Telekom Austria AG

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Telekom Austria GroupÂ’s Announcements at the Capital Market Day (Ad-hoc)

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Company Information/Cash Use Policy


- New Cash Use Policy 2007-2010 - New Group Targets 2007-2010 - Delisting from the New York Stock Exchange

Vienna, April 24, 2007: During the Capital Market Day the Telekom Austria Group (VSE: TKA, NYSE: TKA) today announced the new cash use policy, the 2007-2010 Group targets and its intention to delist from the New York Stock Exchange.

New Cash Use Policy 2007-2010 Today the Telekom Austria Group provided an update of its previously communicated cash use policy. The Telekom Austria Group expects to generate a free cash flow of approximately Euro 3.3bn for the period 2007 until 2010 in addition to approximately Euro 750mn resulting from the increase in net debt to a level of net debt/EBITDA of 2.0x. Based on a stable dividend pay-out ratio of 65% of net income, the Telekom Austria Group expects to distribute about Euro 1.4bn through dividends. Approximately Euro 2.65bn will be earmarked for growth investments in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. If profitable growth investments are not sufficiently available, the Telekom Austria Group intends to acquire up to 10% of its shares within the next 24 months.

Hans Tschuden, CFO of the Telekom Austria Group said: "The new cash use policy provides investors with an update of our future financial strategy. It is our top priority to find a balance between shareholder return through strong dividends and share buybacks and investments in further growth projects. I am confident that this new cash use policy provides a good basis to create further value for our shareholders in the future."

Group Targets 2007-2010 Furthermore, the Telekom Austria Group extended its mid-term outlook to include the period until 2010. The Telekom Austria Group expects the compound annual growth rate of Group revenues for the period 2007 until 2010 to be approximately 1%-1.5% and the compound annual growth rate for Group adjusted EBITDA over the same period to be approximately 1.5%-2.0%. Net income is expected to grow with a compound annual growth rate of more than 10%. The outlook does not include any impact from the introduction of roaming regulation.

Boris Nemsic, Chief Executive Officer of the Telekom Austria Group said: "Our mid-term targets give you an overview about the growth rates we expect over the period 2007 until 2010. We are confident we will reach these goals despite the challenging, competitive environment we experience in all our markets. We still do not have the necessary visibility on roaming, therefore, we have not yet included the impact in our estimates."

Telekom Austria Group                                      Target 2007-2010
Revenue CAGR                                                                  1%-1.5%
Adjusted EBITDA CAGR                                                  1.5%-2.0%
Net income CAGR                                                                  >10%

Voluntary Delisting and Deregistration from the New York Stock Exchange

The Telekom Austria Group also announced its intention to delist its American Depositary Shares from the New York Stock Exchange and to deregister from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Hans Tschuden, Chief Financial Officer of the Telekom Austria Group added: "Following the recent adoption of new rules by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regarding the termination of reporting obligations under U.S. securities laws, and in light of the low volume of Telekom Austria shares traded in New York, we have decided to delist. This will help us to enhance red tape efficiency and reduce costs related to the listing. However, we will remain committed to a high-standard of corporate governance and transparency towards our shareholders."

To complete delisting and deregistration the Telekom Austria Group intends to file a Form 25 with the SEC on May 4, 2007 and expects the filing to be effective as of May 14, 2007. On the very same day the NYSE is anticipated to suspend trading of the ADSs.

The ADS program will be modified to reflect the delisting and the ADSs will be traded over-the-counter under a Level 1 ADR Program. The Telekom Austria Group will cover any fees and expenses incurred, should an ADS holder wish to convert his/her ADSs and withdraw ordinary shares from the depositary following delisting and deregistration.

Telekom Austria will maintain its primary listing on the Vienna Stock Exchange.

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Further inquiry note:
Peter E. Zydek
Head of Investor Relations
Telekom Austria Group
Tel.: +43 (0) 59059 1-19001

Elisabeth Mattes
Telekom Austria Group
Tel.: +43 (0)1 33161 2730

Branche: Telecommunications Equipment
ISIN:      AT0000720008
WKN:        555750
Index:    WBI, ATX Prime, ATX
Börsen:  Wiener Börse AG / official dealing
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