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Veon reports 5.1% Q1 profit growth despite syberattack on Kyivstar

VEON Ltd. announces selected financial and operating results for the first quarter ended 31 March 2024.

In 1Q24, VEON continued to report growth in revenues in reported currency terms with double digit local currency top-line growth. Total revenues reached USD 942 million, an increase of 6.6% YoY in reported currency (+11.6% YoY in local currency). Service revenues amounted to USD 903 million, an increase of 5.5% YoY in reported currency (+10.4% YoY in local currency), and EBITDA of USD 386 million represented a 0.2% YoY increase in reported currency terms (+5.1% YoY in local currency). Capex in 1Q24 was USD 125 million, an increase of 38.6% YoY, and reported capex intensity for the last twelve months was 18.3% (-2.0p.p. YoY). Total cash and cash equivalents as of 31 March 2024 amounted to USD 632 million with USD 261 million held at the headquarters (“HQ”) level.

For FY 2024, VEON maintains its full-year guidance for revenue of 16%-18% and EBITDA of 18%-20% growth in local currency supported by execution of its digital operator strategy, and for Group capex intensity of 18%-19%.

Commenting on the results, Kaan Terzioğlu said:

“I am pleased to see balanced organic performance in all our markets, reflecting our ability to serve our customers in both consumer and business segments with digital solutions in finance, entertainment, healthcare, education and enterprise services.

Our operating companies successfully leverage our customer acquisition and engagement capabilities as well as our distribution power to meet the growing demand for digitalization in our markets, where we served a total of 111 million monthly active users across our digital services in March 2024.

I am excited to see the continuation of our growth trend as we deepen our customer engagement through high-quality digital experiences, which are now being strengthened with new technologies including artificial intelligence. We look forward to updating our investors on our upcoming Capital Markets Day on June 6th, 2024.”

CT Bureau

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