First Nine Months 2021 Results
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- Partially upgrading our FY 2021 guidance and medium-term outlook over the FY2018-2021 period, having achieved solid operational and financial results in Q3 2021.
- Delivering against our strategic roadmap, having entered into a non-binding term sheet with Fluvius on the "data network of the future" for Flanders and having commenced a strategic review of our telecommunications tower business.
- Continued execution against our shareholder remuneration policy and leverage framework with a gross intermediate dividend of €1.375 per share and a share buy-back program of up to €45.0 million, or up to 1.1 million shares outstanding.
Mechelen, October 28, 2021 – Telenet Group Holding NV (“Telenet” or the “Company”) (Euronext Brussels: TNET) announces its unaudited consolidated results under International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union (“EU IFRS”) for the nine months ended September 30, 2021.
- Continued commercial traction in Q3 2021, including a strong uptake of net new FMC customers driven by our new "ONE(Up)" bundles (+27,300), +7,500 net new broadband internet RGUs and +9,100 net mobile postpaid subscribers.
- The fixed monthly ARPU per customer relationship reached €59.0 in 9M 2021, up 1% yoy, driven by a higher share of both higher-tier broadband and multiple-play customers in our overall customer mix and the benefit of certain price adjustments, partly offset by a greater proportion of revenue being allocated to mobile telephony from our recently launched "ONE(Up)" FMC bundles compared to our legacy bundles.
- 9M 2021 revenue of €1,928.9 million, +1% yoy on both a reported and rebased(1) basis, driven by a solid expansion of our total subscription revenue and our B2B business. Broadly stable revenue in Q3 2021 compared to Q3 last year, both on a reported and rebased basis, to €640.6 million driven by the same factors as mentioned above and almost fully offset by a 5% decline in our rebased other revenue.
- Net profit of €301.7 million in 9M 2021 (Q3 2021: €90.0 million), +1% yoy, which reflected significantly lower net finance expense, almost fully offset by higher income tax expense.
- 9M 2021 Adjusted EBITDA(2) of €1,027.1 million, -1% yoy, including changes to the IFRS accounting treatment of certain content-related costs for our premium entertainment packages and the Belgian football broadcasting rights because of changes related to the underlying contracts as of Q3 2020. On a rebased basis, our 9M 2021 Adjusted EBITDA increased almost 2% yoy driven by a 5% decline in direct costs and healthy organic top line growth over the period. Q3 2021 Adjusted EBITDA of €338.4 million, marking a decline of 1% yoy both on a reported and rebased basis, reflecting a tougher comparison base against the same period of last year and seasonality in some of our operating expenses.
- Accrued capital expenditures(3) of €417.2 million in 9M 2021 (Q3 2021: €135.4 million), -2% versus 9M last year and approximately 22% of revenue. Excluding the recognition of certain football broadcasting rights and the temporary extension of both our 2G and 3G mobile spectrum licenses, our 9M 2021 accrued capital expenditures were €397.0 million, equivalent to approximately 21% of revenue.
- Adjusted EBITDA less property & equipment additions (previously referred to as Operating Free Cash Flow)(4) of €630.1 million in 9M 2021 (Q3 2021: €211.8 million), +2% yoy, mainly driven by substantially lower investments compared to 9M last year. On a rebased basis and excluding the recognition of both football broadcasting rights and mobile spectrum licenses, as well as the impact of certain lease-related capital additions on our accrued capital expenditures, our 9M 2021 Adjusted EBITDA less property & equipment additions was up just over 2% yoy.
- Net cash from operating activities, net cash used in investing activities and net cash used in financing activities of €743.3 million, €373.1 million and €257.9 million, respectively, in 9M 2021. Our 9M 2021 Adjusted Free Cash Flow(5) increased 22% yoy to €314.1 million, mainly driven by (i) €14.4 million lower cash taxes paid relative to last year, (ii) €8.7 million lower cash interest expenses as a result of last year's refinancing of our Term Loans and (iii) a favorable trend in our working capital. Q3 2021 Adjusted Free Cash Flow of €111.6 million versus a negative €5.4 million in the same period a year ago as a result of phasing in the settlement of our annual cash taxes.
- FY 2021 outlook partially upgraded, expecting rebased(a) Adjusted EBITDA(b) to come in towards the upper end of the previously defined 1-2% range, while Adjusted EBITDA less property & equipment additions (previously referred to as Operating Free Cash Flow) is expected to be stable instead of the previously anticipated -1% decline. Reaffirming return to rebased(a) revenue growth in 2021 and healthy Adjusted Free Cash Flow(b, d) between €420.0 and €440.0 million. With that, we now expect to be towards the mid-end of our 2018-2021 Adjusted EBITDA less property & equipment additions(b, c) CAGR of between 6.5% to 8.0%.
- Delivering on our strategic roadmap: Non-binding term sheet signed with Fluvius about evolving our joint fixed network infrastructure in Flanders to “the data network of the future”, while having commenced a strategic review of our telecommunications tower business to enhance shareholder value. See 3.3 Subsequent events for additional disclosure.
- Continued execution against our shareholder remuneration policy and leverage framework with a gross intermediate dividend of €1.375 per share and a share buy-back program of up to €45.0 million, or up to 1.1 million shares outstanding. See 3.2 Shareholder remuneration for additional disclosure.