Enrico Parazzini illustrates Telecom Italia Media’s strategic objectives for the three-year period 2004–2006 to the financial community

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+15% compound  annual growth rate in consolidated revenues
consolidated operating income positive in 2006
Telecom Italia Media SpA operating income positive in 2005
+50% average per annum increase of Tin.it’s ADSL revenues
+30% average per annum increase of Virgilio revenues
+30% compound  annual growth rate of LA7’s advertising revenues


Enrico Parazzini, CEO of Telecom Italia Media, today presents the Group’s strategic objectives for the three-year period 2004–2006 to the financial community.

The compound annual growth rate targeted for 2004-06 for consolidated revenues exceeds 15% and  all operating results confirm the positive trend recorded in full year 2003. Specifically, in 2006 GOP/revenues ratio for the Telecom Italia Media Group is expected to exceed 15% and consolidated operating income will become positive. However, as early as 2005, consolidated operating income before goodwill is expected to be near to break-even and operating income of the Parent Company, Telecom Italia Media SpA, is forecast as positive.

Telecom Italia Media total investments for the three-year period 2004-2006 will amount to 215 million euros, approximately 30% of which will be allocated to LA7 with around 7% going to MTV for technical investments and acquisitions of rights. Investments planned for terrestrial digital TV in the three-year period 2004-2006 amount to approximately 26% of total investments, while those for the Internet business area will be around 31% of the total, with approximately 6% allocated to Office Products and other investments.

Internet
In the three-year period 2004-2006, Tin.it’s revenues are expected to increase at an average annual rate of 17%. In particular, Tin.it’s revenues from ADSL services will increase at an average yearly rate of 50%. To reach these goals, in the next few years, Tin.it’s activities will focus on the development of broadband though the acquisition of new customers and gradually fostering the migration of dial-up customers. As regards Virgilio, growth in revenues is forecast at an average annual rate of 30%. This objective will be achieved through the consolidation of leadership positions of the portal and search engine on the Italian market, driving the sale of online advertising space and developing the offer of web services.

Television
In the three-year period 2004-2006, a growth in gross annual average advertising revenues of more than 30% and positive gross operating profits are forecast for LA7; audience share is also expected to stabilize at 3% by 2006. The activities of LA7 will be directed towards a review of the editorial plan, enrichment of the program schedule and the recovery of efficiency. The growth of MTV will continue throughout the three-year period both in terms of advertising revenues and profitability. MTV will focus on strengthening its trademark, diversifying the advertising sales channels and broadcasting on new platforms (satellite, terrestrial digital, the Internet). MTV aims at strengthening its leadership in the youth audience bracket, where it already enjoys a leadership position from an audience and turnover standpoint.

Lastly, the investments aimed at developing of digital terrestrial tv will continue leading to an upgrade of network infrastructures and enriching the traditional TV offering with interactive content. Moreover, the internal organization entrusted with the setting up of the new digital network carrier has been created.

Office Products
In the three-year period 2004-2006 a Buffetti’s compound annual growth rate is forecast at around 9%. In order to reach this objective, Buffetti’s efforts will be concentrated on the reorganisation of the commercial network, the rationalisation of products and services and a broader offering.

News
Thanks to its exclusive contract with Associated Press, its production and broadcasting of 700 news bulletins per day, 24 hours per day, all year round and the offering of innovative services on multi-media platforms, the multimedia press agency APCom is an asset with great competitive potential and development prospects.