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Internet Gold Reports Financial Results For The Second Quarter Of 2012

Stocks in this article: BCOM IGLD

Comments of Management

Commenting on the results, Doron Turgeman, the CEO of Internet Gold, said, “Our significant progress over the past two years demonstrates the soundness in the structure of our work plan and of the capital structure that our subsidiary B Communications' negotiated with our lending banks. We believe that our loan agreements, which do not have any loan to value covenants, have been advantageous to our Company. We are obviously well aware of the unfavorable state of the financial and capital markets in Israel, as well as of the recent decline in Bezeq’s share price – a decline that we believe is temporary. Despite this environment, as a long term communications player, we will continue to manage our business according to plan and with the reliable strong cash flow we are confident that we will be able to fulfill all our loan commitments.”

Bezeq Group Results (Consolidated)

To provide further insight into its results, the Company has provided the following summary of the Bezeq Group’s consolidated financial report for the quarter ended June 30, 2012. For a full discussion of the Bezeq Group’s results for the quarter, please refer to http://ir.bezeq.co.il.

Bezeq Group (consolidated)     Q2 2012     Q2 2011     Change
(NIS millions)
Revenues 2,595 2,893 -10.3 %
Operating profit 746 935 -20.2 %
EBITDA 1,104 1,283 -14.0 %
EBITDA margin 42.5 % 44.3 %
Net profit attributable to Company shareholders 415 585 -29.1 %
Diluted EPS (NIS)     0.15       0.21       -28.6 %
Cash flow from operating activities 990 670 47.8 %
Payments for investments, net 360 406 -11.3 %

Free cash flow 1

    630       264       138.6 %

Net debt/EBITDA (end of period) 2

1.69 1.33
Net debt/shareholders' equity (end of period)     3.06       2.66        

1

  Free cash flow is defined as cash flows from operating activities less net payments for investments.

2

EBITDA in this calculation refers to the trailing twelve months.

Revenues of the Bezeq Group in the second quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 2.60 billion compared with NIS 2.89 billion in the corresponding quarter of 2011, a decrease of 10.3%. Most of the decrease in the Bezeq Group's revenues is due to the decrease in revenues from the sale of cellular handsets and the erosion of revenues from cellular services.

Operating profit of the Bezeq Group in the second quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 746 million, compared with NIS 935 million in the corresponding quarter of 2011, a decrease of 20.2%. EBITDA in the second quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 1.10 billion (EBITDA margin of 42.5%), compared with NIS 1.28 billion (EBITDA margin of 44.3%) in the corresponding quarter of 2011, a decrease of 14.0%. Net profit attributable to Bezeq shareholders in the second quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 415 million compared with NIS 585 million in the corresponding quarter of 2011, a decrease of 29.1%. The decrease in operating profit, EBITDA and net profit is primarily attributable to a decrease in profitability in the cellular segment.

Cash flow from operating activities in the second quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 990 million compared with NIS 670 million in the corresponding quarter of 2011, an increase of 47.8% due to improved working capital in the cellular segment. As a result of the increased cash flow from operating activities as well as the completion of large infrastructure projects, free cash flow in the second quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 630 million compared with NIS 264 million in the corresponding quarter of 2011, an increase of 138.6%.

Gross capital expenditures (CAPEX) in the second quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 382 million compared with NIS 495 million in the corresponding quarter of 2011, a decrease of 22.8%. The Bezeq Group's CAPEX to consolidated revenues ratio in the second quarter of 2012 was 14.7%, compared with 17.1% in the corresponding quarter of 2011.

As of June 30, 2012, gross financial debt of the Bezeq Group was NIS 9.13 billion, compared with NIS 6.98 billion as of June 30, 2011. The net financial debt of the Bezeq Group was NIS 7.90 billion compared with NIS 6.50 billion as of June 30, 2011. At the end of June 2012, the Bezeq Group's net financial debt to EBITDA ratio was 1.69, compared with 1.33 at the end of June 2011.

Notes:

A.

 

Convenience Translation to Dollars: For the convenience of the reader, certain of the reported NIS figures of June 30, 2012 have been presented in millions of U.S. dollars, translated at the representative rate of exchange as of June 30, 2012 (NIS 3.923 = 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.

Use of non-IFRS Measurements: We and the Bezeq Group’s management regularly use 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 the Bezeq Group’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.
 
EBITDA is a non-IFRS financial measure generally defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. The Bezeq Group defines EBITDA as net income before financial income (expenses), net, impairment and other charges, expenses recorded for stock compensation in accordance with IFRS 2, income tax expenses and depreciation and amortization. We present the Bezeq Group’s EBITDA as a supplemental performance measure because we believe that it facilitates operating performance comparisons from period to period and company to company by backing out potential differences caused by variations in capital structure, tax positions (such as the impact of changes in effective tax rates or net operating losses) and the age of, and depreciation expenses associated with, fixed assets (affecting relative depreciation expense).
 
EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income or other statement of operations or cash flow data prepared in accordance with IFRS as a measure of profitability or liquidity. EBITDA does not take into account our debt service requirements and other commitments, including capital expenditures, and, accordingly, is not necessarily indicative of amounts that may be available for discretionary uses. In addition, EBITDA, as presented in this press release, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies due to differences in the way that these measures are calculated.
 
Reconciliation between the Bezeq Group’s results on an IFRS and non-IFRS basis is provided in a table immediately following the 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 the Bezeq Group’s performance exclusive of non-cash charges and other items that are considered by management to be outside of its core operating results. The Bezeq Group’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.

About Internet Gold

Internet Gold is a telecommunications-oriented holding company which is a controlled subsidiary of Eurocom Communications Ltd. Internet Gold’s primary holding is its controlling interest in B Communications Ltd. (TASE and Nasdaq: BCOM), which in turn holds the controlling interest in Bezeq, The Israel Telecommunication Corp., Israel’s largest telecommunications provider (TASE: BZEQ). Internet Gold’s shares are traded on NASDAQ and the TASE under the symbol IGLD. For more information, please visit the following Internet sites:

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