Telecom Italia Board of Directors examines and approves Interim Financial Statements at 30 September 2012

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  • Net Income: €1,926 million (-€1,256 million in the first nine months of 2011); excluding the goodwill write-down which impacted the first nine months of 2011, the net result is largely in line with that of the previous year period
  • Adjusted Net Financial Position: €29,485 million, down €929 million on 31 December 2011 (€30,414 million)
  • Revenues: €22,061 million (in line with the first nine months of 2011)

Bernabè: “Telecom Italia continues with its efforts to protect profits and decrease indebtedness which, together with growth in consolidated revenues, represent the stated priorities in the group’s industrial plan. healthy cash generation has more than offset our requirements for tax and dividend payout, allowing us to confirm our previous guidance.”

EBITDA: €8,860 million (-3.0% compared with the first nine months of 2011)

Organic EBITDA: €8,924 million (-2.1% compared with the first nine months of 2011)

EBIT: €4,900 million (€1,809 million in the first nine months of 2011, including the goodwill write-down on domestic business of €3,182 million)

Organic EBIT: €4,945 million (-0.6% compared with the first nine months of 2011)

Operating Free Cash Flow: €4,141 million (-€383 million compared with the first nine months of 2011)

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The preliminary results for the first nine months of 2012 will be illustrated to the financial community during a conference call scheduled for noon on 9 November 2012 (Italian time). Journalists may listen to the conference call, without asking questions, by calling: +39 06 33168.

A slide presentation with audio streaming will be available at www.telecomitalia.com/9M2012/eng. Those unable to connect live may follow the presentation until 16 November 2012 by calling: +39 06 334843 (access code 455088#).

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This press release contains alternative performance measures not contemplated under IFRS accounting standards (EBITDA; EBIT; Organic Change in Revenues, EBITDA and EBIT; Net Financial Debt and Adjusted Net Financial Debt). These terms are defined in the Attachments to this Press release.

The Telecom Italia Group Interim Report at 30 September 2012 was drafted in accordance with art. 154–ter (Financial Reports) of Leg. Decree 58/1998 (Consolidated Law on Finance - TUF) and subsequent amendments and supplements, as well as Consob Communication DEM/8041082 of 30 April 2008 (Quarterly Corporate Reports issued by Companies whose Shares are Listed in Italy as the Original Member State).

The Interim Report is unaudited and has been drawn up in accordance with the international accounting standards issued by the International Accounting Standards Board and endorsed by the European Union (“IFRS").

The accounting and consolidation principles adopted in the preparation of such Interim Report have been applied on a basis consistent with those adopted in the annual consolidated financial statements at 31 December  2011, to which reference can be made, except for:

  • the early and retrospective adoption of the amended IAS 19 (Employee benefits) version. As a result, the data for the corresponding periods of 2011 being compared  have been restated ("Restated") as shown in the attachments to this Press release;
  • the new Principles/Interpretations adopted by the Group that have no impact on the Interim Report at 30 September 2012.

In the first half of 2012, the Group, as already done in the past, repeated the impairment test on Goodwill; the results of this evaluation did not imply the need for any impairment losses. During the third quarter of 2012, there were no events or circumstances or changes in key variables that would require an update of this impairment test.

Note that the section "Outlook for the 2012 financial year", contains forward-looking statements about the Group’s intentions, beliefs and current expectations with regard to its financial results and other aspects of operations and strategies. Readers should not place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, as final results may differ significantly from those contained in the statements owing to a number of factors, the majority of which are beyond the Group’s control.

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The Telecom Italia Board of Directors, chaired by Franco Bernabè, yesterday examined and approved the Group’s Interim Financial Statements at 30 September 2012.

Franco Bernabè, Chairman of Telecom Italia, said: “2012 continues to suffer from recessionary tensions in the domestic market and from an economic slowdown in Latin American countries. Despite these adverse factors, the Group continues to pursue its goals of increasing revenues and preserving profits, which prove to be quite solid and among the best in this industry, thanks to efforts to continually boost our operating efficiency, allowing us to deliver on our commitment to develop next generation networks”.

“The performance of the Domestic Business Unit is slightly better than the same period last year, thanks to the actions introduced to protect our customer base and Average Revenue per User (ARPU) with the development of new offers and new services”.

“All this was accomplished in spite of the worsening economic outlook and a market characterized by powerful deflationary forces and tightening regulatory pressures. In particular, the third quarter was negatively affected by the enforcement of the new 53% lower mobile termination rates and by the introduction of new price caps for mobile roaming in Europe”.                                                                
 

Main variations to the consolidation area


The following changes occurred during 2012:

  • Matrix – Other Operations: As of 30 September 2012, following the decision to sell, the company is considered a disposal under IFRS 5 (Non-Current Assets Held for Sale and Discontinued Operations). As a consequence, the assets and liabilities have been reclassified under two special items in the statement of the company's consolidated financial position at 30 September 2012,  “Assets Sold/Assets Held for Sale” and “Liabilities Directly Linked to Assets Sold/Assets Held for Sale”; the sale took place on 31 October 2012.

The following changes occurred during 2011:

  • TIM Fiber – Brazil: On 31 October 2011, acquisition of 100% of Eletropaulo Telecomunicações Ltda and 98.3% of AES Communications Rio de Janeiro S.A., telecommunications infrastructure operators in the states of San Paolo and Rio de Janeiro, now renamed TIM Fiber SP and TIM Fiber RJ respectively. The stake originally acquired in TIM Fiber RJ was subsequently raised to 99.1% and the remaining 0.9% was the object of a purchase bid which concluded at the end of February 2012 bringing the ownership level to 99.7%. The operation was carried out through the subsidiary TIM Celular S.A. into which the two companies were recently merged.
  • 4GH Group - Domestic: On 27 July 2011 the 4G Holding group (retail sales of telephony equipment) entered the consolidation area following the purchase of 71% of the ordinary shares of 4G Holding S.p.A. which in turn holds 100% of 4G Retail S.r.l.
  • Loquendo – Domestic: On 30 September 2011 Loquendo S.p.A. was sold and consequently excluded from the consolidation area.

Telecom Italia Group

Revenues in the first nine months of 2012 amounted to €22,061 million, roughly in line with the same period of 2011 (€22,059 million). In terms of organic variation, consolidated revenues rose by €343 million (+1.6%).

In detail, the organic variation in revenues is calculated by excluding:

  • the effect of foreign exchange rate fluctuations of -€324 million primarily regarding the Brazil Business Unit (-€355 million), and to a less significant extent the Argentina Business Unit (+€13 million) and other Group companies (+€18 million);
  • the effect of changes to the consolidation area (-€8 million), due to sale of Loquendo (Domestic BU) on 30 September 2011;
  • the effect of a €9 million reduction in revenues due to the settlement of business disputes with other carriers.

Revenues, broken down by business unit, are as follows:

 

 

1.1 – 30.9

2012

1.1 – 30.9

2011

Change

(millions of euros)

 

%

 

%

absolute

%

%

organic

Domestic

13,413

60.8

14,069

63.8

(656)

(4.7)

(4.7)

-  Core Domestic

12,701

57.6

13,420

60.8

(719)

(5.4)

(5.2)

-  International Wholesale

1,050

4.8

1,011

4.6

39

3.9

2.1

Brazil

5,595

25.4

5,395

24.5

200

3.7

11.0

Argentina

2,804

12.7

2,324

10.5

480

20.7

20.0

Media, Olivetti and Other Operations

402

1.8

489

2.2

(87)

 

 

Adjustments and eliminations

(153)

(0.7)

(218)

(1.0)

65

 

 

Total Consolidated

22,061

100.0

22,059

100.0

2

0.0

1.6

Consolidated group revenues for the third quarter of 2012 amounted to €7,268 million, down €248 million from the same period of 2011 (-3.3%); in organic terms the decline amounted to 1.4%. This was due to the contraction of the domestic segment (-7.9% in organic terms compared with the previous year period), only partly offset by the healthy performance of the Brazil and Argentina BUs which grew in the third quarter 2012 by 8.0% and 18.2% respectively in organic terms compared with the corresponding quarter of 2011.

Consolidated EBITDA of the first nine months 2012 came to €8,860 million, down €277 million (-3.0%) on the previous year period, with EBITDA margin of 40.2% (41.4% in the first nine months of 2011). In organic terms EBITDA fell by 2.1%, 1.5 pp lower in proportion to revenues (40.4% in the first nine months of 2012 compared with 41.9% in the first nine months of 2011).

The following table shows a breakdown of EBITDA and EBITDA margin by business unit:

 

 

1.1 – 30.9

2012

1.1 – 30.9

2011

Change

(millions of euros)

 

%

 

%

absolute

%

%

organic

Domestic

6,696

75.6

6,953

76.1

(257)

(3.7)

(4.6)

% of Revenues

49.9

 

49.4

 

 

0.5 pp

-

Brazil

1,460

16.5

1,444

15.8

16

1.1

9.2

% of Revenues

26.1

 

26.8

 

 

(0.7) pp

(0.4) pp

Argentina

825

9.3

759

8.3

66

8.7

8.0

% of Revenues

29.4

 

32.7

 

 

(3.3) pp

(3.2) pp

Media, Olivetti and Other Operations

(118)

(1.4)

(20)

(0.2)

(98)

 

 

Adjustments and eliminations

(3)

 

1

 

(4)

 

 

Total Consolidated

8,860

100.0

9,137

100.0

(277)

(3.0)

(2.1)

% of Revenues

40.2

 

41.4

 

 

(1.2) pp

(1.5) pp

Consolidated EBITDA in the third quarter of 2012 amounted to €3,001 million, down €180 million (‑5.7%). In organic terms the decline amounts to 4.1%, essentially attributable to the Domestic Business Unit. Reported EBITDA margin was 41.3% (1.0 percentage points down from the previous year period). In organic terms the margin stood at 41.7% (-1.2 percentage points from 42.9% in the same period of 2011.

Consolidated EBIT in the first nine months of 2012 stood at €4,900 million (€1,809 million in the first nine months of 2011 including the aforementioned goodwill write-down of the Domestic Business Unit for €3,182 million). The organic change in EBIT was negative by €31 million (-0.6%) while EBIT margin came to 22.4% of revenues (22.9% in the first nine months of 2011, -0.5 percentage points).

Consolidated EBIT in Q3 2012 amounted to €1,695 million, after registering a €177 million fall on the same period of last year -9.5%). In organic terms the decline was -5.8%. Reported EBIT margin came to 23.3%, down 1.6 percentage points compared with the previous year period. Organic EBIT margin stood at 23.8%, down 1.1 percentage points compared with the third quarter of 2011.

Profits for the period attributable to equity holders of the parent company is €1,926 million (-€1,256 million in the first nine months of 2011), substantially in line with the corresponding period of the previous year excluding the aforementioned write-down for around €3.2 billion in the first nine months of 2011.

The profits for Q3 2012 attributable to equity holders of the parent company is €681 million, a decrease of €105 million compared with the same period of the previous year (-13.4%).

Capex amounted to €3,380 million, up €190 million compared with the first nine months of 2011 (+6.0%), broken down as follows:

 

(millions of euros)

1.1 - 30.9.2012

1.1- 30.9.2011

Change

 

 

%

 

%

 

Domestic

1,982

58.6

2,004

62.8

(22)

Brazil

966

28.6

 807

25.3

159

Argentina

383

11.3

331

10.4

52

Media, Olivetti and Other Operations

49

1.5

 48

1.5

1

Adjustments and eliminations

-

-

-

-

-

Total Consolidated

3,380

100.0

3,190

100.0

190

% of Revenues

15.3

 

14.5

 

0.8 pp

The €22 million reduction in the Domestic Business Unit is mainly due to a decline in the demand for delivery activities on new installations as a result of a slowdown and shrinkage of business deals for fixed-line access.

The Brazil Business Unit CapEx rose by €159 million (including a negative exchange rate effect for €53 million) mainly due to expenditures devoted to network infrastructure expansion.

In the Argentina Business Unit, CapEx went up by €52 million. In addition to increased subscriber acquisition costs, capital expenditures were directed towards the expansion and upgrade of broadband services to improve bandwidth and increase customers’ access speed as well as towards traditional fixed-line access to meet demand and backhauling to support mobile access growth. Furthermore, Telecom Personal mainly invested in the capacity and extension of the 3G network to drive internet mobile growth.

Cash flow from operations came to €4,141 million, down €383 million compared with the first nine months of 2011. This result broadly covered requirements for the payment of taxes and financial charges totalling €3,3 billion.

Adjusted net financial debt stood at €29,485 million, down €929 million compared with 31 December 2011 (€30,414 million).

In Q3 2012 adjusted net financial debt fell by €875 million from the €30,360 million at 30 June 2012: operating cash generation did amply absorbed the payment of income taxes of around €560 million.

Accounting net financial debt stood at €29,971 million (€30,819 million at 31 December 2011 and €30,785 million at 30 June 2012).

Group headcount stood at 85,183 employees, of which 56,742 in Italy (84,154 employees at the end of 2011, of which 56,878 in Italy).

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Domestic

Beginning with the First Half Financial Report 2012, the company Matrix is included among Other Operations and thus is no longer part of the Domestic Business Unit–Core Domestic. The comparable periods were reclassified accordingly.

Domestic revenues fell 4.7% in reported terms and 4.7% in organic terms to €13,413 million (€14,069 million in the first nine months of 2011). 
With a deteriorating economic scenario and a market characterized by strong dynamics of tariff reduction (on traditional services) and competitive forces, the declining revenues, especially in the third quarter, was further compounded by the enforcement of the new mobile termination rates (MTR) which underwent a 53% reduction (from 5.3 to 2.5 eurocents) as well as by the introduction at European level of price caps for mobile roaming.

Against this background, the nine months' organic variation on the previous year is nevertheless slightly stronger compared with 30 September 2011 (-4.7% in the first nine months of 2012 against -5.8% in the same period of 2011). This is attributable to efforts in defence of the customer portfolio and ARPU (Average Revenue Per User) and to the effectiveness of the new commercial policy, both in slowing the price slide and in developing new services, in particular on Fixed Broadband and Mobile Internet.

Highlights:

Core Domestic Revenues

Core Domestic revenues amounted to €12,701 million, down 5.4% (€13,420 million in the first nine months of 2011). The organic variation is of -5.2%.

The performance of the individual market segments as compared with the same period of 2011 is as follows:

  • Consumer: the Consumer segment saw a fall in revenues in the first nine months of 2012 of €227 million (-3.3%), overall confirming the recovery of the slide seen in FY 2011 thanks in particular to a stabilisation of the erosion of voice revenues (both Fixed and Mobile), strong growth in Browsing revenues and growth in sales of devices (+€95 million, +60%), especially Mobile Internet enabling ones. The reduction in revenues compared to 2011, entirely attributable to revenues from services (-€312 million, -4.7%), is ascribable to traditional Voice and Messaging services, in large part offset by growth in Mobile Internet (+€54 million, +14.1%) and Fixed Broadband (+€23 million, +3.2%).
  • Business: the Business segment in the first nine months of 2012 saw a decline in revenues of €196 million (-8.5%) compared to the same period of the previous year. Such reduction is mainly due to erosion of the customer base (-6.7% Fixed and -6.6% Mobile excluding data only lines, compared to 2011) and to a smaller extent to a fall in ARPU (Average Revenue Per User) on Voice services.
  • Top: the Top segment reported a drop in revenues of €256 million in the first nine months of 2012 (-10.0%). Specifically, the fall in revenues from services came to €167 million (-7.3%), primarily due to the lower prices of traditional voice and data services, both Fixed-line and Mobile, only partly offset by growth in new services, in particular Mobile Internet.
  • National Wholesale: in the first nine months of 2012 the Wholesale segment reported a drop compared to 2011 in revenues of €20 million (-1.3%) mainly due to lower carrying and interconnection income, only in part offset by growth in access services to alternative operators.

International Wholesale Revenues
 

In the first nine months of 2012 the International Wholesale segment (Telecom Italia Sparkle Group) posted revenues of €1,050 million, up €39 million from the same period of 2011 (+3.9%), primarily due to the business segments IP/Data (+6.5%) and Voice (+5.9%). The other areas of business were affected by sharp pricing pressures owing to the competitiveness of the market as well as by rationalization measures based on a more selective customer portfolio and traffic strategy.

Besides the breakdown by market segment, the following revenue figures are distinguished by technology.

Fixed-Line Telecommunications Revenues
 

Revenue trends in the main business areas are as follows:

 

 

1.1 - 30.9.2012

1.1- 30.9.2011

Change

(millions of euros)

%

%

absolute

%

Retail Voice

3,997

41.6

4,267

42.7

(270)

(6.3)

Internet

1,197

12.5

1,217

12.2

(20)

(1.7)

Business Data

1,022

10.6

1,147

11.5

(125)

(10.9)

Wholesale

3,074

32.0

3,090

30.9

(16)

(0.5)

Others

314

3.3

281

2.7

33

11.7

Total Fixed-Line Telecommunications Revenues

9,604

100.0

10,002

100.0

(398)

(4.0)

Mobile Telecommunications Revenues
 

Revenue trends in the main business areas are as follows:

 

 

1.1 - 30.9.2012

1.1- 30.9.2011

Change

(millions of euros)

%

%

absolute

%

Outgoing voice

2,493

50.3

2,723

51.5

(230)

(8.4)

Incoming voice

660

13.3

871

16.5

(211)

(24.3)

VAS

1,529

30.8

1,503

28.4

26

1.7

Handsets

278

5.6

189

3.6

89

47.1

Total Mobile Telecommunications Revenues

4,960

100.0

5,286

100.0

(326)

(6.2)

EBITDA for the Domestic Business Unit in the first nine months of 2012 amounted to €6,696 million, down €257 million from the same period of 2011 (-3.7%). The EBITDA margin was 49.9%, up 0.5 percentage points from 2011. This result was affected by the contraction in revenues from services (-€616 million), only partly compensated by the lower quotas paid to other carriers and by efficiencies obtained thanks to the selective control and containment of costs. Organic EBITDA came to €6,713 million, (-€321 million, -4.6% compared with the same period of 2011), with EBITDA margin at 50% of revenues in line with the previous year period.

EBIT for the Domestic BU in the first nine months of 2012 came to €4,012 million: in the previous year period it was €826 million and included the goodwill write-down of the Core Domestic CGU for €3,182 million; EBIT margin came to 29.9% (5.9% in the first nine months of 2011).

Capex amounted to €1,982 million in the first nine months of 2012, down €22 million from the same period of 2011.

Headcount at 30 September 2012 stood at 55,200 employees, higher by 153 compared with 31 December 2011 (the variation includes the effects of the acquisition, with effect from 1 January 2012, of the Contact Center and its 249 resources from the company Advalso belonging to the Olivetti Business Unit).

Brasil

(average real/euro exchange rate 2.45541)

Revenues of Tim Brasil group in the first nine months of 2012 came to 13,738 million reais, 1,363 million reais higher than the corresponding period of 2011 (+11.0%). Revenues from services grew to reach 12,100 million reais, up from 11,094 million reais in the same period of 2011 (+9.1%). Revenues from product sales grew from 1,281 million reais in the first nine months of 2011 to 1,638 million reais in the same period of 2012 (+27.9%). Mobile ARPU (Average Revenue Per User) in the first nine months of 2012 was 18.8 reais compared with 21.2 reais in the same period of 2011. The total number of lines at 30 September 2012 was 69.4 million, 8.3% higher than on 31 December 2011, and 17.2% higher than 30 September 2011, representing a 26.8% market share.

EBITDA amounted to 3,586 million reais, up 273 million reais from the first nine months of 2011 (+8.2%). Margin growth was sustained by the increase in revenues, mainly in outgoing voice traffic and VAS, essentially counterbalanced by the higher termination rates due to increased traffic volumes and costs strictly linked to changes in the customer base. EBITDA margin was 26.1%, down 0.7 percentage points from the previous year period.

Organic EBITDA in the first nine months of 2012 came to 3,628 million reais, up 307 million reais from the same period in 2011 (+9.2%). Organic EBITDA margin stood at 26.4% down 0.4 percentage points from the same period in 2011.

EBIT amounted to 1,692 million reais, an improvement of 125 million reais on the first nine months of 2011. This is explained by the higher contribution of EBITDA, partially offset by increased amortisations of 145 million reais (1,890 million reais in the first nine months of 2012 compared with 1,745 million in the same period of 2011).

Headcount stood at 11,309 employees (10,539 at 31 December 2011).

Argentina

(average real/euro exchange rate 5.71461)

Revenues for the first nine months of 2012 came to 16,024 million pesos, an increase of 2,667 million pesos (+20.0%) compared with the corresponding period of 2011 (13,357 million pesos) thanks to growth of the fixed broadband and mobile client base, as well as ARPU. The principal source of revenues for the Argentina Business Unit was mobile telephony which contributed around 72% of consolidated revenues of the Business Unit and grew by approximately 23% compared with the first nine months of 2011.

The number of fixed lines at 30 September 2012 remained practically unchanged against the end of 2011 (around 4.1 million lines). Despite the freezing of tariffs imposed by the Economic Emergency Law of January 2002, ARBU (Average Revenue Billed per User) grew by 5.1% compared with the first nine months of 2011 as a result of sales of packages including minutes of traffic and value added services. 

Telecom Argentina's overall Broadband client portfolio at 30 September 2012 numbered 1,612,000 subscribers, 62,000 more than December 2011 with growth of around 4%.

The Personal client base in Argentina grew by 716,000 from the end of 2011 to reach a total 18.9 million customers at 30 September 2012, 33% of which with post-paid contracts. Meanwhile, thanks to the acquisition of high value customers and our clear leadership in Smartphones, ARPU grew by 12% to 55.8 pesos (49.8 pesos in the first nine months of 2011). Much of this growth is attributable to value added services (including SMS) and Mobile Internet, which together represent around 52% of mobile telephony revenues in the first nine months of 2012.

In Paraguay the Núcleo client base grew by around 6% from 31 December 2011 to reach 2,270,000 lines, 18% of which with post-paid contracts.

EBITDA rose by 351 million pesos (+8.0%) compared with the first nine months of 2011 to reach 4,714 million pesos in the first nine months of 2012. The EBITDA margin was 29.4%, 3.3 percentage points lower than in the same period of 2011, mainly due to the higher incidence of costs of materials and services.

EBIT amounted to 2,162 million pesos, a fall of 13 million pesos (-0.6%) compared with the first nine months of 2011 essentially due to higher amortisations. EBITDA margin was 13.5%, down 2.8 percentage points from the previous year period.

Headcount stood at 16,774 employees (16,350 at 31 December 2011).

Olivetti

Revenues in the first nine months of 2012 were €185 million, down €41 million compared with the same period of 2011. Total revenues, calculated for the same area – excluding the activities of Advalso S.p.A. Contact Center sold at year beginning to Telecontact Center S.p.A. (Domestic Business Unit) – were down by €25 million (-11.9% in organic terms). Excluding also the revenues from agreements with the parent Telecom Italia S.p.A. on the use of brands and patents, the decline comes to €20 million (-9.8%).

EBITDA was a negative -€58 million, down €21 million from the nine months of the previous year (-56.8%). The organic variation in EBITDA was a positive €9 million (+24.3%) thanks to higher margins and cost reductions of €11 million (lower fixed and labour costs). Specifically, the organic growth was calculated excluding the provisions for restructuring charges and other costs totalling €30 million, following the decision to begin the liquidation of Olivetti I-Jet S.p.A., coherent with the project to reposition the business based on the development of its offering in the light of the increasing shift towards the paperless office and mobile applications. Excluding such charges, which together more than matched the lower profits from declining sales. Changes to the consolidation area had no impact on EBITDA.

EBIT amounted to a negative -€64 million, down €24 million from the first nine months of 2011.

The headcount comes to 803 employees, 272 fewer than the 1,075 of 31 December 2011.

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Events subsequent to 30 September 2012

Sale of Matrix

On 31 October 2012 the Group completed the sale of Matrix, 100%-controlled by Telecom Italia S.p.A., to Libero, company of Weather Investments II S.à.r.l..
The deal will have a positive impact on the Group’s deleverage for 88 million euros.

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Outlook for the 2012 financial year

As regards Telecom Italia Group's outlook for the ongoing financial year, the goals linked to the main economic and financial indicators, as described in the 2012-2014 Industrial Plan, foresee the following outcomes for the whole of 2012:

  • Revenues and EBITDA essentially unchanged from 2011;
  • Adjusted net financial position at around €27.5 billion.

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Corporate Governance issues

Renewal of the Supervisory Body

The Board of Directors has appointed new members of the Supervisory Body  (an independent corporate body established to meet the commitments presented by Telecom Italia S.p.A. and approved by Agcom (Communications Supervisory Authority) in the Resolution n. 718/08/CONS). The total number of members, in agreement with AGCom, was cut from five to three. The new members are Antonio Sassano (Chairman), Marco Lamandini and Michele Polo, the first two being designated by AGCom, the third by Telecom Italia.

2013 Calendar

The calendar of meetings to be held in 2013 for the approval of Telecom Italia S.p.A. financial statements is as follows:

  • 7 February - Board of Directors’ meeting to approve FY 2012 preliminary financial statements;
  • 7 March - Board of Directors’ meeting to approve the annual financial statements and consolidated   statements at December 31,  2012;
  • 17 April - Annual Shareholders’ Meeting for the approval of financial statements at December 31, 2012;
  • 8 May - Board of Directors’ meeting to approve the interim financial statements at March 31, 2013
  • 1 August - Board of Directors’ meeting to approve the 2013 half-yearly financial statements
  • 7 November - Board of Directors’ meeting to approve the interim financial statements at September 30, 2013

The 2012 dividend is scheduled to be paid out in April 2013.

Any changes to the above dates will be promptly notified.

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The Manager designate for the preparation of accounting and corporate documents, Piergiorgio Peluso, hereby declares, pursuant to paragraph 2, Art.154-bis of Italy’s Financial Law, that the accounting information contained herein corresponds to the company’s documentation, accounting books and records.

 

Milan, 9 November 2012