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Nortel Inversora S.A. Announces Consolidated Results for Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2013

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Nortel Inversora S.A. (NYSE: NTL) whose sole material activity is holding 54.74% of the stock of Telecom Argentina S.A. ("Telecom") informs that Telecom has repurchased 15,221,373 of its own stock as of December 31, 2013. As a result, the political and economic rights of Nortel have increased to 55.60 % of Telecom's outstanding stock as of such date.

Nortel announces consolidated income of AR$ 3,209 million for fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, of which AR$ 1,720 million correspond to Nortel as controlling shareholder.

Relevant matters

Acceptance of an Offer to Acquire a Controlling Shareholding

On November 14, 2013, Telecom Italia S.p.A and Telecom Italia International N.V. (together, the "Sellers") and Tierra Argentea S.A. ("Tierra Argentea", a company controlled by the Sellers) announced their acceptance of an offer made by Fintech Group to acquire the controlling shareholding of Telecom Italia Group in Telecom Argentina, held by the Sellers through their subsidiaries Sofora, Nortel, and Tierra Argentea.

On December 10, 2013, Tierra Argentea entered into an agreement for   the transfer to Fintech Group of the Series B shares of Telecom Argentina, representing 1.58% of the capital stock of such Company, and of ADRs of Nortel representing 8% of the aggregate Series "B" Preferred Shares of Nortel.

The closing of the transfer of shares held by the Telecom Italia Group in Sofora is subject to the prior obtaining of certain required regulatory authorizations.

Deduction from the "Voluntary Reserve for the Future Distribution of Dividends" and distribution of cash dividends by Nortel

The Company's Board of Directors, during its meeting held on December 16, 2013, decided to deduct an amount from the "Voluntary Reserve for the Future Distribution of Dividends" –which was created by a resolution approved by the Annual and Extraordinary General Stockholders' Meetings held on April 27, 2012 and April 26, 2013–, and distribute as cash dividends an amount of AR$465 million, of which AR$228 million correspond to Series "B" Preferred Shares and AR$237 million correspond to common stock. The above mentioned dividends were made available as from December 27, 2013.

Summary of the Resolutions approved by the Annual and Extraordinary General Stockholders' Meeting held on April 26, 2013

The Annual and Extraordinary General Stockholders' Meeting held on April 26, 2013 resolved, among other issues:

  1. to approve the Annual Report and the Financial Statements as of December 31, 2012;
  2. to create a "Special Reserve resulting from the Adoption of the IFRS" of AR$ 204 million and to allocate an amount of AR$1,466 million to the already existing "Voluntary Reserve for the Future Distribution of Dividends", authorizing the Company's Board of Directors to approve the timing and amounts to be deducted –and their subsequent distribution- from the "Voluntary Reserve for the Future Distribution of Dividends", taking into account the Company's future liquidity;
  3. the appointment of the members of the Supervisory Committee for fiscal year 2013; and
  4. the appointment of Price Waterhouse & Co. S.R.L. as the Company's external auditors for fiscal year 2013.

                                                                   FINANCIAL TABLES BELOW


                                                                    NORTEL INVERSORA S.A.

                                                      FISCAL YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2013

                                           (In millions of Argentine pesos, except statistical and ratio data)




Consolidated Balance Sheet

2013

2012




Total revenues and other income

27,350

22,196

Operating costs

( 22,850)

( 18,244)

Operating Income

4,500

3,952

Financial results, net

516

187

Net income before income tax expenses

5,016

4,139

Income tax expense

( 1,807)

( 1,464)

Net income

3,209

2,675

Other comprehensive income

133

90

Total comprehensive income for the period

3,342

2,765










Consolidated Balance Sheet

2013

2012




Current assets

9,836

7,000

Non-current assets

13,381

10,826

Total assets

23,217

17,826

Current liabilities

9,086

5,895

Non-current liabilities

2,029

1,768

Total liabilities

11,115

7,663

Equity attributable to owners of the parent

6,603

5,457

Noncontrolling interest

5,499

4,706

Total equity

12,102

10,163

Total liabilities and equity

23,217

17,826










Ratios









Liquidity (a)

1.08

1.19

Indebtedness (b)

0.92

0.75







(a)     Current assets to current liabilities



(b)     Total liabilities to shareholders' equity.



SOURCE Nortel Inversora S.A.

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