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B Communications Ltd. (NASDAQ Global Market: BCOM)(TASE: BCOM) today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012.
Bezeq’s Results: For the fourth quarter of 2012, the Bezeq Group reported revenues of NIS 2.45 billion ($ 656 million) and operating profit of NIS 772 million ($ 207 million). Bezeq’s EBITDA for the fourth quarter totaled NIS 1.1 billion ($ 304 million), representing an EBITDA margin of 46%. Net income for the period attributable to the shareholders of Bezeq totaled NIS 519 million ($ 139 million). Bezeq's cash flow from operating activities totaled NIS 1 billion ($ 268 million) during the fourth quarter of 2012.
Cash Position: As of December 31, 2012,
B Communications’ unconsolidated cash and cash equivalents totaled NIS 694 million ($ 186 million), its unconsolidated total debt was NIS 4.1 billion ($ 1.1 billion) and its net debt was NIS 3.4 billion ($ 901 million).
B Communications’ Unconsolidated Balance Sheet Data*
Short term liabilities
Long term liabilities
Cash and cash equivalents
Total net debt
* Does not include the balance sheet of Bezeq.
Dividends from Bezeq: On October 10, 2012, B Communications received two dividend payments from Bezeq, which together totaled NIS 464 million ($ 124 million). These dividend payments included a current dividend of NIS 309 million ($ 83 million), representing B Communications’ share of Bezeq’s net profit for the first half of 2012, and a special dividend of NIS 155 million ($ 41 million), representing its share of the fourth installment of six NIS 500 million ($ 134 million) special dividend payments declared by Bezeq and approved by its shareholders in 2011.
In accordance with Bezeq's dividend policy, its Board of Directors recommended the distribution of 100% of profits for the second half of 2012 as a cash dividend of NIS 861 million ($ 231 million) to shareholders. Together with this regular dividend, Bezeq will make the fifth installment of the special dividend of NIS 500 million ($ 134 million). The total dividend to be distributed will be NIS 1.361 billion ($ 365 million, or approximately NIS 0.50 per share). The regular dividend, which is subject to shareholder approval, is expected to be paid together with the special dividend on May 13, 2013 to shareholders of record as of May 1, 2013. B Communications’ share of the dividend distribution is expected to be approximately NIS 422 million ($ 113 million).