BT Group plc Results for the Second Quarter and Half Year to 30 September 2011

LONDON, Nov. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- BT Group plc (BT.L) today announces its results for the second quarter and half year to 30 September 2011.

Second quarter and half year results:



Second quarter
to 30 September 2011

Half year
to 30 September 2011


m pounds

Change

m pounds

Change

Revenue(1)

4,894 

(2)%

9,658  

(3)%

Underlying revenue excluding transit


0.4%


(1)%

EBITDA(1)

1,495 

3%

2,931  

3%

Profit before tax       - adjusted(1)

570 

15%

1,103  

17%

                                - reported

552 

36%

1,069  

37%

Earnings per share  - adjusted(1)

5.6p

10%

10.8p

14%

                                - reported

6.4p

25%

11.3p

28%

Interim dividend



2.6p

8%

Free cash flow(1)

671 

95m pounds

979  

(56)m pounds

Net debt



8,317  

(387)m pounds




Ian Livingston, Chief Executive, commenting on the results, said:

"We have increased cash flow, profits and underlying revenue(2) in the quarter. This progress has been supplemented with positive operational performances in most of our businesses. We achieved a market leading 63% share of broadband net additions and another quarter of growth in fixed lines.

"We expect to continue to offset the economic headwinds through improved customer service and processes, better efficiency, and investment in the future of the business.  This strategy and our financial results allow us to invest when others are merely talking about it.  We are accelerating our fibre roll-out programme to cover two-thirds of the UK by the end of 2014 – one year earlier than planned and creating 520 new jobs. With the already announced government support, we believe there is the potential for fibre-based services to reach more than 90% of the UK within a few years thereafter.

"We are also investing across the world and have announced a programme to double our business in key Latin American countries in addition to our expansion in the Asia Pacific region announced last year.

"Our performance in the quarter reinforces but does not change our outlook for the year."

NOTE:  To read the full announcement, go to: http://www.btplc.com/News/Articles/Showarticle.cfm?ArticleID=B4D54086-8D06-45C5-BF8E-99F6536EF094

(1) Before specific items
(2) Excluding transit
Unless otherwise stated, the changes in results are year on year against the second quarter or half year to 30 September 2010.

RESULTS FOR THE SECOND QUARTER AND HALF YEAR TO 30 SEPTEMBER 2011


Group results



Second quarter to 30 September

Half year to 30 September


2011

2010

Change

2011

2010

Change


m pounds

m pounds

%

m pounds

m pounds

%

Revenue







- adjusted(1)

4,894

4,977

(2)

9,658

9,983

(3)

- reported (see Note below)

4,484

4,977

(10)

9,248

9,983

(7)

- underlying excluding transit(2)


0.4



(1)

EBITDA







- adjusted(1)

1,495

1,452

3

2,931

2,851

3

- reported

1,428

1,381

3

2,798

2,729

3

Operating profit







- adjusted(1)

742

715

4

1,439

1,385

4

- reported

675

644

5

1,306

1,263

3

Profit before tax







- adjusted(1)

570

496

15

1,103

942

17

- reported

552

406

36

1,069

781

37

Earnings per share







- adjusted(1)

5.6p

5.1p

10

10.8p

9.5p

14

- reported

6.4p

5.1p

25

11.3p

8.8p

28

Interim dividend




2.6p

2.4p

8

Capital expenditure

652

608

7

1,234

1,131

9

Free cash flow







- adjusted(1)

671

576

16

979

1,035

(5)

- reported

629

535

18

876

950

(8)

Net debt




8,317

8,704

(4)


Note: Reported revenue includes a specific charge of £410m relating to a retrospective regulatory ruling in Germany, which has no impact on profits or cash (see Group results – Specific items).



Line of business results(1)


Revenue

EBITDA

Operating cash flow

Second quarter to

2011

2010(3)

Change

2011

2010(3)

Change

2011

2010(3)

Change

30 September

m pounds

m pounds

%

m pounds

m pounds

%

m pounds

m pounds

%

BT Global Services

2,014

1,992

1

159

138

15

(55)

(28)

(96)

BT Retail

1,853

1,919

(3)

445

414

7

344

333

3

BT Wholesale

982

1,051

(7)

305

326

(6)

222

222

-

Openreach

1,280

1,235

4

567

532

7

350

255

37

Other and intra-group items

(1,235)

(1,220)

(1)

19

42

(55)

(190)

(206)

8

Total

4,894

4,977

(2)

1,495

1,452

3

671

576

16


(1) Before specific items. Specific items are defined below and analysed in Note 4 to the condensed consolidated financial statements

(2) Underlying revenue excluding transit is defined below

(3) Restated for the impact of customer account moves. See Note 1 to the condensed consolidated financial statements




Notes:

1) Unless otherwise stated, any reference to revenue, earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA), operating profit, operating costs, profit before tax and earnings per share (EPS) 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 and reported EPS are the equivalent unadjusted or statutory measures.

2) Underlying revenue is a measure which seeks to reflect the underlying revenue performance of the group that will contribute to long-term profitable growth. As such it excludes any increases or decreases in revenue as a result of acquisitions or disposals, any foreign exchange movements affecting revenue 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 which have no impact on the group's profitability.

3) The income statement, cash flow statement, statements of comprehensive income and equity and balance sheet are provided on pages 11 to 15. A reconciliation of group operating profit to EBITDA (as defined above) is provided in Note 7. A reconciliation of reported profit before tax to adjusted profit before tax is provided in Note 8. A reconciliation of reported EPS (as defined above) to adjusted EPS is provided in Note 9. Reconciliations of free cash flow and net debt are provided in Notes 5 and 6, respectively.

4) Unless otherwise stated, the references 2011 and 2012 are the financial years to 31 March 2011 and 2012, respectively, except in relation to our fibre roll-out plans which are based on calendar years.

The third quarter results for 2012 are expected to be announced on 3 February 2012.

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 our 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 to 31 March 2011, BT Group's revenue was 20,076m pounds with profit before taxation of 1,717m pounds.

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 Group plc



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