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Net leverage ratio

Net leverage ratio

Our net total leverage at June 30, 2022 reached 3.9x as the favorable impact from the tower sale was offset by the recognition of a 15-year lease liability reflecting the MLA with DigitalBridge. Following the tower disposal and the subsequent move to Adjusted EBITDAaL, and effective Q2 2022, we have changed the way we are calculating net total leverage. Net total leverage is now calculated using net debt excluding leases and is divided by the last two quarters' annualized Adjusted EBITDAaL. On the new definition, our net total leverage was exceptionally low at 3.4x as our H1 2022 Adjusted EBITDAaL only included a one-month lease expense for tower sites and as our leverage did not yet include the ramifications from the June 2022 multiband spectrum auction. Therefore, we expect our net total leverage to increase as of the next quarter.

Our net covenant leverage, as calculated under the 2020 Amended Senior Credit Facility, differs from our net total leverage as it excludes (i) any vendor financing-related short-term liabilities and includes (ii) the Credit Facility Excluded Amount (which is the greater of €400.0 million and 0.25x Consolidated Adjusted Annualized EBITDA). Our net covenant leverage reached 2.5x at June 30, 2022, which marked a substantial improvement compared to 3.0x at March 31, 2022. This was entirely attributable to the strong growth in our cash balance following the aforementioned sale of our mobile tower business. Our current net covenant leverage ratio is significantly below the springing maintenance covenant of 6.0x and the incurrence test of 4.5x net senior leverage. The aforementioned maintenance covenant only applies, however, in case we would draw 40% or more under our revolving credit facilities. At June 30, 2022, our revolving credit facilities were fully undrawn as mentioned above.

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For a reconciliation of both our net total leverage and net covenant ratio as per June 30, 2022, we refer to the Q2 2022 Investor & Analyst Toolkit.

(1) Net total leverage is defined as the sum of loans and borrowings under current and non-current liabilities (excluding lease-related 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 EBITDAaL. In its statement of financial position, Telenet's USD-denominated debt has been converted into EUR using the June 30, 2022 EUR/USD exchange rate. As Telenet has entered into several derivative transactions to hedge both the underlying floating interest rate and exchange risks, the EUR-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 EUR-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) Net covenant leverage is calculated as per the 2020 Amended Senior Credit Facility definition, using Net Total Debt (using the €-equivalent hedged amounts for its USD-denominated debt as highlighted above), excluding (i) subordinated shareholder loans, (ii) capitalized elements of indebtedness under the Clientele and Annuity Fees, (iii) any finance leases entered into on or prior to August 1, 2007, (iv) any indebtedness incurred under the network lease entered into with the pure intermunicipalities, (v) any vendor financing-related liabilities, and including (vi) the Credit Facility Excluded Amount (which is the greater of (a) €400.0 million and (b) 0.25x Consolidated Annualized Adjusted EBITDA), divided by last two quarters’ Consolidated Annualized Adjusted EBITDA.