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BT Group plc Results For The Fourth Quarter And Year To 31 March 2014

    BT Group plc Results For The Fourth Quarter And Year To 31 March 2014  PR Newswire  IRVING, Texas, May 8, 2014  IRVING, Texas, May 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- BT Group plc (BT.L) today announced its results for the fourth quarter and year to 31 March 2014.  Fourth quarter and full year results:                                           Fourth quarter to Year to                                           31 March 2014     31 March 2014                                          £m      Change^1  £m     Change^1 Revenue^2                                4,748   (1)%      18,287 0% Underlying revenue^3 excluding transit           1.2%             0.5% EBITDA^2                                 1,705   2%        6,116  0% Profit before tax           - adjusted^2 901     9%        2,827  6%                             - reported   747     17%       2,312  0% Earnings per share          - adjusted^2 9.0p    10%       28.2p  7%                             - reported   7.2p    1%        25.7p  4% Normalised free cash flow^4              1,346   £45m      2,450  £150m Net debt                                                   7,028  £(769)m Full year proposed dividend                                10.9p  15%  Gavin Patterson, Chief Executive, commenting on the results, said:  "We have made strong progress this year. Underlying revenue, adjusted profit before tax and normalised free cash flow have all grown and beaten market expectations.  "Our investment in fibre is delivering with 1.3 million more premises taking fibre this year, almost doubling the number of homes and businesses now connected. Our rollout is ahead of schedule with our fibre network passing more than 19 million premises, around two thirds of the UK. But we are not stopping there. All of our BDUK projects are underway and will help take the coverage of all fibre networks to at least 90% of the UK, bringing significant benefits to communities across the nation.  "BT Sport has proved very popular and we are delighted the service is now in around five million homes. For BT Consumer it underpinned a record 9% growth in revenue in the fourth quarter and the lowest line losses in over five years. We achieved an excellent 79% share of broadband^5 market net additions in the quarter.  "BT Global Services delivered a 9% increase in its order intake this year and continued to see double-digit revenue increases in the high-growth regions of the world. BT Business and BT Wholesale have also delivered decent order intakes. Our cost transformation programmes are helping to drive the strong cash flow of the group.  "These results provide a strong platform for growth and from which to achieve our outlook for the years ahead. Our performance in the year means that we are growing our full year dividend by 15% to 10.9p and we now expect to increase our dividend by 10%-15% for each of the next two years. We continue to focus on improving the service we provide to our customers and delivering on our investments."   ^1 Certain results for the fourth quarter and year to 31 March 2013 have been restated. See Note 1 to the condensed consolidated financial statements ^2 Before specific items ^3 Excludes specific items, foreign exchange movements and the effect of acquisitions and disposals ^4 Before specific items, purchases of telecommunications licences, pension deficit payments and the cash tax benefit of pension deficit payments ^5 DSL and fibre  Key points for the fourth quarter:    oUnderlying revenue excluding transit up 1.2%   oEBITDA^1 up 2% and earnings per share^1 up 10%   oUnderlying operating costs^2 excluding transit up 0.5%; down 5% excluding     our investments in BT Sport and the non-cash increase in the pensions     operating charge   o347,000 net fibre connections, up 28%, of which 249,000 are BT retail     customers   oBT Global Services order intake of £2.2bn, up 13%  Key points for the year:    oUnderlying revenue excluding transit up 0.5%, reversing decline of 3.1% in     prior year and achieving our outlook of an improved trend   oEBITDA^1 flat at £6,116m compared with our outlook of £6.0bn-£6.1bn   oNormalised free cash flow^3 of £2,450m, up £150m, ahead of our outlook of     around £2.3bn   oUnderlying operating costs^2 down 3% excluding transit, our investments in     BT Sport and the non-cash increase in the pensions operating charge   oEarnings per share^1 up 7%   oNet debt at £7,028m, down £769m   oProposed final dividend of 7.5p, up 15%, giving full year dividend of     10.9p, also up 15%  Future outlook: We are confident we will achieve our goal of sustainable, profitable revenue growth and we have updated our outlook as set out below:                                       2013/14                                              2014/15       2015/16                                      results Underlying revenue excluding transit Up 0.5% Broadly level Growth EBITDA^1                             £6,116m £6.2bn-£6.3bn Growth Normalised free cash flow^3          £2,450m Above £2.6bn  Growth Dividend per share                   Up 15%  Up 10%-15%    Up 10%-15% Share buyback programme              £302m   c.£300m       c.£300m    o2014/15 underlying revenue excluding transit expected to be broadly level     with 2013/14 despite an expected negative year on year impact of around     £100m in UK local government revenues   o2014/15 normalised free cash flow^3 outlook above our previous     expectations reflecting capital expenditure efficiencies. Cash flow     growth to continue in 2015/16   oDividend and share buyback policy extended by one year to 2015/16  ^1 Before specific items ^2 Excludes specific items, foreign exchange movements and the effect of acquisitions and disposals and is before depreciation and amortisation ^3 Before specific items, purchases of telecommunications licences, pension deficit payments and the cash tax benefit of pension deficit payments  GROUP RESULTS FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER AND YEAR TO 31 MARCH 2014                              Fourth quarter to 31 March  Year to 31 March                             2014        2013^1  Change  2014   2013^1 Change                             £m          £m      %       £m     £m     % Revenue - adjusted^2                4,748       4,815   (1)     18,287 18,339 0 - reported (see Note below) 4,748       4,815   (1)     18,287 18,103 1 - underlying revenue excluding transit          1.2                   0.5 EBITDA - adjusted^2                1,705       1,664   2       6,116  6,143  0 - reported (see Note below) 1,611       1,513   6       5,840  5,791  1 Operating profit - adjusted^2                1,054       972     8       3,421  3,300  4 - reported                  960         821     17      3,145  2,948  7 Profit before tax - adjusted^2                901         824     9       2,827  2,656  6 - reported                  747         639     17      2,312  2,315  0 Earnings per share - adjusted^2                9.0p        8.2p    10      28.2p  26.3p  7 - reported                  7.2p        7.1p    1       25.7p  24.8p  4 Full year proposed dividend                             10.9p  9.5p   15 Capital expenditure^3          574      648     (11)    2,346  2,438  (4) Normalised free cash flow^4      1,346  1,301   3       2,450  2,300  7 Net debt                                                7,028  7,797  £(769)m  Note: Reported revenue and EBITDA in the year to 31 March 2013 included a specific item charge of £151m and £36m, respectively, relating to Ofcom's determinations on historic Ethernet pricing as well as a specific item charge of £85m and £58m, respectively, relating to the retrospective regulatory impact of the Court of Appeal decision on ladder pricing.  Line of business results^2               Revenue                EBITDA              Free cash flow^4 Fourth quarter to   2014    2013^1  Change 2014  2013^1 Change 2014    2013^1  Change 31 March              £m      £m      %      £m    £m     %      £m      £m      % BT Global    1,857   1,934   (4)    286   264    8      517     454     14 Services BT Business  895     922     (3)    287   284    1      280     304     (8) BT Consumer  1,068   982     9      269   256    5      216     218     (1) BT Wholesale 571     669     (15)   152   161    (6)    219     178     23 Openreach    1,271   1,276   0      694   683    2      460     410     12 Other and intra-group  (914)   (968)   (6)    17    16     6      (346)   (263)   32 items Total        4,748   4,815   (1)    1,705 1,664  2      1,346   1,301   3 Year to 31 March BT Global    7,041   7,170   (2)    932   832    12     389     212     83 Services BT Business  3,509   3,516   0      1,098 1,047  5      892     907     (2) BT Consumer  4,019   3,846   4      833   968    (14)   472     655     (28) BT Wholesale 2,422   2,608   (7)    614   620    (1)    372     348     7 Openreach    5,061   5,115   (1)    2,601 2,642  (2)    1,492   1,475   1 Other and intra-group  (3,765) (3,916) (4)    38    34     12     (1,167) (1,297) (10) items Total        18,287  18,339  0      6,116 6,143  0      2,450   2,300   7  ^1 Certain results for the fourth quarter and year to 31 March 2013 have been restated. See Note 1 to the condensed consolidated financial statements ^2 Before specific items. Specific items are defined on page 4 and analysed in Note 4 to the condensed consolidated financial statements ^3 Before purchases of telecommunications licences ^4 Before specific items, purchases of telecommunications licences, pension deficit payments and the cash tax benefit of pension deficit payments  Notes:  1.The commentary focuses on the trading results on an adjusted basis, which     is a non-GAAP measure, being before specific items. Unless otherwise     stated, revenue, operating costs, earnings before interest, tax,     depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA), operating profit, profit before     tax, net finance expense, earnings per share (EPS) and normalised free     cash flow are measured before specific items. This is consistent with the     way that financial performance is measured by management and 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 operating     costs, reported EBITDA, reported operating profit, reported profit before     tax, reported net finance expense, reported EPS and reported free cash     flow are the equivalent unadjusted or statutory measures. Reconciliations     of revenue, operating costs and operating profit are set out in the Group     income statement. Specific items are set out in Note 4. Reconciliations     of EBITDA, adjusted profit before tax and adjusted EPS to the nearest     measures prepared in accordance with IFRS are provided in Notes 7, 8 and 9     respectively. 2.Trends in underlying revenue, trends in underlying operating costs, and     underlying EBITDA are non-GAAP 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 focus on     the trends in underlying revenue and underlying operating costs excluding     transit as transit traffic is low-margin and is significantly affected by     reductions in mobile termination rates.  The fourth quarter and full year 2013/14 results 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 BT Group plc Annual Report & Form 20-F 2014 is expected to be published on 22 May 2014. The Annual General Meeting of BT Group plc will be held at Old Billingsgate, 1 Old Billingsgate Walk, London, EC3R 6DX, on Wednesday 16 July 2014 at 11am.  Results for the first quarter to 30 June 2014 are expected to be announced on Thursday 31 July 2014.  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. During the year BT Retail divided into two separate divisions and so BT now consists principally of five customer-facing lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Business, BT Consumer, BT Wholesale and Openreach.  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  SOURCE BT  Website: http://www.btplc.com Contact: Press office: Ross Cook Tel: 020 7356 5369; or Investor relations: Damien Maltarp Tel: 020 7356 4909  
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