As of December 31, 2010, Bezeq’s consolidated financial debt was NIS 5.7 billion, compared with NIS 4.1 billion as of December 31, 2009. The year-over-year increase in the financial debt was primarily related to Bezeq raising new debt totaling NIS 2.6 billion during the second and third quarters of 2010 through new loans from Israeli banks with an average duration of 4.7 years. These increases were partially offset by the repayment of debentures and loans by Bezeq and Pelephone. As of year-end 2010, the Bezeq’s net debt-to-EBITDA ratio was 1.04, as compared to 0.76 at year-end 2009.
Conference Call Information
Internet Gold’s management invites its investors and other interested parties to participate in a conference call to be held today, Tuesday, March 8, at 11:00 am EST (18:00 in Israel). During the call, Messrs. Eli Holtzman and Doron Turgeman, who serve as the CEO and CFO of both Internet Gold and B Communications, will be available to answer questions regarding both companies.
To participate, please call one of the following access numbers several minutes before the call begins:1-888-668-9141 from within the U.S. 1-866-485-2399 from within Canada 0-800-917-5108 from within the U.K. +972-3-918-0610 from other international locations The call will also be broadcast live through the Company’s website, www.bcommunications.co.il, and will be available for replay during the next 30 days. Notes: A. Convenience Translation to Dollars: For the convenience of the reader, the reported NIS figures of December 31, 2010 have been presented in millions of U.S. dollars, translated at the representative rate of exchange as of December 31, 2010 (NIS 3.5490 = U.S. Dollar 1.00). The U.S. Dollar ($) amounts presented should not be construed as representing amounts receivable or payable in U.S. Dollars or convertible into U.S. Dollars, unless otherwise indicated. B. Purchase Price Allocation (PPA): As part of B Communications’ acquisition of the controlling interest in Bezeq, the Company has prepared a preliminary PPA for the allocation of the transaction’s purchase price to the fair value of assets acquired and liabilities assumed at the acquisition date. This is a complex process which has not yet been finalized, and the preliminary PPA is subject to adjustment. If, for any reason, the Company finds it necessary or appropriate to make adjustments to the PPA, it may result in significant changes to future financial statements. C. Adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS): In contemplation of its acquisition of the controlling interest in Bezeq, on January 1, 2010, the Company adopted the IFRS as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board, which are the financial reporting standards utilized by Bezeq, to replace its previous reporting standard of generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (US GAAP). The transition date to IFRS under First Time Adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards is January 1, 2008, and the Company will provide retrospective comparative financial data to reflect its adoption of IFRS. The Company’s Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2009, which was filed in June 2010, includes consolidated financial statements for the years ended December 31, 2008 and 2009 prepared in accordance with the IFRS. D. NON-IFRS MEASUREMENTS: Reconciliation between Bezeq’s results on a IFRS and non-IFRS basis is provided in a table immediately following Bezeq Group's Consolidated Results. Non-IFRS financial measures consist of IFRS financial measures adjusted to exclude amortization of acquired intangible assets, as well as certain business combination accounting entries. The purpose of such adjustments is to give an indication of Bezeq’s performance exclusive of non-cash charges and other items that are considered by management to be outside of its core operating results. Bezeq’s non-IFRS financial measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable IFRS measures, and should be read only in conjunction with its consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with IFRS. We and Bezeq’s management regularly uses supplemental non-IFRS financial measures internally to understand, manage and evaluate its business and make operating decisions. We believe these non-IFRS financial measures provide consistent and comparable measures to help investors understand Bezeq’s current and future operating cash flow performance. These non-IFRS financial measures may differ materially from the non-IFRS financial measures used by other companies. Reconciliation between results on a IFRS and non-IFRS basis is provided in a table immediately following the Consolidated Statement of Operations.