Internet Gold Reports Its Financial Results For The First Quarter Of 2014

Internet Gold – Golden Lines Ltd. (NASDAQ Global Market and TASE: IGLD) today reported its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014.

Bezeq’s Results: For the first quarter of 2014, the Bezeq Group reported revenues of NIS 2.3 billion ($663 million) and operating profit of NIS 688 million ($197 million). Bezeq’s EBITDA for the first quarter totaled NIS 1.0 billion ($287 million), representing an EBITDA margin of 43.36%. Net income for the period attributable to Bezeq’s shareholders totaled NIS 457 million ($131 million). Bezeq's cash flow from operating activities during the period totaled NIS 1.0 billion ($299 million).

Cash Position: As of March 31, 2014, Internet Gold’s unconsolidated cash and cash equivalents and short term investments totaled NIS 432 million ($124 million), its unconsolidated gross debt was NIS 1.17 billion ($337 million) and its unconsolidated net debt was NIS 744 million ($213 million).

Internet Gold's Unconsolidated Balance Sheet Data (1)
In millions Convenience
translation into
U.S. dollars
(Note A)
March 31, March 31, December 31,
2013 2014 2014 2013
Short term liabilities 134 123 37 129
Long term liabilities 897 1,053 300 931
Total liabilities 1,031 1,176 337 1,060
Cash and cash equivalents 166 432 124 329
Total net debt 865 744 213 731
(1)   Does not include the balance sheet of B Communications.

Internet Gold’s Series D Debentures: On March 3, 2014, the Company raised NIS 126 million ($36 million) from the issuance of NIS 117.5 million ($34 million) par value of Series D Debentures, a new series of debentures. Both principal and interest are linked to the Israeli CPI of January 2014. The Series D Debentures, which are listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE), received a local Baa1 stable rating from Midroog Ltd., an Israeli rating company affiliated with Moody’s.

Dividend from Bezeq: On March 5, 2014, the Board of Directors of Bezeq resolved to recommend to the general meeting of shareholders the distribution of a cash dividend of NIS 802 million ($230 million). On March 27, 2014, Bezeq's shareholders approved the dividend distribution and on April 23, 2014 B Communications’ received its share of the dividend distribution of approximately NIS 248 million ($71 million).

Internet Gold’s First Quarter Financial Results

Internet Gold's consolidated revenues for the first quarter of 2014 were NIS 2,311 million ($663 million), a 3.9% decrease compared with NIS 2,405 million reported in the first quarter of 2013. For both the current and the prior-year periods, Internet Gold’s consolidated revenues consisted entirely of Bezeq’s revenues.

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