By Dominic Chopping

 

Norwegian telecommunications provider Telenor ASA on Tuesday cautioned that high costs and competition in Asia will remain into the second quarter, though full-year earnings are still seen flat to slightly higher.

The company posted a first-quarter net profit of 6.57 billion Norwegian kroner ($696.3 million), compared with a net loss of NOK3.89 billion a year earlier. Earnings last year were weighed by the NOK6.5 billion impairment of its Myanmar business, and this year they were boosted by the NOK1.7 billion disposal of Swedish noncore assets and a NOK2.5 billion reversal of tax.

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization--the company's preferred measure--rose to NOK13.21 billion from NOK12.06 billion, as revenue fell 1.8% to NOK27.72 billion, the company said.

Analysts polled by FactSet had expected Ebitda of NOK12.09 billion and revenue of NOK27.11 billion.

Telenor said the first quarter was weighed on by the transformation of its fixed-line business in Norway, high energy prices and tough competition in Thailand, as well as high project costs. These factors are expected to continue into the next quarter, it said.

"Actions taken are expected to mitigate negative elements, particularly in the second half of the year. We expect a gradual recovery of the Thai market but acknowledge the increased global uncertainty," the company said.

 

Write to Dominic Chopping at dominic.chopping@wsj.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

May 03, 2022 02:13 ET (06:13 GMT)

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