B Communications Reports Second Quarter 2011 Financial Results

August 2, 2011

B Communications Reports Second Quarter 2011 Financial Results

 

 

–          Bezeq Delivers Another Strong Quarter –

–          Bezeq’s Significant Regular and Special Dividends Continue to Boost BCOM’s Cash Position –

 

 

 

Ramat Gan, Israel – August 2, 2011 – B Communications Ltd. (NASDAQ Global Select Market and TASE: BCOM) today reported its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2011 and its cash position and loan repayment status as of June 30, 2011.  

 

Bezeq Delivers Another Strong Quarter

The Bezeq Group reported another strong, stable quarter, delivering revenues of NIS 2.9 billion (US$ 849 million) and operating profit of NIS 935 million (US$ 274 million) in the second quarter. Bezeq’s EBITDA for the second quarter of 2011 totaled NIS 1.3 billion (US$ 381 million), representing an EBITDA margin of 44.35%, and cash flow from operating activities reached NIS 670 million (US$ 196 million).

 

Debt Repayment Plan Continues to Progress Ahead-of-Schedule

As of June 30, 2011, B Communications had exceeded its original plan for the repayment of the bank debt it incurred to fund its April 2010 acquisition of the controlling interest (approximately 30%) in Bezeq – The Israel Telecommunication Corp., Ltd. (“Bezeq”). From April 14, 2010 through June 30, 2011, B Communications repaid approximately NIS 1.5 billion (US$ 439 million) of its bank debt, including NIS 1,307 million (US$ 383 million) of principal and NIS 223 million (US$ 65 million) of interest and CPI-linked expenses.

Dividends Received from Bezeq

On May 19, 2011, B Communications received two dividends from Bezeq totaling NIS 520 million (US$ 152 million) that consisted of:

 

  • Current dividend totaling NIS 363 million (US$ 106 million), representing B Communications’ share of Bezeq’s net profit for the second half of 2010; and

 

  • Special dividend totaling NIS 157 million (US$ 46 million), the first of six equal special dividends to be paid with no interest or index adjustments on a semi-annual basis through 2013, totaling approximately NIS 3 billion (US$ 878 million) over a three year period, as declared by Bezeq’s Board of Directors and approved by the Israeli Court.  

 

 

B Communications’ Cash Position

As of June 30, 2011, B Communications’ unconsolidated cash and cash equivalents totaled NIS 394 million (US$ 115 million), and its unconsolidated gross debt was NIS 4.7 billion (US$ 1.4 billion). Having increased its ownership interest in Bezeq during the first quarter, B Communications now owns 31.23% of the outstanding shares of Bezeq.  

 

B Communications’ Unconsolidated Balance Sheet Data*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of June 30, 2011

 

 

(NIS millions)

(US$ millions)

Short term liabilities

 

478

140

Long term liabilities

 

4,242

1,242

Total liabilities

 

4,720

1,382

Cash and cash equivalents

 

394

115

Total net debt

 

4,326

1,267

 

 

 

 

 

* Does not include the balance sheet of Bezeq.

 

B Communications’ Second Quarter Financial Results

B Communications’ revenues for the second quarter were NIS 2,893 million (US$ 847 million), an increase of 12.7% compared with NIS 2,566 million (US$ 751 million) reported in the second quarter of 2010. For both the current and the prior-year periods, B Communications’ revenues consisted entirely of its share of Bezeq’s revenues. However, for the second quarter of 2011, B Communications’ revenues included its share of Bezeq’s revenues for the entire quarter, while during the second quarter of 2010, B Communications began to consolidate its share of Bezeq’s revenues commencing April 14, 2010, the date of its acquisition of the controlling interest in Bezeq.

 

B Communications’ net loss for the second quarter totaled NIS 12 million (US$ 3 million) compared with a net loss of NIS 40 million (US$ 12 million) in the second quarter of 2010. This net loss reflected the impact of two significant expenses:

 

  • Amortization of tangible and identifiable intangible assets resulting from the Bezeq acquisition: According to the standards of business combination accounting, the total purchase price of Bezeq was allocated to Bezeq’s tangible and identifiable intangible assets based on their estimated fair values. During the second quarter of 2011, B Communications recorded amortization expenses of NIS 310 million (US$ 91 million) related to the Bezeq purchase price allocation (“Bezeq PPA”). B Communications is amortizing certain of the acquired identifiable intangible assets in accordance with the future economic benefits expected from such assets using an accelerated method of amortization under which approximately 16% of the acquired identifiable intangible assets were amortized during 2010 and an additional 17% will be amortized during 2011.  

 

  • Financial expenses: B Communications’ financial expenses for the second quarter totaled NIS 98 million (US$ 29 million). These expenses consisted primarily of interest on the long-term loans incurred to finance the Bezeq acquisition, which totaled NIS 86 million (US$ 25 million), and expenses related to our debentures, which totaled NIS 14 million (US$ 4 million).

 

 

 

 

 

B Communications’ Unconsolidated Financial Results

 

 

 

Q2 2011

 

 

(NIS millions)

(US$ millions)

Revenues

 

Financial expenses

 

(98)

(29)

Tax and other expenses

 

(1)

PPA amortization, net

 

(96)

(28)

Interest in Bezeq’s net income

 

183

54

Net loss

 

(12)

(3)

 

 

 

 

 

Comments of Management

Commenting on the results, Mr. Eli Holtzman, CEO of B Communications, said, “The second quarter was another period of progress during which we continued to accelerate our debt repayment plan, due primarily to the significant current and special dividends that we received on May 19 from Bezeq. We are very pleased with developments at Bezeq, and continue to focus on the smooth execution of our loan repayment plan.”

Consolidation of Bezeq Results

 

  • Bezeq results consolidated for entire second quarter of 2011: B Communications’ results for the second quarter of 2011 reflect the consolidation of the operations of Bezeq for the entire three-month period. However, B Communications’s results for the comparative period of 2010 include Bezeq’s results commencing April 14, 2010, the date of the acquisition. 

 

  • Supplemental unconsolidated results table: To provide investors with transparent insight into its business, B Communications has also provided its results on an unconsolidated basis. B Communications’ interest in Bezeq’s net income is presented as a single line item in the unconsolidated table, (see above, “B Communications’ Unconsolidated Q2 Financial Results”).

 

Bezeq Group’s Q2 Financial Results

 

To provide further insight into its results, the we have provided the following summary of the Bezeq Group’s consolidated financial report for the quarter ended June 30, 2011. For a full discussion of Bezeq’s results for the quarter, please refer to http://ir.bezeq.co.il.

 

Bezeq Group’s revenues for the second quarter of 2011 amounted to NIS 2.9 billion (US$ 849 million), a decrease of 3.0% compared to the second quarter of 2010. Bezeq Fixed-Line revenues and Pelephone revenues were negatively affected by the reduction in mobile termination rates that came into effect on January 1, 2011. The decrease in revenues was moderated by growth in Pelephone’s revenues from equipment sales and by the consolidation of Walla! (commencing April 25, 2010).

 

Bezeq Group’s operating profit in the second quarter of 2011 amounted to NIS 935 million (US$ 274 million), a decrease of 5.6% compared with the second quarter of 2010. Net profit attributable to the owners of Bezeq in the second quarter amounted to NIS 585 million (US$ 171 million), a decrease of 8.3% compared with the corresponding quarter. EBITDA for the second quarter amounted to NIS 1.28 billion (US$ 375 million) (EBITDA margin of 44.3%), a decrease of 4.1% compared with the corresponding quarter, (EBITDA margin of 44.9%). In the second quarter of 2010, a one-time gain of NIS 57 million (US$ 17 million) was recorded as a result of the consolidation of Walla’s operations by Bezeq International. After adjustment for the one-time gain, growth was recorded in each of the above parameters.

 

Cash flow from operating activities in the second quarter of 2011 was down 31.4% compared with the corresponding quarter in 2010, and amounted to NIS 670 million (US$ 196 million), mainly due to the sharp rise in sales of smartphones and the significant increase in supplier payments whereas subscriber payments for those handsets are made in 36 installments.

 

Gross investments (CAPEX) in the second quarter of 2011 amounted to NIS 495 million (US$ 145 million), an increase of 15.9% compared with the corresponding quarter in 2010. The increase stemmed, among other things, from the investment in a submarine cable by Bezeq International. The CAPEX to sales ratio was 17.1% in the second quarter of 2011, compared with 14.3% in the second quarter of 2010.

 

As a result of the decrease in cash flow from operating activities and the increase in CAPEX, free cash flow in the second quarter of 2011 amounted to NIS 264 million (US$ 77 million), compared with NIS 606 million (US$ 177 million) in the corresponding quarter in 2010, a decrease of 56.4%.

 

As of June 30, 2011, the net financial debt of the Bezeq Group was NIS 6.5 billion (US$ 1.9 billion), compared with NIS 5.0 billion (US$ 1.5 billion) on June 30, 2010. The increase was attributable to issuance of NIS 2.8 billion (US$ 820 million) of debt, of which NIS 2 billion (US$ 586 million) was issued in the second quarter of 2011. In contrast, NIS 1.4 billion (US$ 410 million) of debt was repaid. At the end of June 2011, the ratio of the Bezeq Group’s net debt to EBITDA was 1.33, compared with 1.07 at the end of June 2010. We note that an issue of NIS 2.7 billion (US$ 791 million) of debentures at the end of June 2011 is not included in the Group’s balance sheet since the consideration was received after the balance sheet date.

 

Bezeq Group (Consolidated) 1

 

Q2 2011

Q2 2010

Change

 

 

(NIS millions)

 

Revenues

 

2,893

2,981

-3.0%

Operating profit

 

935

990

-5.6%

EBITDA

 

1,283

1,338

-4.1%

EBITDA margin

 

44.3%

44.9%

 

Net profit attributable to Company shareholders

 

585

638

-8.3%

Diluted EPS (NIS)

 

0.21

0.24

-12.5%

Cash flow from operating activities

 

670

976

-31.4%

Capex payments, net 2

 

406

370

9.7%

Free cash flow 3

 

264

606

-56.4%

Net debt/EBITDA (end of period) 4

 

1.33

1.07

 

Net debt/shareholders’ equity (end of period)

 

2.66

0.92

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Bezeq Group results reflect the consolidation of Walla! as of April 25, 2010.

2 Capex data reflects payments related to capex and are based on the cash flow statements.

3 Free cash flow is defined as cash flow from operating activities less net capex payments.

4 EBITDA in this calculation refers to the trailing twelve months.

 

 

Notes:

  1. A.     Convenience Translation to Dollars: For the convenience of the reader, certain of the reported NIS figures of June 30, 2011 and for the periods than ended, and for the comparative periods have been presented in millions of U.S. dollars, translated at the representative rate of exchange as of June 30, 2011 (NIS 3.415 = 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.

 

B.     Use of non-IFRS Measurements: We and Bezeq’s management regularly internally use supplemental non-IFRS financial measures 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 Bezeq’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. Bezeq 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 Bezeq’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.

 

About B Communications Ltd.

B Communications Ltd. (NASDAQ Global Select Market and TASE: BCOM) is a holding company with a single asset: the controlling interest (approximately 31.23%) in Bezeq (www.bezeq.co.il), Israel’s incumbent telecommunications provider. Bezeq is the leading player in the majority of Israel’s telecommunications markets, including its fixed-line and mobile voice and data, broadband, international long distance, multichannel pay TV and other sectors. B Communications is a subsidiary of Internet Gold (approximately 78.11%-owned) (NASDAQ Global Select Market and TASE: IGLD) and is part of the Eurocom Group. For more information, please visit the following Internet sites:

 

www.eurocom.co.il    

http://igld.com

www.bcommunications.co.il/   

www.ir.bezeq.co.il/

 

 

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’s 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.

 

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

 

 

 

 

 

Convenience

 

 

 

 

translation into

 

 

 

 

U.S. dollars

 

 

 

June 30

June 30

June 30

December 31

 

2011

2011

2010

2010

 

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)

 

NIS millions

US$ millions

NIS millions

NIS millions

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 496 

 145 

 312 

 383 

Investments including derivatives

 385 

 113 

 319 

 789 

Trade receivables

 2,855 

 836 

 2,678 

 2,701 

Other receivables

 237 

 69 

 277 

 228 

Inventory

 277 

 81 

 169 

 177 

Current tax assets

 2 

 1 

 – 

 3 

Assets classified as held-for-sale

 137 

 40 

 38 

 194 

 

 

 

 

 

Total current assets

 4,389 

 1,285 

 3,793 

 4,475 

 

 

 

 

 

Investments including derivatives

112 

 33 

 138 

 129 

Long-term trade and other receivables

 1,474 

 432 

 940 

 1,114 

Property, plant and equipment

 7,487 

 2,192 

 5,513 

 7,392 

Intangible assets

 8,643 

 2,531 

 14,923 

 9,163 

Deferred and other expenses

 396 

 116 

 687 

 423 

Investments in equity-accounted investee

 

 

 

 

 (mainly loans)

 1,050 

 307 

 1,136 

 1,084 

Deferred tax assets

 259 

 76 

 336 

 254 

 

 

 

 

 

Total non-current assets

 19,421 

 5,687 

 23,673 

 19,559

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 23,810 

 6,972 

 27,466 

 24,034 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B. Communications Ltd.

 

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position (cont’d)

 

 

 

 

 

Convenience

 

 

 

 

translation into

 

 

 

 

U.S. dollars

 

 

 

June 30

June 30

June 30

December 31

 

2011

2011

2010

2010

 

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)

 

NIS millions

US$ millions

NIS millions

NIS millions

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

Short-term bank credit, current maturities of

 

 

 

 

 long-term liabilities and debentures

 1,666 

 488 

 1,982 

1,380 

Trade payables

 1,005 

 294 

 1,032 

 1,061 

Other payables  including derivatives

 891 

 261 

 752 

 816 

Dividend payable

668 

 196 

 – 

 – 

Current tax liabilities

398 

 116 

 254 

 346 

Deferred income

 39 

 11 

 33 

 34 

Provisions

 253 

 74 

 371 

 251 

Employee benefits

 488 

 143 

 454 

 269 

Total current liabilities

 5,408 

 1,583 

 4,878 

 4,157 

 

 

 

 

 

Debentures

2,770 

 811 

 2,113 

 2,776 

Bank loans

 6,651 

 1,948 

 5,869 

 6,138 

Loans from institutions and others

546 

 160 

 – 

 541 

Dividend payable

 941 

 276 

 – 

 – 

Employee benefits

 267 

 78 

 295 

 305 

Other liabilities

 155 

 45 

 5 

 150 

Provisions

 70 

 20 

 73 

 69 

Deferred tax liabilities

 1,361 

 399 

 2,474 

 1,555 

Total non-current liabilities

 12,761 

 3,737 

 10,829 

 11,534 

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

 18,169 

 5,320 

 15,707 

 15,691 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total equity attributable to Company’s

 

 

 

 

 shareholders

 945 

 277 

 1,356 

 1,212 

Non-controlling interest

 4,696 

 1,375 

 10,403 

 7,131 

Total equity

 5,641 

 1,652 

 11,759 

 8,343 

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities and equity

 23,810 

 6,972 

 27,466 

 24,034 

 

 

 

B. Communications Ltd.

 

Consolidated Statements of Operations

 

(In millions, except share data)

 

 

Six months period ended

Three months period ended

Year ended

 

June 30,

June 30,

December 31,

 

 

Convenience

 

 

Convenience

 

 

 

 

translation

 

 

translation

 

 

 

 

into

 

 

into

 

 

 

 

U.S. dollars

 

 

U.S. dollars

 

 

 

2011

2011

2010

2011

2011

2010

2010

 

NIS millions

US$ millions

NIS millions

NIS millions

US$ millions

NIS millions

NIS millions

 

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)

 

Revenues

 5,806 

 1,700 

 2,566 

 2,893 

 847 

 2,566 

 8,657 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost and expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 1,398 

 409 

 484 

 698 

 204 

 484 

 2,294 

Salaries

 1,073 

 314 

 433 

 540 

 158 

 433 

 1,488 

General and operating expenses

 2,264 

 663 

 1,055 

 1,132 

 332 

 1,042 

 3,640 

Other operating expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 (income), net

 282 

 83 

(52)

 32 

 9 

 7 

 5 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5,017 

1,469 

 1,920 

2,402 

703 

 1,966 

 7,427 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating income

 789 

 231 

 646 

 491 

 144 

 600 

 1,230 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance expenses, net

 239 

 70 

 124 

 127 

 37 

 123 

 287 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income after financing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 expenses, net

 550 

 161 

 522 

 364 

 107 

 477 

 943 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share in losses of

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

equity-accounted investee

 137 

 40 

 83 

 72 

 21 

 83 

 235 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income before income tax

 413 

 121 

 439 

 292 

 86 

 394 

 708 

Income tax

 204 

 60 

 168 

 116 

 34 

 148 

 385 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 209 

 61 

 271 

 176 

 52 

 246 

 323 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributable to:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Owners of the Company

(67)

(20)

(15)

(12)

(3)

(40)

(140)

  Non-controlling interest

 276 

 81 

 286 

 188 

 55 

 286 

 463 

Net income

 209 

 61 

 271 

 176 

 52 

 246 

 323 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income (loss) per share, basic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss) per share

(2.29)

(0.67)

(0.55)

(0.45)

(0.13)

(0.37)

(4.83)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income (loss) per share, diluted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss) per share

(2.33)

(0.68)

(0.55)

(0.48)

(0.14)

(0.37)

(4.93)