* Q1 Adj EBITDA 4.57 bln eur vs 4.44 bln expected
* Still sees 2015 adj EBITDA of 18.3 bln eur at constant FX
* Shares indicated to open up 0.8 pct, outperforming index (Adds details about German and U.S. operations, shares)
By Harro Ten Wolde
FRANKFURT, May 13 (Reuters) - Deutsche Telekom beat expectations with an 11 percent rise in quarterly profit helped by its U.S. operations and the weak euro.
Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) excluding special items rose to 4.57 billion euros ($5.15 billion).
That topped an average forecast of 4.44 billion in a Reuters poll of analysts.
Profit was helped by proceeds of 175 million euros from an out-of-court settlement with Liberty Global’s German unit Unitymedia over the acquisition of KabelBW.
Europe’s largest telecoms operator by revenue said it still expected 2015 EBITDA excluding special items of around 18.3 billion euros at constant exchange rates and free cashflow of around 4.3 billion.
“It has been some time since we have seen positive indications for revenue and earnings in our industry,” Chief Executive Tim Hoettges said in a statement. “Our clear strategy with strong investment is paying off.”
In Germany, where the market consolidated to three from four players last year, Deutsche Telekom’s revenue from mobile services rose 2.8 percent, helped by its fast 4G mobile network and the popularity of the iPhone 6.
Deutsche Telekom raised investments by more than a fifth in the quarter to 2.5 billion euros as it upgraded its networks in Europe and the United States, where it owns 66 percent of T-Mobile US.
Last month, T-Mobile US reported first-quarter results that slightly beat expectations after it added 1.8 million customers, taking its total to 56.8 million.
The US business is Deutsche’s biggest single market in revenue.
Excluding the effect of the weak euro, adjusted EBITDA rose 5.6 percent, Deutsche Telekom said.
French rival Orange, which depends heavily on its home market, last month reported a 0.9 percent drop in first-quarter sales while restated core profit fell 1.9 percent.
Deutsche Telekom shares are indicated to rise 0.8 percent in line with the German blue-chip index according to pre-market data from brokerage Lang & Schwarz at 0622 GMT.
The stock has gained about a quarter this year, outperforming the STOXX Europe 600 Telecommunications which is up about 17 percent.
Deutsche Telekom shares trade at a multiple of 6.25 times expected EBITDA over the next 12 months versus peers who trade at an enterprise value of 7.7 times EBITDA.
$1 = 0.8890 euros Reporting by Harro ten Wolde; editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman and Jason Neely