Welcome!

Microsoft Cloud Authors: Pat Romanski, Srinivasan Sundara Rajan, Glenn Rossman, Janakiram MSV, Steven Mandel

News Feed Item

Millicom International Cellular: Results for the Period Ended December 31, 2012

Q4 2012 Highlights

  • Revenue of $1,266 million. Local currency growth of 6.4% YoY, excluding Cablevision, including Online.

Excluding regulatory impacts and reclassifications, the growth would have been 7.6%

  • EBITDA reached $528 million and a margin of 41.7%. EBITDA was YoY flat excluding Online and Cablevision
  • Bonds issued in Q4 for $600 million, extending debt maturity to over 3.4 years
  • Over 4 million MFS customers, MFS launched in Chad

FY 2012 Highlights

  • Local currency revenue growth of 8.0% to $4,814 million (8.7% excluding regulatory impact and Cablevision Paraguay)
  • EBITDA of $2,065 million and EBITDA margin of 42.9% (43.2% excluding Online)
  • Capex of $922 million (19.1% of revenue), excluding spectrum, licenses and Cablevision assets
  • Operating Free Cash Flow of $1,127 million (23.4% of revenue) excluding spectrum, licenses and Cablevision assets
  • The Board will propose a dividend of $2.64 per share to the AGM to be convened on May 28, 2013

2013 forward looking statements

We expect 2013 Group EBITDA margin to be above 40% (excluding Online) and to decline less than over the past twelve months. In 2013, the capex to revenue ratio will peak at around 20%, excluding spectrum acquisition.

In 2013 we expect the Online division to deliver in excess of $100 million of revenues and EBITDA losses to be in the range of $125-200 million. Losses will be on the high side of the range if we see an opportunity to accelerate growth and ramp up launches.

Financial summary for the quarters ended December 31, 2012 and 2011

$m

  Q4   Q4  

YOY % change
(local currency)

  FY 2012   FY 2011  

YOY % change
(local currency)

2012 2011
Revenue 1,266 1,177 6.40% 4,814 4,530 8.00%
EBITDA (i) 528 536 -0.20% 2,065 2,087 1.40%
EBITDA margin 41.70% 45.50% (3.8pt) 42.90% 46.10% (3.2pt)
Normalized Net Profit (ii) 155 188 655 767
Capex (iii) 359 375 922 825
Operating FCF (iv) 375 300 1,127 1,218
 

(i) EBITDA: operating profit before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization; derived by deducting cost of sales, sales and marketing costs and general and administrative expenses from revenue and adding other operating income.

(ii) Net profit adjusted for items such as foreign exchange movements, movements in valuation of the Honduras put option, Colombian deferred tax asset, and revaluation of previously held interests.

(iii) Excluding towers sold to, and leased back from tower companies, spectrum and assets acquired with Cablevision Paraguay.

(iv) Operating Free Cash Flow: EBITDA – Capex (excluding spectrum) - Tax +/- working capital movements and includes proceeds from tower monetization.

Hans-Holger Albrecht, President and CEO of Millicom, commented:

"2012 has been a year of investment for Millicom. We stepped up our investment in infrastructure and in commercial activities, notably in branding and subsidies to ensure we deliver the best quality services to our customers. We also invested in our people through the staffing of our different business categories. These investments are even more important given that the maturing of the voice business is accelerating in the fourth quarter with material regulatory pressure. We are constantly innovating by identifying and scaling up new opportunities that have yet to be addressed by the industry. It is our relentless pace of innovation, initiated long ago by our founder, which enabled us to continue growing at an industry leading 8% rate in 2012. We generated close to 35% of our revenues from Value Added Services, well on track to reach our mid-term ambitions to diversify revenue and to reduce reliance on mobile voice services.

In line with our 2012 guidance, EBITDA margin declined by 2.9 percentage points in 2012 versus 2011 to 43.2% (excluding Online). As previously communicated, we increased investment in IT and 3G services while maintaining a capex to revenue ratio below 20%. At 23% of revenues, our cash flow generation was healthy and above previously communicated targets.

In 2013 the transition from voice to data and from analogue to digital TV will accelerate as we ensure Millicom remains a growth company. Our priorities will be to 1) secure high market share and further monetize mobile data , 2) grow our cable business by exploiting untapped potential, 3) expand our MFS business from its initial success, and 4) explore and further develop Online opportunities in our partnership with Rocket Internet. Creation of a leading integrated operator in Colombia with EPM (the leading utility company in the Northwest region of Colombia) would enable us to accelerate our development in cable, whilst offering material opportunities to cross-sell and up-sell innovative and best quality services to customers.

In 2013 we expect EBITDA margin to decline less than in 2012, and remain above 40%, and capex to revenue to peak at around 20% (both excluding Online). We have recently increased our focus on costs and capex avoidance to improve the productivity of our investments and adjust our costs structure to the slowing growth momentum on voice. Building on Millicom’s pioneering approach to Value Added Services; we will focus on becoming a Digital leader. We will share more on our strategic priorities and mid-term ambitions at our Capital Markets Day on March 6.

The Board has decided to propose to the annual general assembly the payment of a dividend of $2.64 per share. Our dividend policy is maintained and we have the ambition to progressive growth in ordinary dividends.

At Millicom, we demand more to ensure we delight our customers at every turn. We demand more to create a culture within Millicom which is truly energising. We demand more to create greater shareholder value. We demand more to strengthen our position as digital lifestyle leaders. Demanding more helps us reach for the stars while keeping us grounded. That makes us Millicom."

Conference call details

A presentation and conference call to discuss results of the quarter will take place at 14.00 Stockholm / 13.00 London / 08.00 New York, on Tuesday, February 12, 2013. Dial-in numbers: +46 (0)850 336 434, +44 (0)1452 555 566, or +1 631 510 7498. Access code: 92960289#.

A live audio stream of the conference call can also be accessed at www.millicom.com. Please dial in / log on 10 minutes prior to the start of the conference call to allow time for registration.

Slides to accompany the conference call are available at www.millicom.com.

About Millicom

Millicom is a leading telecom operator dedicated to emerging markets in Latin America and Africa. Millicom sets the pace when it comes to providing digital lifestyle services to the world’s emerging markets, giving access to the world, primarily through mobile devices. Operating in 15 countries, Millicom offers innovative and customer-centric products. The Millicom Group employs more than 8,000 people and provides mobile services, access to the internet, content and financial services to over 45 million customers. Founded in 1990, Millicom International Cellular SA is headquartered in Luxembourg and listed on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm under the symbol MIC. In 2011, Millicom generated revenue of USD 4.53 billion and EBITDA of USD 2.09 billion.

This press release may contain certain “forward-looking statements” with respect to Millicom’s expectations and plans, strategy, management’s objectives, future performance, costs, revenue, earnings and other trend information. It is important to note that Millicom’s actual results in the future could differ materially from those anticipated in forward-looking statements depending on various important factors.

All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Millicom on the date hereof. All written or oral forward-looking statements attributable to Millicom International Cellular S.A., and Millicom International Cellular S.A. employees or representatives acting on Millicom’s behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the factors referred to above. Millicom does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.

This information was brought to you by Cision http://www.cisionwire.com

More Stories By Business Wire

Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@ThingsExpo Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that ReadyTalk, a leading provider of online conferencing and webinar services, has been named Vendor Presentation Sponsor at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. ReadyTalk delivers audio and web conferencing services that inspire collaboration and enable the Future of Work for today’s increasingly digital and mobile workforce. By combining intuitive, innovative tec...
Major trends and emerging technologies – from virtual reality and IoT, to Big Data and algorithms – are helping organizations innovate in the digital era. However, to create real business value, IT must think beyond the ‘what’ of digital transformation to the ‘how’ to harness emerging trends, innovation and disruption. Architecture is the key that underpins and ties all these efforts together. In the digital age, it’s important to invest in architecture, extend the enterprise footprint to the cl...
Fifty billion connected devices and still no winning protocols standards. HTTP, WebSockets, MQTT, and CoAP seem to be leading in the IoT protocol race at the moment but many more protocols are getting introduced on a regular basis. Each protocol has its pros and cons depending on the nature of the communications. Does there really need to be only one protocol to rule them all? Of course not. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, walk you through how Oct...
Vidyo, Inc., has joined the Alliance for Open Media. The Alliance for Open Media is a non-profit organization working to define and develop media technologies that address the need for an open standard for video compression and delivery over the web. As a member of the Alliance, Vidyo will collaborate with industry leaders in pursuit of an open and royalty-free AOMedia Video codec, AV1. Vidyo’s contributions to the organization will bring to bear its long history of expertise in codec technolo...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Bsquare has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. For more than two decades, Bsquare has helped its customers extract business value from a broad array of physical assets by making them intelligent, connecting them, and using the data they generate to optimize business processes.
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, provided an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life sett...
If you’re responsible for an application that depends on the data or functionality of various IoT endpoints – either sensors or devices – your brand reputation depends on the security, reliability, and compliance of its many integrated parts. If your application fails to deliver the expected business results, your customers and partners won't care if that failure stems from the code you developed or from a component that you integrated. What can you do to ensure that the endpoints work as expect...
The Transparent Cloud-computing Consortium (abbreviation: T-Cloud Consortium) will conduct research activities into changes in the computing model as a result of collaboration between "device" and "cloud" and the creation of new value and markets through organic data processing High speed and high quality networks, and dramatic improvements in computer processing capabilities, have greatly changed the nature of applications and made the storing and processing of data on the network commonplace.
Cognitive Computing is becoming the foundation for a new generation of solutions that have the potential to transform business. Unlike traditional approaches to building solutions, a cognitive computing approach allows the data to help determine the way applications are designed. This contrasts with conventional software development that begins with defining logic based on the current way a business operates. In her session at 18th Cloud Expo, Judith S. Hurwitz, President and CEO of Hurwitz & ...
The vision of a connected smart home is becoming reality with the application of integrated wireless technologies in devices and appliances. The use of standardized and TCP/IP networked wireless technologies in line-powered and battery operated sensors and controls has led to the adoption of radios in the 2.4GHz band, including Wi-Fi, BT/BLE and 802.15.4 applied ZigBee and Thread. This is driving the need for robust wireless coexistence for multiple radios to ensure throughput performance and th...
Enterprise IT has been in the era of Hybrid Cloud for some time now. But it seems most conversations about Hybrid are focused on integrating AWS, Microsoft Azure, or Google ECM into existing on-premises systems. Where is all the Private Cloud? What do technology providers need to do to make their offerings more compelling? How should enterprise IT executives and buyers define their focus, needs, and roadmap, and communicate that clearly to the providers?
SYS-CON Events announced today that Commvault, a global leader in enterprise data protection and information management, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Commvault is a leading provider of data protection and information management solutions, helping companies worldwide activate their data to drive more value and business insight and to transform moder...
The Internet of Things can drive efficiency for airlines and airports. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect with GE, and Sudip Majumder, senior director of development at Oracle, will discuss the technical details of the connected airline baggage and related social media solutions. These IoT applications will enhance travelers' journey experience and drive efficiency for the airlines and the airports. The session will include a working demo and a technical d...
There is little doubt that Big Data solutions will have an increasing role in the Enterprise IT mainstream over time. Big Data at Cloud Expo - to be held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA - has announced its Call for Papers is open. Cloud computing is being adopted in one form or another by 94% of enterprises today. Tens of billions of new devices are being connected to The Internet of Things. And Big Data is driving this bus. An exponential increase is...
Digital innovation is the next big wave of business transformation based on digital technologies of which IoT and Big Data are key components, For example: Business boundary innovation is a challenge to excavate third-party business value using IoT and BigData, like Nest Business structure innovation may propose re-building business structure from scratch, as Uber does in the taxicab industry The social model innovation is also a big challenge to the new social architecture with the design fr...
The many IoT deployments around the world are busy integrating smart devices and sensors into their enterprise IT infrastructures. Yet all of this technology – and there are an amazing number of choices – is of no use without the software to gather, communicate, and analyze the new data flows. Without software, there is no IT. In this power panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists will look at the protocols that communicate data and the emerging data analy...
DevOps at Cloud Expo, taking place Nov 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 19th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long dev...
SYS-CON Events announced today that China Unicom will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. China United Network Communications Group Co. Ltd ("China Unicom") was officially established in 2009 on the basis of the merger of former China Netcom and former China Unicom. China Unicom mainly operates a full range of telecommunications services including mobile broadband (GSM, WCDMA, LTE F...
Data is an unusual currency; it is not restricted by the same transactional limitations as money or people. In fact, the more that you leverage your data across multiple business use cases, the more valuable it becomes to the organization. And the same can be said about the organization’s analytics. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Bill Schmarzo, CTO for the Big Data Practice at EMC, will introduce a methodology for capturing, enriching and sharing data (and analytics) across the organizati...
SYS-CON Events announced today the Enterprise IoT Bootcamp, being held November 1-2, 2016, in conjunction with 19th Cloud Expo | @ThingsExpo at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Combined with real-world scenarios and use cases, the Enterprise IoT Bootcamp is not just based on presentations but with hands-on demos and detailed walkthroughs. We will introduce you to a variety of real world use cases prototyped using Arduino, Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone, Spark, and Intel Edison. Y...