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01 March 2021

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ZEGONA COMMUNICATIONS PLC ("Zegona")

LEI: 213800ASI1VZL2ED4S65

1 March 2021

Euskaltel Reports Accelerating Growth

Euskaltel last week published its results for the fourth quarter and full year 2020 and associated investor presentation. Highlights communicated by Euskaltel included the following:

Record Customer Growth

-- Euskaltel's mass market fixed customers increased by 47k in 2020 to 716k, the highest annual customer growth since the business was listed in 2015

-- Virgin telco growth was more than 50% ahead of plan, reaching a total customer base (fixed and mobile) of 71k at year-end 2020

   --     Net gain in B2B customers in 2020, despite the impact from Covid-19 

Accelerating Revenue Growth

-- Virgin telco customer gains are driving accelerating revenue growth, with fourth quarter revenue up 4.6% to EUR179.5m and full year 2020 revenue up 1.7% to EUR697.1m

   --     B2B is also contributing with 3.3% revenue growth in 2020 to EUR114.5m 

-- Addressable footprint further expanded in the fourth quarter to over 23m households, a four-fold increase since the start of 2020

-- Guidance provided for 2021 with mass market fixed customers expected to grow up to 20% to 840-860k, delivering total revenue growth up to 8% to EUR740-750m, making Euskaltel one of the fastest growing telecoms companies in Europe

Strong Profitability

-- 2020 EBITDA target met, with EBITDA growth in 2020 of 2.3% (before Virgin telco launch/early growth costs)

   --     Euskaltel continues on a clear deleveraging path with net debt down 2.1% in 2020 
   --     2020 financial and customer growth targets fulfilled 

Network Upgrade and Monetisation

-- Euskaltel announced that it is well advanced in setting up FibreCo and bringing in an investor for a minority stake - a formal announcement is expected in the coming weeks

-- As part of FibreCo, Euskaltel will upgrade its network to the latest FTTH standard, enabling new wholesale revenue streams, cost savings of EUR20m per year and access to additional growth opportunities including 5G

-- Euskaltel expects to gain a material net cash receipt from the FibreCo process which can be used to help fund further growth

Eamonn O'Hare, Zegona's Chairman and CEO commented: "Euskaltel has delivered strong results for 2020 with accelerating growth driven in particular by the outstanding success of Virgin telco. These results demonstrate the team's achievement in overcoming the challenges created by Covid-19 and in setting the business up for continued and accelerating growth in 2021. The FibreCo initiative offers the opportunity to provide customers with the very latest technology under a structure which delivers great value to shareholders as well".

Further details on Euskaltel's fourth quarter and full year 2020 results can be found on the Euskaltel website at https://www.euskaltel.com/CanalOnline/investors

Enquiries

Tavistock (Public Relations adviser - UK)

Tel: +44 (0)20 7920 3150

Lulu Bridges - lulu.bridges@tavistock.co.uk

Jos Simson - jos.simson@tavistock.co.uk

About Zegona

Zegona was established in 2015 with the objective of investing in businesses in the European Telecommunications, Media and Technology sector and improving their performance to deliver attractive shareholder returns. Zegona is led by former Virgin Media executives Eamonn O'Hare and Robert Samuelson.

About Euskaltel

Euskaltel S.A. ("Euskaltel") is the leading converged telecommunications provider in the North of Spain and has recently expanded to offer services nationally. It provides high speed broadband, data rich mobile, advanced TV and fixed communications services to residential and business customers under the Euskaltel, R Cable, Telecable and Virgin telco brands. Euskaltel is a public company traded on the stock markets of Bilbao, Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia.

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