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Wednesday 25 July, 2012

BT Group PLC

1st Quarter Results

RNS Number : 4211I
BT Group PLC
25 July 2012
 



 

 

 

 

 

25 July 2012

BT GROUP PLC

 

 

 

RESULTS FOR THE FIRST QUARTER TO 30 JUNE 2012

 

 

 

BT Group plc (BT.L) today announced its results for the first quarter to 30 June 2012.

 

Ian Livingston, Chief Executive, commenting on the results, said:

 

"We have delivered another quarter of profit growth and the 11th consecutive quarter of double-digit earnings per share growth, although our quarterly cash flow was impacted by the timing of working capital movements. There were good performances in BT Retail, BT Wholesale and Openreach while BT Global Services was impacted by the tough conditions in Europe and the financial services sector.

 

"Our financial performance allows us to keep investing for the future. Our engineers are rolling out fibre at pace bringing fibre broadband to over 2m more homes and businesses in the quarter and it's now available to over 11m premises. Our investment plans are creating around 2,000 jobs in 2012 by recruiting engineers to support our fibre plans and opening four new UK call centres. We continue to make good progress with our investments in the faster growing economies."

 

First quarter results:

 

 

 

First quarter to 30 June 2012

 

 

£m  

Change

Revenue

 

4,484  

(6)%

Underlying revenue excluding transit

 

(3.2)%

EBITDA1

 

1,463  

2%

Profit before tax1

 

578  

8%

Earnings per share

- adjusted1

5.7p

10%

 

- reported

5.8p

16%

Normalised free cash flow2

(124) 

£(325)m

Net debt

 

9,142  

£557m

  

 

1 Before specific items

2 Before specific items, pension deficit payments and the cash tax benefit of pension deficit payments

 


RESULTS FOR THE FIRST QUARTER TO 30 JUNE 2012

 

Group results


First quarter to 30 June


2012  

2011    

Change


£m  

£m    

%

Revenue

4,484  

4,764    

(6)

- underlying revenue excluding transit1

 


(3.2)

EBITDA




- adjusted2

1,463  

1,436    

2

- reported

1,461  

1,370    

7

Operating profit




- adjusted2

740  

697    

6

- reported

738  

631    

17

Profit before tax




- adjusted2

578  

533    

8

- reported

584  

517    

13

Earnings per share




- adjusted2

5.7p

5.2p

10

- reported

5.8p

5.0p

16

Capital expenditure

622  

582    

7

Free cash flow




- normalised3

(124) 

201    

n/m

- adjusted2

38  

308    

(88)

Net debt

9,142  

8,585    

6

 

Line of business results2


Revenue

EBITDA

Operating cash flow

First quarter to 30 June

2012

2011

Change

2012

2011

Change

2012

2011

Change


£m

£m

%

£m

£m

%

£m

£m

%

BT Global Services

1,730

1,905

(9)

119

138

(14)

(315)

(60)

n/m

BT Retail

1,776

1,830

(3)

476

446

7

247

294

(16)

BT Wholesale

923

1,004

(8)

300

307

(2)

129

119

8

Openreach

1,257

1,255

0

553

538

3

209

177

18

Other and intra-group items

(1,202)

(1,230)

2

15

7

n/m

(232)

(222)

(5)

Total

4,484

4,764

(6)

1,463

1,436

2

38

308

(88)

 

1 Underlying revenue excluding transit is defined below

2 Before specific items. Specific items are defined below

3 Before specific items, pension deficit payments and the cash tax benefit of pension deficit payments

n/m = not meaningful



 

Notes:

 

1)   Unless otherwise stated, any reference to revenue, earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA), operating profit, operating costs, profit before tax, earnings per share (EPS) and free cash flow are measured before specific items. The commentary focuses on the trading results on an adjusted basis being before specific items. This is consistent with the way that financial performance is measured by management and is reported to the Board and the Operating Committee and assists in providing a meaningful analysis of the trading results of the group. The directors believe that presentation of the group's results in this way is relevant to the understanding of the group's financial performance as specific items are those that in management's judgement need to be disclosed by virtue of their size, nature or incidence. In determining whether an event or transaction is specific, management considers quantitative as well as qualitative factors such as the frequency or predictability of occurrence. Specific items may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. Reported revenue, reported EBITDA, reported operating profit, reported profit before tax, reported EPS and reported free cash flow are the equivalent unadjusted or statutory measures.

 

2)   Underlying revenue, underlying costs and underlying EBITDA are measures which seek to reflect the underlying performance of the group that will contribute to long-term profitable growth and as such exclude the impact of acquisitions and disposals, foreign exchange movements and any specific items. We are focusing on the trends in underlying revenue excluding transit revenue as transit traffic is low-margin and is significantly affected by reductions in mobile termination rates.

 

3)   Unless otherwise stated, the references 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 are the financial years to 31 March 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, respectively, except in relation to our fibre roll-out plans and job creation and recruitment plans which are based on calendar years.

 

Enquiries

 

Press office:

Ross Cook                                                                                Tel: 020 7356 5369

 

Investor relations:

Catherine Nash                                                                          Tel: 020 7356 4909

 

 

A conference call for analysts and investors will be held at 9.00am today and a simultaneous webcast will be available at www.bt.com/results

 

The second quarter and half year results for 2013 are expected to be announced on Thursday 1 November 2012.

 

About BT

 

BT is one of the world's leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Retail, BT Wholesale and Openreach.

 

In the year ended 31 March 2012, BT Group's revenue was £18,897m with profit before taxation of £2,445m.

 

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York. 

 

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