapidly growing, pan-Nordic competitive provider of broadband communications services, headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. It provides a broad range of telecommunications services, including local, national and international voice, data, and value added services, such as Centrex, to corporate customers, Internet service providers, resellers and other car- riers in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. The company plans to build local access networks in the key Nordic cities (Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmo, Copenhagen, Aarhus, Aalborg, Oslo, Bergen and Helsinki) and estab- lish what Tele1 believes will be the first competitive local exchange car- rier (CLEC) to span the Nordic region. The information and statements contained in this release that are not his- torical facts are forward-looking statements, which involve predictions by Tele1's management. Tele1 can give no assurance that the future results expressed or implied by such statements will be achieved or that, if achieved, such results will be indicative of the results in subsequent pe- riods. Actual events or results may differ materially as a result of risks facing Tele1. Such risks include, but are not limited to: changes in busi- ness conditions; changes in the telecommunications industry and general economy; competition; changes in service offerings; and risks associated with Tele1's limited operating history, entry into developing markets, managing rapid growth, and acquisitions and strategic investments; inter- national operations; dependence on effective information and billing sys- tems; Tele1's ability to implement a Year 2000 readiness program; future capital needs; and risks of regulatory developments; any of which could cause actual results to vary materially from the future results indicated, expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. For further discussion of these and additional risks associated with the business operations of the Tele1 group, please refer to the registration statement on form F-1 filed by Tele1 Europe Holding AB, together with the exhibits thereto, reports and other information filed at the Public Refer- ence Section of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission at 450 Fifth th Street, N.W., Washington D.C. 20549; Seven World Trade Center, 13 Floor, New York, New York 10048; and 500 West Madison Street, Chicago, Illinois 60661. ------------------------------------------------------------ Please visit http://www.bit.se for further information The following files are available for download: http://www.bit.se/bitonline/2000/02/29/20000229BIT00330/bit0001.doc The full report http://www.bit.se/bitonline/2000/02/29/20000229BIT00330/bit0002.pdf The full report

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