RESULTS FOR THE PERIOD ENDED MARCH 31, 2011
Quarterly historical data has been restated for the full consolidation of Honduras to provide a comparable base.
Organic local currency revenues up 12.7% versus Q1 10
Revenues up 13.4% to $1,081 million (Q1 10: $954 million)*
EBITDA up 12.9% to $509 million (Q1 10: $451 million)**
EBITDA margin of 47.1% (Q1 10: 47.3%)
Mobile customers up 13.3% versus Q1 10, bringing total customers to 39.8 million
Basic earnings per common share of $2.17 (Q1 10: $1.43)
Normalized earnings per common share *** of $1.91 (Q1 10: $1.43)
Free cash flow of $191 million (Q1 10: $200 million)
Share buy back program of $800 million for the full year
* Revenues were up 19.5% excluding the impact of the full consolidation of Honduras in Q1 10
** EBITDA was up 20.2% excluding the impact of the full consolidation of Honduras in Q1 10
*** Excludes one-off events in 2010 and 2011 mainly the disposal of our Laos operation
Mikael Grahne, President and CEO of Millicom, commented:
“Our strong performance in Q1 confirms our value creation strategy and its effective implementation in our markets. Local currency revenues increased by 12.7% year on year, which is the highest quarterly top line growth rate Millicom has reported since 2008. We are especially pleased to see double-digit growth in Latin America as a whole and 5% growth in Central America, proving that our most highly penetrated markets can still enjoy good growth.
There has also been a continued improvement in mobile ARPU with a 3% year on year increase in South America and, notably, a 1% increase in Central America. Such growth reflects our proximity to our customers and our deep understanding of their specific needs which we address through tailored, packaged products and services. The investments we have been making in 3G and VAS are also delivering positive results. In Africa, our revenues grew by 15% and continued to be impacted by the market price reductions introduced in the second half of 2010, but we are encouraged by the fact that there has been no further significant pricing activity in the first quarter of 2011. For the Group as a whole, we are confident of maintaining top line growth of around 10% in local currency in 2011.
“Growth in VAS is a major strategic focus for Millicom and, in the first quarter, VAS contributed 51% of the growth in local currency. Of our four customer offering categories, the Information and Solutions categories are showing the strongest growth and together they are already contributing 12% of total revenues in the quarter. We are starting to see some interesting developments in Mobile Financial Services. In particular, in Paraguay, where we first launched Tigo Cash, our domestic money transfer facility in Q3 2010, we recorded 107,000 transactions in the month of March.
“Our strong top line performance contributed to EBITDA of $509 million for the quarter and a margin for the Group of 47.1%. We anticipate a lower margin than in Q1 for the balance of the year as we continue to invest in our brand and in our increasingly sophisticated and diverse range of value-added services in order to drive sustainable double-digit growth. Given our strong performance in Q1 and our confidence in the business outlook for 2011, we are raising our EBITDA margin guidance to above 45% for the full year and our OFCF margin guidance to the high teens. Capex for the full year is expected to be around $850 million.
“We are very pleased to see that our increased focus on earnings per share through careful management of our capital structure and tax planning have contributed to a 33% year-on-year increase in normalized EPS for the quarter, excluding exceptional items. In addition to the proposed dividend of $1.80 per share for 2010, the Board has authorized a total share buy back program of $800 million for the full year, meaning that we could return close to $1 billion to shareholders in 2011, demonstrating our commitment both to enhancing shareholder returns and to improving the efficiency of our capital structure.
“Finally, we are also separately announcing today our intention to consolidate the listing of our shares onto a single exchange, NASDAQ OMX Stockholm, in order to simplify our listing obligations. The transition of the primary listing and the U.S. deregistration, which we intend to implement as soon as we are eligible to do so, will eliminate some of the significant demands placed on the management team and on the Board related to a dual listing, and will therefore enable the company to focus even further on developing the business. The consolidation of our listing will not alter our underlying operations, our ability to grow the business, the level of our internal controls or governance, the way we run the company or how we communicate to the market.”
Note: For tabular financial information and the full text of the statement, please refer to the attached PDF or the Millicom website: www.millicom.com
Conference call details
A conference call to discuss the results will be held at 13.00 London / 14.00 Stockholm / 08.00 New York, on Tuesday, April 19, 2011. The dial-in numbers are: +44 (0)20 7806 1955, +46 (0)8 5352 6407 or +1 212 444 0413 and the pass code is 2956542#.
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Francois-Xavier Roger Telephone: +352 27 759 327
Chief Financial Officer
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Millicom International Cellular S.A. is a global telecommunications group with mobile telephony operations in 13 countries in Latin America and Africa. It also operates various combinations of fixed telephony, cable and broadband businesses in five countries in Central America. The Group’s mobile operations have a combined population under license of approximately 260 million people.
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