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Friday 10 May, 2013

BT Group PLC

BT Group plc Final Results

RNS Number : 3981E
BT Group PLC
10 May 2013
 



 

 

 

 

 

10 May 2013

 

BT GROUP PLC

 

RESULTS FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER AND YEAR TO 31 MARCH 2013

 

BT Group plc (BT.L) today announced its results for the fourth quarter and year to 31 March 2013.

 

Fourth quarter and full year results:



Fourth quarter to

31 March 2013

Year to

31 March 2013



£m

Change

£m

Change

Revenue1


4,785

(2)%

18,253

(5)%

Underlying revenue excluding transit


0%


(3)%

EBITDA1


1,673

4%

6,181

2%

Profit before tax

- adjusted1

833

21%

2,694

11%


- reported

687

(5)%

2,501

2%

Earnings per share

- adjusted1

8.3p

22%

26.6p

12%


- reported

7.5p

(7)%

26.7p

3%

Normalised free cash flow2


1,301

£392m

2,300

£(7)m

Net debt




7,797

£(1,285)m

Full year proposed dividend



9.5p

14%

 

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

 

"We are doing what we said we would do. In an environment where it is easier to focus only on the short-term, we are investing in our future and delivering growth in profits and dividends. We are driving fibre across the UK, launching high quality sports channels, investing in the high-growth regions of the world and will use our wi-fi capabilities and 4G spectrum to make sure our customers will be the best connected. We have created around 3,000 new jobs in the UK over the last year to support these investments.

 

"Our focus on improving efficiency across the business will allow us to continue to deliver strong financial results whilst making these investments. Our good performance this year is reflected in our dividend which is up 14% for the year. 

 

"We have a lot more to do but we are now a lot better positioned to do it."

 

Key points for the fourth quarter:

·      Our key revenue measure3 was flat - a significantly improved performance

·      Underlying operating costs4 excluding transit down 2%, despite our investments

·      EBITDA1 up 4% and earnings per share1 up 22%

·      Fibre available to more than half of UK homes and businesses and roll out accelerating in rural areas

·      Fibre customer base more than doubled, now at more than 1.5m

·      BT Global Services order intake of £2.0bn

 

 

 

 

1 Before specific items

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

3 Underlying revenue excluding transit

4 Before specific items, depreciation and amortisation

 

Key points for the year:

·      Results in line with or better than expectations

·      Underlying operating costs1 excluding transit down 6%

·      EBITDA2 up 2%

·      Normalised free cash flow3 of £2.3bn

·      Net debt reduced by £1,285m

·      Proposed final dividend of 6.5p, up 14%, giving a full year dividend of 9.5p, also up 14%

 

Outlook:

 


2013/14

2014/15

2015/16





Underlying revenue excluding transit

Improved trend



EBITDA2

£6.0£6.1bn

£6.2£6.3bn

Growth

Capital expenditure4

Broadly level

Broadly level


Normalised free cash flow3

c.£2.3bn

c.£2.6bn

Growth

Dividend per share

Up 10%15%

Up 10%15%


Share buyback programme

c.£300m

c.£300m


 

·      Strong financial outlook despite significant strategic investments, particularly in BT Sport

·      Our EBITDA2 outlook compares with c.£6,140m in 2012/13 when restated for the adoption of IAS 19 Revised

·      Normalised free cash flow3 is above our previous expectations reflecting the benefits of our restructuring programme and capital expenditure efficiencies 

·      Further specific restructuring charges of around £400m, most of which will be in 2013/14, to further improve operational efficiency

 

 

1 Before specific items, depreciation and amortisation

2 Before specific items

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

4 Before purchases of telecommunications licences

 

RESULTS FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER AND YEAR TO 31 MARCH 2013

 

Group results


Fourth quarter to 31 March

Year to 31 March


2013

2012

Change

2013

2012

Change


£m

£m

%

£m

£m

%

Revenue







- adjusted1

4,785

4,875

(2)

18,253

19,307

(5)

- reported

4,785

4,875

(2)

18,017

18,897

(5)

- underlying revenue excluding transit


0



(3)

EBITDA







- adjusted1

1,673

1,609

4

6,181

6,064

2

- reported

1,522

1,595

(5)

5,829

5,891

(1)

Operating profit







- adjusted1

981

863

14

3,338

3,092

8

- reported

830

849

(2)

2,986

2,919

2

Profit before tax







- adjusted1

833

690

21

2,694

2,421

11

- reported

687

724

(5)

2,501

2,445

2

Earnings per share







- adjusted1

8.3p

6.8p

22

26.6p

23.7p

12

- reported

7.5p

8.1p

(7)

26.7p

25.8p

3

Full year proposed dividend



9.5p

8.3p

14

Capital expenditure2

648

695

(7)

2,438

2,594

(6)

Normalised free cash flow3

1,301

909

43

2,300

2,307

0

Net debt




7,797

9,082

(14)

 

Line of business results1


Revenue

EBITDA

Free cash flow3

Fourth quarter to 31 March

2013

2012

Change

2013

2012

Change

2013

2012

Change


£m

£m

%

£m

£m

%

£m

£m

%

BT Global Services

1,933

1,996

(3)

214

186

15

404

164

n/m

BT Retail

1,868

1,861

0

511

486

5

494

440

12

BT Wholesale

914

958

(5)

299

293

2

316

314

1

Openreach

1,267

1,301

(3)

600

603

0

327

364

(10)

Other and intra-group items

(1,197)

(1,241)

4

49

41

20

(240)

(373)

36

Total

4,785

4,875

(2)

1,673

1,609

4

1,301

909

43

Year to 31 March










BT Global Services

7,166

7,809

(8)

626

627

0

6

183

n/m

BT Retail

7,228

7,393

(2)

1,935

1,830

6

1,508

1,362

11

BT Wholesale

3,588

3,923

(9)

1,168

1,208

(3)

896

800

12

Openreach

5,067

5,136

(1)

2,314

2,299

1

1,147

1,195

(4)

Other and intra-group items

(4,796)

(4,954)

3

138

100

38

(1,257)

(1,233)

(2)

Total

18,253

19,307

(5)

6,181

6,064

2

2,300

2,307

0

1 Before specific items. Specific items are defined below and analysed in Note 4 to the condensed consolidated financial statements

2 Before purchases of telecommunications licences

3 Before specific items, purchases of telecommunications licences, 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, operating costs, earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA), operating profit, 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 operating costs, 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 focus 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.

 

Enquiries

 

Press office:

Ross Cook                                                                                Tel: 020 7356 5369

 

Investor relations:

Damien Maltarp                                                                         Tel: 020 7356 4909

 

 

The fourth quarter and full year 2012/13 results presentation for analysts and investors will be held in London at 9.00am today and a simultaneous webcast will be available at www.bt.com/results

 

The BT Group plc Annual Report & Form 20-F 2013 is expected to be published on 23 May 2013. The Annual General Meeting of BT Group plc will be held at Edinburgh International Conference Centre, The Exchange, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh, EH3 8EE on Wednesday 17 July 2013 at 11.00am.

 

Results for the first quarter to 30 June 2013 are expected to be announced on Thursday 25 July 2013.

 

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.

 

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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