- INCOME BEFORE TAXES: €1,588 MILLION (+13.8% COMPARED WITH FIRST HALF 2008)
- CONSOLIDATED NET INCOME: €964 MILLION (€1,117 MILLION IN FIRST HALF 2008) DUE TO HIGHER TAXATION (+€484 MILLION COMPARED WITH THE FIRST HALF 2008)
- FREE CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS: €2.2 BILLION (APPROXIMATELY +€600 MILLION COMPARED WITH FIRST HALF 2008)
- BERNABÈ: “PRUDENT OPERATIONAL MANAGEMENT AND EFFECTIVE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT ENABLE THE TELECOM ITALIA GROUP TO CLOSE THE FIRST HALF OF 2009 WITH AN IMPROVEMENT IN INCOME BEFORE TAXES COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR AS WELL AS AN INCREASE IN FREE CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS. THE STABILIZATION OF ORGANIC EBITDA ALLOWS US TO CONFIRM PROFITABILITY TARGETS; MOREOVER, THE IMPROVEMENT IN EBITDA MARGIN OF 1.5 PERCENTAGE POINTS PLACES TELECOM ITALIA AMONGST THE BEST PERFORMERS IN THE SECTOR AT AN INTERNATIONAL LEVEL”
REVENUES: €13,953 MILLION (-3.8% ORGANIC VARIATION COMPARED WITH FIRST HALF 2008)
EBITDA: €5,670 MILLION (+3.1% COMPARED WITH FIRST HALF 2008)
ORGANIC EBITDA: €5,747 STABLE COMPARED WITH FIRST HALF 2008
ORGANIC EBITDA MARGIN: 41.2% (39.7% IN FIRST HALF 2008; +1.5pp)
EBIT: €2,680 MILLION (+4.1% COMPARED WITH FIRST HALF 2008)
NET FINANCIAL DEBT OF €35,185 MILLION, A FALL OF €1,987 MILLION COMPARED WITH 30 JUNE 2008
LIQUIDITY MARGIN: LIQUIDITY €8.1 BILLION, + €6.5 BILLION AVAILABLE ON CREDIT LINE
This press release contains certain alternative performance measures not established by IFRS accounting standards (EBITDA; EBIT; Organic Change in Revenues, EBITDA and EBIT; and Net Financial Debt Carrying Amount and Adjusted Net Financial Debt). These terms are defined in the appendix. The Telecom Italia Group Half-year Report at June 30, 2009 was drafted in accordance with article 154–ter (Financial Reports), Decree Law No. 58 of 1998 (Consolidated Law on Finance - TUF) and subsequent amendments and additions, and was prepared in compliance with the international accounting standards issued by the International Accounting Standards Board and endorsed by the European Union (“IFRS”), as well as to the provisions issued in implementation of article 9, Decree Law No. 38 of 2005. Starting from January 1, 2009, certain new standards and interpretations came into effect and have therefore been applied. In particular, following the retrospective application of IFRIC 13 (Customer Loyalty Programmes), the comparative data of the corresponding periods of the year 2008 has been appropriately restated. The main effects of such restatement are disclosed in the Appendix.
It should be noted that the “Business Outlook for the Year 2009” section of this press release contains forward-looking statements concerning the Group’s intentions, beliefs or current expectations regarding financial performance and other aspects of the Group’s operations and strategies. Readers of this press release are reminded not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements; actual results may differ significantly from forecast owing to numerous factors, the majority of which is beyond the scope of the Group’s control, not least current uncertainties associated with the ongoing crisis on the financial market.
Please note that the limited audit work by our independent auditors on the Telecom Italia Group Half-yearly Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements at June 30, 2009 has not yet been completed.
The Telecom Italia Board of Directors, chaired by Gabriele Galateri di Genola, today examined and approved the Group’s First Half Financial Report at 30 June 2009.
“In the first six months of 2009 we started the Group’s restructuring process, in line with the Industrial Plan 2009-11, that lays down a structural change in revenue composition and marketing processes as well as the implementation of efficiency and cost control programmes for containing cash costs”, Mr. Franco Bernabè, CEO of Telecom Italia stated. “Such measures, together with a strict financial discipline, offset the preassure on revenues, generating an operating cash flow of €2.2 billion, approximately €600 million higher compared with the same period in 2008”.
“These initiatives – added Mr. Bernabè – have allowed us to maintain an organic EBITDA basically stable and to confirm profitability targets; moreover, an EBITDA margin of about 41% is a result that places the Telecom Italia Group amongst the top performers in the sector. In addition, the effectiveness of our financial management coupled with a successful operating performance have generated an increase in Pre-tax Profit of €192 million, +13.8% compared with the same period in 2008, to approximately €1.6 billion”.
TELECOM ITALIA GROUP
Variation in consolidation perimeter during 1H: commencing 1 May 2009, Telecom Media News S.p.A. has been excluded from the consolidation perimeter following the sale of 60% of its shares by Telecom Italia Media S.p.A..
Main variations in 2008 were as follows:
- exit of Entel Bolivia commencing 2008 Q2, consequent to the Bolivia Government’s Decree of nationalisation dated 1 May 2008. The stake has now been entered under Current Assets;
- exit of the “Pay-per-View” business branch commencing 1 December 2008, consequent to its sale by Telecom Italia Media S.p.A..
Revenues in the first half of 2009 amounted to €13,953 million, down 5.8% or €856 million compared to €14,809 million posted during the same period in 2008. In terms of organic variation, the reduction in consolidated revenues was -3.8% (- €554 million).
In detail, the organic variation in revenues is calculated by excluding:
- the effect of variation in the consolidation perimeter (- €53 million, caused mainly by the exit of Entel Bolivia in 2008 Q2);
- the effect of exchange rate variations (- €273 million, caused by the balance between the losses of €285 million incurred by Business Unit Brazil and the gains of €12 million flowing in from the other Business Units);
- other non-organic revenues from the settlement of tariff disputes with other operators in 2008 H1.
Revenues, broken down by field of operations, are as follows:
The Domestic Business Unit, for which the representation by new commercial business has been provided below, has suffered the overall impact of a downbeat market in the first half of 2009 with mixed results – on the one hand, the fixed telephony business has confirmed its positive trend, and on the other, the mobile sector has registered a fluctuation in comparison with previous quarters.
With regards to the new ‘customer centric’ organization that the Telecom Italia Group has adopted for the domestic market, the revenues of this Business Unit have been reported under the following categories:
- Core Domestic: containing all telecommunications activities in the Italian market, subdivided into:
- Consumer (telephony and Internet services and products for both individuals and families in the fixed and mobile markets, public telephony, web portal/services provided by the subsidiary Matrix);
- Business (services and products for telephony, data, Internet and ICT solutions for SMEs – Small and Medium Enterprises - and SOHO - Small Office Home Office – in the fixed and mobile markets);
- Top (services and products for telephony, data, Internet and ICT solutions for Top clients, Large Accounts and Enterprises in the fixed and mobile markets);
- National Wholesale (wholesale services, regulated and otherwise, for domestic market operators in the fixed and mobile markets);
- Other (support structures).
- International Wholesale: containing all activities of theTelecom Italia Sparkle Group, which operates in the field of international services for voice, data and Internet for both fixed and mobile operators, ISP/ASP (Wholesale market) and multinational firms through its own network in the European, Mediterranean and South American markets.
In particular, the evolution of Core Domestic Revenues in the first half of 2009 presents the following features:
- a fall (-6.8%) in Consumer segment revenues, mostly caused by low margin business areas (products -38%; mobile content -27%); while income from broadband, both fixed (+12%) and mobile (+23%), is on the rise;
- a drop (-8.7%) in Business segment revenues, markedly affected, compared to other divisions, by the decrease in consumption stemming from a bearish market and by the negative asymmetries of competition in fixed telephony, particularly regarding procedures for win-backs;
- a limited reduction (-3%) in the Top Clients segment, buoyed by strong ICT packages and solutions growth (+16.9%); Mobile sales have remained stable and the fixed business decreased;
- a noteworthy rise (+15.8% in organic terms) in the National Wholesale segment generated by the improvement in tariffs (Local Loop Unbundling, Wholesale Line Rental and Bitstream) and by the expansion in the customer base of alternative operators.
Regarding the Group’s Brazilian operations, organic revenues have risen 2.1% (+0.7% during Q1 2009, +3.4% during Q2 2009, compared with the same periods in the previous year), as a result of the good performance by VAS revenues and products, propelled by the growth in customer base that, following a drop in Q1, is now positive (+4.8% in comparison with Q1 2009).
EBITDA stands at € 5,670 million, an increase of €168 million (+3.1%) compared with the same period in 2008. Organic variation in EBITDA has been negative for €12 million (-0.2%). EBITDA/revenues ratio moved from 37.2% in the first half of 2008 to 40.6% in the first six months of this year; at an organic level, the ratio to revenues has been 41.2% in 1H 2009, a rise of 1.5 percentage points over the same period a year earlier (39.7%).
The following table shows a breakdown EBITDA and EBITDA margin operating sector:
The Liquidity position available to the Telecom Italia Group, calculated as total available cash, other cash equivalents in addition to non-current securities, amounts to €8,067 million at 30 June 2009 (€5,601 million at 31 December 2008); the sum, together with the non-utilized committed credit lines worth €6.5 billion, offers an ample guarantee for payment deadlines in the upcoming 18-24 months. New advantageous bond issues were possible in the first half of 2009, thanks to favourable market conditions in both Europe and the U.S.: such transactions have led to an increase in available liquidity in comparison with year-end 2008 despite the settling of dividends and the repayment of debts.
The Telecom Italia Group employed 76,560 people at 30 June 2009 of whom 63,250 work in Italy.
OUTLOOK FOR THE YEAR 2009
With regards to the performance of the Telecom Italia Group in the current fiscal period, based on the results posted in 1H 2009, both the profitability and cash generation targets are confirmed as communicated at year-end 2008 during the presentation of the three-year 2009-2011 Plan, in particular:
- Business Unit Domestic: organic EBITDA €9.9-10 billion;
- Business Unit Brazil: organic EBITDA ~BRL 3.6 billion;
- net financial debt/EBITDA ratio around 2.9x at year-end 2009.
At Group organic EBITDA level, the previous target is confirmed.
RESULTS OF BUSINESS UNITS
Figures are entered on the basis of the following operating sectors:
- Business Unit “Domestic”: includes all activities within the country’s borders namely, telephony and data services on fixed and mobile networks for end clients (retail) and other operators (wholesale), besides other support operations;
- Business Unit “Brazil”: relates to telecommunication activities in Brazil;
- Business Unit “European BroadBand”: broadband services in Germany and the Netherlands;
- Business Unit “Media”: refers to activities and management of television networks;
- Business Unit “Olivetti”: encompasses activities pertinent to digital systems for printing and office products;
- “Other activities”: financial businesses and other smaller firms not strictly related to the core business of the Telecom Italia Group.
Telecom Italia Media results at 30 June 2009 were published in the press release issued on 30 July 2009 following the Company’s Board Meeting and their subsequent approval.
Revenues, equivalent to €10,891 million, register a fall of 4.4% (-€500 million) compared with the first half of 2008, and of -4.7% at an organic level.
Core Domestic revenues amount to €10,337 million, a fall of 4.7% (- €513 million) in comparison with the first half of 2008, and of -4.9% at an organic level.
With regard to market segments, the performance, in comparison with the first half of 2008, has been the following:
- Consumer: a fall in revenues (- €403 million; -6.8%) caused by a drop in access and fixed traffic (- €138 million) generated by a shrinking customer base (-1.2 million accesses), only partly offset by the increase in subscription fees; the impact of regulated interconnection rates, in particular income from termination on mobile phones (- €59 million); lower revenues from traditional value added services (- €36 million) and contents (- €40 million); a shrinking mobile telephony customer base and a drop in product sales volumes (- €140 million, of which - €117 million on handsets). Such performance in traditional business areas has been partly offset by the growth in broadband services where the customer base has expanded and revenues from both fixed (+ € 54 million, +12%) and mobile (+€32 million, +23%) services have soared;
- Business: a drop in revenues (- €181 million, -8.7%), mainly affected by tough market conditions faced by the SMEs segment affecting consumption negatively, and by the focus on higher margin services and products. The negative performance has had more marked consequences in fixed telephony (-10%) where asymmetries of competition have been noted, particularly regarding winback procedures;
- Top: a decrease in revenues (- €56 million, -3%) resulting from three different factors: a strong growth in ICT packages and solutions (+16.9%) leading to a two-point increase in market share, from approximately 7% in 1H 2008 to 9% in 1H 2009; mobile sales have remained stable; a standard decrease in fixed telephony, arising out of the general economic crisis leading to a consequent drop in consumption by companies. However, the decrease in revenues in 2Q 2009 (-2.1%) has been lower than the drop in 1Q (-3.8%);
- National Wholesale: the segment has registered an increase in revenues (+ € 143 million, +17.2%;+15.8% in organic terms), generated by the rise in tariffs (Local Loop Unbundling, Wholesale Line Rental and Bitstream) and by the growth in the OLO (Other Licensed Operators) customer base on services.
Revenues in International Wholesale (Telecom Italia Sparkle Group) during the first six months of 2009 were €877 million, a drop of €24 million (-2.7%) compared with the same period in 2008, due to the reduction in voice services in the captive market. While revenues from third parties have grown by approximately €5 million, thanks mainly to the good performance of IP/Data, Multinational Corporations and Consulting business, thereby partly offsetting the aforesaid reduction in voice services.
In addition to the summary overviews by market segment provided above, in continuity with the Annual and Six-Month Financial Reports of the previous periods, the following pages contain commercial information with reference to technology (fixed and mobile).
Revenues are €7,401 million, a reduction of €84 million (-1.1%) compared with the first half of 2008 and of €121 million (-1.1%) at an organic level. The result confirms the improvement trend already recorded in 2008 and in Q1 2009.
At 30 June 2009, access retail figures were approximately 16.6 million (-731,000 accesses compared with 31 December 2008); wholesale client portfolio has increased reaching about 5.7 million accesses at 30 June 2009 (+741,000 compared with 31 December 2008). The total access market has registered an increase of 15,000 units in comparison with December 2008.
The total broadband portfolio, at 30 June 2009, recorded 8.4 million accesses (+309,000 compared with 31 December 2008), broken down as 6.86 million retail and 1.58 million wholesale.
Revenues in the Retail Voice segment were €3,502 million, a decrease of €389 million (-10%) compared with 1H 2008. The revenues have been impacted, on all market segments, by the standard reduction in the client base and in traffic volumes caused by the competitive environment the company operates in. In addition, there has been a reduction in regulated rates for the fixed-mobile termination and the disabling of some Premium services executed by the company both on a compulsory and voluntary basis (VAS services, in comparison with the first half of 2008, have registered a decrease of €30 million). The economic impact in terms of lower access revenues (- €101 million), despite the increase in tariffs commencing 1 February 2009, has been, in terms of domestic business, offset by the expansion in domestic wholesale services (+ €91 million regarding Intermediate Regulated Services namely Local Loop Unbundling and Wholesale Line Rental).
Revenues from the Internet segment have been €841 million, an increase of €31 million over the first half of 2008. The narrowband component, steadily falling, represents by now a mere 2% of total revenues. The overall broadband retail access portfolio of the domestic market has reached 6.9 million accesses, a rise of 105,000 units compared with year-end 2008; clients signing up for the flat rate offer has a share of 81% out of the total retail broadband client portfolio (77% at year-end 2008). Also on the rise is the IPTV service in the Consumer market (a portfolio of 397,000 clients, +68,000 against year-end 2008) and the Virgilio portal web related package and activities; the Alice Casa package has a client portfolio of 351,000 clients (+233,000 compared with 31 December 2008), a share increase from 1.7% as at December 2008 to 5.1% on the total broadband portfolio.
Revenues from the Business Data segment reached €826 million, an increase of €25 million (+3.1%) compared with the first half of 2008, thanks to the development of offers for ICT packages and services, in particular the service component.
The client portfolio managed by Telecom Italia’s wholesale division reached approximately 6.0 million telephone accesses and 1.6 million broadband accesses at the end of June 2009. Total revenues from National Wholesale services reached €1,417 million, representing a growth of €246 million (+21.0%) compared with the same period in 2008. The evolution of revenues in this area is related to the development of the alternative operator’s client base, which is connected through different types of accesses.
Revenues in 1H 2009 were €4,312 million, a drop of €329 million (-7.1%) compared with 1H 2008. Such a drop can be attributed to a reduction in handsets sold, the fall in value added services (SMS and content sales) as well as the dynamics of regulated interconnection tariffs.
At 30 June 2009, Telecom Italia mobile lines amounted to 32.6 million; the decrease compared with 31 December 2008 can be attributed to a greater degree of selectivity in the company’s commercial policy that focuses more on higher value customers; as a matter of fact, the number of post-paid lines has surged to around 19% of the general total, up from around 18% registered in 1Q 2009 and from around 17% at 31 December 2008.
EBITDA in the Domestic Business Unit was €5,044 million, an increase of €147 million (+3.0%) over 2008. As a percentage of revenues, the figure stands at 46.3%, a rise of 3.3 points against the same period in 2008. Organic variation of EBITDA compared with 1H 2008 is negative for €134 million (-2.6%).
Organic EBITDA Margin has been 46.8% (45.7% in the first half of 2008).
EBIT in the Domestic Business Unit was €2,711 million, an increase of €66 million (+2.5%) compared with 1H 2008, with a percentage of revenues equivalent to 24.9% (23.2% in the first half of 2008). Organic variation of EBIT is negative for €139 million (-4.7% compared with the same period in 2008).
Organic EBIT Margin was 25.8% (in line with 1H 2008 results).
EBIT performance can be attributed, in addition to factors already highlighted under EBITDA, to the increase in amortization for around €5 million and to the gains recorded in 1H 2008, deriving from the sale of real estate for €25 million; by contrast 1H 2009 has to bear the weight of devaluation, for the amount of €48 million, of platform development for credit management pertinent to fixed-line consumers that can no longer be utilized as a result of the new organizational structure and continuation of the fixed-mobile convergence process.
Capex amounted to €1,609 million, a reduction of €343 million compared with the same period in 2008. As a percentage of revenues, the figure stands at 14.8% (17.1% in 1H 2008). Said reduction can be mainly attributed to lesser commitments relating to the terminals package (either rentals or linked to multi-year contracts), to the acquisition of WI-MAX licenses in the first quarter of 2008, and also to the optimization and rationalization of network investments governing BroadBand Access, Core Platform and Control, Service and Application Platform.
The company employed 61,009 people, a reduction of 807 compared with 31 December 2008.
(average exchange rate euro/real 0,34206)
Revenues in 1H 2009 were BRL 6,721 million, up 2.1% (+ BRL 139 million) compared with the same period in 2008, in virtue of the income from products, +49.6% compared with 1H 2008, and in VAS services, +21.7% compared with a year earlier. Average monthly revenue per client is BRL 27.9 at June 2009, compared to BRL 31.5 in June 2008; there has been a steady recovery over the last few months of this year thanks to the positive contribution flowing in from post-paid clients and the success of the new pre-paid packages. In the first half of 2009, reorganisation activities were completed and operations relating to the commercial re-launch plan were implemented. Total number of lines, at 30 June 2009, amount to 37,826,000, up 11.9% compared with 30 June 2008 and 3.9% compared with 31 December 2008, corresponding to a market share of 23.7% of telephone lines.
EBITDA, was BRL 1,541 million, a rise of BRL 190 million over the first half of 2008 (+14.1%); the percentage of revenues is equivalent to 22.9% or 2.4 percentage points higher compared to the same period a year earlier. The performance stems from a strict cost control policy and an efficiency plan aimed at generating resources to support growth and the commercial expansion of Tim Brasil. The cost components that have increased against the previous year are those relating to business development.
Organic variation in EBITDA, with respect to the first half of 2008, was BRL +275 million, with a percentage of revenues of 24.2% (20.5% in 1H 2008).
EBIT was BRL 107 million, up on BRL 113 million compared to the first half of 2008. This result is caused by higher EBITDA contribution in comparison with the first six months of 2008, partly offset by the increase in amortization for a worth of BRL 74 million paid for obtaining the 3G licence, bought in 2Q 2008, and by industrial investments in connection with the new UMTS network.
Organic variation in EBIT, compared with the same period in the previous year was BRL +198 million, with a percentage of revenues of 2.9% (- 0.1% in 1H 2008).
Capex amounted to BRL 843 million, a drop of BRL 1,295 million comparec with the same period a year earlier, mainly due to the 3G licence bought in April 2008 for BRL 1,239 million.
The company employed 10,149 people at 30 June 2009, a reduction of 136 compared with 31 December 2008.
Revenues in the European BroadBand Business Unit were €613 million, a decrease of €29 million (-4.5%) compared with the first half of 2008. Broadband client portfolio amounts to approximately 2.5 million accesses, basically unchanged compared with 31 December 2008 and 30 June 2008. Narrowband client portfolio amounts to 0.4 million accesses, a decrease when compared to 0.5 million accesses registered at December-end 2008 and to 0.6 million accesses at the end of June2008.
EBITDA, was €129 million, up by €10 million (+8.4%) over the first six months of 2008. The percentage of revenues is equivalent to 21.0% compared to 18.5% of the same period in 2008.
EBIT was negative for €9 million compared with a positive €2 million during the first six months of 2008. A worse EBIT performance is due to the significant growth in amortization (+ €20 million) stemming from investments on important network infrastructure and on supporting ICT systems between the end of 2007 and 2008, as well as from the capitalization of costs resulting in the acquisition of clients signing contracts for at least two years.
Capex amounted to €124 million, a decrease of €65 million compared with the first half of 2008, mainly caused by the shrinking of the network’s infrastructure component and capitalized start-up charges enabling new clients to access other operators’ platforms.
At 30 June 2009 there were 2,778 employees, a reduction of 134 compared with 31 December 2008.
Revenues in the first half of 2009 in the Olivetti Business Unit amount to €153 million, down by €27 million compared with the first half of 2008. Product-wise, there has been a fall in revenues during 1H 2009 of about 16%, compared with the same period in 2008, also caused by lower sales volumes arising out of difficult market conditions – where some sectors have shrunk as much as 30%. The most significant fluctuations have struck the European markets, particularly Spain and the U.K. where the pound has suffered a significant devaluation.
EBITDA has posted a negative result of €12 million, unchanged against the first six months of 2008: lower marginalities arising out of falling revenues are absorbed by a significant reduction in overhead charges, thanks to the effects of the restructuring underway. The variation of the dollar against the euro, with regards to turnover and purchases in foreign currency has had a net negative impact on EBITDA of €2 million. The comparison with the first half of 2008 would therefore have been positive for €2 million.
Given the effects of exchange rates on turnover in foreign currency regarding clients outside of the EU and on the procurement of products and merchandise in foreign currency,
EBIT has posted a negative result of €15 million, an improvement of €1 million with regards to the first half of the previous year (negative for €16 million).
Capex amount to €2 million, an increase of €1 million against the first six months of 2008.
The company employed 1,124 at 30 June 2009 (1,030 in Italy, and 94 abroad), a reduction of 70 compared with 31 December 2008 (1,194 total, of which 1,088 in Italy and 106 abroad).