Altice Europe N.V. Third Quarter 2020 Results1

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Regulatory News:

Altice Europe N.V. (Euronext: ATC and ATCB) today announces financial and operating results for the quarter ended September 30, 2020.

Patrick Drahi, Altice Europe founder: “In line with the performance since the beginning of the year, the Group proved its resilience during the third quarter. In France, we have maintained growth in our core telecom business, supported by residential service revenue growth. The Altice Corporate Financing facility was repaid during the third quarter, following the issuance of €900 million equivalent of new 8.25-year Senior Secured Notes at Altice France. Including these transactions, the Group has repaid €1.4 billion of debt since April 2020. The Group’s diversified and simplified capital structure has no material maturities before 2025 and €3.5 billion of available liquidity. We maintain our FY 2020 guidance to grow revenue and EBITDA, and continue to focus on deleveraging the Group through growing revenue, EBITDA and cash flow.”

Altice Europe Q3 2020 Key Financial Highlights

  • Group revenue grew by +3.2% YoY in Q3 2020.
  • Telecom revenue excluding equipment and roaming grew by +4.4% YoY in Q3 2020.
  • Residential service revenue excluding roaming grew by +1.9% YoY in Q3 2020.
  • Telecom EBITDA grew by +0.7% YoY in Q3 2020 and Telecom EBITDA margin was 39.9%.
  • Total accrued capital expenditure was €818 million in Q32020.
  • Consequently, Operating Free Cash Flow amounted to €663 million in Q3 2020. 

Altice Europe Q3 2020 Key Operational Highlights

  • Altice France achieved a solid financial performance in Q3 2020, with revenue growth in the residential service and business services segments supporting total revenue growth of +4.0% YoY:
    • The residential fixed base grew by +21k net additions, with +113k fibre net additions and 50% of the total fixed subscriber base on fibre. The residential mobile postpaid base grew by +25k net additions.
    • Altice France reported revenue growth of +4.0% YoY and EBITDA growth of +2.8% YoY in Q3 2020. Residential service revenue, excluding roaming out, grew by +3.2% YoY in Q3 2020.
  • Altice International Telecom revenue, excluding low margin equipment revenue and roaming revenue, declined by -0.3% YoY in Q3 2020. Altice International residential service revenue, excluding roaming, declined by -1.6% YoY.
    • The residential fixed base grew by +17k net additions, with +50k fibre net additions. The residential mobile postpaid base grew by +27k net additions.

Capital Structure Key Highlights – including subsequent events

  • Total consolidated Altice Europe net debt was €28.9 billion at the end of Q3 2020 (€28.5billion pro forma for the €375 million earn-out due in December 2021 related to the FastFiber partnership).
  • On September 15, 2020, Altice Europe announced that it had issued €900 million (equivalent) 8.25-year Senior Secured Notes at Altice France S.A. (“Altice France”) following significant excess demand. The weighted average cost on a fully euro swapped basis is 4.125%. This consists of €500 million of 8.25-year Senior Secured Notes with a coupon of 4.125% and $475 million of 8.25-year Senior Secured Notes with a coupon of 5.125%. The proceeds from this transaction have been used to repay the then outstanding amount under the Altice France revolving credit facility of €150 million, and the remaining proceeds of €750 million have been used to repay the Altice Corporate Financing facility. The remainder of this facility has been repaid with cash on balance sheet at Altice International. Total annual interest savings pro forma for this transaction are €33 million, through a reduction of the average cost of debt.
  • On September 11, 2020, Altice Europe and Next Private B.V. announced that a conditional agreement has been reached on a recommended public offer to be made by Next Private B.V., for all common shares A and all common shares B in the capital of Altice Europe, for €4.11 in cash per share (cum dividend). Altice Europe and Next Private continue to make good progress on the preparation for the offer and expect to be able to make a public announcement on the offer soon.
  • On July 27, 2020, Altice Europe announced two agreements with Mediapro. Firstly, for the season 2020/21, Altice Europe will resell the UEFA rights to Mediapro in exchange for Altice Europe’s right to resell Mediapro’s TELEFOOT channel (including the main football matches for French Ligue 1 and Ligue 2). This will allow Mediapro to broadcast the UEFA Champions League and Europa League. Both the RMC Sport channel and Mediapro’s TELEFOOT channel will broadcast the two competitions from October 2020. SFR will offer all of the football to its customers with RMC Sport, TELEFOOT, Canal+ and BeIN SPORTS. Secondly, for the seasons 2021/22, 2022/23 and 2023/24, Altice Europe entered into a distribution agreement with Mediapro to resell the TELEFOOT channel (including the main football matches for French Ligue 1 and Ligue 2) with a revenue share mechanism. This is expected to generate additional revenues for the Altice France residential segment. With this agreement, Altice Europe maintains the commitment to improve Altice TV cash flow trends, approaching break-even, while SFR customers will continue to benefit from the best football offer in France.
  • On July 22, 2020, Altice International repaid $385 million (€342 million equivalent) 7.625% 2025 notes. In addition to this, the Group has bought back €105 million of debt at Altice International in Q3 2020, or €244 million of debt at Altice International since April 2020. In combination with the Altice Corporate Financing (“ACF”) facility repayment, the Group has repaid €1.4 billion of debt since April 2020.
  • On July 2, 2020, the transfer of approximately 9% of the share capital of Altice France S.A. from Altice Europe to Altice France Holding S.A. was completed, in-line with the previously stated objective as part of the January 2020 Altice France refinancing.

Guidance

  • For the full year 2020, the Group expects to:
    • Accelerate residential revenue growth in its key geographies;
    • Grow Altice Europe revenue;
    • Grow Altice Europe EBITDA.
  • In the mid-term, the Group targets organic free cash flow3 of more than €1 billion.
  • Further delever the Group, target leverage of 4.0x to 4.5x net debt to EBITDA
  • The Group continues to assess the potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic carefully, especially the impacts on roaming and advertising.

Conference call details

The company will host a conference call and webcast today, November 19, 2020 at 6:00pm CET (5:00pm GMT, 12:00pm EST).

Dial-in Access telephone numbers:

Participant Toll Free Dial-In Number: +1 (833) 968-2322

Participant International Dial-In Number: +1 (778) 560-2842

Conference ID: 7690887

A live webcast of the presentation will be available on the following website:

https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/2631118/05F1562E98E8A298F94071B9BF5EB615

The presentation for the conference call will be made available prior to the call on our investor relations website:

http://altice.net/investor-relations

About Altice Europe

Altice Europe (ATC & ATCB), listed on Euronext Amsterdam, is a convergent leader in telecoms, content, media, entertainment and advertising. Altice Europe delivers innovative, customer-centric products and solutions that connect and unlock the limitless potential of its over 30 million customers over fibre networks and mobile broadband. Altice Europe is also a provider of enterprise digital solutions to millions of business customers. Altice Europe innovates with technology, research and development and enables people to live out their passions by providing original content, high-quality and compelling TV shows, and international, national and local news channels. Altice Europe delivers live broadcast premium sports events and enables its customers to enjoy the most well-known media and entertainment.

Financial Presentation

Altice Europe and its subsidiaries have operated for several years and have from time to time made significant equity investments in a number of cable and telecommunication businesses in various jurisdictions. Therefore, in order to facilitate an understanding of Altice Europe’s results of operations, we have presented and discussed the pro-forma consolidated financial information of Altice Europe – giving effect to each such significant acquisition and disposal as if such acquisitions and disposals had occurred by January 1, 2019. Therefore financials for Altice Europe for the quarters ended September 30, 2019 and September 30, 2020 exclude the press magazine Groupe L’Express (following disposal on July 30, 2019) and the newspaper Libération (following disposal on September 03, 2020).

This press release contains measures and ratios (the “Non-GAAP measures”), including Adjusted EBITDA, Capital Expenditure (“Capex”) and Operating Free Cash Flow, that are not required by, or presented in accordance with, IFRS or any other generally accepted accounting standards. We present Non-GAAP measures because we believe that they are of interest to the investors and similar measures are widely used by certain investors, securities analysts and other interested parties as supplemental measures of performance and liquidity. The Non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies or have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our, or any of our subsidiaries’, operating results as reported under IFRS or other generally accepted accounting standards. Non-GAAP measures such as Adjusted EBITDA are not measurements of our, or any of our subsidiaries’, performance or liquidity under IFRS or any other generally accepted accounting principles, including U.S. GAAP. In particular, you should not consider Adjusted EBITDA as an alternative to (a) operating profit or profit for the period (as determined in accordance with IFRS) as a measure of our, or any of our operating entities’, operating performance, (b) cash flows from operating, investing and financing activities as a measure of our, or any of our subsidiaries’, ability to meet its cash needs or (c) any other measures of performance under IFRS or other generally accepted accounting standards. In addition, these measures may also be defined and calculated differently than the corresponding or similar terms under the terms governing our existing debt.

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as operating income before depreciation and amortization, other expenses and income (capital gains, non-recurring litigation, restructuring costs) and share-based expenses and after operating lease expenses. This may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other entities. Further, this measure should not be considered as an alternative for operating income as the effects of depreciation, amortization and impairment excluded from this measure do ultimately affect the operating results, which is also presented within the annual consolidated financial statements in accordance with IAS 1 - Presentation of Financial Statements. All references to EBITDA in this press release are to Adjusted EBITDA, as defined in this paragraph.

Capital expenditure (Capex), while measured in accordance with IFRS principles is not a term that is defined in IFRS. However, Altice Europe’s management believe it is an important indicator for the Group as the profile varies greatly between activities:

  • The fixed business has fixed Capex requirements that are mainly discretionary (network, platforms, general), and variable Capex requirements related to the connection of new customers and the purchase of Customer Premise Equipment (TV decoder, modem, etc.).
  • Mobile Capex is mainly driven by investment in new mobile sites, upgrade to new mobile technology and licenses to operate; once engaged and operational, there are limited further Capex requirements.
  • Other Capex: Mainly related to costs incurred in acquiring content rights.

Operating free cash flow (OpFCF) is defined as Adjusted EBITDA less Capex. This may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other entities. Further, this measure should not be considered as an alternative for operating cash flow as presented in the consolidated statement of cash flows in accordance with IAS 1 - Presentation of Financial Statements. It is simply a calculation of the two above mentioned non-GAAP measures.

Adjusted EBITDA and similar measures are used by different companies for differing purposes and are often calculated in ways that reflect the circumstances of those companies. You should exercise caution in comparing Adjusted EBITDA as reported by us to Adjusted EBITDA of other companies. Adjusted EBITDA as presented herein differs from the definition of “Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA” for purposes of any of the indebtedness of the Group. The financial information presented in this press release, including but not limited to the quarterly financial information, pro forma financial information as well as Adjusted EBITDA and OpFCF, is unaudited. In addition, the presentation of these measures is not intended to and does not comply with the reporting requirements of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and will not be subject to review by the SEC; compliance with its requirements would require us to make changes to the presentation of this information.

Financial and Statistical Information and Comparisons

Financial and statistical information is for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, unless otherwise stated, and any year over year comparisons are for the quarter ended September 30, 2019.

Regulated Information

This press release contains inside information within the meaning of Article 7(1) of the EU Market Abuse Regulation.

Altice Europe Summary Financial Information

Altice Europe - Quarter ended September 30, 2020

 

 

Q3-19

Q3-20

Growth YoY (Reported)

Growth YoY (CC)

In EUR million

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  France

2,638.5

2,745.1

+4.0%

+4.0%

  Portugal

536.2

541.1

+0.9%

+0.9%

  Israel

245.6

243.4

-0.9%

+0.9%

  Dominican Republic

140.3

119.2

-15.0%

+2.5%

  Teads

113.5

127.9

+12.7%

+15.3%

  Altice TV

57.9

70.1

-

-

  Corporate and Other, Eliminations

-73.7

-72.2

-

-

Total Revenue

3,658.2

3,774.5

+3.2%

+4.1%

 

 

 

 

 

  France

1,054.1

1,084.1

+2.8%

+2.8%

  Portugal

215.8

216.9

+0.5%

+0.5%

  Israel

93.0

80.9

-12.9%

-10.7%

  Dominican Republic

70.5

57.6

-18.2%

-1.1%

  Teads

16.7

40.6

+143.5%

+142.0%

  Altice TV

-31.4

6.9

-

-

  Corporate and Other, Eliminations

-9.2

-5.4

-

-

Total Adjusted EBITDA

1,409.4

1,481.7

+5.1%

+6.1%

 

 

 

 

 

  France

528.8

607.8

+14.9%

+14.9%

  Portugal

99.3

120.2

+21.1%

+21.1%

  Israel

61.8

65.9

+6.5%

+8.4%

  Dominican Republic

32.7

19.9

-39.2%

-24.3%

  Teads

2.1

1.5

-

-

  Altice TV

-

3.2

-

-

  Corporate and Other, Eliminations

-2.4

-0.1

-

-

Total Accrued Capex

722.3

818.4

+13.3%

+14.4%

 

 

 

 

 

  France

525.3

476.3

-9.3%

-9.3%

  Portugal

116.5

96.6

-17.1%

-17.1%

  Israel

31.1

15.1

-51.6%

-48.7%

  Dominican Republic

37.8

37.8

-0.1%

+19.0%

  Teads

14.6

39.1

+168.5%

+167.0%

  Altice TV

-31.4

3.7

-

-

  Corporate and Other, Eliminations

-6.8

-5.3

-

-

Total OpFCF

687.1

663.3

-3.5%

-2.6%

 

Altice Europe - Quarter ended September 30, 2020

In EUR million


France

Portugal

Israel

Dominican
Republic

Teads


Altice TV

Corporate
& Other

Eliminations

Altice Europe
Consolidated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fixed

650.8

157.3

139.2

22.2

-

-

-

-

969.5

Mobile

889.2

119.0

52.1

66.0

-

-

-

-

1,126.2

Residential service

1,540.0

276.3

191.3

88.1

-

-

-

-

2,095.7

Equipment sales

174.1

28.0

19.4

10.2

-

-

-

-

231.7

Total residential

1,714.1

304.4

210.7

98.3

-

-

-

-

2,327.5

Business services

957.1

236.7

32.7

20.8

-

-

0.2

-

1,247.5

Media

73.9

-

-

-

127.9

70.1

-

-

271.8

Standalone Revenue

2,745.1

541.1

243.4

119.2

127.9

70.1

0.2

-

3,846.8

Eliminations

-8.8

-20.3

-0.1

-0.1

-0.6

-42.6

-

-

-72.4

Consolidated Revenue

2,736.3

520.8

243.3

119.1

127.3

27.5

0.2

-

3,774.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

1,084.1

216.9

80.9

57.6

40.6

6.9

-5.4

-

1,481.7

Margin (%)

39.5%

40.1%

33.3%

48.4%

31.8%

nm

nm

nm

38.5%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accrued Capex

607.8

120.2

65.9

19.9

1.5

3.2

-

-0.1

818.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA -

Accrued Capex

476.3

96.6

15.1

37.8

39.1

3.7

-5.4

0.2

663.3

 

Altice Europe - Quarter ended September 30, 2019

In EUR million


France

Portugal

Israel

Dominican
Republic

Teads


Altice TV

Corporate
& Other

Eliminations

Altice Europe
Consolidated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fixed

623.3

150.9

142.2

26.0

-

-

-

-

942.4

Mobile

889.2

120.2

54.0

76.4

-

-

-

-

1,139.7

Residential service

1,512.4

271.1

196.2

102.4

-

-

-

-

2,082.1

Equipment sales

170.0

29.1

18.4

11.9

-

-

-

-

229.4

Total residential

1,682.5

300.1

214.6

114.3

-

-

-

-

2,311.6

Business services

876.1

236.0

31.0

26.0

-

-

0.2

-

1,169.3

Media

79.9

-

-

-

113.5

57.9

-

-

251.3

Standalone Revenue

2,638.5

536.2

245.6

140.3

113.5

57.9

0.2

-

3,732.1

Eliminations

-16.1

-19.6

-0.1

-0.1

-0.1

-37.9

-

-

-73.9

Consolidated Revenue

2,622.4

516.5

245.5

140.2

113.4

20.0

0.2

-

3,658.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

1,054.1

215.8

93.0

70.5

16.7

-31.4

-6.7

-2.5

1,409.4

Margin (%)

40.0%

40.2%

37.9%

50.2%

14.7%

nm

nm

nm

37.8%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accrued Capex

528.8

99.3

61.8

32.7

2.1

-

-

-2.4

722.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA -

Accrued Capex

525.3

116.5

31.1

37.8

14.6

-31.4

-6.7

-0.1

687.1

Notes to Summary Financial Information tables

  1. Segments are shown on a pro forma standalone reporting basis and Group figures are shown on a pro forma consolidated basis. Financials for Altice Europe exclude the press magazine Groupe L’Express (following disposal on July 30, 2019) and newspaper Libération (following disposal on September 03, 2020) from 1/1/19.
  2. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as operating income before depreciation and amortization, other expenses and income (capital gains, non-recurring litigation, restructuring costs) and share-based expenses and after operating lease expenses (straight-line recognition of the rent expense over the lease term as performed under IAS 17 Leases for operating leases).
  3. Teads gross revenue is presented before discounts (net revenue after discounts is recognised in the consolidated financial statements).

Altice Europe KPIs

 

Altice Europe - Quarter ended September 30, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

000’s unless stated otherwise

Altice France

 

Portugal

 

Israel

 

Dominican

Republic

 

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fibre homes passed

18,784

 

5,361

 

2,192

 

777

 

27,115

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIXED B2C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fibre unique customers

3,183

 

1,057

 

1,043

 

196

 

5,480

 

Net adds

113

 

42

 

8

 

0

 

163

 

Total fixed B2C unique customers

6,422

 

1,616

 

1,043

 

335

 

9,416

 

Net adds

21

 

10

 

8

 

-1

 

38

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOBILE B2C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Postpaid subscribers

14,603

 

3,165

 

1,177

 

606

 

19,551

 

Net adds

25

 

32

 

2

 

-7

 

53

 

Prepaid subscribers

1,251

 

2,821

 

179

 

2,048

 

6,299

 

Total mobile B2C subscribers

15,854

 

5,986

 

1,356

 

2,654

 

25,850

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Altice Europe - Quarter ended September 30, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

000’s unless stated otherwise

Altice France

 

Portugal

 

Israel

 

Dominican

Republic

 

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fibre homes passed

14,207

 

4,839

 

2,155

 

763

 

21,964

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIXED B2C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fibre unique customers

2,801

 

917

 

1,008

 

191

 

4,916

 

Net adds

66

 

38

 

9

 

0

 

113

 

Total fixed B2C unique customers

6,312

 

1,591

 

1,008

 

326

 

9,238

 

Net adds

41

 

5

 

9

 

0

 

56

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOBILE B2C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Postpaid subscribers

14,205

 

3,064

 

1,164

 

605

 

19,038

 

Net adds

234

 

41

 

12

 

12

 

299

 

Prepaid subscribers

1,464

 

3,402

 

185

 

2,183

 

7,234

 

Total mobile B2C subscribers

15,668

 

6,466

 

1,349

 

2,788

 

26,271

 

Notes to KPIs tables

  1. Portugal fibre homes passed figures include homes where MEO has access through wholesale fibre operators (c.0.5 million in Q3 2020).
  2. Fibre unique customers represents the number of individual end users who have subscribed for one or more of our fibre / cable based services (including pay television, broadband or telephony), without regard to how many services to which the end user subscribed. It is calculated on a unique premise basis. Fibre customer base for France includes FTTH, FTTB and 4G Box customers and excludes white-label wholesale customers. For Israel, it refers to the total number of unique customer relationships, including both B2C and B2B.
  3. Mobile subscribers are equal to the net number of lines or SIM cards that have been activated on the Group’s mobile networks and excludes M2M. 

Altice Europe Financial and Operational Review by Segment

For the quarter ended September 30, 2020 compared to the quarter ended September 30, 2019

France (Altice France including SFR)

Altice France reported residential service revenue growth in Q3 2020, supported by a sustained focus on operations and significant and ongoing investment in proprietary infrastructure.

At the end of Q3 2020, Altice France had 18.8 million homes passed (FTTH/FTTB), an increase of more than 1.3 million homes passed compared to Q2 2020. SFR had 6,481 fibre municipalities at the end of Q3 2020 (vs. 5,515 in Q2 2020 and 4,918 in Q1 2020).

Altice France continues to invest in its 4G network, with 47,822 4G systems activated (1,646 new units in Q3 2020). The current 4G coverage of the SFR Mobile network reaches 99% of the national population (32,532 municipalities). Altice France continues to deploy 4G and new radio sites in white areas. 4G+ is offered in the top 32 French cities, and 2,600 municipalities.

Altice France's media business DTT channels achieved new historical records in Q3 2020, with 6.7% of national audience share. Altice France has consolidated its position as the third largest private broadcasting group in France. Additionally, an agreement on the restructuring plan announced on May 19, 2020 has been signed with unions on September 15, 2020 and approved by the administration. The plan opened on October 8, 2020 and will end on December 23, 2020.

On August 20, 2020, SFR successfully launched TELEFOOT as well as the associated offers. SFR offers subscribers a significant array of sport content, including all major French football (Ligue 1, Ligue 2) and European football (UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, English Premier League, Spanish and Italian championships).

On October 1, 2020, SFR announced it had obtained 80 MHz as part of the allocation of 5G frequencies in the 3.4-3.8 Ghz band. Following the auction for the allocation of the remaining spectrum in the 3.4-3.8 GHz band, SFR obtained 3 additional 10MHz blocks, bringing its total spectrum in this band to 80MHz. The price for SFR for these 80Mhz frequencies will total €728 million (€350 million to be paid over a 15-year period in equal amounts, and €378 million paid over 4 years also in equal amounts). The first payment of c. €118 million is expected to take place in Q4 2020. SFR will be able to offer an optimal 5G experience to its customers. SFR has recently carried out several demonstrations of the potential of 5G, with tests under real conditions in Toulouse, Nantes and Velizy (Paris).

  • Total revenue increased by +4.0% YoY in Q3 2020 to €2,745 million. This increase was supported by residential and business services revenue growth, offsetting media revenue declines.
  • Residential service revenue in Q3 2020, excluding roaming, grew by +3.2% YoY as a result of subscriber base growth and improved ARPU trends. This segment was still affected by the COVID-19 pandemic related impacts as roaming revenue remained depressed year over year.
  • The residential fixed base in France grew with +21k unique customer net additions in Q3 2020 (vs. +37k in Q2 2020 and +41k in Q3 2019).
    • Fibre net additions reached +113k in Q3 2020 (vs. +100k in Q2 2020 and +59k in Q3 2019) due to increasing fibre appetite and DSL to fibre conversions.
  • Mobile residential postpaid customer growth was supported by positive net additions from both the SFR brand and the digital RED brand:
    • The mobile residential postpaid customer base increased by +25k net additions in Q3 2020 (vs. +99k in Q2 2020 and +234k in Q2 2019).
  • Business service revenue grew by +9.2% YoY in Q3 2020. In Q3 2020, 270k FTTH homes were constructed by SFR FTTH (vs. 268k in Q2 2020 and 192k in Q1 2020).
  • Media revenue declined by -7.6% YoY in Q3 2020, mainly driven by the slowdown of the global advertising market because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Group has seen a recovery in Q3 2020.
  • Total EBITDA in Q3 2020 of €1,084 million grew by +2.8% YoY and, Telecom EBITDA grew by +0.7% YoY.
  • Total Capex amounted to €608 million in Q3 2020, an increase of 14.9% YoY, following lower Capex YoY in H1 2020.

Portugal (MEO)

MEO delivered a solid performance in Q3 2020, with a return to revenue and EBITDA growth. Customer subscriber base growth was sustained and the converged proportion of the customer base continued to grow. MEO maintained low levels of churn.

In Q3 2020, FastFiber increased the coverage of its FTTH fibre network by 51 thousand new homes passed, reaching a total coverage of 4.84 million homes passed (including shared network). In addition, FastFiber connected close to 12 thousand additional kilometers of dark fibre network in Q3 2020.

Sustained mobile network investment in both 4G and 4G+ has resulted in penetration of 99.5% and 87.9%, respectively, at the end of Q3 2020. Altice Portugal had 5.4 million FTTH homes passed in total at the end of Q3 2020.

On November 5, 2020, ANACOM announced that it is estimated that the 5G auction will start on November 21, 2020, and the allocation of rights of use for frequencies is scheduled for Q1 2021.

  • Total revenue grew +0.9% YoY in Q3 2020 to €541 million.
  • Total residential service revenue grew by +1.9% YoY in Q3 2020, or +2.6% excluding roaming out, which remained depressed year over year. Overall, trends improved in Q3 2020, helped by the progressive reopening of the economy, recovery equipment revenues and premium sport content revenues compared to the second quarter, as well as underlying customer base growth.
  • MEO residential fixed subscriber base grew again, supported by strong net additions and low churn, (+10k in Q3 2020 vs. +7k in Q2 2020 and +5k in Q3 2019):
    • Fibre customer net additions in Q3 2020 were +42k (vs. +29k in Q2 2020 and +38k in Q3 2019), with 65% of the total customer base taking fibre. Convergence of the customer base continues to grow (+1.6pp YoY), resulting in more valuable customers with higher lifetime value (convergent customers have less than half of non-convergent customers churn rate).
    • Postpaid residential mobile subscriber net additions in Q3 2020 were +32k (vs. +17k in Q2 2020 and +41k in Q3 2019), supported by MEO’s ongoing network investments and steady performance and successful convergent strategy. Mobile service revenue was impacted by lower roaming out revenue, in addition to lower out of bundle revenue streams.
    • Business services revenue grew +0.3% YoY in Q3 2020, despite the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Total EBITDA grew +0.5% YoY to €217 million.
  • Total Capex amounted to €120 million in Q3 2020 (€99 million in Q3 2019). The expansion of fibre coverage continued, with 51k FTTH homes constructed for Fastfiber in Q3 2020.

Israel (HOT)

HOT achieved robust commercial results in Q3 2020, growing the fixed customer base with +8k net additions in Q3 2020 in the fixed residential customer base, resulting in growth for the seventh successive quarter. In addition, the postpaid mobile residential subscriber base grew by +2k net additions in Q3 2020.

The 5G spectrum auction has been concluded in Q3 2020 and HOT has been awarded a license to operate the new network. HOT is offering customers data packages on their cellphones of up to 1,000 gigabytes (1 terabyte). It has deployed the network at 250 sites and is expected to expand the network significantly through the network sharing agreement.

On September 15, 2020, HOT announced that it has taken a minority stake in IBC Israel Broadband (IBC). HOT will become an equal partner in the IBC Partnership (that holds 70% of IBC's share capital), together with Cellcom and Israel Infrastructure Fund (IIF) and HOT will hold indirectly 23.3% of IBC's share capital, through an investment in the company substantially equal to the investment made by each of Cellcom and IIF. There is an agreement between IBC and HOT, under which HOT undertakes to purchase an indefeasible right, or IRU, to use IBC's fibre-optic network. There is also a service agreement between IBC and HOT, under which IBC undertakes to purchase certain services from HOT. The completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory change and required approvals, including regulatory and third-party approvals.

  • Despite the fierce competition and the negative effects of the second wave of COVID 19 that has started in Israel during the third quarter, HOT total revenue grew by +1.5 % YoY in Q3 2020 on a CC basis (excluding iDEN within the business services segment - the iDEN technology has been decommissioned by the end of Q4 2019). With the effect of iDEN revenue in Q3 2019, total revenue increased by +0.9% YoY in Q3 2020 on a CC basis or declined by -0.9% on a reported basis to €243 million:
    • Residential service revenue declined by -0.5% YoY in Q3 2020 on a CC basis and decreased by -2.5% on a reported basis, as a result of the effects of the second wave of COVID 19 and the continuing fierce competition in both fixed and mobile market.
    • Business services revenue grew by +7.1% YoY in Q3 2020 on a CC basis mainly due to equipment sales and despite the decommissioning of iDEN technology by the end of Q4 2019. Excluding iDEN, business services revenue grew +12.2% YoY in Q3 2020 on a CC basis.
  • EBITDA decreased by -10.7% YoY on a CC basis and -12.9% on a reported basis in Q3 2020, to €81 million. EBITDA margin decreased by 4.6 bpts YoY on a CC basis (from 37.9% in Q3 2019 to 33.3% in Q3 2020) mainly as a result of higher low-margin equipment sales in Q3 2020 YoY and a decline in high margin mobile roaming revenue, as a result of the wider COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a seasonality effect on certain operating expense items, mainly marketing costs.
  • Total Capex was €66 million in Q3 2020, an increase of +8.4% YoY on a CC basis and +6.5% on a reported basis.

In 2019, increasing household consumption and public expenditure in Israel fueled a significant upturn in the Israeli Shekel. Despite the macroeconomic circumstances in Q3 2020, the Israeli Shekel has remained robust in the first half of 2020, though depreciated slightly in Q3 2020, contributing to a decrease in revenue and EBITDA growth in reported currency in Q3 2020.

Dominican Republic (Altice Dominicana)

Altice Dominicana has seen a commercial slowdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which impacted revenue and EBITDA trends in the first half of 2020. In Q3 2020, commercial activity regained momentum, mobile and fixed subscriber base trends were robust and Altice Dominicana returned to growth on a local currency basis.

Key factors that improved in Q3 2020 included the progressive de-escalation of measures, increased internet demand due to the starting of the new school year and a recovery in reconnection and late payment charges.

  • Overall, total revenue in Dominican Republic grew by +2.5% YoY in Q3 2020 on a CC basis, or declined by -15.0% YoY on a reported basis to €119 million.
    • Residential service revenue excluding roaming increased +4.1% YoY in Q3 2020 on a CC basis. Retail revenues in Q3 2020 were positively impacted by customer base increase and installation and reconnection fees post COVID-19 pandemic de-escalation. Mobile service revenues regained commercial momentum thanks to recovery of customers topping up.
    • The total fixed residential subscriber base declined by -1k in Q3 2020 (vs. +2k in Q2 2020 and flat in Q3 2019), while the subscriber base is still growing +2.7% YoY.
    • The total residential mobile subscriber base decreased by -42k net additions in Q3 2020 (vs. +11k in Q2 2020 and -153k in Q3 2019) mainly driven by mobile prepaid. Residential mobile postpaid net losses were -7k in Q3 2020 (vs. -10k in Q2 2020 and +12k in Q3 2019). Postpaid mobile net additions slowed as gross adds decreased, due to the slow development of commercial channels and due to a decrease of migrations from prepaid to postpaid.
    • Business services revenue declined by -3% YoY in Q3 2020 on a CC basis, mainly driven by lower levels of visitor roaming.
  • Total EBITDA declined by -1.1% YoY on a CC basis in Q3 2020, or -18.2% YoY on a reported basis to €58 million. The EBITDA margin decreased slightly YoY to 48.4% on a reported basis.
  • Total Capex was €20 million in Q3 2020, a significant decrease YoY due to less fixed Capex.

The COVID-19 pandemic led to a fall in economic activity and pressures on the Dominican Republic given its dependence on tourism and remittances. This has led to further deterioration of the Dominican Peso in Q3 2020, contributing to the decrease of revenue and EBITDA in reported currency.

Teads

Teads achieved a return to revenue4 growth during Q3 2020, as many global advertisers resumed their adverts spend in Q3 2020.

  • Total revenue for Teads increased by +12.7% YoY in Q3 2020 to €128 million (+15.3% on a CC basis).
  • Many advertisers shifted a larger share of their spend into performance advertising across the marketplace. Teads benefitted from this trend through the Teads Performance offering which represented a growing share of Teads revenue. Certain global advertisers also accelerated spend with Teads as a result of their boycott of the social media platforms. We expect these advertisers to maintain their increased levels of spend with Teads.
  • Increased adoption of Teads' self-serve ad platform and continued efforts on cost-reduction drove accelerated EBITDA growth in the quarter. Teads reported an EBITDA of €41 million in Q3 2020.

Altice TV

  • Altice TV revenue was €70 million in Q3 2020, notably benefitting from the sale of UEFA semi-finals and finals to TF1 and the launch of TELEFOOT in August 2020.
  • EBITDA was €7 million in Q3 2020.
  • The Group is in discussion with UEFA to be compensated following the suspension of the competition between March and August 2020.

Shares outstanding

As at September 30, 2020, Altice Europe had 1,194,011,1475 common shares outstanding and 1,855,664 preference shares B outstanding.

Altice Europe Consolidated Net Debt as of September 30, 2020, breakdown by credit silo6

  • Altice Europe has a robust, diversified and long-term capital structure:
    • Group weighted average debt maturity of 6.0 years;
    • Reduced WACD from 5.0% at year-end 2019 to 4.5%;
    • 89% fixed interest rate;
    • No major maturities until 2025;
    • Available liquidity of €3.5 billion7.
  • Total consolidated Altice Europe net debt was €28.9 billion (€28.5 billion pro forma for the €375 million earn-out due in December 2021, from the sale of 49.99% of FastFiber) at the end of Q3 2020.

Altice France (SFR)

Amount in millions
(local currency)

Actual

PF

Coupon / Margin

Maturity

 

Senior Secured Notes

EUR 500

500

500

2.125%

2025

 

Senior Secured Notes

EUR 550

550

550

2.500%

2025

 

Senior Secured Notes

USD 5,190

4,428

4,428

7.375%

2026

 

Senior Secured Notes

USD 1,750

1,493

1,493

8.125%

2027

 

Senior Secured Notes

EUR 1,000

1,000

1,000

5.875%

2027

 

Senior Secured Notes

EUR 1,000

1,000

1,000

3.375%

2028

 

Senior Secured Notes

USD 1,100

938

938

5.500%

2028

 

Senior Secured Notes

EUR 500

500

500

4.125%

2029

 

Senior Secured Notes

USD 475

405

405

5.125%

2029

 

Term Loan

EUR 1,108

1,108

1,108

E+3.00%

2025

 

Term Loan

USD 1,374

1,172

1,172

L+2.75%

2025

 

Term Loan

USD 2,091

1,784

1,784

L+3.6875%

2026

 

Term Loan

EUR 973

973

973

E+3.00%

2026

 

Term Loan

USD 2,456

2,095

2,095

L+4.00%

2026

 

Drawn RCF

-

0

0

E+3.25%

2023

 

Drawn RCF - Opco

-

0

0

E+1.5%

2024

 

Commercial Paper

-

40

40

0.70%

2020

 

Other debt & leases

-

103

103

-

-

 

Swap Adjustment

-

4

4

-

-

 

Altice France Secured Debt

 

18,093

18,093

 

 

 

Exchange Altice Lux Senior Notes

EUR 1,317

1,317

1,317

8.000%

2027

 

Exchange Altice Lux Senior Notes

USD 1,562

1,333

1,333

10.500%

2027

 

Senior Notes

EUR 500

500

500

4.000%

2028

 

Senior Notes

USD 1,225

1,045

1,045

6.000%

2028

 

Swap adjustment

-

97

97

 

 

 

Altice France Gross Debt

 

22,385

22,385

 

 

 

Total Cash

 

-668

-668

 

 

 

Altice France Net Debt

 

21,717

21,717

 

 

 

Undrawn RCF

 

1,601

1,601

 

 

 

WACD (%)

 

 

4.7%

 

 

 

Altice International

Amount in millions
(local currency)

Actual

PF

Coupon / Margin

Maturity

 

Senior Secured Notes

USD 2,471

2,108

2,108

7.500%

2026

 

Senior Secured Notes

EUR 600

600

600

2.250%

2025

 

Senior Secured Notes

EUR 1,100

1,100

1,100

3.000%

2028

 

Senior Secured Notes

USD 1,200

1,024

1,024

5.000%

2028

 

Term Loan

USD 880

751

751

L+2.75%

2025

 

Term Loan

USD 875

747

747

L+2.75%

2026

 

Term Loan

EUR 292

292

292

E+2.75%

2026

 

Drawn RCF

-

-

-

E+3.00%

2025

 

Other debt & leases

-

24

24

-

-

 

Swap Adjustment

-

142

142

-

-

 

Altice International Senior Debt

 

6,788

6,788

 

 

 

Senior Notes

EUR 675

675

675

4.750%

2028

 

Altice International Total Debt

 

7,463

7,463

 

 

 

Total Cash

 

-267

-642

 

 

 

Altice International Net Total Debt

 

7,196

6,821

 

 

 

Undrawn RCF

 

538

538

 

 

 

WACD (%)

 

 

4.0%

 

 

 

 

Altice France and Altice International
Total Debt

29,847

29,847

 

Total Cash

-935

-1,310

 

Altice France and Altice International
Consolidated Net Debt

28,913

28,538

 

WACD (%)

 

4.5%

 

Altice Europe Pro Forma Net Leverage Reconciliation as of September 30, 2020

In EUR million

 

Altice Group Reconciliation to Swap Adjusted Debt

 

 

Actual

PF

 

Total Debenture and Loans from Financial Institutions

29,184

29,184

 

Value of Debenture and Loans from Financial Institutions in Foreign Currency converted at closing FX Rate

-40,410

-40,410

 

Value of Debenture and Loans from Financial Institutions in Foreign Currency converted at hedged Rate

40,653

40,653

 

Transaction Costs

253

253

 

Total Swap Adjusted Value of Debenture and Loans from Financial Institutions

29,679

29,679

 

Commercial Paper

40

40

 

Overdraft, RCF drawn at Hivory Opco, cancellation call premium

8

8

 

Other debt and leases

120

120

 

Gross Debt Consolidated

29,847

29,847

 

 

In EUR million

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Altice Europe (Actual)

 

 

Altice
France

Altice
International

Telecom Perimeter

AENV & Others

 

Altice

Europe

Consolidated

 

Gross Debt Consolidated

 

 

22,385

7,463

29,847

-

29,847

Cash

 

 

-668

-267

-935

-21

-955

Net Debt Consolidated

 

 

21,717

7,196

28,913

-21

28,892

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Altice Europe (Pro Forma)

 

Altice
France

Altice
International

Telecom Perimeter

AENV & Others

 

Altice

Europe

Consolidated

 

Gross Debt Consolidated

 

22,385

7,463

29,847

-

29,847

Cash8

 

-668

-642

-1,310

-21

-1,330

Net Debt Consolidated

 

21,717

6,821

28,538

-21

28,517

 

In EUR million

 

 

 

 

 

 

Altice Europe (Pro Forma)

Altice
France

Altice International

Telecom Perimeter

 

AENV &

Others

Intra-

Group Eliminations

Altice

Europe

Consolidated

 

 

Gross Debt Consolidated

22,385

7,463

29,847

-

-

29,847

 

Cash

-668

-642

-1,310

-21

-

-1,330

 

Net Debt Consolidated

21,717

6,821

28,538

-21

-

28,517

 

LTM Standalone

4,242

1,546

5,788

-103

-

5,685

 

Eliminations

-

-1

-1

-

-4

-5

 

Corporate Costs

-

-2

-2

2

-

-

 

LTM EBITDA Consolidated

4,242

1,543

5,785

-101

-4

5,680

 

PF Press magazines

8

-

8

-

-

8

 

LTM EBITDA

4,249

1,543

5,793

-101

-4

5,688

 

Gross Leverage

5.3x

4.8x

5.2x

0.0x

-

5.2x

 

Net Leverage

5.1x

4.4x

4.9x

0.0x

-

5.0x

 

L2QA EBITDA Consolidated PF

4,302

1,548

5,849

-6

-2

5,841

 

Gross Leverage

5.2x

4.8x

5.1x

0.0x

0.0x

5.1x

 

Net Leverage

5.0x

4.4x

4.9x

0.0x

0.0x

4.9x

 

 

Altice Europe Non-GAAP Reconciliation to unaudited GAAP measures as of September 30, 2020 year to date9

In EUR million

September 30, 2020 (unaudited)

Revenue

10,930.6

Purchasing and subcontracting costs

-2,903.1

Other operating expenses

-1,976.7

Staff costs and employee benefits

-1,103.7

Total

4,947.1

Share-based expense

-20.3

Rental expense operating lease

-694.9

Adjusted EBITDA

4,231.9

Depreciation, amortisation and impairment

-3,722.5

Share-based expense

20.3

Other expenses and income

-113.1

Rental expense operating lease

694.9

Operating profit

1,111.5

 

Capital expenditure (accrued)

2,203.7

Capital expenditure - working capital items

271.3

Payments to acquire tangible and intangible assets

2,475.0

 

Operating free cash flow (OpFCF)

2,028.2

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain statements in this press release constitute forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, all statements other than statements of historical facts contained in this press release, including, without limitation, those regarding our intentions, beliefs or current expectations concerning, among other things: our future financial conditions and performance, results of operations and liquidity; our strategy, plans, objectives, prospects, growth, goals and targets; and future developments in the markets in which we participate or are seeking to participate. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the terms “believe”, “could”, “estimate”, “expect”, “forecast”, “intend”, “may”, “plan”, “project” or “will” or, in each case, their negative, or other variations or comparable terminology. Where, in any forward-looking statement, we express an expectation or belief as to future results or events, such expectation or belief is expressed in good faith and believed to have a reasonable basis, but there can be no assurance that the expectation or belief will be achieved or accomplished. To the extent that statements in this press release are not recitations of historical fact, such statements constitute forward-looking statements, which, by definition, involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements including risks referred to in our annual and quarterly reports.

1 Financials exclude press magazine Groupe L’Express (following disposal on July 30, 2019) and daily newspaper Libération (following disposal on September 03, 2020) from 1/1/19
2 €3.5 billion liquidity includes €2.1 billion of undrawn revolvers and €1.3 billion of cash. The €1.3 billion of cash is including the €375 million earn-out to be received in December 2021 (not including the €375 million earn-out to be received in December 2026) and excludes funding of the Covage acquisition expected in Q4 2020 and any associated construction-related EBITDA
3 Excluding spectrum and significant litigations paid and received
4 Teads gross revenue is presented before discounts (net revenue after discounts is recognised in the financial statements)
5 As at September 30, 2020, Altice Europe had 1,071,179,150 common shares A (including 72,103,159 treasury shares) and 194,935,156 common shares B outstanding
6 Group net debt is pro forma for the €375 million earn-out in December 2021 from the sale of 49.99% of FastFiber. Group net debt includes €21 million of cash at Altice Europe and other subsidiaries outside debt silos
7 €3.5 billion liquidity includes €2.1 billion of undrawn revolvers and €1.3 billion of cash. The €1.3 billion of cash is including the €375 million earn-out to be received in December 2021 (not including the €375 million earn-out to be received in December 2026) and excludes funding of the Covage acquisition expected in Q4 2020 and any associated construction-related EBITDA
8 The €1.3 billion of cash is including the €375 million earn-out to be received in December 2021 (not including the €375 million earn-out to be received in December 2026) and excludes funding of the Covage acquisition expected in Q4 2020 and any associated construction-related EBITDA
9 The difference in consolidated revenue as reported for Altice Europe in the Non-GAAP Reconciliation to GAAP measures as of September 30, 2020 year to date and the Pro Forma Financial Information for Altice Europe as disclosed in this press release is mainly due to Teads gross revenue which is presented before discounts in this press release (net revenue after discounts is recognised in the financial statements). In addition, financials for Altice Europe exclude press magazine Groupe L’Express (following disposal on July 30, 2019) and daily newspaper Libération (following disposal on September 03, 2020) from 1/1/19

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