ISTANBUL, April 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Turkcell (NYSE:TKC, ISE: TCELL), the leading communications and technology company in Turkey, today announced results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011. All financial results in this press release are unaudited, prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") and expressed in Turkish liras and dollars unless otherwise stated.
Please note that all financial data is consolidated and comprises Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S., (the "Company", or "Turkcell") and its subsidiaries and associates (together referred to as the "Group"). All non-financial data is unconsolidated and comprises Turkcell only. The terms "we", "us", and "our" in this press release refer only to the Company, except in discussions of financial data, where such terms refer to the Group, and where context otherwise requires.
Highlights of the Quarter
- Group revenue registered at TRY2,118.4 million (TRY2,249.0 million) down by 5.8% year-on-year.
- Turkcell Turkey's revenues of TRY1,839.8 million (TRY2,016.3 million) fell 8.8% year-on-year. This was mainly due to the negative impact of regulatory changes effective as of April 1, 2010. It was also coupled with intensified mobile market competition. - Mobile internet revenues of Turkcell Turkey continued to grow by 64.4% to TRY151.4 million (TRY92.1 million). - The contribution of Group subsidiaries to the top line improved to 13.2% (10.3%). Specifically, Superonline revenues rose 27.9% to TRY91.1 million (TRY71.2 million).
- Group EBITDA(1) declined by 12.0% to TRY625.8 million (TRY711.3 million) and EBITDA margin decreased by 2.1 pp to 29.5% (31.6%), mainly due to increasing selling and marketing expenses in Turkey.
- However, the EBITDA contribution of Group subsidiaries improved to 13.7% (6.1%) mainly as: - Superonline's EBITDA grew by 145.8% to TRY 14.5 million (TRY5.9 million). - Astelit in Ukraine recorded EBITDA of US$18.8 million in Q1 2011, a three-fold increase.
- Group net income decreased by 21.0% to TRY330.1 million (TRY417.6 million), mainly due to lower EBITDA and was adversely impacted by an additional provision of TRY55.8 million regarding the tax amnesty application.
- Turkcell's 2010 Annual General Assembly was held on April 21, 2011, however the Group's audited consolidated financial statements for fiscal year 2010, previously approved by the statutory auditors, the audit committee, and the Board of Directors, and also audited by an independent auditing company, were not approved. Consequently, the proposed 75% dividend distribution from 2010 profits could also not be approved.(2)
(1)EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. See pages 13-14 for the reconciliation of EBITDA to net cash from operating activities.
(2) Please refer to page 12 for further details.
* In this press release, a year-on-year comparison of our key indicators is provided and figures in parentheses following the operational and financial results for March 31, 2011 refer to the same item as at March 31, 2010. For further details, please refer to our consolidated financial statements and notes as at and for March 31, 2011 which can be accessed via our web site in the investor relations section (www.turkcell.com.tr).
**Please note that the Information and Communication Technologies Authority in Turkey is referred to as "the Telecommunications Authority" herein.
Comments from the CEO, Sureyya Ciliv
"In the first quarter of 2011, Turkcell Group recorded revenues of TRY2.1 billion, EBITDA of TRY626 million and net income of TRY330 million. Intensified price-focused competition, as well as the reduction in termination rates by 52% and the maximum price cap by 38%, negatively impacted our financial results compared to the same period of last year.
In order to ensure the sustainability of increasing investments in mobile internet, boost customer confidence in the sector and enable market growth, we believe that more rational competition is required.
We differentiate ourselves with investments in our brand, in technology and in customer satisfaction to further sharpen our customer focus and provide new technology solutions.
We will continue to strengthen our leadership through our growing mobile internet business, rising group synergy, in particular through Turkcell Superonline, and the contribution of our other consolidated subsidiaries. We expect to resume a growth trend starting from the second quarter of this year by defending our valuable subscriber base.
As always, our people remain central to our continued success. I would like to thank all of our customers, employees, business partners, and shareholders for their continued support."
Competition in the Turkish mobile market intensified in the first quarter of 2011. Mobile line penetration remained flat at 85% along with the addition of new data lines, while multiple SIM card usage further decreased.
During the quarter, the aggressive pricing environment continued. Unlimited voice offers were replaced by packages priced at TRY20-30 that featured generous voice, data and SMS incentives from our competitors. This led to a decline in average prices. On the terminal front, contracted handset-bundled offers were available for a negligible additional monthly fee. Furthermore, the competition's emphasis on port-in offers, specifically aimed at post-paid, necessitated increased dealer incentives and aggressive advertising spending. All in all, campaigns and tariffs mostly focused on gaining subscriber market share and growing the top line, once again, at the expense of longer term profitability.
In this intensifying competitive environment, we continued to position Turkcell as a premium offering. We redesigned our tariff structure, launched new services designed to address specific needs of target customer segments and provided additional incentives to strengthen loyalty of our customers. Similarly, we increased our efforts to migrate our customers to contract based offers to ensure long term retention of our valuable customer base. We also continued to strengthen both our brand and our bond with customers, emphasizing our strong value propositions and sales channel. As a result, despite the highly aggressive pricing environment, we managed to decrease churn rate quarter-on-quarter and record 20% less churn when compared with 2010.
On the data front, our efforts to increase mobile internet users continued, and the number of contracted smartphone sales through our sales channel increased by 211% year-on-year. This resulted in an increased proportion of smartphones and 3G enabled handsets in our network, together with higher application downloads by 6 times year-on-year to 12 million.
During the quarter, Turkcell Turkey's mobile internet revenues rose by 64.4% year-on-year to TRY151.4 million. Consequently, the share of mobile internet and service revenues in Turkcell Turkey revenues rose by 4.0 percentage points to 23.0% (19.0%). The share of our consolidated mobile internet and service revenues rose by 3.6 pp to 22.0% (18.4%), a key contributor to portfolio diversification.
In late January 2011, unforeseen intense price competition started in the Turkish mobile market. Our competitors increased their attacks, we believe seeking market share at the expense of profitability. In order to defend our subscriber base and further differentiate Turkcell, we had to lower prices and incur higher operational expenses in an intensely competitive domestic market. We believe that such expenses were justified by our pursuit of longer term returns.
Accordingly, we now expect comparatively lower growth in Group financial results, mainly due to Turkcell Turkey. In this context, we revise our 2011 target for consolidated revenue to a range of TRY9,300 million - TRY9,600 million, while we aim to achieve EBITDA of TRY2,900 million - TRY3,050 million. For the group capex, we now expect to spend less compared to 2010, at the figure of around TRY1.5 billion. These targets are based on our current expectations regarding the market dynamics and other factors.(1)
Overview of the Macroeconomic Environment
The foreign exchange rates which have been used in our financial reporting and certain macroeconomic indicators are set out below.
Q110 Q410 Q111 y/y % chg q/q % chg TRY / US$ rate Closing Rate 1.5215 1.5460 1.5483 1.8% 0.1% Average Rate 1.5109 1.4717 1.5737 4.2% 6.9% Consumer Price 1.6% 1.6% - - Index 3.9% GDP Growth 11.7% 9.2% n.a. - - UAH/ US$ rate Closing Rate 7.93 7.96 7.96 0.4% - Average Rate 7.98 7.93 7.94 (0.5%) 0.1%
(1) For a further discussion of factors that may affect market dynamics and our ability to achieve these targets, see "Forward Looking Statements" below and our Annual Report on Form 20-F for 2010 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and in particular the risk factor section therein.
Financial and Operational Review of the First Quarter 2011
The following discussion focuses principally on the developments and trends in our business in the first quarter of 2011 in TRY terms. Selected financial information for the first and fourth quarters of 2010, and the first quarter of 2011, both in TRY and US$ prepared in accordance with IFRS, and in TRY prepared in accordance with the Capital Markets Board of Turkey's standards, are also included at the end of this press release.
Financial Review of Turkcell Group Profit & Loss Statement (million TRY) Q110 Q410 Q111 y/y % q/q % chg chg Total Revenue 2,249.0 2,186.2 2,118.4 (5.8%) (3.1%) Direct cost of revenues(1) (1,277.5) (1,268.6) (1,249.2) (2.2%) (1.5%) Depreciation and amortization (255.9) (297.3) (278.0) 8.6% (6.5%) Gross Margin 43.2% 42.0% 41.0% (2.2pp) (1.0pp) Administrative expenses (124.4) (139.3) (110.3) (11.3%) (20.8%) Selling and marketing expenses (391.7) (426.6) (411.1) 5.0% (3.6%) EBITDA(2) 711.3 649.0 625.8 (12.0%) (3.6%) EBITDA Margin 31.6% 29.7% 29.5% (2.1pp) (0.2pp) Net finance income / (expense) 66.1 87.7 37.0 (44.0%) (57.8%) Finance expense (50.2) (5.4) (71.6) 42.6% 1,225.9% Finance income 116.3 93.1 108.6 (6.6%) 16.6% Share of profit of associates 46.1 40.8 56.7 23.0% 39.0% Other income / (expense) (40.3) (25.7) (27.9) (30.8%) 8.6% Income tax expense (126.7) (104.8) (99.0) (21.9%) (5.5%) Net Income 417.6 368.1 330.1 (21.0%) (10.3%) (1) including depreciation and amortization expenses.
(2) EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. See pages 13-14 for the reconciliation of EBITDA to net cash from operating activities.
Revenue: In Q1 2011, revenues contracted by 5.8% year-on-year to TRY2,118.4 million (TRY2,249.0 million). This decline mainly stemmed from the decrease in Turkcell Turkey's mobile voice revenues, resulting from the sharp decline in interconnection rates and maximum price cap, together with the adverse effects of aggressive competition in Turkey. This was partially compensated by 10.5% growth in the mobile internet & services revenues of Turkcell Turkey, and 19.7% growth in contribution from subsidiaries.
Compared to the previous quarter; consolidated revenues decreased by 3.1%, mainly due to the declining mobile voice revenues of Turkcell Turkey; this was despite the 12.7% increase in Turkcell Turkey's mobile internet revenues to TRY151.4 million from TRY134.3 million in Q4 2010, and 2.7% growth in contribution from subsidiaries.
Turkcell Turkey's interconnection revenues decreased to TRY160.9 million from TRY220.9 million in Q1 2010, mainly due to MTR cuts, which led to a decline in the share of interconnection revenues in Turkcell Turkey's revenues to 8.7% (11.0%).
Direct cost of revenues: including depreciation and amortization decreased by 2.2% to TRY1,249.2 million in Q1 2011 (TRY1,277.5 million). Meanwhile, direct cost of revenues as a percentage of total revenue rose to 59.0% (56.8%). This mainly arose from the increases in depreciation and amortization (up 1.7 pp), network-related expenses (up 1.0 pp), wages and salaries (up 0.9 pp) and other items (up 0.4 pp), which were partially offset by the decrease in interconnection costs (down 1.8 pp).
Quarter-on-quarter, direct cost of revenues, including depreciation and amortization as a percentage of total revenue, increased by 1.0 pp from 58.0% in Q4 2010. This was mainly a result of higher interconnection costs (up 1.0 pp), wages and salaries (up 0.4 pp) and other items (up 0.1 pp); which were partially compensated by lower depreciation and amortization (down 0.5 pp).
In Q1 2011, Turkcell Turkey's interconnection costs decreased to TRY180.2 million from TRY217.2 million in Q1 2010 which resulted in a decline in Turkcell Turkey's interconnection costs as a percentage of revenue to 9.8% (10.8%).
Administrative expenses: as a percentage of revenue slightly declined to 5.2% in Q1 2011 (5.5%), mainly due to a decline in bad debt expenses. Compared to the previous quarter, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of revenue fell 1.2 pp from 6.4% in Q4 2010, which mostly resulted from 1.2 pp lower bad debt expenses.
Selling and marketing expenses: as a percentage of revenue increased by 2.0 pp to 19.4% in Q1 2011 (17.4%), resulting mainly from intensified marketing expenses (up 1.0 pp), together with increased wages and salaries (up 0.5 pp) and other items (up 0.5 pp).
Quarter-on-quarter, selling and marketing expenses as a percentage of revenue remained almost stable at around 19.4%.
EBITDA: In Q1 2011, EBITDA in nominal terms was at TRY625.8 million (TRY711.3 million), while the EBITDA margin decreased by 2.1 pp to 29.5% (31.6%), mainly due to 2.0 pp higher selling and marketing expenses and 0.4 pp higher direct cost of revenues (excluding depreciation and amortization), which were partially offset by the 0.3 pp lower general and administrative expenses.
Quarter-on-quarter, the EBITDA margin slightly decreased from 29.7% in Q4 2010 to 29.5%. The 1.4 pp higher direct cost of revenues was partially offset by 1.2 pp lower general and administrative expenses.
Net finance income/(expense): decreased to TRY37.0 million in Q1 2011 from TRY66.1 million in Q1 2010, mainly due to additional interest expense regarding tax amnesty application, lower interest income and higher translation loss.
Compared to the previous quarter, net finance income declined from TRY87.7 million in Q4 2010, which mainly stems from a translation loss of TRY24.0 million in Q1 2011, as opposed to a translation gain of TRY24.2 million in Q4 2010. This mainly results from 0.15% depreciation of TRY against US$ in Q1 2011, as opposed to 6.5% depreciation in Q4 2010 which resulted in a translation gain in Turkcell Turkey in Q4 2010 that was partially offset by a translation loss in subsidiaries.
(1) EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. See pages 13-14 for the reconciliation of EBITDA to net cash from operating activities
Share of profit of equity accounted investees: Our share in the net income of unconsolidated investees, consisting of the net income/(expense) impact of Fintur and A-Tel, rose by 23.0% to TRY56.7 million (TRY46.1 million in Q1 2010), and by 39.0% from TRY40.8 million in Q4 2010, mainly due to the higher net income contribution from Fintur.
The results of our 50%-owned subsidiary A-Tel particularly impacted two items in our financial statements:
- A-Tel's revenue generated from Turkcell, amounting to TRY10.2 million in Q1 2011, is netted out from the selling and marketing expenses in our consolidated financial statements in proportion to our ownership.
- The difference between the total net impact of A-Tel and the amount netted out from selling and marketing expenses amounted to TRY9.1 million in Q1 2011 and is recorded in the 'share of profit of equity accounted investees' line of our financial statements.
Income tax expense: The total taxation charge in Q1 2011 decreased to TRY99.0 million (TRY126.7 million). The total tax charge of TRY50.9 million was related to current tax charges, while deferred tax expense of TRY48.1 million was recorded.
Q110 Q410 Q111 y/y % chg q/q % chg Current tax expense (66.3) (141.5) (50.9) (23.2%) (64.0%) Deferred Tax income / (60.4) 36.7 (48.1) (20.4%) (231.1%) (expense) Income Tax expense (126.7) (104.8) (99.0) (21.9%) (5.5%)
Net income: in Q1 2011 was at TRY330.1 million (TRY417.6 million) and was negatively impacted by a TRY55.8 million additional provision regarding the tax amnesty application for the special communication tax imposition pertaining to years 2005 and 2006. This was partially compensated by the reversal of the TRY19.9 million fine paid in Q4 2010 with regards to one of our tariffs.
Quarter-on-quarter, net income decreased by 10.3% to TRY330.1 million from TRY368.1 million in Q4 2010.
Total Debt: Consolidated debt amounted to TRY2,790.8 million as of March 31, 2011. TRY878.3 million of this was related to Turkcell's Ukrainian operations. TRY1,903.4 million of our consolidated debt is at a floating rate and TRY580.5 million will mature within less than a year. During Q1 2011, our debt/annual EBITDA ratio increased to 97.5%.
Consolidated Cash Flow (million TRY) Q110 Q410 Q111 EBITDA(1) 711.3 649.0 625.8 LESS: Capex and License (366.6) (630.3) (181.8) Turkcell (180.4) (234.9) (94.4) Ukraine(2) (41.3) (37.3) (11.4) Investment & Marketable Securities 42.4 (154.0) - Net Interest Income/Expense 74.6 63.4 60.9 Other (705.6) 492.2 (643.5) Net Change in Debt (36.4) 62.4 (50.7) Dividends paid - - - Cash Generated (280.3) 482.7 (189.3) Cash Balance 4,380.6 5,105.1 4,915.8
(1) EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. See pages 13-14 for the reconciliation of EBITDA to net cash from operating activities.
(2)The appreciation of reporting currency (TRY) against US$ is included in this line.
Cash Flow Analysis: Capital expenditures in Q1 2011 amounted to TRY181.8 million, of which TRY94.4 million was related to Turkcell Turkey, TRY11.4 million to our Ukrainian operations, TRY43.0 million to Superonline and TRY8.1 million to BeST.
The other item in cash flow mainly includes the corporate tax payment of TRY133 million for Turkcell Turkey and frequency usage fee payment of TRY230 million for the following months in 2011.
Operational Review in Turkey Summary of Operational Q110 Q410 Q111 y/y % chg q/q % chg Data Number of total 34.3 33.5 33.1 (3.5%) (1.2%) subscribers (million) Number of postpaid 9.3 10.1 10.4 11.8% 3.0% subscribers (million) Number of prepaid 24.9 23.3 22.7 (8.8%) (2.6%) subscribers (million) ARPU (Average Monthly 12.8 12.9 11.7 (8.6%) (9.3%) Revenue per User), blended (US$) ARPU, postpaid (US$) 26.5 26.0 24.1 (9.1%) (7.3%) ARPU, prepaid (US$) 7.7 7.3 6.2 (19.5%) (15.1%) ARPU, blended (TRY) 19.4 18.9 18.4 (5.2%) (2.6%) ARPU, postpaid (TRY) 40.4 38.2 37.9 (6.2%) (0.8%) ARPU, prepaid (TRY) 11.6 10.8 9.8 (15.5%) (9.3%) Churn (%) 11.1% 9.4% 9.3% (1.8 pp) (0.1pp) MOU (Average Monthly 153.3 194.9 192.5 25.6% (1.2%) Minutes of usage per subscriber), blended
Subscribers: As of March 31, 2011, our subscriber base for Turkcell Turkey totaled 33.1 million (34.3 million), down by 3.5% year-on-year. The composition of the subscriber base improved in favor of the postpaid component to 31.4% (27.1%), in line with our value focus, and was positively affected by switches from the prepaid to the postpaid segment and net additions on data cards. We registered 227,500 net new postpaid subscribers in Q1 2011, due to the redesign of postpaid packages and attractive acquisition offers.
In 2011, we intend to maintain our high value subscriber base with a focus on further growth of our postpaid subscriber base.
Churn Rate: Churn refers to voluntarily and involuntarily disconnected subscribers. In the first quarter of 2011, our churn rate decreased to 9.3% from 11.1% a year ago, mainly due to our focus on retention campaigns.
MoU: Our blended minutes of usage per subscriber ("MoU") increased to 192.5 minutes. This was up by 25.6% compared to Q1 2010, and driven by the effective and successful communication of our campaigns and tariffs aimed at all segments.
In 2011, we intend to continue to pursue healthy growth in usage as our successful incentives and loyalty programs continue.
ARPU: Blended average revenue per user ("ARPU") in TRY terms decreased by 5.2% to TRY18.4 compared to Q1 2010. This was mostly due to the negative impact of declining MTRs, the reduction of the maximum price cap and other regulatory decisions, as well as to the dilutive impact of prepaid to postpaid switches. Aggressive offers in all segments of the market also impacted ARPU negatively.
Postpaid ARPU in TRY terms fell by 6.2% to TRY37.9 due to the negative impact of regulatory decisions. We minimized this negative effect through new tariff launches and redesigns. Prepaid ARPU shed 15.5% to TRY9.8 in Q1 2011 due to increased usage of lower TRY cards.
Other Domestic and International Operations
Superonline, our wholly-owned subsidiary, provides fixed broadband services by investing in the build-up of a fiber-optic network.
Summary data for Superonline Q110 Q410 Q111 y/y % chg q/q % chg Revenue (TRY million) 71.2 92.0 91.1 27.9% (1.0%) EBITDA(1) (TRY million) 5.9 5.4 14.5 145.8% 168.5% EBITDA margin 8.3% 5.8% 16.0% 7.7pp 10.2pp Capex (TRY million) 74.4 227.7 43.0 (42.2%) (81.1%)
(1)EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. See pages 13-14 for the reconciliation of Superonline's EBITDA to net cash from operating activities.
In Q1 2011, Superonline's fiber-optic network reached 637,000 home passes (HP).
Superonline's share in Turkcell's transmission costs reached 51% in Q1 2011, while the share of non-group revenues was 61% with 36.0% growth year-on-year.
Superonline's contribution to Turkcell's financials continued to improve, recording 27.9% year-on-year revenue growth in Q1 2011, which mainly arose from the increasing share in Turkcell's transmission cost.
In Q1 2011, Superonline continued to focus on the higher-margin residential segment, lifting its related revenues by 102.7% year-on-year. Corporate segment revenues grew by 14%, leveraging the strengths of the Turkcell Group.
In the meantime, EBITDA climbed 145.8% year-on-year and the EBITDA margin improved by 7.7 pp, mainly due to the increasing share of revenues generated from Superonline's infrastructure, which has reached 55% as of Q1 2011, as well as effective cost management.
Astelit, in which we hold a 55% stake through Euroasia, has operated in Ukraine since February 2005 under the brand "life:)".
Summary Data for Q110 Q410 Q111 y/y % chg q/q % chg Astelit Number of subscribers (million) Total 11.9 9.1 8.7 (26.9%) (4.4%) Active (3 months)(1) 8.0 6.1 6.1 (23.8%) - MoU (minutes) 156.2 206.8 218.6 39.9% 5.7% Average Revenue per User (ARPU) in US$ Total 2.3 2.9 2.9 26.1% - Active (3 months) 3.5 4.4 4.3 22.9% (2.3%) Revenue (UAH million) 662.8 648.3 621.5 (6.2%) (4.1%) Revenue (US$ million) 83.0 81.8 78.2 (5.8%) (4.4%) EBITDA(2) (US$ million) 5.8 16.9 18.8 224.1% 11.2% EBITDA margin 7.0% 20.6% 24.0% 17.0pp 3.4pp Net Loss (US$ million) (26.5) (30.9) (24.4) (7.9%) (21.0%) Capex (US$ million) 27.1 21.4 7.4 (72.7%) (65.4%)
(1) Active subscribers are those who in the past three months made a transaction which brought revenue to the Company.
(2) EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. See pages 13-14 for the reconciliation of Euroasia's EBITDA to net cash from operating activities. Euroasia holds 100% stake in Astelit.
Astelit's revenue decreased by 5.8% to US$78.2 million compared to Q1 2010. In local currency terms, revenues decreased by 6.2% year-on-year. This decrease chiefly resulted from the closure of our non-profitable carrier business together with the lower interconnect revenues due to decline in MTRs.
Astelit recorded EBITDA of US$18.8 million in Q1 2011 indicating a three-fold increase compared to a year ago. The EBITDA margin climbed 17.0 pp to 24.0% from 7.0% in Q1 2010, mostly due to lower selling and marketing expenses, together with tariff redesigns which resulted in lower interconnection costs.
Astelit's subscribers declined to 8.7 million for the period from 11.9 million a year ago, mainly because of the change in subscriber definition and churn in 2010, aimed at closer monitoring of value adding subscriber behavior. The 3 month active subscriber base was flat at 6.1 million compared to year end 2010.
Three month active ARPU increased by 22.9% year-on-year. MoU increased by 39.9% to 218.6 minutes.
Turkcell holds a 41.45% stake in Fintur and through Fintur has interests in mobile operations in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Moldova, and Georgia.
FINTUR Q110 Q410 Q111 y/y % chg q/q % chg Subscriber (million) Kazakhstan 7.5 8.9 9.4 25.3% 5.6% Azerbaijan 4.0 4.0 4.0 - - Moldova 0.7 0.9 1.0 42.9% 11.1% Georgia 1.9 2.0 2.1 10.5% 5.0% TOTAL 14.1 15.9 16.5 17.0% 3.8% Revenue (US$ million) Kazakhstan 208 283 274 31.7% (3.2%) Azerbaijan 117 131 123 5.1% (6.1%) Moldova 14 19 16 14.3% (15.8%) Georgia 39 34 33 (15.4%) (2.9%) Other(1) 1 2 2 100.0% - TOTAL 378 470 448 18.5% (4.7%) (1) Includes intersegment eliminations (US$ million) Q110 Q410 Q111 y/y % chg q/q % chg Fintur's 36.6 36.7 42.2 15.3% 15.0% contribution to Turkcell Group's net income
In Q1 2011, Fintur generally maintained its market positions and added approximately 600,000 net new subscribers with its total subscriber base reaching 16.5 million. Fintur's consolidated revenue increased by 18.4% year-on-year to US$448 million in Q1 2011.
We account for our investment in Fintur using the equity method. Fintur's contribution to net income increased to TRY66.5 million (US$42.2 million) in Q1 2011 from TRY55.4 million (US$36.6 million) a year ago.
Turkcell Annual General Assembly Dated April 21, 2011
Turkcell's 2010 Annual General Assembly was held on April 21, 2011 at the Company headquarters. At the meeting, the Balance Sheet and Profit/Loss Statements of fiscal year 2010, previously approved by the statutory auditors, the audit committee, and the Board of Directors, as well as audited by an independent audit firm, in addition, the proposed 75% dividend distribution from 2010 profits were not approved. The entire Board of Directors and the statutory auditors were not released, and statutory auditors whose term had expired were not replaced.
At the General Assembly, the proposal of Sonera Holding B.V., which represents 13.07% of the Company, to add a new clause to the agenda pertaining to the removal of the Chairman, and the election of a new candidate, was rejected by Government Commissioners under the provisions of Turkish Commercial Law Article 369 (items not appearing on a previously announced General Assembly agenda cannot be discussed). Consequently, the representative of Turkcell Holding A.S., which holds a 51% stake in the Company, decided to abstain from voting on all agenda items due to the rejection of adding the additional agenda item. Turkcell Holding A.S.' representative noted that this rejection would violate the minority shareholder's rights, and therefore the representative duly abstained from voting on all agenda items.
Sonera Holding B.V. which holds 13.07% direct shares in Turkcell and additionally holds a 47.09% stake in Turkcell Holding A.S., voted against approval of the Balance Sheet and Profit/Loss Statements for the fiscal year of 2010, against the release of the statutory auditors, and against their replacement, against the Board of Directors' dividend distribution proposal.
Because each of the items on the agenda requires approval by a simple majority of the shareholders present under Turkish law, none of the items on the agenda, excluding establishment of the presidency board and authorizing the presidency board for the signature of minutes of meeting, were approved.
In particular, the Balance Sheet and Profit/Loss Statements for fiscal year 2010, previously approved by the statutory auditors, the audit committee, and the Board of Directors, and also audited by an independent auditing company, were not approved. Consequently, the proposed 75% dividend distribution from 2010 profits could also not be approved. For this reason, and as made public at the dividend proposal of the Board of Directors, the proposed dividend payment scheduled for May 16 will not be made. The above-mentioned situation is of direct importance for all our shareholders, not least the minority shareholders who hold 34.69% stake.
Our Company Chairman has submitted the requisite application to legally appoint the statutory auditors not appointed at the General Assembly. Separately, our Company Chairman and CEO have initiated the necessary discussions to resolve the disputes. Meanwhile, our Board of Directors and Company management remain in office, and continue to execute operations.
As the sole Turkish company dually listed on the NYSE and ISE, we will continue to execute the corporate governance principles in line with national and international best-practice standards and regulations through our maximized transparency.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
We believe that EBITDA is a measure commonly used by companies, analysts and investors in the telecommunications industry, which enhances the understanding of our cash generation ability and liquidity position and assists in the evaluation of our capacity to meet our financial obligations. We also use EBITDA as an internal measurement tool and, accordingly, we believe that the presentation of EBITDA provides useful and relevant information to analysts and investors.
Our EBITDA definition includes Revenue, Direct Cost of Revenue excluding depreciation and amortization, Selling and Marketing expenses and Administrative expenses, but excludes translation gain/(loss), finance income, share of profit of equity accounted investees, gain on sale of investments, income/(loss) from related parties, minority interest and other income/(expense).
EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance under IFRS and should not be construed as a substitute for net earnings (loss) as a measure of performance or cash flow from operations as a measure of liquidity.
The following table provides a reconciliation of EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, to net cash from operating activities, which we believe is the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with IFRS.
TURKCELL* Q110 Q410 Q111 y/y % q/q % chg chg US$ million EBITDA 470.7 441.9 397.7 (15.5%) (10.0%) Income tax expense (83.9) (71.3) (62.9) (25.0%) (11.8%) Other operating (26.5) (17.4) (17.6) (33.6%) 1.1% income/(expense) Financial income 3.5 1.5 0.6 (82.9%) (60.0%) Financial expense (26.1) (35.8) (29.9) 14.6% (16.5%) Net increase/(decrease) (394.3) 124.5 (339.1) (14.0%) (372.4%) in assets and liabilities Net cash from operating (56.6) 443.4 (51.2) (9.5%) (111.5%) activities Superonline Q110 Q410 Q111 y/y % q/q % chg chg TRY million EBITDA 5.9 5.4 14.5 145.8% 168.5% Other operating (0.8) 0.2 0.1 (112.5%) (50.0%) income/(expense) Finance income 1.2 (28.1) 0.8 (33.3%) (102.8%) Finance expense (6.2) 22.1 (9.4) 51.6% (142.5%) Net increase/(decrease) (43.9) 26.6 (83.8) 90.9% (415.0%) in assets and liabilities Net cash from operating (43.8) 26.2 (77.8) 77.6% (396.9%) activities EUROASIA (Astelit) Q110 Q410 Q111 y/y % q/q % chg chg US$ million EBITDA 5.8 16.9 18.8 224.1% 11.2% Other operating - (1.6) 0.1 - (106.3%) income/(expense) Finance income 0.2 0.1 0.2 - 100.0% Finance expense (14.3)(13.7) (14.2) (0.7%) 3.6% Net increase/(decrease) 26.3 33.2 2.9 (89.0%) (91.3%) in assets and liabilities Net cash from operating 18.0 34.9 7.8 (56.7%) (77.7%) activities
(*): The Company for March 31, 2010 has revised the manner in which it accounts for the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates in its statement of cash flows and has revised its presentation of prior periods, resulting in a change in the allocation of the impact of foreign exchange rate changes among "Operating activities", "Effects of foreign exchange on statement of financial position items" and "Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash" in the statement of cash flows. For further information on such changes, please refer to our consolidated financial statements and notes as at and for March 31, 2011 which can be accessed via our web site in the investor relations section (www.turkcell.com.tr).
Turkcell Group Subscribers
We had approximately 60.4 million subscribers as of March 31, 2011. This figure is calculated by taking the number of subscribers in Turkcell and each of our subsidiaries and unconsolidated investees. It includes the total number of mobile subscribers in Astelit and BeST, as well as in our operations in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus ("Northern Cyprus") and Fintur. In the past, when presenting our total group subscribers, we have given this figure on a proportional basis, adjusted to reflect our ownership interest in each subsidiary. We believe that presenting total subscribers is a good indicator of our Group's reach, and intend to use this new calculation method going forward.
Turkcell Group subscribers declined by 1.6 million for the period compared to the previous year, mainly due to the subscriber decline in Astelit and Turkcell Turkey.
Turkcell Group Q110 Q410 Q111 y/y % chg q/q % chg Subscribers (million) Turkcell 34.3 33.5 33.1 (3.5%) (1.2%) Ukraine 11.9 9.1 8.7 (26.9%) (4.4%) Fintur 14.1 15.9 16.5 17.0% 3.8% Northern Cyprus 0.3 0.4 0.4 33.3% - Belarus 1.4 1.5 1.7 21.4% 13.3% TURKCELL GROUP 62.0 60.4 60.4 (2.6%) -
This release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Safe Harbor provisions of the US Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this press release, including, without limitation, certain statements regarding our operations, financial position and business strategy may constitute forward-looking statements. In addition, forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as, among others, "will," "expect," "intend," "estimate," "believe" or "continue."
Although Turkcell believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable at this time, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to us are expressly qualified in their entirety by reference to these cautionary statements.
For a discussion of certain factors that may affect the outcome of such forward looking statements, see our Annual Report on Form 20-F for 2010 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and in particular the risk factor section therein.
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Turkcell is the leading communications and technology company in Turkey with 33.1 million subscribers and a market share of approximately 54% as of March 31, 2011 (Source: Our estimations, operators' and Authority's announcements). Turkcell is a leading regional player, with market leadership in five of the nine countries in which it operates with its approximately 60.4 million subscribers as of March 31, 2011. Turkcell reported a TRY2.1 billion (US$1.3 billion) net revenue with total assets of TRY15.2 billion (US$9.8 billion) as of March 31, 2011. Turkcell covers approximately 83% of the Turkish population through its 3G and 99.07% through its 2G technology supported network. It has become one of the first among the global operators to have implemented HSDPA+ and achieved a 42.2 Mbps speed using the HSPA multi carrier solution. Turkcell has been listed on the NYSE and the ISE since July 2000, and is the only NYSE-listed company in Turkey. 51.00% of Turkcell's share capital is held by Turkcell Holding, 0.05% by Cukurova Holding, 13.07% by Sonera Holding and 1.19% by others, while the remaining 34.69% is free float. Read more at http://www.turkcell.com.tr/en
TURKCELL ILETISIM HIZMETLERI A.S. IFRS SELECTED FINANCIALS (TRY Million) Quarter Quarter 12 months Quarter Ended Ended Ended March 31, December 31, December 31, March 31, 2010 2010 2010 2011 Consolidated Statement of Operations Data Revenues Communication fees 2,157.7 2,042.6 8,535.3 1,970.8 Commission fees on betting business 10.8 15.9 46.7 18.4 Monthly fixed fees 19.0 31.0 113.5 27.9 Simcard sales 7.0 6.3 34.4 7.3 Call center revenues and other revenues 54.5 90.4 273.7 94.0 Total revenues 2,249.0 2,186.2 9,003.6 2,118.4 Direct cost of revenues (1,277.5) (1,268.6) (5,039.2) (1,249.2) Gross profit 971.5 917.6 3,964.4 869.2 Administrative expenses (124.4) (139.3) (521.9) (110.3) Selling & marketing expenses (391.7) (426.6) (1,633.9) (411.1) Other Operating Income / (Expense) (40.3) (25.7) (74.4) (27.9) Operating profit before financing costs 415.1 326.0 1,734.2 319.9 Finance costs (50.2) (5.4) (153.4) (71.6) Finance income 116.3 93.1 417.4 108.6 Share of profit of equity accounted investees 46.1 40.8 184.7 56.7 Income before taxes and minority interest 527.3 454.5 2,182.9 413.6 Income tax expense (126.7) (104.8) (483.5) (99.0) Income before minority interest 400.6 349.7 1,699.4 314.6 Non-controlling interests 17.0 18.4 64.9 15.5 Net income 417.6 368.1 1,764.3 330.1 Net income per share 0.189818 0.167318 0.801958 0.150057 Other Financial Data Gross margin 43% 42% 44% 41% EBITDA(*) 711.3 649.0 2,948.3 625.8 Capital expenditures 366.6 630.3 1,667.5 181.8 Consolidated Balance Sheet Data (at period end) Cash and cash equivalents 4,380.6 5,105.1 5,105.1 4,915.9 Total assets 14,192.6 15,142.4 15,142.4 15,151.0 Long term debt 1,274.6 2,175.7 2,175.7 2,210.3 Total debt 2,297.9 2,840.8 2,840.8 2,790.8 Total liabilities 4,914.6 5,505.3 5,505.3 5,187.3 Total shareholders' equity / Net Assets 9,278.0 9,637.1 9,637.1 9,963.7 ** For further details, please refer to our consolidated financial statements and notes as at 31 March 2011 on our web site. TURKCELL ILETISIM HIZMETLERI A.S. IFRS SELECTED FINANCIALS (US$ MILLION) Quarter Quarter 12 months Quarter Ended Ended Ended March 31, December 31, December 31, March 31, 2010 2010 2010 2011 Consolidated Statement of Operations Data Revenues Communication fees 1,427.9 1,388.9 5,670.2 1,252.6 Commission fees on betting business 7.1 10.8 31.2 11.7 Monthly fixed fees 12.5 21.1 75.4 17.8 Simcard sales 4.6 4.3 22.9 4.6 Call center revenues and other revenues 36.1 61.5 182.4 59.7 Total revenues 1,488.2 1,486.6 5,982.1 1,346.4 Direct cost of revenues (845.2) (861.9) (3,349.0) (793.9) Gross profit 643.0 624.7 2,633.1 552.5 Administrative expenses (82.3) (95.2) (347.3) (70.1) Selling & marketing expenses (259.2) (289.5) (1,085.8) (261.3) Other Operating Income / (Expense) (26.4) (17.4) (49.5) (17.7) Operating profit before financing costs 275.1 222.6 1,150.5 203.4 Finance costs (33.3) (4.5) (102.6) (45.6) Finance income 77.1 63.0 277.1 68.9 Share of profit of equity accounted investees 30.5 27.8 122.8 36.0 Income before taxes and minority interest 349.4 308.9 1,447.8 262.7 Income tax expense (83.9) (71.3) (320.8) (62.9) Income before minority interest 265.5 237.6 1,127.0 199.8 Non-controlling interests 11.2 12.4 43.2 9.8 Net income 276.7 250.0 1,170.2 209.6 Net income per share 0.13 0.11 0.53 0.10 Other Financial Data Gross margin 43% 42% 44% 41% EBITDA(*) 470.7 441.9 1,957.4 397.7 Capital expenditures 240.9 363.9 1,078.6 117.4 Consolidated Balance Sheet Data (at period end) Cash and cash equivalents 2,879.1 3,302.2 3,302.2 3,175.0 Total assets 9,328.0 9,794.6 9,794.6 9,785.6 Long term debt 837.7 1,407.3 1,407.3 1,427.6 Total debt 1,510.3 1,837.5 1,837.5 1,802.5 Total liabilities 3,230.1 3,561.0 3,561.0 3,350.3 Total equity 6,097.9 6,233.6 6,233.6 6,435.2 * Please refer to the notes on reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial measures on page 13-14 ** For further details, please refer to our consolidated financial statements and notes as at 31 March 2011 on our web site. TURKCELL ILETISIM HIZMETLERI A.S. CMB SELECTED FINANCIALS (TRY Million) Quarter Quarter 12 months Quarter Ended Ended Ended March 31, December 31, December 31, March 31, 2010 2010 2010 2011 Consolidated Statement of Operations Data Revenues Communication fees 2,157.7 2,042.6 8,535.3 1,970.8 Commission fees on betting business 10.8 15.9 46.7 18.4 Monthly fixed fees 19.0 31.0 113.5 27.9 Simcard sales 7.0 6.3 34.4 7.3 Call center revenues and other revenues 54.4 90.4 273.7 94.0 Total revenues 2,248.9 2,186.2 9,003.6 2,118.4 Direct cost of revenues (1,274.7) (1,268.8) (5,030.2) (1,247.7) Gross profit 974.2 917.4 3,973.4 870.7 Administrative expenses (124.4) (139.3) (521.9) (110.3) Selling & marketing expenses (391.7) (426.6) (1,633.9) (411.1) Other Operating Income / (Expense) (40.2) (24.3) (74.2) (27.8) Operating profit before financing costs 417.9 327.2 1,743.4 321.5 Finance costs (50.2) (5.4) (153.4) (71.6) Finance income 116.3 93.1 417.4 108.6 Share of profit of equity accounted investees 46.1 40.8 184.7 56.7 Income before taxes and minority interest 530.1 455.7 2,192.1 415.2 Income tax expense (127.3) (105.0) (485.4) (99.8) Income before minority interest 402.8 350.7 1,706.7 315.4 Non-controlling interests 17.0 18.4 64.9 15.5 Net income 419.8 369.1 1,771.6 330.9 Net income per share 0.190847 0.167773 0.805271 0.150416 Other Financial Data Gross margin 43% 42% 44% 41% EBITDA(*) 711.3 649.0 2,948.3 625.8 Capital expenditures 366.6 630.3 1,667.5 181.8 Consolidated Balance Sheet Data (at period end) Cash and cash equivalents 4,380.6 5,105.1 5,105.1 4,915.9 Total assets 14,139.9 15,096.0 15,096.0 15,106.1 Long term debt 1,274.6 2,175.7 2,175.7 2,210.3 Total debt 2,297.9 2,840.8 2,840.8 2,790.8 Total liabilities 4,905.5 5,497.4 5,497.4 5,180.1 Total shareholders' equity / Net Assets 9,234.4 9,598.6 9,598.6 9,926.0 ** For further details, please refer to our consolidated financial statements and notes as at 31 March 2011 on our web site. 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