B Communications Reports its Financial Results for the Third Quarter of 2013

B Communications Reports its Financial Results for
the Third Quarter of 2013

 

–          Announces Dividend Distribution of NIS 102 Million($29Million)    – 

 

 

Ramat Gan, Israel – November 7, 2013 – B Communications Ltd. (NASDAQ Global Market and TASE: BCOM) today reported its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013.

Bezeq’s Results: For the third quarter of 2013, the Bezeq Group reported revenues of NIS 2.4 billion ($ 679 million) and operating profit of NIS 721 million ($ 204 million). Bezeq’s EBITDA for the third quarter totaled NIS 1.05 billion ($ 297 million), representing an EBITDA margin of 44%. Net income for the period attributable to Bezeq’s shareholders totaled NIS 449 million ($ 127 million). Bezeq’s cash flow from operating activities during the period totaled NIS 1.1 billion ($ 323 million).

Cash Position: As of September 30, 2013, B Communications’ unconsolidated cash and cash equivalents totaled NIS 1.36 billion ($ 384 million), its unconsolidated total debt was NIS 4.07 billion ($ 1.15 billion), and its net debt totaled NIS 2.71 billion ($ 767 million).

B Communications’ Unconsolidated Balance Sheet Data*

 

In millions   Convenience    
    translation into    
    U.S. dollars    
    (Note A)    
  September 30,

2013

September 30,

2013

September 30,

2012

December 31,

2012

 
  NIS US$ NIS NIS
Short term liabilities 587 166 470 587
Long term liabilities 3,482 984 3,705 3,511
Total liabilities 4,069 1,150 4,175 4,098
Dividend receivable 464
Cash and cash equivalents 1,359 384 389 694
Total net debt 2,710 766 3,322 3,404
         

 

* Does not include the balance sheet of Bezeq.

Dividend from Bezeq: On September 15, 2013, B Communications received two dividend payments from Bezeq which together totaled NIS 455 million ($ 129 million). These dividend payments included a current dividend of NIS 300 million ($ 85 million), representing B Communications’ share of Bezeq’s net profit for the first half of 2013, and a special dividend of NIS 155 million ($ 44 million), representing B Communications’ share of the sixth and last   installment of the special dividend declared by Bezeq and approved by its shareholders in 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

B Communications’ Third Quarter Financial Results

 

B Communications’ consolidated revenues for the third quarter of 2013 were NIS 2.4 billion ($ 679 million), a 3.8% decrease compared with NIS 2.5 billion reported in the third quarter of 2012. For both the current and the prior-year periods, B Communications’ consolidated revenues consisted entirely of Bezeq’s revenues.

During the third quarter of 2013, B Communications recorded net amortization expenses related to its Bezeq purchase price allocation (“Bezeq PPA”) in its consolidated financial statements of NIS 198 million ($ 56 million). From April 14, 2010, the date of the acquisition of its interest in Bezeq, until September 30, 2013, B Communications has amortized approximately 57% of the total Bezeq PPA. The Bezeq PPA amortization expense is a non-cash expense that is subject to adjustment. If, for any reason, B Communications finds it necessary or appropriate to make adjustments to amounts already expensed, it may result in significant changes to its audited financial reports, as well as to future financial statements.

B Communications’ financial expenses, net: B Communications’ unconsolidated net financial expenses for the third quarter of 2013 totaled NIS 62 million ($ 18 million). These expenses consisted primarily of NIS 62 million ($ 18 million) of interest and CPI linkage expenses on the long-term loans incurred to finance the Bezeq acquisition and expenses of NIS 14 million ($ 4 million) related to its publicly-traded debentures. These expenses were offset in part by financial income of NIS 11 million ($ 3 million) generated by short term investments.

B Communications’ net income attributable to shareholders for the third quarter of 2013 was NIS 15 million ($ 4 million), compared to a net loss of NIS 55 million in the third quarter of 2012.  

B Communications’ Unconsolidated Financial Results  

 

In millions   Convenience    
    translation into    
    U.S. dollars    
    (Note A)    
  Three-month Three-month Three-month  
  period ended period ended period ended Year ended
  September 30,

2013

September 30,

2013

September 30,

2012

December 31,

2012

 
  NIS US$ NIS NIS
Revenues
Financing expenses, net (62) (18) (65) (239)
Other and income tax expenses (1) (1) (48)
PPA amortization, net (61) (17) (95) (234)
Interest in Bezeq’s net income 139  39  106  567
Net income (loss) 15 4 (55) 46

 

Dividend

On November 7, 2013, the Company’s board of directors declared a cash dividend in the amount of NIS 3.41 per share, and in the aggregate amount of approximately NIS 102 million (approximately $ 0.96 per share and approximately $ 29 million in the aggregate, based on the representative rate of exchange on September 30, 2013. The actual US$ amount for dividend paid in US$ will be converted from NIS based upon the representative rate of exchange published by the Bank of Israel on November 18, 2013). The dividend will be payable to all of the Company’s shareholders of record at the end of the trading day on the NASDAQ Global Market on November 18, 2013. The payment date will be December 3, 2013.  

 

Comments of Management

 

Commenting on the results, Mr. Doron Turgeman, B Communications’ CEO, stated, “We are very pleased with the quarter’s results, the fourth consecutive quarter in which we have reported net income. Now, after three successful years during which we decreased the Company’s debt from NIS 5.3 billion when we acquired Bezeq (in April 2010) to just NIS 2.7 million as of the end of the third quarter, we are advancing to the next phase. The financing agreement modification that we announced yesterday will provide us with a more convenient loan repayment schedule and increase our financial flexibility. This, together with the increase in liquidity that we achieved as a result of our recent issuance of NIS 180 million of additional Series B debt, will bring a significant improvement to our financial position and to our future cash flow.”

Mr. Turgeman continued, “As a concrete demonstration of our confidence, the Board today decided to distribute a significant dividend for the first time. We see dividends as one of the ways of creating shareholder value over the long term.”  

 

Bezeq Group Results (Consolidated)

To provide further insight into its results, the Company is providing the following summary of the consolidated financial report of the Bezeq Group for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013. For a full discussion of Bezeq’s results for the third quarter of 2013, please refer to its website: http://ir.bezeq.co.il.

 

 

 

Revenues of the Bezeq Group in the third quarter of 2013 amounted to NIS 2.40 billion ($ 679 million) compared with NIS 2.49 billion in the corresponding quarter of 2012, a decrease of 3.8%. The reduction in Bezeq Group revenues was primarily due to a decrease in cellular segment revenues. Nevertheless, the Bezeq Group results reflect a moderation in the quarter-over-quarter decrease in Pelephone’s revenues, relative stability in the revenues of Bezeq Fixed-line and an increase in the revenues of Bezeq International.

The Bezeq Group’s focused policy of initiating streamlining and efficiency measures in all segments, contributed to the increase in profitability metrics.

Operating profit of the Bezeq Group in the third quarter of 2013 amounted to NIS 721 million ($ 204 million) compared with NIS 667 million in the corresponding quarter of 2012, an increase of 8.1%.  

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of the Bezeq Group in the third quarter of 2013 amounted to NIS 1.05 billion ($ 297 million) (EBITDA margin of 43.8%) compared with NIS 1.03 billion (EBITDA margin of 41.1%) in the corresponding quarter of 2012, an increase of 2.3%.

Net profit attributable to Bezeq shareholders amounted to NIS 449 million ($127 million) compared with NIS 342 million in the corresponding quarter of 2012, an increase of 31.3%.

The third quarter results again show record levels of operating cash flow and the second highest free cash flow in the last few years. Cash flow from operating activities of the Bezeq Group in the third quarter of 2013 amounted to NIS 1.14 billion ($ 323 million) compared with NIS 1.02 billion in the corresponding quarter of 2012, an increase of 11.6%. Free cash flow of the Bezeq Group in the third quarter of 2013 amounted to NIS 876 million ($ 248 million) compared with NIS 754 million in the corresponding quarter of 2012, an increase of 16.2%.

Net financial debt of the Bezeq Group was NIS 8.58 billion ($ 2.43 billion) at September 30, 2013 compared with NIS 7.19 billion as of September 30, 2012.

 

Notes:

 

  1. A.      Convenience Translation to Dollars: For the convenience of the reader, certain of the reported NIS figures of September 30, 2013 have been presented in millions of U.S. dollars, translated at the representative rate of exchange as of September 30, 2013 (NIS 3.537 = U.S. Dollar 1.00). The U.S. dollar ($) amounts presented should not be construed as representing amounts receivable or payable in U.S. dollars or convertible into U.S. dollars, unless otherwise indicated.  

 

  1. B.       Use of non-IFRS Measurements: We and the Bezeq Group’s management regularly use supplemental non-IFRS financial measures internally to understand, manage and evaluate our business and make operating decisions. We believe these non-IFRS financial measures provide consistent and comparable measures to help investors understand the Bezeq Group’s current and future operating cash flow performance.

 

These non-IFRS financial measures may differ materially from the non-IFRS financial measures used by other companies.

EBITDA is a non-IFRS financial measure generally defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. The Bezeq Group defines EBITDA as net income before financial income (expenses), net, impairment and other charges, expenses recorded for stock compensation in accordance with IFRS 2, income tax expenses and depreciation and amortization. We present the Bezeq Group’s EBITDA as a supplemental performance measure because we believe that it facilitates operating performance comparisons from period to period and company to company by backing out potential differences caused by variations in capital structure, tax positions (such as the impact of changes in effective tax rates or net operating losses) and the age of, and depreciation expenses associated with, fixed assets (affecting relative depreciation expense).

 

EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income or other statement of operations or cash flow data prepared in accordance with IFRS as a measure of profitability or liquidity. EBITDA does not take into account our debt service requirements and other commitments, including capital expenditures, and, accordingly, is not necessarily indicative of amounts that may be available for discretionary uses. In addition, EBITDA, as presented in this press release, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies due to differences in the way that these measures are calculated.

 

Reconciliation between the Bezeq Group’s results on an IFRS and non-IFRS basis is provided in a table immediately following the Company’s consolidated results. Non-IFRS financial measures consist of IFRS financial measures adjusted to exclude amortization of acquired intangible assets, as well as certain business combination accounting entries. The purpose of such adjustments is to give an indication of the Bezeq Group’s performance exclusive of non-cash charges and other items that are considered by management to be outside of its core operating results. The Bezeq Group’s non-IFRS financial measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable IFRS measures, and should be read only in conjunction with its consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with IFRS.

 

About B Communications Ltd.

B Communications is a telecommunications-oriented holding company and its primary holding is its controlling interest in Bezeq, The Israel Telecommunication Corp., Israel’s largest telecommunications provider (TASE: BZEQ). B Communications shares are traded on NASDAQ and the TASE under the symbol BCOM For more information please visit the following Internet sites:

www.bcommunications.co.il

www.ir.bezeq.co.il

www.eurocom.co.il

www.igld.com

 

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties.  Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, general business conditions in the industry, changes in the regulatory and legal compliance environments, the failure to manage growth and other risks detailed from time to time in B Communications’ filings with the Securities Exchange Commission.  These documents contain and identify other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in our projections or forward-looking statements.  Stockholders and other readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made.  We undertake no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statement.

For further information, please contact:

Idit Cohen – IR Manager

idit@igld.com / Tel: +972-3-924-0000

 

Investor relations contacts:

Mor Dagan – Investor Relations

mor@km-ir.co.il / Tel: +972-3-516-7620 

 


 

B Communications Ltd.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Position as at

(In millions)

      Convenience    
      translation into    
      U.S. dollars    
      (Note A)    
    September 30

2013

September 30

2013

September 30

2012

December 31

2012

   
    NIS US$ NIS NIS

 

Assets          
Cash and cash equivalents   1,012 286 679  757
Investments, including derivative financial          
 instruments   1,603 453 1,456  1,484
Trade receivables, net   2,791 789 3,044  2,927
Other receivables   345 98 261  330
Inventory   122 34 149  123
Assets classified as held-for-sale   221 63 164 164
           
Total current assets   6,094 1,723 5,753 5,785
           
Investments, including derivative financial          
 instruments   90 25 94  90
Long-term trade and other receivables   701 198 1,193  1,074
Property, plant and equipment   6,584 1,862 6,811  6,911
Intangible assets   6,778 1,918 7,189  7,252
Deferred and other expenses   389 110 406  384
Investment in equity-accounted investee          
 (mainly loans)   1,000 283 984 1,005
Deferred tax assets   93 26 144 *128
           
Total non-current assets   15,635 4,420 16,821 16,844
           
Total assets   21,729 6,143 22,574 22,629

 

*   Restated following the retrospective application of the amendment to IAS 19, Employee Benefits. 

B Communications Ltd.

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Position as at (cont’d)

 

(In millions)

 

 

 

 

Convenience

 

 

 

 

 

translation into

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. dollars

 

 

 

 

 

(Note A)

 

 

 

 

September 30

September 30

September 30

December 31

 

 

2013

2013

2012

2012

 

 

NIS

US$

NIS

NIS

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Short-term bank credit, current maturities

 

 

 

 

 

 of long-term liabilities and debentures

 

1,484

419

934

 1,582

Trade payables

 

629

178

772

 792

Other payables, including derivative

 

 

 

 

 

 financial instruments

 

849

240

801

 734

Dividend payable

 

1,366

 669

Current tax liabilities

 

774

219

564

 588

Provisions

 

124

35

172

 145

Employee benefits

 

248

70

288

* 251

Total current liabilities

 

4,108

1,161

4,897

4,761

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debentures

 

5,555

1,571

5,043

 5,018

Bank loans

 

6,184

1,748

6,524

 6,422

Loans from institutions and others

 

549

155

546

 540

Dividend payable

 

326

 –  

Employee benefits

 

258

73

228

 *260

Other liabilities

 

81

23

86

 67

Provisions

 

67

19

71

 66

Deferred tax liabilities

 

1,082

306

1,107

 1,159

Total non-current liabilities

 

13,776

3,895

13,931

13,532

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

 

17,884

5,056

18,828

18,293

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

Total equity attributable to equity holders

 

 

 

 

 

 of the Company

 

1,075

304

833

*960

Non-controlling interests

 

2,770

783

2,913

*3,376

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total equity

 

3,845

1,087

3,746

4,336

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities and equity

 

21,729

6,143

22,574

22,629

 

*   Restated following the retrospective application of the amendment to IAS 19, Employee Benefits. 


 

B Communications Ltd.

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income for the

 

(In millions, except per share data)

 

 

 

Nine months period ended

Three months period ended

Year ended

 

September 30

September 30

December 31

 

 

Convenience

 

 

Convenience

 

 

 

 

translation

 

 

translation

 

 

 

 

into

 

 

into

 

 

 

 

U.S. dollars

 

 

U.S. dollars

 

 

 

2013

2013

2012

2013

2013

2012

2012

 

NIS

US$

NIS

NIS

US$

NIS

NIS

 

Revenues

7,154

2,023

7,829

2,398

678

2,494

10,278

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost and expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

1,508

426

2,267

527

149

757

2,367

Salaries

1,435

406

1,528

465

132

511

*1,978

General and operating expenses

2,610

738

3,015

890

252

963

3,995

Other operating (income)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

expenses, net

(30)

(8)

52

(1)

19

(11)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5,523

1,562

6,862

1,881

533

2,250

8,329

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating income

1,631

461

967

517

145

244

1,949

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financing expenses, net

241

68

287

97

27

107

*355

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income after financing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 expenses, net

1,390

393

680

420

118

137

1,594

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share in losses of

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

equity-accounted investee

195

55

233

88

25

93

245

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income before income tax

1,195

338

447

332

93

44

1,349

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax

428

121

279

143

40

75

*556

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss) for the period

767

217

168

189

53

(31)

793

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income (loss) attributable to:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Owners of the Company

116

33

(105)

15

4

(55)

*46

  Non-controlling interests

651

184

273

174

49

24

*747

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss) for the period

767

217

168

189

53

(31)

793

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss), basic

3.87

1.09

(3.53)

0.50

0.14

(1.84)

1.52

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss), diluted

3.83

1.08

(3.55)

0.48

0.14

(1.84)

1.49

 

*   Restated following the retrospective application of the amendment to IAS 19, Employee Benefits. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B Communications Ltd.

 

Reconciliation for NON-IFRS Measures

 

EBITDA

 

The following is a reconciliation of the Bezeq Group’s operating income to EBITDA:

 

In millions

 

 

Six months period ended

Three months period ended

Year ended

 

June 30

September 30

December 31

 

 

Convenience

 

 

Convenience

 

 

 

 

translation

 

 

translation

 

 

 

 

into

 

 

into

 

 

 

 

U.S. dollars

 

 

U.S. dollars

 

 

 

 

(Note A)

 

 

(Note A)

 

 

 

2013

2013

2012

2013

2013

2012

2012

 

NIS

US$

NIS

NIS

US$

NIS

NIS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating income

1,505

416

1,596

721

204

667

*3,041

Depreciation and amortization

654

181

716

329

93

359

1,436

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EBITDA

2,159

597

2,312

1,050

297

1,026

4,471

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Cash Flow

 

The following table shows the calculation of the Bezeq Group’s free cash flow:

 

In millions

 

 

Six months period ended

Three months period ended

Year ended

 

June 30

September 30

December 31

 

 

Convenience

 

 

Convenience

 

 

 

 

translation

 

 

translation

 

 

 

 

into

 

 

into

 

 

 

 

U.S. dollars

 

 

U.S. dollars

 

 

 

 

(Note A)

 

 

(Note A)

 

 

 

2013

2013

2012

2013

2013

2012

2012

 

NIS

US$

NIS

NIS

US$

NIS

NIS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flow from operating activities

2,074

573

1,988

1,143

323

1,024

4,014

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(497)

(137)

(700)

(270)

(76)

(309)

(1,271)

Investment in intangible assets and deferred expenses

(93)

(26)

(142)

(50)

(14)

(58)

(269)

Proceeds from the sale of property, plant and equipment

166

46

69

53

15

97

305

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free cash flow

1,650

456

1,215

876

248

754

2,779