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Shareholder Remuneration Policy

Shareholder Remuneration Policy

Shareholder Disbursements

Date(1) Shareholder Disbursements

May 3, 2021

€1.3750 per share
(gross final dividend)

December 4, 2020

€1.375 per share
(gross intermediate dividend)

May 2, 2020

€1.3050 per share
(gross final dividend)

December 5, 2019

€0.57 per share
(gross intermediate dividend)

October 2, 2018

€5.30 per share
(gross extraordinary dividend)

May 3, 2013

€7.90 per share
(gross extraordinary dividend)

May 7, 2012

€1.00 per share
(gross dividend)

August 28, 2012

€3.25 per share
(net capital reduction)

July 26, 2011

€4.50 per share
(net capital reduction)

July 28, 2010

€2.23 per share
(net capital reduction)

August 27, 2009

€0.50 per share
(net capital reduction)

November 19, 2007

€6.00 per share
(net capital reduction)

1 All dates refer to ex-dividend dates

Shareholder Remuneration Policy

Updated policy with a gross dividend per share floor of €2.75, balancing attractive shareholder distributions and optionality for future value-accretive M&A opportunities

Considering the robust underlying Adjusted Free Cash Flow conversion and the healthy Operating Free Cash Flow outlook for both FY 2020 and the 3-year period over 2018-2021, the board of directors has decided to firm up the existing shareholder remuneration policy. Our new policy aims to achieve a balance between attractive shareholder distributions on the one hand, while preserving optionality for future value-accretive M&A opportunities on the other hand. While the 4.0x net total leverage target1 has been reaffirmed in absence of any material acquisitions and/or significant changes in our business or regulatory environment, the board of directors has introduced a dividend floor of €2.75 per share (gross) going forward. This dividend floor assumes no significant changes in our business or regulatory environment and replaces the previously communicated 50-70% pay-out range. With that, the board of directors intends to commit a larger share of the Adjusted Free Cash Flow towards recurring dividends. The remainder of our Adjusted Free Cash Flow may still be considered for accretive acquisitions, extraordinary dividends, incremental share buy-backs, deleveraging or a combination thereof.

Proposed dividend of €2.75 per share, including a €1.375 per share intermediate dividend subject to shareholder approval at the December 2020 Special Shareholders’ Meeting

The board of directors intends to propose a total gross dividend of €2.75 per share (€300.2 million in aggregate2), up 47% from last year's level and representing the upper end of the aforementioned 50-70% range. The board of directors will propose to the Special Shareholders' Meeting in December 2020 to approve the payment of a gross intermediate dividend3 of €1.375 per share (€150.1 million in total2). If and when approved, the intermediate dividend will be paid on December 8, 2020 with the Telenet shares trading ex-dividend on Euronext Brussels as of December 4, 2020.

The aforementioned intermediate dividend is intended to be paid in addition to a gross dividend of €1.375 per share subject to board and shareholder approval at the next AGM and assuming no significant changes in our business or regulatory environment. If and when approved, the latter dividend would then be paid early May next year.

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1 Net total leverage is defined as the sum of loans and borrowings under current and non-current liabilities minus cash and cash equivalents ("Net Total Debt"), as recorded in the Company's statement of financial position, divided by the last two quarters' Consolidated Annualized Adjusted EBITDA. In its statement of financial position, Telenet's USD-denominated debt has been converted into € using the September 30, 2020 EUR/USD exchange rate. As Telenet has entered into several derivative transactions to hedge both the underlying floating interest rate and exchange risks, the €-equivalent hedged amounts were €2,041.5 million (USD 2,295.0 million Term Loan AR) and €882.8 million (USD 1.0 billion Senior Secured Notes due 2028), respectively. For the calculation of its net leverage ratio, Telenet uses the €-equivalent hedged amounts given the underlying economic risk exposure. Net total leverage is a non-GAAP measure as contemplated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Regulation G.

2 Based on 109,153,814 dividend-entitled shares outstanding at the date of this release

3 The distributable amounts for the intermediate dividend in December 2020 have been determined on the basis of the 2019 financial statements as per Belgian law