Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG
- WKN: A1J5RX
- ISIN: DE000A1J5RX9
- Land: Deutschland
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Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG: Interim statement for January to March 2019
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MUNICH, 09 May 2019
Interim statement for January to March 2019
Telefónica Deutschland first quarter results show strong operating momentum and transformation focus
- Q1 2019 underlying revenue +1.3% year-on-year with strong consumer demand for handsets; underlying2 MSR trend solid at +0.3% year-on-year
- Underlying OIBDA (as per IAS 17) +1.0% year-on-year, reflects transformation & market invest post network consolidation
- Front-loaded Capex phasing as we are pushing ahead with LTE rollout; clear focus on improving customer experience
- Access to Vodafone's cable networks further enhances infrastructure portfolio
First quarter 2019 operational & financial highlights
- Mobile postpaid with +306 thousand net additions in the first quarter of 2019 as a result of sustained customer demand for the O2 Free portfolio and strong contribution from partner business (60% of gross additions in Q1). Churn in the O2 brand improved by -0.2 percentage points, reflecting the sustained retention focus. Total postpaid churn was -1.6% in the first quarter
- LTE penetration up 8 p.p. y-o-y to 46%; LTE customer base at 19.3 million at the end of March 2019, +19.6% year-on-year. Data usage continues to grow with a CAGR of ~50% fuelled by the adoption of LTE and larger data packages. Data usage was up +4.2% quarter-on-quarter and +52% year-on-year to 4.2 GB per month overall and 7.4 GB in the O2 Free M tariff
- Underlying2 revenue was up +1.3% year-on-year amounting to EUR 1,789 million due to strong consumer trading and demand for handsets. Including negative regulatory effects of EUR -11 million, revenue reached EUR 1,779 million, an increase of +0.7% year-on-year
- Underlying2 mobile service revenue was solid at +0.3% year-on year and came to EUR 1,291 million. O2 Free ARPU continues to be accretive with leftover drag from legacy base effects and from renewal cycles of customers affected by customer service or network issues during the integration period. Reported mobile service revenue was EUR 1,281 million (-0.5% year-on-year)
- Handset revenue grew strongly at +12.6% year-on-year and totalled EUR 315 million, as promotional activities supported customer demand for high-end smartphones across segments
- Fixed-line revenue fell by -8.6% year-on-year to EUR 182 million, mainly reflecting the planned dismantling of legacy infrastructure and a higher share of bundles in the retail base. As such, fixed retail revenue fell -3.9% year-on-year
- OIBDA adjusted for exceptional and regulatory effects based on IAS 17 came to EUR 412 million, up +1.0% y-o-y, reflecting market and transformation invest as well as roll-over synergies and early transformation benefits. Underlying OIBDA under IFRS 16 accounting standards saw an increase of +29.4% year-on-year to EUR 528 million in Q1. IFRS 16 improves comparability to other operators in the sector. The OIBDA margin adjusted for exceptional and regulatory effects5 was stable at 23.0% under IAS 17 and up +6.4 percentage points year-on-year at 29.5% under IFRS 16
- CapEx was front-loaded at EUR 252 million with a C/S ratio of 14.2% (EUR 1826 million with a C/S ratio of 10.3% in prior year), reflecting the ongoing LTE rollout
- Consolidated net financial debt was EUR 3,659 million as of 31 March 2019; with balance sheet items within net financial debt affected by IFRS 16 still subject to change within a bandwidth of +/- 5%. Under IAS 17, consolidated net financial debt amounted to EUR 1,094 million with a leverage of 0.6x. The latter thus remained well below the current self-defined target of up to or at 1.0x. As reflected in the outlook 2019, over the course of the financial year 2019 we will review our self-defined leverage target for two reasons: Firstly, we will reflect the technical changes triggered by the introduction of the IFRS 16 accounting standard. Secondly, we envisage a move to an increased target leverage, allowing us to utilise our full financial flexibility with regards to the upcoming 5G investments, whilst maintaining our BBB investment grade rating from Fitch
We are pushing ahead with the rollout of our LTE network with a clear focus on improving customer experience by adding additional coverage and capacity on a daily basis.
Already in 2018, Telefónica Deutschland completed its network consolidation and connected an additional 6,700 LTE stations. We intend to continue with our intense rollout effort with another 10,000 additional LTE sites by year-end 2019. In the first quarter of 2019, we have already implemented 2,200 additional sites with LTE and LTE population coverage stands now at around 90%. At the same time, we continue to roll out fibre in the backhaul by means of a variety of co-operations; with the target of reaching ~70% of fibre penetration in the backhaul by 2022. Consequently, customers on the O2 network benefit from constant improvements in LTE capacity, faster speeds and an ever better network performance. Thus, we are making further progress towards our vision of becoming Germany's "Mobile Customer & Digital Champion".
On the fixed side, we have now enhanced our infrastructure portfolio with the addition of cable wholesale access through a long-term cooperation with Vodafone. The agreement is complementary to our existing infrastructure co-operations in the fixed network arena and subject to the planned acquisition of Unitymedia by Vodafone, which is currently under review by the EU Commission. Herewith, Telefónica Deutschland is significantly expanding its nationwide fixed-network offering with attractive products beyond the currently available VDSL super vectoring products with up to 250 mbps. In the future, we will be able to supply up to 24 million cable households in Germany with attractive O2 fixed network products at higher even higher speeds.
Thus, our fixed and mobile infrastructure is now ready for the future and we have made significant progress towards our vision to become Germany's "Mobile Customer & Digital Champion".
2019 marks the first year of Telefónica Deutschland's four-year transformation programme Digital4Growth, which we launched at our Capital Markets Day in February 2018. It has a clear focus on customer experience in the digital age. We are striving for continued profitable growth by capturing additional revenue growth opportunities in our core business, while also pushing into new business areas such as those arising from e-SIM capabilities, Advanced Data Analytics (ADA) or the Internet-of-Things (IoT). We also target efficiency gains from the further automation and digitalisation of processes, thus becoming 'simpler, faster and better'.
We reiterate our transformation plan of capturing an additional EUR 600 million of gross OIBDA between 2019 & 2022, including growth and efficiency gains. In 2019, we foresee an additional EUR 40 million gross gains at OIBDA level, with a significant gradual ramp up across the year and in the outer years. Upfront transformation investments are expected to gradually ramp down over the duration of the programme.
As such, in the first quarter of 2019 transformation invest was mainly related to omnichannel initiatives and the further optimisation of our churn analytics capabilities. The latter has already resulted in a visible reduction (-0.7 percentage points year-on-year) of annualised postpaid churn in O2 consumer in 2018. In the first quarter of 2019, we saw another improvement of -0.2 percentage points year-on-year to -1.3%.
In Q1 2019, we delivered ~EUR 5 million of gross transformation benefits, mainly from successful market initiatives. Please see next section for a breakdown of our product updates.
In a dynamic market environment, Telefónica Germany showed strong postpaid trading in the first quarter of 2019 and introduced a number of portfolio innovations to support the ARPU-up and churn-down strategy:
- O2 TV and O2 Free keep-surfing guarantee: On 2 May 2019, we launched O2 TV, an IPTV product powered by waipu.tv. O2 TV customers can watch live TV at anytime and anywhere. O2 TV is available from 4.99 Euro/month, without contractual obligation and set-top box, but with more than 100 TV channels - mostly in HD quality. Just in time for the O2 TV market launch, we have extended the O2 Free keep-surfing guarantee for all existing and new customers to the LTE network
- O2 Cloud: On April 8th, we introduced the O2 Cloud with unlimited storage for 4.99 Euro per month. This allows O2 customers to access their data from anywhere and from any device
- New super vectoring tariffs have been added to our O2 DSL portfolio on 7 March 2019:
- The O2 my Home XL tariff is particularly suitable for families and flat-sharing communities, as all members can surf simultaneously at speeds of up to 250 Mbps and without any loss in performance. With a minimum term of 24 months, the tariff is available in the first year for EUR 34.99, from the 13th contract month for EUR 44.99 per month
- The O2 my Office XL tariff for business customers with a surfing speed of up to 250 Mbps is available for a minimum term of 24 months in the first year for EUR 39.99, then for EUR 49.99 per month thereafter. In addition, customers benefit from a business-class service, including a 24/7 business customer hotline
- Various awards in the first quarter of 2019 confirm our continued progress towards becoming the "Mobile Customer & Digital Champion" by 2022:
- Focus Money award as "Digital Champion" in Telecommunications (February 2019): We were praised in particular for our successful omnichannel sales approach, which ensures a consistent customer experience across all customer contact channels
- The Forrester Wave(TM) (March 2019), an analysis of the market research company Forrester Research, honoured Telefónica Germany as a leader in the area of Specialised Insights Services
- Double German Stevie Award for O2 customer service (March 2019):
- On behalf of the entire O2 Customer Service & Sales team, our customer service director received the Golden German Stevie Award as "Manager of the Year". A key element of the award was the consistent implementation of a strategy programme to optimise service processes and quality
- The team was awarded with the Silver German Stevie Award as "Team of the Year" in the customer service category for the development of digital self-services
Telefónica Deutschland Q1 2019 results were in line with expectations. Thus we re-iterate our full-year 2019 outlook, which remains unchanged as published in the 2018 Annual Financial Report.
Effects from the implementation of IFRS16 as of 1 January 2019 are not reflected in the financial outlook
Telefónica Deutschland is re-iterating its dividend commitment with a high pay-out ratio over FCF and will give further details as per usual in the second half of the year.
As of 31 March 2019 Telefónica Deutschland's customer accesses came to 47.2 million (+0.3% year-on-year), of which there were 42.9 million mobile accesses (+0.3% y-o-y). Mobile postpaid saw an increase of +5.4% year-on-year with 22.6 million customers. Our mobile postpaid base represented 52.6% of our total mobile base as of end of March, a growth of +2.5 percentage points year-on-year. Our mobile prepaid base stood at 20.3 million customers, a year-on-year decrease of -4.8% on the back of lower demand driven by regulatory changes. In fixed, the DSL retail customer base grew +3.1% year-on-year to 2.1 million accesses, whereby the demand for VDSL (+65k net additions in the first quarter of the year) continued to be solid.
Mobile postpaid posted a strong first quarter +306 thousand net additions in the first quarter vs +157 thousand net additions in Q1 last year. We continue to see sustained customer demand for the O2 Free portfolio helped by focused market invest to position the O2 brand. Also, contributions from the partner business remained strong (60% of gross additions in Q1) driven by 4G offers and customer migration.
Mobile prepaid registered -211 thousand net disconnections in the first quarter, compared to -535 thousand in Q1 last year. Prepaid remains a significant contributor for our business. However, there is continuous lower demand for prepaid in the market, mainly resulting from the regulatory changes in 2017 as well as a general market trend towards postpaid offers.
Postpaid churn stood at -1.6% in the first quarter, a slight improvement of -0.2 percentage points year-on-year, due to a sustained retention focus. O2 consumer postpaid churn maintained a positive trend and improved by -0.2 percentage points to -1.3% in Q1 2019.
Smartphone penetration across segments was up +4.6 percentage points year-on-year, reaching 66.6% at the end of March 2019.
The LTE customer base grew by +19.6% year-on-year and totalled 19.3 million accesses as of 31 March 2019, benefitting from the continuously increasing demand for high-speed mobile data services. LTE-penetration of the base increased by +7.6 percentage points year-on-year to 46.2%.
ARPU-accretive effects in the first quarter of the year from the new O2 portfolio were partially offset by legacy base effects including the ongoing effects from renewal cycles of customers affected by customer service or network issues during integration period. The blended mobile ARPU came to EUR 9.8 in the first quarter, up +0.1% year-on-year. Postpaid ARPU fell -3.8% year-on-year to EUR 14.2 for January to March versus -2.3% year-on-year in Q4 2018; with the weakening being the result of the reduction of the mobile termination rates. Prepaid ARPU reached EUR 5.7 in the first quarter, a plus of +3.3% year-on-year.
The fixed retail ARPU stood at EUR 23.4 in the first quarter (-5.8% year-on-year), resulting from promotional activities and the higher share of bundles in the customer base.
The fixed retail broadband customer base grew +3.1% year-on-year to approx. 2.1 million accesses. In the first quarter of 2019 we saw +44 thousand net additions, whereby demand for VDSL (+65 thousand in the first quarter) continued to be solid.
Revenue came in at EUR 1,779 million in the first quarter of the year (+0.7% year-on-year). Excluding negative regulatory effects of EUR -11 million, mainly driven by the mobile termination rate cut to EURc 0.95 per minute as of 1 Dec 2018, revenue increased +1.3% year-on-year in the first quarter to 1,789 million. This was helped by another quarter of strong consumer demand for handsets.
Mobile service revenue reached EUR 1,281 million (-0.5% year-on-year) in the first quarter of 2019. Excluding the regulatory drag of EUR -10 million in Q1, underlying mobile service revenue trends were solid with +0.3% year-on-year reaching EUR 1,291 million in Q1. ARPU-accretive effects from the new O2 portfolio were partially offset by legacy base effects, including the ongoing effects from renewal cycles of customers affected by customer service or network issues during integration period.
Mobile data revenue was +4.1% higher year-on-year, reaching EUR 730 million in the first quarter, reflecting customer demand for higher data bundles. As a percentage of data revenues, non-SMS data revenues increased +5.4 percentage points year-on-year to 90.4% in Q1 2019.
Handset revenue grew +12.6% to EUR 315 million in the first quarter of the year, as customer demand for high-end smartphones remained strong in Q1 helped by promotional activities.
Fixed revenue saw a further decline and came to EUR 182 million (-8.6% year-on-year) in the first quarter. Trends remain similar which as before, mainly reflecting the planned dismantling of legacy infrastructure.
Other income was EUR 31 million in Q1 2019, a decrease of -11.9% year-on-year.
Operating expenses showed a decrease of -8.0% year-on-year in the first quarter under IFRS 16 accounting standards, reaching EUR 1,296 million. The underlying improvement was mainly due to lower supply costs vs Q1 2018 as well as integration activities. Operating expenses include exceptional costs of EUR 10 million in the first quarter, mainly related with remaining rental obligations in the mobile and the legacy fixed network. According to IAS 17, restructuring charges were EUR 23 million.
- Supplies were -3.3% lower year-on-year and totalled EUR 568 million in Q1 2019. Hardware cost of sales (56% of supplies in the first quarter) were higher year-on-year in line with the strong demand for handsets, while connectivity-related cost of sales (40% of supplies in the first quarter) were slightly higher year-on-year, as lower costs for voice termination compensated higher wholesale costs for outbound roaming
- Personnel expenses adjusted for restructuring costs fell -1.1% year-on-year in the first quarter to EUR 150 million as inflation-related salary adjustments in 2018 were more than compensated by integration savings from the employee restructuring programme
Operating Income before Depreciation and Amortisation (OIBDA) adjusted for exceptional17 and regulatory effects totalled to EUR 412 million based on IAS 17, +1.0% year-on year in the first quarter of 2019; while under IFRS 16 accounting standards underlying OIBDA grew +29.4% year-on-year to EUR 528 million. Including the before mentioned effects, OIBDA based on IFRS 16 came in at EUR 514 million, +30.5% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2019. Telefónica Deutschland invested into the market to participate from future revenue growth opportunities. At the same time, transformation invest is front-loaded in H1 2019. We also already saw upfront transformation savings of EUR 5 million in the first quarter of 2019, as well as roll-over synergies ~EUR 20 million. Exceptional effects17 were restructuring costs mainly related to remaining network rental agreements. Regulatory effects of EUR -4 million in the first quarter period were mainly driven by usage elasticity effects related to the European roaming legislation. The OIBDA margin grew +6.4 percentage points year-on-year to 29.5% in Q1 2019 under IFRS 16.
Group fees amounted to EUR 8 million in the first quarter of 2019.
Depreciation & Amortisation totalled EUR 607 million at the end of March 2019, an increase of +30.1% year-on-year, driven by the implementation of IFRS 16. As per IAS 17, D&A was EUR 490 million; +5.1% y-o-y, mainly due to the shortened useful life of network equipment as a result of the network integration.
The operating loss in the January to March period 2019 was EUR -94 million compared to an operating loss of EUR -73 million in Q1 2018.
The net financial expenses in Q1 2019 was EUR -14 million versus EUR -9 million in the prior year.
The Company reported no material income tax expenses in the first quarter of 2019.
The net loss in Q1 2019 was EUR -107 million, compared to a net loss of EUR -82 million in the prior year.
CapEx saw a strong increase to EUR 252 million, including synergies of EUR ~15 million, in the first quarter (C/S ratio 14.2%) vs EUR 182 million in prior year (C/S ratio 10.3%), as we maintained a strong pace in the LTE rollout.
Operating cash flow (OIBDA minus CapEx19) came in at EUR 262 million (+32.6% year-on-year) in the first quarter of 2019, reflecting in year phasing of Capex19 and the positive IFRS 16 impacts on OIBDA.
Free cash flow (FCF) amounted to EUR 247 million for the January to March period 2019 compared to EUR 15 million in the prior year under IAS 17. Advance lease prepayments for leased lines and rental contracts for mobile sites, which are capitalised under IFRS 16, amounted to EUR 257 million. As a result normalised FCF under IAS 17 stood at EUR -9 million in the first quarter of 2019 and shows the typical seasonal phasing across the year. We remain our strong confidence in the ability to generate FCF growth.
Working capital movements in the first quarter are reflecting seasonal prepayments at the beginning of each year and were positive in the amount of EUR 20 million. Working capital was driven by prepayments for incidental lease costs, low value and short term leases and other prepayments (EUR -35 million), a decrease in Capex payables (EUR -1 million), a reduction in restructuring provisions (EUR -5 million) as well as other working capital movements in the amount of EUR 61 million. The latter include silent factoring transactions for handset receivables in the gross amount of EUR 159 million, which were outweighed by other working capital movements, including a reduction in trade and other payables and inventories.
Consolidated net financial debt was EUR 3,659 million as of 31 March 2019; with balance sheet items within net financial debt affected by IFRS 16 still subject to change within a bandwidth of +/- 5%. Based on this range and a rolling 12-month OIBDA extrapolated under IFRS 16, the leverage ratio would be approximately 1.0x-1.1x above the comparable figure under IAS17.
Under IAS 17 leverage consolidated net financial debt amounted to EUR 1,094 million with a leverage of 0.6x. The latter thus remained well below the current self-defined target of up to or at 1.0x. As reflected in the outlook 2019, over the course of the financial year 2019 we will review we will review our self-defined leverage target for two reasons: Firstly, we will reflect the technical changes triggered by the introduction of the IFRS 16 accounting standard. Secondly, we envisage a move to an increased target leverage, allowing us to utilise our full financial flexibility with regards to the upcoming 5G investments, whilst maintaining our BBB investment grade rating from Fitch.
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Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG
Dr. Veronika Bunk-Sanderson, Director Communications & Investor Relations
This document contains statements that constitute forward-looking statements and expectations about Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG (in the following "the Company" or "Telefónica Deutschland") that reflect the current views and assumptions of Telefónica Deutschland's management with respect to future events, including financial projections and estimates and their underlying assumptions, statements regarding plans, objectives and expectations which may refer, among others, to the intent, belief or current prospects of the customer base, estimates regarding, among others, future growth in the different business lines and the global business, market share, financial results and other aspects of the activity and situation relating to the Company. Forward-looking statements are based on current plans, estimates and projections. The forward-looking statements in this document can be identified, in some instances, by the use of words such as "expects", "anticipates", "intends", "believes", and similar language or the negative thereof or by forward-looking nature of discussions of strategy, plans or intentions. Such forward-looking statements, by their nature, are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond Telefónica Deutschland's control and other important factors that could cause actual developments or results to materially differ from those expressed in or implied by the Company's forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include those discussed or identified in fuller disclosure documents filed by Telefónica Deutschland with the relevant Securities Markets Regulators, and in particular, with the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht - BaFin). The Company offers no assurance that its expectations or targets will be achieved.
Analysts and investors, and any other person or entity that may need to take decisions, or prepare or release opinions about the shares / securities issued by the Company, are cautioned not to place undue reliance on those forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this document. Past performance cannot be relied upon as a guide to future performance.
Except as required by applicable law, Telefónica Deutschland undertakes no obligation to revise these forward-looking statements to reflect events and circumstances after the date of this presentation, including, without limitation, changes in Telefónica Deutschland's business or strategy or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
The financial information and opinions contained in this document are unaudited and are subject to change without notice.
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These written materials are especially not an offer of securities for sale or a solicitation of an offer to purchase securities in the United States, Canada, Australia, South Africa and Japan. Securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or an exemption there from. No money, securities or other consideration from any person inside the United States is being solicited and, if sent in response to the information contained in these written materials, will not be accepted.
 Unless indicated otherwise, all financial KPIs and year-on-year comparisons published in this document are prepared in accordance with IFRS accounting standards as adopted by the European Union. Financial KPIs for 2019 therefore include the effects of the implementation of IFRS 16 as of 1 January 2019
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