Internet Gold Ltd. (NASDAQ Global Select Market and TASE: IGLD) today reported its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2011 and its cash position and loan repayment status as of September 30, 2011.

Bezeq: Another Strong Quarter

The Bezeq Group reported another strong, stable quarter, delivering revenues of NIS 2.9 billion (US$ 781 million) and operating profit of NIS 944 million (US$ 254 million) for the period. Bezeq’s EBITDA for the third quarter of 2011 totaled NIS 1.3 billion (US$ 350 million), representing an EBITDA margin of 44.6%.

Continued Ahead-Of-Schedule Progress for the Company's Subsidiary Financing Plan

On October 5, 2011, Internet Gold’s subsidiary, B Communications Ltd., received a dividend from Bezeq totaling NIS 464 million (US$ 125 million). The dividend consisted of:
  • A current dividend of NIS 308 million (US$ 83 million), representing the Company’s share of Bezeq’s net profit for the first half of 2011; and
  • A special dividend of NIS 156 million (US$ 42 million), the second of six equal special dividends. As declared by Bezeq's Board of Directors and approved by the Israeli Court, special dividends totaling approximately NIS 3 billion are to be paid with no interest or index adjustments on a semi-annual basis through 2013.

B Communications used this dividend for two purposes: (1) payment of NIS 238 million (US$ 64 million) of its current loan repayment commitment; and (2) pre-payment of an additional NIS 226 million (US$ 61 million) to banks, thereby reducing the size of the final “bullet” repayment that is due at November 2016, and saving related future interest expenses.

Cash Position

As of September 30, 2011, the Company’s cash and cash equivalents totaled NIS 437 million (US$ 117 million), and its unconsolidated gross debt was NIS 1.2 billion (US$ 323 million).

Internet Gold's Unconsolidated Balance Sheet Data*
    As of September 30, 2011
(NIS millions)     (US$ millions)
Short term liabilities 153 41
Long term liabilities 1,047 282
Total liabilities 1,200 323
Cash and cash equivalents 437 117
Total net debt 763 206
 

* Does not include the balance sheet of B Communications.

Internet Gold Third Quarter Consolidated Financial Results

Internet Gold's revenues for the third quarter were NIS 2,917 million (US$ 786 million), a decrease of 4% compared with NIS 3,053 million (US$ 822 million) reported in the third quarter of 2010. For both the current and the prior-year periods, Internet Gold's revenues consisted almost entirely of Bezeq’s revenues.

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