Maroc Telecom : Maroc Telecom : Consolidated Results for H1 2013 CONSOLIDATED RESULTS FOR H1 2013 Solid fundamentals: *net income growth of 12.6% (group share); *net growth in customer bases: +12.5%, to more than 35 million customers; *rapid development of voice and data usage in Morocco, a consequence of enhanced rate plans and additional price cuts; *strong profitability growth among subsidiaries: revenues up 9.1% and EBITDA margin up by 7.0 pts, to 50.7%; *growth of Group's EBITDA underpinned by the growth of African subsidiaries and significant efforts to control costs, and particularly by the impact from voluntary redundancy plans carried out in H2 2012; *EBITDA and EBITA* margin growth of 3.0 points and 1.9 points (+58.1% and +41.1%), respectively; *completion of major upgrades of fixed-line and mobile broadband networks in Morocco. These performances confirm our targets for 2013: 1.EBITDA margin maintained at a substantial level of approximately 56%; 2.Slight growth in "EBITDA - CAPEX**". On the occasion of the publication of this press release, Abdeslam Ahizoune, Chairman of the Management Board, stated: "Maroc Telecom Group's performances in the first half were in line with our forecast annual targets. Product offers, rapid growth of our African subsidiaries, and relentless efforts to optimize costs were the basis of our success. This performance was achieved under conditions of slower consumer spending and heightened competition in Morocco. Capital spending was stepped up for the implementation of high-speed broadband networks, for the rollout of fiber optics, and to prepare mobile radio technologies for 4G. Group subsidiaries were innovative: Onatel launched the first 3G network in Burkina Faso, and mobile payment service is now available in Burkina Faso and Mauritania." *The change in EBITA margin is calculated exclusive of restructuring costs accounted for in H1 2012. **Exclusive of acquisitions of new frequencies or licenses. Group Consolidated results IFRS in MAD millions H1 2012 H1 2013 Change Change like for like^1 Revenues 15,172 14,468 -4.6% -4.6% EBITDA 8,358 8,406 +0.6% +0.6% Margin (%) 55.1% 58.1% +3.0 pts +3.0 pts EBITA before restructuring 5,955 5,951 -0.1% -0.1% Margin (%) 39.2% 41.1% +1.9 pts +1.9 pts EBITA 5,155 5,951 +15.4% +15.4% Net income (Group share) 3,696 3,521 -4.7% -4.7% before restructuring Margin (%) 24.3% 24.6% -0.4 pts -0.4 pts Net income (Group share) 3,128 3,521 +12.6% +12.6% CAPEX^2 2,016 2,753 +36.6% CAPEX/Revenues 13.3% 19.0% +5.7 pts CFFO 5,458 5,354 -1.9% Net debt 11,114 9,644 -13.2% Net debt / EBITDA 0.7 x 0.6 x Revenues At June 30, 2013, Maroc Telecom Group had achieved consolidated revenues^3 of MAD14,468million, 4.6% lower than revenues in H1 2013 (-4.6% like for like^1). Despite a high basis of comparison, steady growth in revenue from international activities (+9.1% like for like) compensated partially for lower revenues in Morocco (-8.1%), attributable to soft consumer spending and more aggressive competition. The Group's customer base comprised more than 35 million customers at June 30, 2013. This net annual growth of 12.5% was the result of expanded customer bases in Morocco and abroad, where customer bases increased by 25% to more than 15 million customers. Earnings from operations before depreciation and amortization In H1 2013, Maroc Telecom Group's EBITDA rose by 0.6% (+0.6% like for like), to MAD8,406million, with the EBITDA margin rising 3.0points to a substantial 58.1%. This performance was attributable to 26% growth in international EBITDA, which more than compensated for the 5.2% decline in Moroccan EBITDA. The gross margin improved by 2.5points, boosted by lower mobile termination rates, especially in Morocco, and by a more focused subsidy policy for the sale of handsets, and the operating costs decreased by 6.6%, mainly from voluntary redundancy plans carried out in Morocco and abroad in H2 2012. Earnings from operations At June 30, 2013, Maroc Telecom Group's consolidated EBITA4 amounted to MAD 5,951 million, 15.4% higher (+15.4% like for like) than EBITA in H1 2012, which included a restructuring provision of MAD 800 million. Excluding this exceptional item, EBITA was stable year on year (-0.1% like for like), despite a slight increase in amortization expense. The operating margin reached 41.1%, rising by 1.9points (exclusive of restructuring). Net income Net attributable income for H1 2013 came to MAD 3,521 million, 12.6% more than earnings a year earlier, which included an after-tax restructuring provision of MAD568million. Adjusted for this item, the Group share of net income fell year on year by 4.7% (-4.7% like for like). Cash flow Cash flow from operations (CFFO^5) declined moderately (-1.9%) in H1 2013, to MAD 5,354 million, in line with expectations. This change reflects the 9.4% decline in CFFO in Morocco, related to scheduled acceleration in capital spending for broadband networks, and compensated for by international CFFO growth of 64%. At June 30, 2013, Maroc Telecom Group's net debt^6 amounted to MAD 9.6 billion, down 13.2% year on year because of a decrease in dividends paid. Net debt represents only 0.6 times the Group's annual EBITDA. Outlook for 2013 unchanged On the basis of recent market trends, and as long as no major exceptional event interrupts Group activity, Maroc Telecom forecasts maintenance of a substantial EBITDA margin of approximately 56%. EBITDA- CAPEX^2* is expected to grow slightly. *Exclusive of acquisitions of new frequencies or licenses. Overview of Group activities Morocco IFRS in MAD millions H1 2012 H1 2013 Change Revenues 11,876 10,909 -8.1% Mobile 8,937 8,085 -9.5% Services 8,630 7,888 -8.6% Equipment 307 197 -36.0% Fixed line 3,410 3,709 +8.8% Wire-line data* 892 908 +1.8% Elimination -464 -885 EBITDA 6,834 6,478 -5.2% Margin (%) 57.5% 59.4% +1.8 pts EBITA before restructuring 5,180 4,758 -8.1% Margin (%) 43.6% 43.6% - EBITA 4,380 4,758 +8.6% CAPEX^2 1,348 2,038 +51.2% CAPEX/Revenues 11.4% 18.7% 7.3 pts CFFO 4,901 4,443 -9.4% Net debt 9,528 8,297 -12.9% Net debt / EBITDA 0.7 x 0.6 x *Wire-line data include internet, ADSL TV, and data services to businesses. In the first half of 2013, business activities in Morocco generated revenues of MAD 10,909 million, a decline of 8.1%. This decrease reflects ongoing price cuts in the mobile segment, the most recent reduction in mobile termination rates, and the downslide of revenues from fixed lines subsequent to significant price cuts carried out in H1 2012. The EBITDA margin rose by 1.8points year on year, to 59.4%, with EBITDA of MAD 6,478 million (-5.2%). The rising EBITDA margin is attributable to the 2.3-point increase in gross margin, made possible by lower call termination rates. The elimination of asymmetry favorable to Maroc Telecom's competitors was particularly beneficial to EBITDA margin, as was a more focused subsidy policy for the sale of handsets. In addition, operating costs were reduced by 6.3%, mainly from the impact of voluntary redundancies carried out in H2 2012. Despite a 4.0% rise in amortization expense, EBITA from business in Morocco grew 8.6% year on year. Note that H1 2012 included a restructuring provision of MAD 800 million. Excluding restructuring, EBITA declined by 8.1%, to MAD 4,758 million. The EBITA margin (43.6%) was stable, compared with the H1 2012. Cash flow from operations in Morocco fell by 9.4%, to MAD 4,443million, because of the scheduled acceleration of major upgrades for fixed-line (MSAN) and mobile (Single RAN) networks. Capital expenditures were 51% higher than in H1 2012. Mobile Unit H1 2012 H1 2013 Change Mobile Customer base^7 (000) 17,385 18,049 +3.8% Prepaid (000) 16,255 16,731 +2.9% Postpaid (000) 1,130 1,318 +16.7% 3G internet (000) 1,385 1,822 +31.6% ARPU^8 (MAD/month) 81.4 71.5 -12.2% Data in % of ARPU^9 (%) 9.4% 13.9% +4.5 pts MOU (min/month) 110 133 +21.1% Churn (%) 22.3% 20.5% -1.8 pts Mobile revenues declined by 9.5% in H1 2013, to MAD 8,085million. This reflects a challenging competitive environment and overall slowdown in consumer spending in the first half of 2013. The mobile customer base^7 continued to grow, however, expanding 3.8% year on year, to 18,049million customers. This growth was the result of a 2.9% expansion in the prepaid customer base (+476,000 customers) and by solid momentum in the high-value postpaid customer base (+17%). Enhanced content in rate plans drove both performances. The churn rate improved significantly, to 20.5% (-1.8 points, compared with H1 2012). The 3G mobile internet customer base^10 continued its strong momentum, expanding to 1.8 million customers at June 30, 2013, or +32% year on year. Outgoing mobile revenues were 7.8% lower than in H1 2012. The 22% rise in outgoing traffic did not fully compensate for the 28% fall in rates, especially after June 2013, when per-second billing became standard for prepaid plans. Mobile-services revenues declined by 8.6% because of a 11.0% fall in incoming revenues subsequent to a new reduction in mobile termination rates as of January 1, 2013. Equipment revenues continued to decline (-36% in H1 2013) because of a more focused policy for subsidized handsets. Blended ARPU^8 fell by 12.2% in H1 2013, to MAD 71, with outgoing ARPU down by 11.6%. The impact of substantial price cuts in the mobile segment (-28%), of reduced termination rates (-52% year on year), and of customer-base growth was partially compensated for by a rise in outgoing voice usage (+17%) and by growth in data services,^9 which represent 13.9% of ARPU (4.5points more than in 2012). Data services were boosted by usage of mobile internet and SMS prepaid recharges. Fixed line and internet Unit H1 2012 H1 2013 Change Fixed line Fixed lines (000) 1,245 1,325 +6.4% Broadband access^11 (000) 630 755 +19.8% In the first half of 2013, fixed-line and internet activities in Morocco generated revenues of MAD3,709million. This 8.8% year on year growth was due mainly to the increase in the number of lines leased by the Maroc Telecom mobile segment to the Maroc Telecom fixed-line segment (+95%). Adjusted for this intragroup activity, fixed-line and internet activities in Morocco declined by 3.9%. These activities were hurt by the sharp downturn in public-telephony use, now seriously menaced by mobile telephony, and by fixed-line rate cuts in H1 2012 that were intended to restore the fixed-line segment's competitiveness in the face of the mobile challenge. The fixed-line customer base continues to expand rapidly in Morocco. At June 30, 2013, it stood at 1,325 thousand customers (+6.4% year on year). The fixed-line segment benefits from price cuts for telephony, from enhanced rate plans (especially the inclusion in rate plans of free minutes for calls to mobiles), and from the success of ADSL, whose customer base continues its steady growth. At March 31, 2013, the ADSL customer base stood at 755,000 (+20% year on year). Revenues from fixed-line data grew by 1.8%, to MAD908million, driven by the success of broadband rate plans and IP products for businesses. International IFRS in MAD millions H1 2012 H1 2013 Change Change like for like^1 Revenues 3,488 3,804 +9.1% +9.1 % Mauritania 667 737 +10.5% +10.4% Mobile services 607 673 +11.0% +11.0% Burkina Faso 1,028 1,095 +6.5% +6.6% Mobile services 845 921 +9.0% +9.0% Gabon 635 698 +9.9% +9.9% Mobile services 332 397 +19.5% +19.5% Mali 1,186 1,308 +10.3% +10.3% Mobile services 1 004 1123 +11.8% +11.9% Elimination -28 -34 EBITDA 1,524 1,928 +26.5% +26.5% Margin (%) 43.7% 50.7% +7.0pts +7.0pts EBITA 776 1,194 53.9% 53.9% Margin (%) 22.2% 31.4% +9.1pts +9.1pts CAPEX^2 668 715 +7.0% CAPEX/Revenues 19.2% 18.8% -0.4 pts CFFO 557 911 +63.6% Net debt 1,586 1,348 -15.0% Net debt / EBITDA 0.5 x 0.3 x In the first half of 2013, Maroc Telecom Group's international operations grew strongly (+9.1%, and +9.1% like for like), generating revenues totaling MAD 3,804 million. Achieved in spite of a high basis of comparison in Gabon (impact from the Africa Cup of Nations) and Mali (rapid business growth in Q1 2012), this performance was made possible by steady growth of mobile customer bases (+27%), enhanced rate plans, and higher customer consumption. The competitive environment was stable. In the same period, EBITDA grew by 26% year on year (+26% like for like), to MAD 1,928 million. The EBITDA margin (50.7%) rose sharply (+7.0 points) as a result of gross-margin growth of 1.7 pts and a 7.4% decline in operating expenses, due in part to exceptional items. EBITA in H1 2013 amounted to MAD 1,194million, up 54% (+54% like for like) from the previous year. Lower amortization expenses contributed largely to this performance, which resulted in an EBITA margin of 31.4% (+9.1 points). Cash flow from operations (CFFO) from international operations increased by 64%, to MAD911million. CFFO was boosted by EBITDA growth and by improved WCR, particularly from the collection of government receivables. Mauritania Unit H1 2012 H1 2013 Change like for like^1 Mobile Customer base^7 (000) 1,956 2,000 +2.3% ARPU^8 (MAD/month) 53,8 54,6 +1.4% Fixed lines (000) 41 42 +1.5% Broadband access^11 (000) 7 7 +4.2% At June 30, 2013, activities in Mauritania had generated revenues of MAD737 million, a rise of 10.5% (+10.4% like for like) reinforced by the mobile segment, whose service revenues advanced 11.0% (+11.0% like for like) in the wake of growth of the mobile customer base (+2.3%) and the ARPU (+1.4%). The fixed-line customer base grew slightly, to 42,126 lines (+1.5%), while the internet customer base grew by 4.2%, to 7,358 customers. Burkina Faso Unit H1 2012 H1 2013 Change like for like^1 Mobile Customer base^7 (000) 3,574 4,248 +18.9% ARPU^8 (MAD/month) 42,3 37,0 -12.5% Fixed lines (000) 143 100 -29.9% Broadband access^11 (000) 31 27 -12.4% At June 30, 2013, activities in Burkina Faso had generated revenues of MAD 1,095 million, a rise of 6.5% (+6.6% like for like). This performance was helped by steady growth in mobile services, whose revenues increased by 9.0% (+9.0% like for like). The mobile customer base showed strong growth of 19%, although ARPU fell by 12.5% like for like. During the first quarter, Onatel updated the fixed-line prepaid customer base for its CDMA network. The result was a total fixed-line active customer base of 100,021 lines at June 30, 2013. The internet customer base declined by 12.4%, to 27,262 customers. Gabon Unit H1 2012 H1 2013 Change like for like^1 Mobile Customer base^7 (000) 714 929 +30.2% ARPU^8 (MAD/month) 85,6 77,7 -9.2% Fixed lines (000) 18 18 +2.3% Broadband access^11 (000) 7 9 +27.4% Despite an unfavorable basis of comparison because of the positive impact from the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon in early 2012, revenues in Gabon amounted to MAD 698 million in H1 2013, a rise of 9.9% (+9.9% like for like). Business is still driven by the mobile-services segment, whose revenue rose by 19.5% (+19.5% like for like) as a result of strong growth (+30%) in the customer base. The latter has benefited from significant price cuts and network expansion. The fixed-line (+2,3%) and internet (+27%) customer bases returned to steady growth after an update of the CDMA customer base was completed in 2012. Enhanced rate plans (free fixed-to-fixed calls, free doubling of internet capacity) also contributed to this growth. Mali Unit H1 2012 H1 2013 Change like for like^1 Mobile Customer base^7 (000) 5,377 7,524 +39.9% ARPU^8 (MAD/month) 37,8 27,9 -26.2% Fixed lines (000) 95 102 +7.3% Broadband access^11 (000) 41 47 +14.2% Despite the country's problems and an unfavorable basis of comparison (Q1 2012 revenues grew 23% like for like), H1 2013 revenues generated by activities in Mali increased by 10.3% (+10.3% like for like), to MAD 1,308 million. In the second quarter, Sotelma's revenues rose by 17%. This net acceleration was due to strong growth of the mobile customer base (+40%). Fixed-line (+7.3%) and internet (+14.2%) customer bases continue to show steady growth. Notes 1 Fixed exchange rates for MAD / Mauritanian ouguiya / CFA franc. 2 CAPEX correspond to property, plant, equipment and intangible assets acquisitions recognized over the period. 3 At March 31, 2013, Maroc Telecom consolidated Mauritel, Onatel, Gabon Telecom, Sotelma, and Casanet in its financial statements. 4 EBITA corresponds to EBIT before the amortization of intangible assets acquired through business combinations and the impairment losses on goodwill and other intangibles acquired through business combinations, other income and charges related to financial investing transactions and to transactions with shareowners (except if directly recognized in equity). 5 CFFO comprises pretax net cash flows from operations (see the statement of cash flows), dividends received from affiliates, and unconsolidated equity interests. CFFO also comprises net capital expenditure, which corresponds to net uses of cash for acquisitions and disposals of property, plant, equipment, and intangible assets. 6 Borrowings and other current and noncurrent liabilities less cash and cash equivalents, including cash held in escrow for bank loans. 7 The active customer base comprises prepaid customers who have made or received a voice call (paid or free) or who have sent an SMS or MMS at any time during the past three months, and postpaid clients who have not terminated their agreements. 8 ARPU is defined as revenues (generated by inbound and outbound calls and by data services) net of promotional offers, excluding roaming and equipment sales, divided by the average customer base for the period. In this instance, blended ARPU combines both prepaid and postpaid segments. 9 Mobile data revenues include revenues of all non-voice services billed (SMS, MMS, mobile internet mobile, etc.). As from second-quarter 2012, revenues from mobile data also include the valuation of 3G internet access at 512 kb/s included in all Maroc Telecom postpaid rate plans. The comparison base has been modified retroactively. 10 The active customer base for 3G mobile internet includes holders of a postpaid subscription agreement (with or without a voice offer) and holders of a prepaid internet subscription who have made at least one top-up during the past three months or whose top-up is still valid. 11 The broadband customer bases include narrowband access and leased lines. Important Disclaimers Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements. This press release contains forward-looking statements and elements with respect to the financial condition, results of operations, strategy, plans and outlook of Maroc Telecom, including the impact of certain transactions. Although Maroc Telecom believes that such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results may differ materially from the forward-looking statements as a result of a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside our control, including the risks described in the public documents Maroc Telecom filed with the Conseil Déontologique des Valeurs Mobilières www.cdvm.gov.ma and Autorité des Marchés Financiers www.amf-france.org, (Moroccan and French securities regulators),which are also available in English on Maroc Telecom's website www.iam.ma. Accordingly, we caution you against relying on forward looking statements. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release and Maroc Telecom disclaims any intention or obligation to provide, update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, subject to applicable law including III.2.31 and following of the Conseil Déontologique des Valeurs Mobilières Circular and 223-1 and following of the General Regulation of the Autorité des Marchés Financiers. Maroc Telecom is a full-service telecommunications operator in Morocco and leader in the fixed-line, mobile, and internet sectors. The Group has developed internationally and today has operations in Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Gabon, and Mali. Maroc Telecom has been listed on the Casablanca and Paris stock exchanges since December 2004. The Group's major shareholders are Vivendi Group (53%) and the Kingdom of Morocco (30%). Contacts ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Investor relations Press relations Emmanuel de Feydeau +212 (0)537 71 90 39 Mouna Mellah +212 (0)537 71 50 97 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Consolidated statement of financial position ASSETS (in millions MAD) June 30, 2013 December 31, 2012 Goodwill 6,861 6,877 Other intangible assets 3,337 3,445 Property, plant, and equipment 25,874 25,476 Noncurrent financial assets 215 266 Deferred tax assets 66 59 Noncurrent assets 36,353 36,122 Inventories 458 468 Trade accounts receivable and other 9,623 10,291 Short-term financial assets 60 47 Cash and cash equivalents 632 964 Available-for-sale assets 56 56 Current assets 10,828 11,825 TOTAL ASSETS 47,181 47,948 SHAREHOLDRS' EQUITY AND LIABILITIES (in millions MAD) June 30, 2013 December 31, 2012 Share capital 5,275 5,275 Retained earnings 4,513 4,314 Net earnings 3,521 6,705 Equity attributable to equity holders of the 13,309 16,294 parents Noncontrolling interest 4,190 4,399 Total shareholders' equity 17,499 20,693 Noncurrent provisions 734 692 Borrowings and other long-term financial 472 886 liabilities Deferred tax liabilities 226 244 Other noncurrent liabilities 132 132 Noncurrent liabilities 1,564 1,954 Trade accounts payable 17,510 17,394 Current income tax liabilities 593 369 Current provisions 199 279 Borrowings and other short-term financial 9,814 7,259 liabilities Current liabilities 28,117 25,302 TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY AND LIABILITIES 47,181 47,948 Consolidated statement of comprehensive income (In millions MAD) H1-2013 H1-2012 Revenues 14,468 15,172 Cost of purchases (2,014) (2,517) Payroll costs (1,369) (1,504) Taxes and duties (740) (697) Other operating income (expenses) (1,957) (1,992) Net depreciation, amortization, and provisions (2,439) (3,306) Earnings from operations 5,951 5,155 Other income and charges from ordinary activities (21) (21) Earnings from continuing operations 5,930 5,135 Income from cash and cash equivalents 11 2 Borrowing costs (143) (142) Net borrowing costs (132) (140) Other financial income and expenses (19) (12) Net financial income (expense) (151) (152) Income tax expense (1,859) (1,618) Net earnings 3,920 3,364 Exchange gain or loss from foreign activities 2 (56) Other income and expenses (26) 0 Total comprehensive income for the period 3,896 3,308 Net earnings 3,920 3,364 Attributable to equity holders of the parent 3,521 3,128 Noncontrolling interest 399 236 Earnings per share H1-2013 H1-2012 Net earnings - Group share (in millions MAD) 3,521 3,128 Number of shares 879,095,340 879,095,340 Earnings per share (in MAD) 4.0 3.6 Diluted earnings per share (in MAD) 4.0 3.6 Consolidated statement of cash flows (In millions MAD) H1-2013 H1-2012 Earnings from operations 5,951 5,155 Amortization, depreciation and other adjustments 2,352 3,210 Gross cash earnings 8,304 8,365 Other elements of the net change in working capital (127) 114 Cash flow from operations before taxes 8,177 8,479 Tax paid (1,070) (1,135) Net cash from operating activities (a) 7,107 7,344 Purchase of PP&E and intangible assets (2,831) (3,048) Increase in financial assets (7) 0 Disposal of PP&E and intangible assets 8 77 Decrease in financial assets 66 0 Dividends received from nonconsolidated investments 0 1 Net cash used in investing activities (b) (2,765) (2,970) Capital increase 0 0 Dividends paid by Maroc Telecom (6,209) (8,137) Dividends paid by subsidiaries to minority shareholders (446) (302) Changes in share capital (6,655) (8,439) Borrowings and increase in other noncurrent financial 0 230 liabilities Payments on borrowings and decrease in other noncurrent 0 (79) financial liabilities Borrowings and increase in other current financial 3,616 2,786 liabilities Payments on borrowings and decrease in other current (648) (576) financial liabilities Changes in shareholders' current accounts debtors / (841) 1,935 financial creditors Net interest (cash only) (132) (137) Other cash expenses (income) used in financing activities (16) (14) Changes in borrowings and other financial liabilities 1,979 4,145 Net cash used in financing activities (d) (4,676) (4,294) Effect of foreign currency adjustments (g) 3 0 Total cash flows (a)+(b)+(d)+(g) (331) 80 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 964 617 Cash and cash equivalents at end of period 632 697 Maroc telecom : Consolidated Results for H1 2013 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ This announcement is distributed by Thomson Reuters on behalf of Thomson Reuters clients. 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