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Friday 10 May, 2019

Telefonica SA

Financial Highlights January-March 2019

RNS Number : 6543Y
Telefonica SA
10 May 2019
 

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

·        Improving trends in revenue growth, net income and earnings per share.

®     Solid growth in value accesses: LTE (+18% y-o-y; +4.1m quarterly net additions), mobile contract (+6%; +1.1m), smartphones (+3%), FTTx/Cable (+18%; +0.4m), Pay TV (+3%).

®     Organic revenue growth acceleration (+3.8% y-o-y; +0.8 p.p. vs. Q4 18), with improved service revenues (+2.6% y-o-y, +1.3 p.p. vs. Q4 18). Revenues in the quarter totalled €11,979m (-1.7% reported y-o-y).

®     OIBDA (€4,264m in January-March) up 10.3% y-o-y in the quarter (+1.0% in organic terms) impacted by special factors amounting to +€534m:

®     i) adoption of reporting standard IFRS 16 (+€414m), ii) capital gains from the assignment of future rights linked to a portfolio of claims in Spain (+€103m), iii) net capital gains on sale of companies (+€86m, mainly Antares), iv) restructuring costs (-€47m) and v) hyperinflation adjustment in Argentina (-€22m).

®     Net income reached €926m in the quarter, +10.6% y-o-y (€0.16 per share; +33.8%).

·        Increasing relevance with our customers; higher satisfaction and better quality.

®     51.8m premises passed with proprietary FTTx/cable network (+13% y-o-y); LTE coverage of 78% (+5 p.p.).

®     E2E Digital Transformation Programme: 66% of processes digitalised and real-time managed (+4 p.p. y-o-y).

·        Significant cash flow generation improvement, accelerating debt reduction.

®     Free cash flow (€1,408m in January-March 2019) multiplied by 2.6x vs. January-March 2018.

®     Net debt (€40,381m at March; -5.7% y-o-y) decreased for the 8th consecutive the quarter (-€693m) to €38.7bn once including post-closing events of c.a. €1.7bn.

·        The Company reiterates its guidance and dividend announced for 2019.

·        T. España; differentiated value offering allowed for accelerating y-o-y service revenue growth (+0.8% organic; +0.3 p.p. vs. Q4 18) and a sequential improvement in OIBDA (+3.0 p.p.), with an efficient cost management.

·        T. Brasil; growth in value customers (mobile contract and FTTx), confirmation of the improved y-o-y revenue growth trend (+1.7%; +1.2 p.p. sequentially) and OIBDA margin expansion for the 9th straight quarter (+0.5 p.p.).

·        T. Deutschland; strong net quarterly additions in mobile contract (+306k, x1.9 y-o-y), sustained growth in revenues (+0.7% in organic terms) and sequential OIBDA improvement (+3.8 p.p.).

·        T. UK; positive performance in the quarter of revenues (+5.3% y-o-y in organic terms), OIBDA (+3.4%) and OpCF (+5.8%) and a market leading contract churn.

·        T. Hispam Sur; elevated growth rates in revenues and OIBDA (+15.2% and +7.0% y-o-y in organic terms respectively), highlighting improved trends in Chile and Peru.

·        T. Hispam Norte; back to revenue growth (+1.2% y-o-y; +3.6 p.p. sequentially), despite competitive intensity across the region, highlighting Colombia's positive performance (commercial and financial).

 



 

Comments of José María Álvarez-Pallete, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer:

"We have started the year by extending our leadership in fibre and 4G deployment, testing new 5G capabilities and making progress in the UNICA virtualisation programme, allowing us to continue gaining customer relevance through better experience and higher average lifetime.

The first quarter results showed a significant improvement in revenue growth trends and double-digit growth in net income and earnings per share. Strong cash generation, which was three times higher than the figure reported in the first quarter of the previous year, allowed for an acceleration in debt reduction, for the 8th consecutive quarter, further strengthening our balance sheet.

As a result, we reiterate the dividend and guidance announced for 2019".




TELEFÓNICA






SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA






 Unaudited figures (Euros in millions)








January - March


% Chg








2019 


Reported 

Organic 













Revenues


11,979 


(1.7)

3.8

Telefónica España


3,108 


0.3 

0.3 

Telefónica Deutschland


1,779 


0.7 

0.7 

Telefónica UK


1,691 


6.6 

5.3 

Telefónica Brasil


2,563 


(5.2)

1.7 

Telefónica Hispam Sur (1)


1,612 


(12.1)

15.2 

Telefónica Hispam Norte (2)(3)


971 


(0.0)

1.2 

Other companies & eliminations


256 


11.4 

9.2 

Telxius


219 


21.5 

18.7 







OIBDA


4,264 


10.3 

1.0

Telefónica España


1,350 


10.3 

(1.4)

Telefónica Deutschland


522 


29.5 

(0.2)

Telefónica UK


504 


17.3 

3.4 

Telefónica Brasil


1,050 


6.9 

3.1 

Telefónica Hispam Sur (1)


441 


(14.6)

7.0 

Telefónica Hispam Norte (2)(3)


263 


1.9 

(14.9)

Other companies & eliminations


134 


n.m. 

32.0 

Telxius


129 


50.1 

18.2 







OIBDA margin


35.6%


3.9 p.p.

(0.9 p.p.)

Telefónica España


43.4%


3.9 p.p.

(0.7 p.p.)

Telefónica Deutschland


29.4%


6.5 p.p.

(0.2 p.p.)

Telefónica UK


29.8%


2.7 p.p.

(0.5 p.p.)

Telefónica Brasil


40.9%


4.6 p.p.

0.5 p.p.

Telefónica Hispam Sur (1)


27.4%


(0.8 p.p.)

(2.0 p.p.)

Telefónica Hispam Norte (2)(3)


27.1%


0.5 p.p.

(4.3 p.p.)

Other companies & eliminations


52.3%


30.3 p.p.

4.4 p.p.

Telxius


58.8%


11.2 p.p.

(0.2 p.p.)













Operating Income (OI)


1,650 


0.7 

(0.1)













Net income attributable to equity holders of the Parent


926 


10.6 


Basic and diluted earnings per share (euros)


0.16 


33.8 














CapEx


1,554 


4.3 

11.2 

Telefónica España


377 


9.0 

9.2 

Telefónica Deutschland


252 


28.3 

28.3 

Telefónica UK


185 


1.4 

0.2 

Telefónica Brasil


396 


2.1 

9.6 

Telefónica Hispam Sur (1)


243 


(3.4)

33.8 

Telefónica Hispam Norte (2)


78 


46.8 

16.6 

Other companies & eliminations


22 


(69.3)

(69.2)

Telxius



(83.6)

(83.6)







Spectrum


18 


161.5 

141.7 

Telefónica España



Telefónica Deutschland



Telefónica UK



Telefónica Brasil



Telefónica Hispam Sur (1)



Telefónica Hispam Norte (2)


18 


n.m. 

n.m. 













OpCF (OIBDA-CapEx)


2,710 


14.2 

(5.3)

Telefónica España


973 


10.8 

(5.6)

Telefónica Deutschland


270 


30.7 

(25.6)

Telefónica UK


319 


29.0 

5.8 

Telefónica Brasil


654 


10.0 

(1.2)

Telefónica Hispam Sur (1)


199 


(25.2)

(17.1)

Telefónica Hispam Norte (2)


185 


(9.7)

(22.8)

Other companies & eliminations


112 


c.s. 

c.s. 

Telxius


120 


n.m. 

n.m. 







- Reconciliation included in the excel spreadsheets.






Notes:






- January-March 2019 results reported under accounting standards IFRS 16, effective since January 2019. January-March 2018 results reported under prior accounting IAS 17.

- OIBDA and OI are presented before brand fees and management fees.

(1) Telefónica Hispam Sur includes Argentina, Chile, Peru and Uruguay
(2) Telefónica Hispam Norte includes Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela, Central America and Ecuador.

- Group consolidated results deconsolidate Telefónica Guatemala's results since 1 January 2019 and Antares' results since 1 February 2019.

Organic criteria 2019: Assumes average constant foreign exchange rates of 2018, except for Venezuela (2018 and 2019 results converted at the closing synthetic exchange rate for each period) and excludes the hyperinflation adjustment in Argentina. Considers constant perimeter of consolidation. Excludes the effects of the accounting change to IFRS 16, write-offs, capital gains/losses from the sale of companies, restructuring costs and material non-recurring impacts. CapEx excludes spectrum investments.


 

DISCLAIMER

This document may contain forward-looking statements and information (hereinafter, the "Statements") relating to the Telefónica Group (hereinafter, the "Company" or "Telefónica") or otherwise. These Statements may include financial forecasts and estimates based on assumptions or statements regarding plans, objectives and expectations that make reference to different matters, such as the customer base and its evolution, growth of the different business lines and of the global business, market share, possible acquisitions, divestitures or other transactions, Company's results and other aspects related to the activity and situation of the Company.

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This document may contain summarized, non-audited or non-GAAP financial information. The information contained herein should therefore be considered as a whole and in conjunction with all the public information regarding the Company available, including, if any, other documents released by the Company that may contain more detailed information. Information related to Alternative Performance Measures (APM) used in the present document are included in the Appendix "Alternative performance measures", page 45 of the 2019 first quarter Interim Management Statement submitted to the Spanish National Securities Market Commission (CNMV). Moreover, recipients of this document are invited to read our consolidated financial statements and consolidated management report for the year 2018 submitted to the CNMV, in Note 2, page 17, of the pdf filed.

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For further information please refer to the information on 2019 first quarter financial results filed by the Company and also available on the Company's website: www.telefonica.com


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