BT Group PLC (BT.A) - Half Yearly Report RNS Number : 0391Q BT Group PLC 01 November 2012 1 November 2012 BT GROUP PLC RESULTS FOR THE SECOND QUARTER AND HALF YEAR TO 30 SEPTEMBER 2012 BT Group plc (BT.L) today announced its results for the second quarter and half year to 30September2012. Ian Livingston, Chief Executive, commenting on the results, said: "We have delivered another solid quarter of growth in profit before tax despite the economic conditions and regulatory impacts. We continue to make significant investments in the future of our business and we are again accelerating our fibre roll-out. We now expect fibre to be available to two-thirds of UK premises during spring 2014, more than 18 months ahead of our original schedule, and we are recruiting more than 1,000 engineers in 2012 to help deliver this. "Over the summer we helped to deliver the most connected Olympic and Paralympic Games ever and I am proud of the part that our people played in its success. "Our confidence in the future of our business is demonstrated by the 15% increase in the interim dividend." Second quarter and half year results: Second quarter Half year to 30 September to 30 September 2012 2012 £m Change £m Change Revenue^1 4,474 (9)% 8,958 (7)% Underlying revenue excluding transit (5)% (4)% EBITDA^1 1,497 flat 2,960 1% Profit before tax^1 608 7% 1,186 8% Earnings per share - adjusted^1 6.0p 7% 11.7p 8% - 7.2p 13% 13.0p 15% reported Interim dividend 15% 3.0p Normalised^2 free cash flow £(247)m 192 £(572)m 316 Net debt 9,037 £720m Key points: · More than 12m premises passed by fibre with over 950,000 now connected and growing strongly · 47% share of DSL, LLU and fibre broadband market net additions · For the 2013 financial year we expect · underlying revenue excluding transit to show an improved trend for the second half of the year compared with the first half, but not for the year as a whole · to grow adjusted EBITDA and deliver normalised free cash flow broadly level with 2012 ^1 Before specific items ^2 Before specific items, pension deficit payments and the cash tax benefit of pension deficit payments RESULTS FOR THE SECOND QUARTER AND HALF YEAR TO 30 SEPTEMBER 2012 Group results Second quarter to 30 September Half year to 30 September 2012 2011 Change 2012 2011 Change £m % £m £m % £m Revenue - adjusted^1 4,474 4,894 (9) 8,958 9,658 (7) - reported (see Note 4,389 4,484 (2) 8,873 9,248 (4) below) - underlying excluding (5) transit^2 (4) EBITDA - adjusted^1 flat 2,960 1,497 1,495 2,931 1 - reported (see Note 1,362 1,428 (5) 2,823 2,798 1 below) Operating profit - adjusted^1 1,515 775 742 4 1,439 5 - reported 1,378 640 675 (5) 1,306 6 Profit before tax - adjusted^1 1,186 608 570 7 1,103 8 - reported 1,186 602 552 9 1,069 11 Earnings per share - adjusted^1 6.0p 5.6p 7 11.7p 10.8p 8 - reported 7.2p 6.4p 13 13.0p 11.3p 15 Interim dividend 3.0p 2.6p 15 Capital 596 (9) 1,218 1,234 expenditure 652 (1) Free cash flow - 316 (44) 192 764 normalised^3 563 (75) - adjusted^1 478 (29) 516 979 671 (47) Net debt 9,037 8,317 9 Note: Reported revenue and EBITDA include a specific item charge of £85m and £58m, respectively, in both the second quarter and half year to 30 September 2012 relating to the retrospective regulatory impact of the Court of Appeal decision on ladder pricing. In the prior year reported revenue included a specific item charge of £410m relating to a retrospective regulatory ruling in Germany, which had no impact on profits or cash. See Group results - Specific items for more details. Line of business results^1 Revenue EBITDA Operating cash flow Second quarter 2012 2011 Change 2012 2011 Change 2012 2011 Change to 30 September £m £m % £m £m % £m £m % BT Global 1,757 2,014 (13) 130 159 (18) (171) (55) n/m Services BT Retail 1,791 1,853 (3) 474 445 7 317 344 (8) BT Wholesale 861 982 (12) 280 305 (8) 200 222 (10) Openreach 1,269 1,280 (1) 582 567 3 246 350 (30) Other and intra-group (1,204) (1,235) 3 31 19 63 (114) (190) 40 items Total 4,474 4,894 (9) 1,497 1,495 flat 478 671 (29) ^ ^1 Before specific items. Specific items are defined below ^2 Underlying revenue excluding transit is defined below ^3 Before specific items, pension deficit payments and the cash tax benefit of pension deficit payments n/m = not meaningful Notes: 1) Unless otherwise stated, any reference to revenue, operating costs, earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA), operating profit, profit before tax, earnings per share (EPS) and free cash flow are measured before specific items. The commentary focuses on the trading results on an adjusted basis being before specific items. This is consistent with the way that financial performance is measured by management and is reported to the Board and the Operating Committee and assists in providing a meaningful analysis of the trading results of the group. The directors believe that presentation of the group's results in this way is relevant to the understanding of the group's financial performance as specific items are those that in management's judgement need to be disclosed by virtue of their size, nature or incidence. In determining whether an event or transaction is specific, management considers quantitative as well as qualitative factors such as the frequency or predictability of occurrence. Specific items may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. Reported revenue, reported EBITDA, reported operating profit, reported profit before tax, reported EPS and reported free cash flow are the equivalent unadjusted or statutory measures. 2) Underlying revenue, underlying costs and underlying EBITDA are measures which seek to reflect the underlying performance of the group that will contribute to long-term profitable growth and as such exclude the impact of acquisitions and disposals, foreign exchange movements and any specific items. We are focusing on the trends in underlying revenue excluding transit revenue as transit traffic is low-margin and is significantly affected by reductions in mobile termination rates. 3) Unless otherwise stated, the references 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 are the financial years to 31 March 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, respectively, except in relation to our fibre roll-out plans and recruitment plans which are based on calendar years. Enquiries Press office: Ross Cook Tel: 020 7356 5369 Investor relations: Catherine Nash Tel: 020 7356 4909 A presentation for analysts and investors will be held in London at 9.00am today and a simultaneous webcast will be available at www.bt.com/results The third quarter results for 2013 are expected to be announced on Friday 1February 2013. About BT BT is one of the world's leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products and services.BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Retail, BT Wholesale and Openreach. In the year ended 31 March 2012, BT Group's revenue was £18,897m with profit before taxation of £2,445m. British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group.BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York. For more information, visit www.btplc.com Click on, or paste the following link into your web browser, to view the associated PDF document. http://www.rns-pdf.londonstockexchange.com/rns/0391Q_1-2012-10-31.pdf This information is provided by RNS The company news service from the London Stock Exchange END IR MBBBTMBBJTBT -0- Nov/01/2012 07:00 GMT
BT Group PLC BT.A Half Yearly Report
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