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KPN Third Quarter Results 2018

10/24/2018
Press release: KPN Third Quarter Results 2018

Third Quarter 2018 Results

Highlights

  • Ongoing success of convergence and value focus in Consumer
    • Record-high Consumer NPS of +17 (Q3 ’17: +14)
    • 68% of KPN brand postpaid customers in fixed-mobile bundle (Q3 ’17: 62%)
    • +53k fixed-mobile postpaid customers, reaching 56% of postpaid base (Q3 ’17: 49%)
    • +26k fixed-mobile households, reaching 45% of broadband base (Q3 ’17: 40%)
    • ARPU per household increased by 4.1% y-on-y to EUR 45. Postpaid ARPU remained stable at EUR 18 (excluding the effect of regulation)
    • -1k KPN brand postpaid net adds and -13k no frills, -2k broadband and +10k IPTV net adds
  • Business transformation is taking shape
    • First-time positive Business NPS of +1 (Q3 ’17: -5)
    • Continued successful bundling of services in SME; +37k multi play seats
    • Growth in Professional Services supported by integrated solutions at KPN’s larger customers
  • Second wave Simplification program delivered ~EUR 190m run-rate savings by end Q3 ’18

 

Key figures* (from continuing operations)

Group financials (unaudited)

Q3 2018

Q3 2017

Δ y-on-y

YTD 2018

YTD 2017

Δ y-on-y

(in EUR m, unless stated otherwise)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenues

1,399

1,412

-0.9%

4,202

4,290

-2.0%

 

Adjusted revenues**

1,399

1,422

-1.6%

4,202

4,297

-2.2%

EBITDA

546

559

-2.4%

1,656

1,638

1.1%

Adjusted EBITDA**

585

592

-1.2%

1,731

1,718

0.8%

Adjusted EBITDA margin

41.8%

41.7%

 

41.2%

40.0%

 

Operating profit (EBIT)

194

211

-8.1%

612

586

4.4%

Profit for the period (net profit)

90

99

-9.5%

326

334

-2.5%

Capex

257

239

7.3%

737

739

-0.2%

Free cash flow (incl. TEFD dividend)

235

264

-11%

635

582

9.1%

Free cash flow (excl. TEFD dividend)

235

264

-11%

581

512

14%

 

* All non-IFRS terms are explained in the safe harbor section

** Adjusted revenues and adjusted EBITDA reconciliations to be found on page 7 and 8

 

Financial performance

  • Q3 2018 adjusted revenues 1.6% lower y-on-y. When excluding the effect of regulation this was 1.3% lower y-on-y. Growth in Consumer Residential, driven by higher ARPU per household and growth in Professional Services in Business was offset by ongoing pressure in mobile and lower Wholesale revenues
  • Adjusted EBITDA 1.2% lower y-on-y in Q3 2018. Excluding the impact from a new Collective Labor Agreement, of which EUR 7m relates to H1 2018, adjusted EBITDA would have been flat y-on-y. Lower revenues were offset by ongoing savings from Simplification and digitalization of services
  • Net profit of EUR 90m in Q3 2018, 9.5% lower y-on-y. Lower operating profit was partly offset by lower net finance costs
  • Free cash flow (excl. TEFD dividend) of EUR 581m YTD 2018 was EUR 69m higher compared to the same period last year. Growth was mainly driven by lower interest paid, less impact from change in working capital and higher EBITDA

Message from the CEO, Maximo Ibarra

“We achieved a solid set of results in the third quarter and are well on track to deliver on our full-year outlook. At KPN our customer-first approach is delivering results. We now have record-high Net Promoter Scores among our Consumer and Business customers, and our focus on value and convergence is delivering growth in our fixed-mobile customer base and higher ARPU per household. In Business, we see ongoing migrations of customers to our integrated KPN ÉÉN platform and order intake in previous quarters has driven solid growth in Professional Services. Furthermore, we announced to split the management of the commercial segment in separate units for Consumer and Business. This will result in clear end-to-end responsibilities and a dedicated customer focus. We look forward to sharing our strategic, operational, and financial initiatives at our Capital Markets Day in November.

 

KPN is one of the most sustainable telecom companies in the world, being listed for the seventh consecutive year in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. We firmly believe that doing business in a sustainable manner is in the long-term interests of all our stakeholders.”

 

Outlook 2018 (continuing operations)

  • Adjusted EBITDA in line with 2017
  • Capex ~EUR 1.1bn
  • Free cash flow (excl. TEFD dividend) growing to ~EUR 800m (previous outlook: Free cash flow (excl. TEFD dividend) growing)

 

Shareholder remuneration and financial profile

KPN intends to pay a regular dividend per share of EUR 12 cents in respect of 2018 and grow the regular dividend in line with its free cash flow growth profile thereafter. EUR 4.0 cents per share was paid as an interim dividend in August 2018.

 

At the end of Q3 2018, KPN owned a stake of 5.2% in Telefónica Deutschland, which is treated as a financial investment. KPN benefits from dividend payments by Telefónica Deutschland and the additional financial flexibility the stake provides.

 

In September, KPN redeemed the EUR 1.1bn perpetual hybrid bond from existing cash. Through the redemption, KPN will save the instrument’s EUR 67m annual coupon from 2019 onwards. KPN retains equity credit for the remaining hybrid bonds.

 

KPN remains committed to an investment grade credit profile and expects to utilize excess cash for operational and financial flexibility, (small) in-country M&A and/or shareholder remuneration. KPN has a credit rating of Baa3 with a stable outlook from Moody’s, BBB with a stable outlook from Fitch Ratings and BBB- with a positive outlook from Standard & Poor’s.

 

 

All related documents can be found on KPN’s website:

ir.kpn.com

 

For further information:

 

 

Formal disclosures:

Corporate Communications

Investor Relations

Royal KPN N.V.

Media Relations

 

Head of IR: Bisera Grubesic

Tel: +31 70 4466300

Tel: +31 70 4460986

Inside information: No

E-mail: press@kpn.com

E-mail: ir@kpn.com

Topic: Q3 2018 Results

 

 

24/10/2018; 7:30h


 

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