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B Communications Reports Financial Results For the First Quarter of 2018

Net Profit Attributable to Shareholders of B Communications for the First Quarter of 2018 of NIS 28 Million

RAMAT GAN, ISRAEL / ACCESSWIRE / May 24, 2018 / B Communications Ltd. (NASDAQ: BCOM and TASE: BCOM), a holding company with a controlling interest in Israel's largest telecommunications provider, Bezeq, The Israel Telecommunication Corporation Ltd. (BEZQ), today reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2018.

"We are pleased with Bezeq's results for the first quarter of 2018 in which it achieved net profit of NIS 260 million ($74 million), in line with its 2018 gaudiness, along with a decrease of over NIS 450 million ($128 million) of net debt. The financial position of B Communications is strong and with a liquidity of more than NIS 600 million ($171 million) as of today and a very good long-term debt structure we are ready for the coming quarters," said Doron Turgeman, CEO of B Communications.

Private Placement of Series C Debentures: On January 25, 2018, the Company completed a private placement of NIS 240 million par value of its Series C Debentures to Israeli institutional investors for an aggregate consideration of approximately NIS 249 million ($71 million). The private placement was carried out as an increase to the outstanding Series C Debentures, which were first issued in September 2016 and have identical terms.

B Communications' Unconsolidated Financial Liabilities and Liquidity

As of March 31, 2018, B Communications' unconsolidated liquidity balances (comprised of cash and cash equivalents, short term investments and funds deposited in a pledged account) totaled NIS 507 million ($144 million) and its financial liabilities totaled NIS 2.48 billion ($706 million), including NIS 2.3 billion ($642 million) of Series C Debentures and NIS 226 million ($64 million) of Series B Debentures (including accrued interest and unamortized premiums, discounts and debt issuance costs for both series).


(In millions)
March 31,
March 31,
March 31,
December 31,
2018
2018
2017
2017
NIS
US$
NIS
NIS
Financial liabilities
Series B debentures
226 64 454 460
Series C debentures
2,257 642 2,017 1,987
Total financial liabilities
2,483 706 2,471 2,447
Liquidity
Cash and short-term investments
467 133 247 475
Pledged account (*)
40 11 51 36
Total liquidity
507 144 298 511
Net debt
1,976 562 2,173 1,936


* Pledged for the benefit of the holders of the Series C Debentures. Pursuant to the indenture for the Series C Debentures, the account is required to include sufficient funds to meet the next interest payment payable to the holders of those debentures.

Bezeq's dividend distribution policy: On March 6, 2018, Bezeq's Board of Directors decided to update Bezeq's dividend distribution policy, whereby Bezeq will distribute to its shareholders, on a semi-annual basis, a dividend equal to 70% of Bezeq's semi-annual net profit based on its consolidated financial statements, commencing with Bezeq's May 10, 2018 distribution.

In addition, Bezeq's Board of Directors determined that in the event the expected capital gains generated from the sale of the Sakia property ("Sakia Profits") are recognized during 2018, they will not be distributed unless the full consideration is received in cash during 2018. Bezeq's Board of Directors may decide at a later date to declare a dividend with respect to the Sakia Profits based upon the circumstances at such time and in accordance with the law.

Dividend from Bezeq: On March 28, 2018, the Board of Directors of Bezeq resolved to recommend to the general meeting of its shareholders the distribution of a cash dividend of NIS 369 million ($105 million), representing 70% of Bezeq's net profit for the second half of 2017. On May 10, 2018, B Communications received NIS 97 million ($28 million) as its share of the dividend distribution.

B Communications First Quarter Consolidated Financial Results

B Communications' consolidated revenues for the first quarter of 2018 totaled NIS 2.36 billion ($672 million), a 3.8% decrease from NIS 2.45 billion reported in the first quarter of 2017. For both the current and the prior year periods, B Communications' consolidated revenues consisted entirely of Bezeq's revenues.

B Communications' consolidated operating profit for the first quarter of 2018 totaled NIS 415 million ($118 million), a 10.0% decrease from NIS 461 million reported in the first quarter of 2017.

B Communications' consolidated net profit for the first quarter of 2018 totaled NIS 195 million ($55 million), a 18.4% decrease from NIS 239 million reported in the first quarter of 2017.

B Communications' net profit attributable to shareholders for the first quarter of 2018 was NIS 28 million ($8 million), a 28.2% decrease from NIS 39 million reported in the first quarter of 2017.

B Communications First Quarter Unconsolidated Financial Results


Three months ended March 31,

Year ended December 31,

(In millions)
2018
2018
2017
2017
NIS
US$
NIS
NIS
Financing expenses, net
(28 ) (8 ) (30 ) (100 )
Operating expenses
(3 ) (1 ) (2 ) (17 )
PPA amortization, net
(9 ) (2 ) (21 ) (130 )
Interest in Bezeq's net profit
68 19 92 325
Net profit
28 8 39 78


As of March 31, 2018, B Communications held approximately 26.3% of Bezeq's outstanding shares. B Communications' interest in Bezeq's net profit for the first quarter of 2018 totaled NIS 68 million ($19 million), a 26.1% decrease from NIS 92 million reported in the first quarter of 2017.

During the first quarter of 2018, B Communications recorded net amortization expenses of NIS 9 million ($2 million), related to its Bezeq purchase price allocation ("Bezeq PPA"). From April 14, 2010, the date of the acquisition of its interest in Bezeq, until March 31, 2018, B Communications has amortized approximately 81% of the total Bezeq PPA. The Bezeq PPA amortization expense is a non-cash expense that is subject to adjustment.

B Communications' unconsolidated net financial expenses for the first quarter of 2018 totaled NIS 28 million ($8 million) compared with net financial expenses of NIS 30 million in the first quarter of 2017. Net financial expenses for the first quarter of 2018 included NIS 28 million ($8 million) of financial expenses related to the Company's Series B and C debentures.

B Communications' unconsolidated net profit for the first quarter of 2018 was NIS 28 million ($8 million) compared with net profit of NIS 39 million reported in the first quarter of 2017.

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 quarter ended March 31, 2018. For a full discussion of Bezeq's results for the quarter ended March 31, 2018, please refer to its website: http://ir.bezeq.co.il.


Bezeq Group (consolidated)
Q1-2018 Q1-2017
% change
(NIS m illions)
Revenues
2,361 2,453 (3.8 %)
Operating profit
462 566 (18.4 %)
Operating margin
19.6 % 23.1 %
Net profit
260 350 (25.7 %)
EBITDA*
987 994 (0.7 %)
EBITDA margin
41.8 % 40.5 %
Diluted EPS (NIS)
0.09 0.13 (30.8 %)
Cash flow from operating activities*
909 826 10.0 %
Payments for investments 368 380 (3.2 %)
Free cash flow 1
423 456 (7.2 %)
Total debt EBITDA (trailing twelve months)
12,156 10,703 13.6 %
Net debt 8,940 9,333 (4.2 %)
EBITDA (trailing twelve months) 3,818 4,031 (5.3 %)
Net debt/EBITDA (end of period) 2
2.34 2.32 1.1 %


* As of January 1, 2018, the Bezeq Group has early adopted accounting standard IFRS 16 "Leases". The impact of the implementation of IFRS16 on EBITDA and cash flow from operating activities in the first quarter of 2018 and 2017 was an increase of NIS 102 million and NIS 119 million, respectively.

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 2018 were NIS 2.36 billion ($672 million) compared to NIS 2.45 billion in the corresponding quarter of 2017, a decrease of 3.8%. The decrease was due to lower revenues in all the Bezeq Group segments.

Salary expenses of the Bezeq Group in the first quarter of 2018 were NIS 510 million ($145 million) compared to NIS 504 million in the corresponding quarter of 2017, an increase of 1.2%.

Operating expenses of the Bezeq Group in the first quarter of 2018 were NIS 841 million ($239 million) compared to NIS 959 million in the corresponding quarter of 2017, a decrease of 12.3%. The decrease was primarily due to the early adoption of accounting standard IFRS 16 whereby rental expenses relating to assets rented through operating leases are capitalized.

Other operating expenses, net of the Bezeq Group in the first quarter of 2018 amounted to NIS 23 million ($7 million) compared to other operating income, net of NIS 4 million in the corresponding quarter of 2017. Other operating expenses, net in the first quarter of 2018 was impacted by a provision of NIS 12 million ($3 million) for costs associated with the early retirement of employees, an increase in provisions for legal claims and a decrease in capital gains from the sale of real estate in Bezeq Fixed-line.

Depreciation and amortization expenses of the Bezeq Group in the first quarter of 2018 were NIS 525 million ($149 million) compared to NIS 428 million in the corresponding quarter of 2017, an increase of 22.7%. The increase was due to the amortization of right-of-use assets resulting from the early adoption of accounting standard IFRS 16 beginning January 1, 2018.

Operating profit of the Bezeq Group in the first quarter of 2018 was NIS 462 million ($131 million) compared to NIS 566 million in the corresponding quarter of 2017, a decrease of 18.4%.

Financing expenses, net of the Bezeq Group in the first quarter of 2018 amounted to NIS 108 million ($31 million) compared to NIS 101 million in the corresponding quarter of 2017, an increase of 6.9%. The increase in financing expenses was primarily due to a change of NIS 18 million in the estimated fair value of the amount expected to be refunded to Bezeq Fixed-line from the advance payments made for the second contingent consideration in relation to the acquisition of Yes. This amount was partially offset by a decrease in financing expenses in respect of a change in the fair value of financial assets in Yes.

Income tax expenses of the Bezeq Group in the first quarter of 2018 were NIS 93 million ($26 million) compared to NIS 113 million in the corresponding quarter of 2017, a decrease of 17.7%. The decrease in tax expenses was due to a reduction in profitability as well as a decrease in the corporate tax rate from 24% to 23% in 2018.

Net profit of the Bezeq Group in the first quarter of 2018 was NIS 260 million ($74 million) compared to NIS 350 million in the corresponding quarter of 2017, a decrease of 25.7%.

EBITDA of the Bezeq Group in the first quarter of 2018 was NIS 987 million ($281 million) (EBITDA margin of 41.8%) compared to NIS 994 billion (EBITDA margin of 40.5%) in the corresponding quarter of 2017, a decrease of 0.7%. After adjusting for other operating income/expenses and the effect of early adoption of accounting standard IFRS 16, EBITDA in the first quarter of 2018 totaled NIS 908 million compared to NIS 990 million in the first quarter of 2017, a decrease of 8.3%.

Cash flow from operating activities of the Bezeq Group in the first quarter of 2018 was NIS 909 million ($259 million) compared to NIS 826 million in the corresponding quarter of 2017, an increase of 10.0%. The increase was primarily due to the reclassification of payments in respect of lease agreements to cash flow from financing activities as a result of the early adoption of the accounting standard IFRS 16 beginning January 1, 2018.

Payments for investments (Capex) of the Bezeq Group in the first quarter of 2018 was NIS 368 million ($105 million) compared to NIS 380 million in the corresponding quarter of 2017, a decrease of 3.2%.

Free cash flow of the Bezeq Group in the first quarter of 2018 was NIS 423 million ($120 million) compared to NIS 456 million in the corresponding quarter of 2017, a decrease of 7.2%.

Total debt of the Bezeq Group as of March 31, 2018 was NIS 12.2 billion ($3.5 billion) compared to NIS 10.7 billion as of March 31, 2017.

Net debt of the Bezeq Group was NIS 8.94 billion ($2.54 billion) as of March 31, 2018 compared to NIS 9.33 billion as of March 31, 2017.

Net debt to EBITDA (trailing twelve months) ratio of the Bezeq Group as of March 31, 2018, was 2.34, compared to 2.32 as of March 31, 2017.

Notes:

Convenience translation to U.S Dollars

Unless noted specifically otherwise, the dollar denominated figures were converted to US$ using a convenience translation based on the New Israeli Shekel (NIS)/US$ exchange rate of NIS 3.514 = US$ 1 as published by the Bank of Israel for March 31, 2018.

Use of non-IFRS financial measures

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. The following non-IFRS measures are provided in the press release and accompanying supplemental information because management believes these measurements are useful for investors and financial institutions to analyze and compare companies on the basis of operating performance:

  • EBITDA - defined as net profit plus net interest expense, provision for income taxes, depreciation and amortization;
  • EBITDA trailing twelve months - defined as net profit plus net interest expense, provision for income taxes, depreciation and amortization during last twelve months;
  • Net debt - defined as long and short-term liabilities minus cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments; and
  • Net debt to EBITDA ratio - defined as net debt divided by the trailing twelve months EBITDA.
  • Free Cash Flow (FCF) - defined as cash from operating activities less cash for the purchase/sale of property, plant and equipment, and intangible assets, net.

These non-IFRS financial measures may differ materially from the non-IFRS financial measures used by other companies.

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 profit 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.

Management of Bezeq believes that free cash flow is an important measure of its liquidity as well as its ability to service long-term debt, fund future growth and to provide a return to shareholders. We also believe this free cash flow definition does not have any material limitations. Free cash flow is a financial index which is not based on IFRS. Free cash flow is defined as cash from operating activities less cash for the purchase/sale of property, plant and equipment, and intangible assets, net. Bezeq also uses the net debt and net debt to EBITDA trailing twelve months ratio to analyze its financial capacity for further leverage and in analyzing the company's business and financial condition. Net debt reflects long and short-term liabilities minus cash and cash equivalents and investments.

Reconciliations between the Bezeq Group's results on an IFRS and non-IFRS basis with respect to these non-IFRS measurements are provided in tables immediately following the Company's consolidated results. The 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.

IFRS 16

Effective January 1, 2018 ("the Initial Application Date"), the Group early adopted IFRS 16, Leases ("IFRS16" or "the Standard "). The main effect of early adoption of IFRS16 is reflected in the cancellation of the existing requirement that lessees classify leases as operating (off-balance sheet) or financing leases. The new Standard presents a uniform model for the accounting treatment of all leases, pursuant to which the lessee is to recognize the asset and the liability in respect of the lease in its financial statements. The Standard also sets out new disclosure requirements that are more extensive than the existing requirements. Accordingly, until the date of initial application, the Group classified most of the leases in which it is the lessee as operating leases, since it did not substantially bear all the risks and rewards from the assets.

In accordance with IFRS16, for agreements in which the Group is the lessee, the Group applies a unified accounting model, by which it recognizes a right-of-use asset and a lease liability at the inception of the lease contract for all the leases in which the Group has a right to control identified assets for a specified period of time. Accordingly, the Group recognizes depreciation and amortization expenses in respect of a right-of-use asset, tests a right-of-use asset for impairment in accordance with IAS 36, Impairment of Assets (hereinafter: "IAS 36") and recognizes financing expenses on a lease liability. Therefore, as from the date of initial application, lease expenses relating to assets leased under an operating lease, which were presented as part of general and administrative expenses in the income statement, are recognized as assets and written down as depreciation and amortization expenses.

The Group applies the standard using the cumulative effect approach without a restatement of comparative information.

In respect of all the leases, the Group has elected to apply the transitional provision of recognizing a lease liability at the initial application date according to the present value of the future lease payments discounted at the incremental interest rate of the lessee at that date and concurrently recognizing a right-of-use asset at the same amount of the liability, adjusted for any prepaid or accrued lease payments that were recognized as an asset or liability before the date of initial application. Therefore, application of the standard did not have an effect on the balance of the Group’s retained earnings at the date of initial application.

Upon initial application, the Group also elected to apply the following expedients, as permitted by the standard:

a. Relying on a previous assessment of whether an arrangement is a lease or contains a lease at the application date of the standard. Accordingly, the agreements that were previously classified as operating leases are accounted for in accordance with the new Standard, and the agreements that were previously classified as service contracts continue to be accounted for as such without change.

b. Applying a single discount rate to a portfolio of leases with similar characteristics.

c. Not separating non-lease components from the lease components and accounting for all the components as a single lease component.

d. Relying on a previous assessment of whether a contract is onerous in accordance with IAS 37 at the transition date, as an alternative to assessing the impairment of right-of-use assets.

e. Excluding initial direct costs from the measurement of the right-of-use asset at the date of initial application.

f. Using hindsight in determining the lease period if the contract includes options to extend or cancel the lease.

Presented below are the principal accounting policies for leases in which the Group is the lessee, which were applied as from January 1, 2018 following the application of the Standard:

(1) Determining whether an arrangement contains a lease

At the inception of the arrangement, the Group determines whether the arrangement is or contains a lease, and examines whether the arrangement transfers the right to control the use of an identifiable asset for a period of time in return for payment. When assessing whether the arrangement transfers control over the use of an identifiable asset, the Group estimates, over the lease term, whether it has both rights set out below:

(A) The right to essentially obtain all the economic rewards associated with the use of the identifiable asset

(B) The right to direct the use of the identifiable asset

For lease contracts that include non-lease components, such as services or maintenance, which are related to a lease component, the Group elected to account for the contract as a single lease component without separating the components.

(2) Leased assets and lease liability

Contracts that award the Group the right to control the use of an identifiable asset over a period of time for a consideration are accounted for as leases. At initial recognition, the Group recognizes a liability at the present value of the future minimum lease payments (these payments do not include variable lease payments that are not linked to the CPI, or to any change in the rate of interest, or any change in the exchange rate), and concurrently, the Group recognizes a right-of-use asset at the amount of the liability, adjusted for lease payments paid in advance or accrued, plus direct costs incurred in the lease.

Since the interest rate implicit in the lease is not readily determinable, the incremental borrowing rate of the Group is used (the borrowing rate that the Group would be required to pay to borrow the amounts required to obtain an asset at a similar value to the right-of-use asset in a similar economic environment, in a similar period and with similar collateral).

Subsequent to initial recognition, the asset is accounted for using the cost model and it is amortized over the lease term or the useful life of the asset (whichever is earlier).

(3) The lease term

The lease term is the non-cancellable period of the lease plus periods covered by an extension or termination option if it is reasonably certain that the Group will exercise or not exercise the option.

(4) Depreciation of right-of-use asset

After lease commencement, a right-of-use asset is measured on a cost basis less accumulated depreciation and accumulated impairment losses and is adjusted for re-measurements of the lease liability. Depreciation is calculated on a straight-line basis over the useful life or contractual lease period, whichever earlier, as follows:


Type of asset
Weighted average depreciation period as of January 1, 2018 (In years)
Cellular communications sites
6.5
Buildings
7
Vehicles
2


At the date of initial application of IFRS 16, the Group recognized right-of-use assets and lease liabilities in the amount of NIS 1.5 billion.

In measurement of the lease liabilities, the Group discounted lease payments using the nominal incremental borrowing rate at January 1, 2018. The discount rates used to measure lease liabilities range between 1.3% and 3.5% (weighted average of 1.5%). This range is affected by differences in the lease term.

The difference between the Group's agreements for the minimum contractual lease payments in the amount of NIS 1,020 million, as reported in Note 21A to the Annual Statements, and the lease liabilities recognized at the initial application date of IFRS 16, amounting to NIS 1.5 billion, is mainly due to the options for extending the lease, which will most likely be exercised, which were not included in Note 21A to the Annual Statements.

About B Communications Ltd.

B Communications is a holding company with the controlling interest in Israel's largest telecommunications provider, Bezeq. For more information please visit the following Internet sites:

www.bcommunications.co.il
www.ir.bezeq.co.il
www.eurocom.co.il
www.igld.com

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.

For further information, please contact:

Yaniv Salomon - IR Manager
yaniv@igld.com / Tel: +972-3-924-0000

Hadas Friedman - Investor Relations
Hadas@km-ir.co.il / Tel: +972-3-516-7620


Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Financial Position as at B Communications Ltd.


(In million)
March 31,
March 31,
March 31,
December 31,
2018
2018
2017
2017
NIS
US$
NIS
NIS
Current Assets
Cash and cash equivalents
1,975 562 804 2,386
Investments
1,748 497 863 596
Trade receivables
1,827 520 1,976 1,915
Other receivables
306 87 299 270
Related party
25 7 35 43
Inventory
130 37 114 125
Total current assets
6,011 1,710 4,091 5,335
Non-Current Assets
Trade and other receivables
466 133 595 493
Property, plant and equipment
6,922 1,970 7,078 6,940
Intangible assets
5,764 1,640 6,379 5,840
Deferred expenses and investments
606 173 503 558
Broadcasting rights
451 128 438 454
Rights of use assets
1,417 403 - -
Deferred tax assets
1,027 292 1,008 1,019
Total non-current assets
16,653 4,739 16,001 15,304
Total assets
22,664 6,449 20,092 20,639



(In millions)
March 31,
March 31,
March 31,
December 31
2018 2018 2017 2017
NIS US$ NIS NIS
Current Liabilities
Bank loans and credit and debentures
1,835 522 1,821 1,858
Leases liabilities
428 122 - -
Trade and other payables
1,847 526 1,743 1,719
Related party
- - 6 -
Current tax liabilities
50 14 143 160
Provisions
103 29 81 94
Employee benefits
286 81 308 280
Total current liabilities
4,549 1,294 4,102 4,111
Non-Current Liabilities
Bank loans and debentures
12,776 3,637 11,317 12,437
Leases liabilities
1,006 286 - -
Employee benefits
272 77 260 272
Other liabilities
258 73 250 234
Provisions
39 11 47 40
Deferred tax liabilities
461 131 570 459
Total non-current liabilities
14,812 4,215 12,444 13,442
Total liabilities
19,361 5,509 16,546 17,553
Equity
Attributable to shareholders of the Company
1,280 364 1,211 1,246
Non-controlling interests
2,023 576 2,335 1,840
Total equity
3,303 940 3,546 3,086
Total liabilities and equity
22,664 6,449 20,092 20,639



(In millions except per share data)
Three months ended March 31,
Year ended
December 31, 2017
2018 2018 2017 2017
NIS US$ NIS NIS
Revenues
2,361 672 2,453 9,789
Costs and expenses
Depreciation and amortization
569 162 528 2,117
Salaries
510 145 504 2,007
General and operating expenses
844 240 961 3,906
Other operating expense (income), net
23 7 (1 ) 149
1,946 554 1,992 8,179
Operating profit
415 118 461 1,610
Financing expenses, net
136 39 131 517
Profit after financing expenses, net
279 79 330 1,093
Share of loss in
equity-accounted investee
1 - 2 5
Profit before income tax
278 79 328 1,088
Income tax expenses
83 24 89 347
Net profit for the period
195 55 239 741
Profit attributable to:
Shareholders of the Company
28 8 39 78
Non-controlling interests
167 47 200 663
Net profit for the period
195 55 239 741
Earnings per share
Basic
0.94 0.27 1.31 2.62
Diluted
0.94 0.27 1.31 2.62


Reconciliation of NON-IFRS Measures

EBITDA

The following is a reconciliation of Bezeq Group's net profit to EBITDA:


(In millions)
Three-month period ended March 31,
Trailing twelve months ended March 31,
2018
2018
2017
2018
2018
2017
NIS
US$
NIS
NIS
US$
NIS
Net profit
260 74 350 1,145 326 1,306
Income tax
93 26 113 433 123 555
Share of loss in equity- accounted investee
1 - 2 4 1 6
Financing expenses, net
108 31 101 424 121 446
Depreciation and amortization
525 149 428 1,812 516 1,718
EBITDA
987 280 994 3,818 1,087 4,031


Net Debt

The following table shows the calculation of the Bezeq Group's net debt:


(In millions)
As at March 31,
2018
2018
2017
NIS
US$
NIS
Short term bank loans and credit and debentures
1,609 458 1,594
Non-current bank loans and debentures
10,547 3,000 9,109
Cash and cash equivalents
(1,826 ) (520 ) (792 )
Investments
(1,390 ) (396 ) (578 )
Net debt
8,940 2,542 9,333


Net Debt to Trailing Twelve Months EBITDA Ratio

The following table shows the calculation of the Bezeq Group's net debt to EBITDA trailing Twelve months ratio:


(In millions)
As at March 31,
2018
2018
2017
NIS
US$
NIS
Net debt
8,940 2,542 9,333
Trailing twelve months EBITDA
3,818 1,087 4,031
Net debt to EBITDA ratio
2.34 2.34 2.32


Free Cash Flow

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


(In millions)
Three-month period ended March 31,
2018
2018
2017
NIS
US$
NIS
Cash flow from operating activities
909 259 826
Purchase of property, plant and equipment
(273 ) (78 ) (277 )
Investment in intangible assets and deferred expenses
(95 ) (27 ) (103 )
Lease payments
(126 ) (36 ) -
Proceeds from the sale of property, plant and equipment
8 2 10
Free cash flow
423 120 456


Effect of Early Adoption of IFRS16

The tables below summarize the effects on the condensed consolidated interim statement of financial position as at March 31, 2018 and on the condensed consolidated interim statements of income for the three months then ended, assuming the Group's previous policy regarding leases continued during that period.

Effect on the condensed consolidated interim statement of financial position as at March 31, 2018:


In accordance with the previous policy
Change
In accordance with IFRS 16
(In millions)
NIS
NIS
NIS
Other receivables
352 (46 ) 306
Right-of-use assets
- 1,417 1,417
Trade and other payables
1,910 (63 ) 1,847
Short-term lease liabilities
- 428 428
Long-term lease liabilities
- 1,006 1,006
Equity attributable to shareholders
1,280 - 1,280
Non-controlling interests
2,023 - 2,023


Effect on the consolidated interim statement of income for the three months ended March 31, 2018:


In accordance with the previous policy
Change
In accordance with IFRS 16
(In millions)
NIS
NIS
NIS
General and operating expenses
946 (102 ) 844
Depreciation and amortization
472 97 569
Operating profit
410 5 415
Financing expenses, net
131 5 136
Profit after financing expenses
279 - 279
Net Profit for the period
195 - 195
Profit attributable to shareholders of the Company
28 - 28
Profit attributable to non-controlling interests
167 - 167


Designated Disclosure with Respect to the Company's Projected Cash Flows

In connection with the issuance of our Series C Debentures in September 2016, we undertook to comply with the "hybrid model disclosure requirements" as determined by the Israeli Securities Authority and as described in the prospectus governing our Series C Debentures.

This model provides that in the event certain financial "warning signs" exist, and for as long as they exist, we will be subject to certain disclosure obligations towards the holders of our Series C Debentures.

In examining the existence of warning signs as of March 31, 2018, our board of directors noted that our unconsolidated unaudited cash flow statement for the fisrt quarter of 2018 reflect that we had, as expected, a continuing negative cash flow from operating activities of NIS 10 million.

The Israeli regulations provide that the existence of a continuing negative cash flow from operating activities could be deemed to be a "warning sign" unless our board of directors determines that the possible "warning sign" does not reflect a liquidity problem.

Such continuing negative cash flow from operating activities results from the general operating expenses of the Company of NIS 3 million and tax payments of NIS 7 million generated during the first quarter of 2018 and due to the fact that the Company, as a holding company, does not have any cash inflows from operating activities. Our main source of cash inflows is generated from dividends (classified as cash flow from investing activities) or debt issuances (classified as cash flow from financing activities).

Such continuing negative cash flow from operating activities does not effect our liquidity in any manner. Our board of directors reviewed our financial position, outstanding debt obligations and our existing and anticipated cash resources and uses and determined that the existence of the continuing negative cash flow from operating activities, as mentioned above, does not reflect a liquidity problem.

Disclosure with Respect to the Company's Requirements Under Series C Debentures

The Company declares with respect to the reporting period as follows:

  • The Company did not record in favor of a third party any lien of any rank whatsoever over its direct or indirect holdings of 691,361,036 shares of Bezeq (the “Bezeq Shares”) including over any of the rights accompanying such shares.
  • The Company did not make any disposition of the Bezeq Shares.
  • The Company did not assume any financial debt (as defined in the Trust Deed of the Series C Debentures) during the reporting period (other than in the framework of the issuance of the Debentures, and its wholly owned subsidiaries, including B Communications (SP1) and B Communications (SP2) did not issue any financial debt whatsoever during the reporting period.
  • As of the reporting date, the Company holds approximately 26.34% of Bezeq’s outstanding shares, directly and through its subsidiary.
  • The equity attributable to the Company’s shareholders (not including non-controlling interests) according to this report amounts to NIS 1,280 million, and represents 34.0% of the Company’s total balance sheet on an unconsolidated basis.


B Communications' Unconsolidated Balance Sheet


(In millions)
March 31,
March 31,
March 31,
December 31,
2018
2018
2017
2017
NIS
US$
NIS
NIS
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents
149 42 12 205
Short-term investments
358 102 286 306
Other receivables
- - 2 -
Total current assets
507 144 300 511
Non-current assets
Investment in an investee (*)
3,261 928 3,415 3,196
Total assets
3,768 1,072 3,715 3,707
Current liabilities
Current maturities of debentures
226 64 226 226
Other payables
33 10 70 27
Total current liabilities
259 74 296 253
Non-current liabilities
Debentures
2,229 634 2,208 2,208
Total liabilities
2,488 708 2,504 2,461
Total equity
1,280 364 1,211 1,246
Total liabilities and equity
3,768 1,072 3,715 3,707


(*) Investment in Bezeq.

SOURCE: B Communications Ltd.