Internet Gold Reports Financial Results For The First Quarter of 2013

- Net income attributable to shareholders for the first quarter of 2013 totaled NIS 24 million ($7 million) -

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RAMAT GAN, Israel--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Internet Gold – Golden Lines Ltd. (NASDAQ Global Market and TASE: IGLD) today reported its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013.

Bezeq’s results: For the first quarter of 2013, the Bezeq Group reported revenues of NIS 2.4 billion ($ 659 million) and operating profit of NIS 761 million ($ 209 million). Bezeq’s EBITDA for the first quarter totaled NIS 1.1 billion ($ 299 million), representing an EBITDA margin of 45%. Net income for the period attributable to the shareholders of Bezeq totaled NIS 497 million ($ 136 million). Bezeq's cash flow from operating activities totaled NIS 972 million ($ 266 million) during the first quarter of 2013.

Cash Position: As of March 31, 2013, Internet Gold’s unconsolidated cash and cash equivalents totaled NIS 166 million ($ 16 million), its unconsolidated gross debt was NIS 1 billion ($ 283 million) and its unconsolidated net debt was NIS 865 million ($ 237 million).

Internet Gold's Unconsolidated Balance Sheet Data*

       
In millions Convenience
translation into
U.S. dollars
(Note A)
March 31, March 31, March 31, December 31,
2013 2013 2012 2012
NIS US$ NIS NIS
Short term liabilities 134 37 133 138
Long term liabilities 897 246 998 895
Total liabilities 1,031 283 1,131 1,033
Cash and cash equivalents 166 46 325 179
Total net debt 865 237 806 854

* Does not include the balance sheet of B Communications.

Dividends from Bezeq: On May 13, 2013, Internet Gold's subsidiary, B Communications Ltd., is expected to receive two dividend payments from Bezeq which together total NIS 421 million ($ 115 million). These dividend payments include a current dividend of NIS 266 million ($ 73 million), representing B Communications’ share of Bezeq’s net profit for the second half of 2012, and a special dividend of NIS 155 million ($ 42 million), representing B Communications’ share of the fifth installment of six special dividend payments declared by Bezeq and approved by its shareholders in 2011.

Internet Gold’s First Quarter Financial Results

Internet Gold's consolidated revenues for the first quarter of 2013 were NIS 2.4 billion ($ 659 million), a 12% decrease compared with NIS 2.7 billion reported in the first quarter of 2012. For both the current and the prior-year periods, Internet Gold’s consolidated revenues consisted entirely of Bezeq’s revenues.

During the first quarter of 2013, B Communications recorded net amortization expenses related to its Bezeq purchase price allocation (“Bezeq PPA”) of NIS 186 million ($ 51 million) in its consolidated financial statements. From April 14, 2010, the date of the acquisition of its interest in Bezeq, until March 31, 2013, B Communications has amortized approximately 53% of the total Bezeq PPA. The Bezeq PPA amortization expense is a non-cash expense that is subject to adjustment. If, for any reason, B Communications finds it necessary or appropriate to make adjustments to amounts already expensed, it may result in significant changes to its audited financial reports, as well as to future financial statements.

Internet Gold’s financial expenses, net: Internet Gold’s unconsolidated net financial expenses for the first quarter of 2013 were NIS 11 million ($ 3 million). These expenses consisted primarily of expenses related to its publicly traded debentures, which totaled NIS 14 million ($ 4 million) that were offset by financial income of NIS 3 million ($ 1 million) generated from short term investments.

Internet Gold's net income attributable to shareholders for the first quarter of 2013 totaled NIS 24 million ($ 7 million), compared to NIS 3 million reported in the first quarter of 2012.

Internet Gold’s Unconsolidated Financial Results

       
In millions Convenience
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U.S. dollars
(Note A)
Three-month Three-month Three-month
period ended period ended period ended Year ended
March 31, March 31, March 31, December 31,
2013 2013 2012 2012
NIS US$ NIS NIS
Revenues - - - -
Financial expenses (11) (3) (9) (60)
Other expenses (1) - (1) (14)
Interest in BCOM's net income 36 10 13 37
Net income (loss) 24 7 3 (37)

Comments of Management

Commenting on the results, Doron Turgeman, CEO of Internet Gold said, “The first quarter of 2013 was another stable period for Bezeq, demonstrating the cash flow-generating power of its formidable position in Israel’s telecommunications market. We currently have sufficient cash reserves on hand to service our debt until September 2014 and we will continue our efforts to strengthen our financial stability and liquidity with the goal of improving our debt and equity positions.”

Bezeq Group Results (Consolidated)

To provide further insight into its results, the Company is providing the following summary of the consolidated financial report of the Bezeq Group for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013. For a full discussion of Bezeq’s results for the first quarter of 2013, please refer to its website: http://ir.bezeq.co.il.

Bezeq Group (consolidated)   Q1 2013   Q1 2012   % change
(NIS millions)
Revenues 2,405 2,740 -12.2%
Operating profit 761 850 -10.5%
EBITDA 1,089 1,208 -9.9%
EBITDA margin 45.3% 44.1%
Net profit attributable to Bezeq shareholders 497 582 -14.6%
Diluted EPS (NIS)   0.18   0.21   -14.3%
Cash flow from operating activities 972 998 -2.6%
Payments for investments, net 246 413 -40.4%
Free cash flow 1   726   585   24.1%
Net debt/EBITDA (end of period) 2 1.68 1.37
Net debt/shareholders' equity (end of period)   2.46   2.05    
 

1 Free cash flow is defined as cash flow 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 first quarter of 2013 amounted to NIS 2.41 billion ($ 659 million) compared with NIS 2.74 billion in the corresponding quarter of 2012, a decrease of 12.2%. The reduction in the Bezeq Group revenues was primarily due to a decrease in revenues from the cellular segment, specifically due to a reduction in revenues from handset sales (decrease of NIS 160 million) together with a decrease in revenues from cellular services (decrease of NIS 120 million). In addition, revenues from the fixed-line segment decreased NIS 70 million.

Operating profit of the Bezeq Group in the first quarter of 2013 amounted to NIS 761 million ($ 209 million) compared with NIS 850 million in the corresponding quarter of 2012, a decrease of 10.5%. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of the Bezeq Group in the first quarter of 2013 amounted to NIS 1.09 billion ($ 299 million) (EBITDA margin of 45.3%) compared with NIS 1.21 billion (EBITDA margin of 44.1%) in the corresponding quarter of 2012, a decrease of 9.9%. Net profit attributable to Bezeq shareholders amounted to NIS 497 million ($ 136 million) compared with NIS 582 million in the corresponding quarter of 2012, a decrease of 14.6%. The decline in profitability metrics was primarily due to a decrease in profitability in the cellular segment as a result of increased competition in the sector.

Cash flow from operating activities of the Bezeq Group in the first quarter of 2013 amounted to NIS 972 million ($ 266 million) compared with NIS 998 million in the corresponding quarter of 2012, a decrease of 2.6%. Free cash flow of the Bezeq Group in the first quarter of 2013 amounted to NIS 726 million ($ 199 million) compared with NIS 585 million in the corresponding quarter of 2012, an increase of 24.1%. The increase in free cash flow was due the completion of major infrastructure projects initiated in prior years, specifically the NGN and submarine cable.

Net financial debt of the Bezeq Group was NIS 7.30 billion ($ 2.0 billion) at March 31, 2013 compared with NIS 6.65 billion as at March 31, 2012.

Notes:

A. Convenience Translation to Dollars: For the convenience of the reader, certain of the reported NIS figures of March 31, 2013 have been presented in millions of U.S. dollars, translated at the representative rate of exchange as of March 31, 2013 (NIS 3.648 = 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 Company'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:

www.igld.com

www.bcommunications.co.il

www.ir.bezeq.co.il

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, general business conditions in the industry, changes in the regulatory and legal compliance environments, the failure to manage growth and other risks detailed from time to time in B Communications' filings with the Securities Exchange Commission. These documents contain and identify other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in our projections or forward-looking statements. Stockholders and other readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. We undertake no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statement.

Internet Gold – Golden Lines Ltd.

 
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Position as at
 

(In millions)

       

Convenience

translation into

U.S. dollars

(Note A)

March 31

March 31

March 31

March 31

2013

2013

2012

2012

NIS

US$

NIS

NIS

 
Assets
Cash and cash equivalents 643 176 1,509 764
Investments, including derivative financial
instruments 2,192 601 1,978 1,655
Trade receivables, net 2,875 788 3,130 2,927
Other receivables 407 111 357 329
Inventory 148 41 225 123
Assets classified as held-for-sale 251 69 168 164
 
Total current assets 6,516 1,786 7,367 5,962
 
Investments, including derivative financial
instruments 93 25 101 90
Long-term trade and other receivables 950 261 1,442 1,074
Property, plant and equipment 6,676 1,830 7,076 6,911
Intangible assets 7,037 1,929 7,824 7,252
Deferred and other expenses 391 107 410 384
Investment in equity-accounted investee
(mainly loans) 1,024 281 1,041 1,005
Deferred tax assets 62 17 *191 *128
 
Total non-current assets 16,233 4,450 18,085 16,844
 
Total assets 22,749 6,236 25,452 22,806
 

*   Restated following the retrospective application of the amendment to IAS 19, Employee Benefits.

 
Internet Gold – Golden Lines Ltd.
 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Position as at (cont’d)

 

(In millions)

 
   

Convenience

   

translation into

U.S. dollars

(Note A)

March 31

March 31

March 31

March 31

2013

2013

2012

2012

NIS

US$

NIS

NIS

 
Liabilities
Short-term bank credit, current maturities
of long-term liabilities and debentures 1,602 439 1,216 1,707
Trade payables 652 179 895 793
Other payables, including derivative
financial instruments 872 239 1,043 746
Dividend payable 677 186 677 669
Current tax liabilities 626 172 570 588
Provisions 126 34 181 145
Employee benefits 230 63 *351 *251
Total current liabilities 4,785 1,312 4,933 4,899
 
Debentures 5,773 1,583 6,375 5,913
Bank loans 6,416 1,759 6,835 6,422
Loans from institutions and others 538 147 541 540
Dividend payable - - 645 -
Employee benefits 259 71 *247 *260
Other liabilities 80 22 77 67
Provisions 67 18 69 66
Deferred tax liabilities 1,092 299 1,319 1,159
Total non-current liabilities 14,225 3,899 16,108 14,427
 
Total liabilities 19,010 5,211 21,041 19,326
 
Equity
Total equity attributable to equity holders
of the Company (68) (19) *(34) *(92)
Non-controlling interests 3,807 1,044 *4,445 *3,572
 
Total equity 3,739 1,025 4,411 3,480
 
Total liabilities and equity 22,749 6,236 25,452 22,806
 

*   Restated following the retrospective application of the amendment to IAS 19, Employee Benefits.

 
Internet Gold – Golden Lines Ltd.
 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income for the

 
(In millions, except per share data)
       

Convenience

translation into

U.S. dollars

(Note A)

Three-month

Three-month

Three-month

period ended

period ended

period ended

Year ended

March 31

March 31

March 31

December 31

2013

2013

2012

2012

NIS

US$

NIS

NIS

 
Revenues 2,405 659 2,740 10,278
 
Cost and expenses
Depreciation and amortization 563 154 755 2,367
Salaries 501 137 512 *1,980
General and operating expenses 889 244 1,083 3,997
Other operating expenses (income), net (41) (11) - (1)
 
1,912 524 2,350 8,343
 
Operating income 493 135 390 1,935
 
Financing expenses, net 75 21 19 *415
 
Income after financing
expenses, net 418 114 371 1,520
 
Share of losses in
equity-accounted investee 40 11 58 245
 
Income before income tax 378 103 313 1,275
 
Income tax 136 37 131 *556
 
Net income for the period 242 66 182 719
 
 
Income (loss) attributable to:
Owners of the company 24 6 3 *(37)
Non-controlling interests 218 60 179 *756
 
Net income for the period 242 66 182 719
 
Earnings (loss) per share
Basic income (loss) per share 1.30 0.36 0.16 (1.97)
Diluted income (loss) per share 1.30 0.36 0.15 (2.01)
 

*   Restated following the retrospective application of the amendment to IAS 19, Employee Benefits.

 
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Reconciliation for NON-IFRS Measures

 

EBITDA

 

The following is a reconciliation of the Bezeq Group operating income to EBITDA:

 
In millions
       
Convenience
translation into
U.S. dollars
(Note A)
Three-month Three-month Three-month
period ended period ended period ended Year ended
March 31 March 31 March 31 December 31
2013 2013 2012 2012
NIS US$ NIS NIS
 
Operating income 761 209 850 *3,041
Depreciation and amortization 328 90 358 1,436
 
EBITDA 1,089 299 1,208 4,471
 

*   Restated following the retrospective application of the amendment to IAS 19, Employee Benefits.

 

Free Cash Flow

 

The following table shows the calculation of the Bezeq Group free cash flow:

 

In millions

       
Convenience
translation into
U.S. dollars
(Note A)
Three-month Three-month Three-month
period ended period ended period ended Year ended
March 31 March 31 March 31 December 31
2013 2013 2012 2012
NIS US$ NIS NIS
 
Cash flow from operating activities 972 266 998 4,014
Purchase of property, plant and equipment (245) (67) (385) (1,271)
Investment in intangible assets and deferred expenses (44) (12) (75) (269)
Proceeds from the sale of property, plant and equipment 43 12 47 305
 
Free cash flow 726 199 585 2,779

Contact:
Internet Gold – Golden Lines Ltd.
Idit Cohen – IR Manager
idit@igld.com / Tel: +972-3-924-0000
or
Investor relations contacts:
Mor Dagan - Investor Relations
mor@km-ir.co.il / Tel: +972-3-516-7620
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