Luxembourg, October 23rd, 2018 Cable expansion accelerating
Q3 2018 highlights (i)
- Solid Latam service revenue growth of 4.7% and EBITDA growth of 4.2%
- Fourth consecutive quarter of positive organic mobile service revenue growth
- Cable growth with Home revenue up 12.5%
- Double-digit Home growth continues in Bolivia, Guatemala, Paraguay, and Honduras
- Colombia investments driving improving operating and financial performance with EBITDA up 13.7%
- Strong cash flow generation continues - equity free cash flow of $243 million YTD, up 18.9%
- Cable Onda acquisition accelerates our cable expansion and completes our Central America footprint
- US listing on track - NASDAQ stock exchange selected
|Group (Underlying(i)) $m||Q3 2018||Q3 2017||% change||9M 2018||9M 2017||% change|
|OCF (EBITDA – Capex)||309||309||0.2%||1,041||996||4.5%|
Notes: (1) Organic growth excludes impact of changes in FX rates, consolidation perimeter, and accounting (IFRS 15). See page 17 for full impact of IFRS 15 adoption on our Income Statement. (2) Excludes spectrum as well as finance lease capitalizations from tower sale-leaseback transactions.
(i) The “underlying” financial information presented in this earnings release is based on Alternative Performance Measures which the Executive Management (Chief Operating Decision Maker) use to manage the performance and resource allocation of the Group. It includes Guatemala (55% owned) & Honduras (66.67% owned) as if fully consolidated. With the exception of balance sheet items, the comparative 2017 financial information in this earnings release has been adjusted for the classification of our operations in Senegal, Ghana and Rwanda as discontinued operations. See page 19 for a reconciliation to the IFRS numbers.
Millicom Chief Executive Officer Mauricio Ramos commented:
“Our strategic focus on 4G and cable network deployment continued to deliver solid organic growth in Q3, and this leaves us well on track to meet our goals for the year. I am particularly pleased to see that our Latam Home unit sustained growth of more than 12% for a second consecutive quarter, thanks to impressive growth in developing cable markets such as Bolivia and Guatemala, as well as solid performance in Colombia. It should be increasingly clear for you that our strategy is working in Colombia, and we are starting to see this reflected in revenue and EBITDA growth in the country. Our solid organic growth is also generating healthy cash flow and providing us with the financial capacity that allowed us to capitalize on the opportunity to acquire Cable Onda, the premier cable asset in Latam. This acquisition fits perfectly with our strategy: it accelerates our expansion into cable, it completes our footprint in Central America, and it gives us a strong market leadership position in Panama, a fast-growing, dollarized, and investment grade economy. Subject to closing planned for Q4, I look forward to reporting on the performance of our new operations in Panama in early 2019.”
On October 7th, 2018, we announced an agreement to acquire a controlling 80% stake in Cable Onda, the largest cable and fixed telecommunications services provider in Panama, Latin America’s fastest-growing economy. The transaction values 100% of Cable Onda at an enterprise value of $1,460 million, we will pay a cash consideration of approximately $1,002 million (subject to customary adjustments) for our 80% stake. The selling shareholders will retain a 20% equity stake in the company. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and consent from Cable Onda’s bondholders, and it is expected to close in Q4 2018.
In October 2018, we entered into a $1 billion term loan “bridge” facility agreement with a consortium of banks. The bridge matures in October 2019, and can be extended for a period of up to six months. Interest on amounts drawn under the bridge facility is payable at LIBOR plus a variable margin. In addition, on October 16th2018, we issued $500 million aggregate principal amount of 6.625% Senior Notes due 2026. We intend to use the net proceeds of the above facilities to finance the acquisition of Cable Onda and associated costs.
Our Latam operations have performed strongly through the first nine months of 2018. In B2C Mobile, we are on track to meet our full year target of adding 3 million 4G customers, and our post-paid net adds are the strongest since 2015. In Home, we raised our target for HFC Homes Connected to 400,000 net additions from 300,000, and we now also look to add approximately 1.2 million HFC homes passed, up from 1.0 million previously. As a result of this strong commercial and network expansion activity, we continue to expect Latam service revenue growth near the top end of our full year range of 2-4%, and Latam EBITDA growth remains in the 3-6% range. Our Latam Capex outlook is unchanged at approximately 1.0 billion.
|2018 Outlook||Initial Outlook||Revised Outlook||YTD|
|Service revenue growth (organic YoY)||2-4%||Top end of 2-4% range||4.5%|
|EBITDA growth (organic YoY)||3-6%||3-6%||3.3%|
|Capex||~$1.0 billion||~$1.0 billion||$607 million|
|HFC homes passed net additions||1.0 million||1.2 million||941,000|
|HFC homes connected net additions||300,000||400,000||313,000|
|4G smartphone data user net additions||3.0 million||3.0 million||1.7 million|
|Africa||FCF positive||FCF positive||$48 million|
IFRS 15 - Contracts with customers
The implementation of IFRS 15 has had a modest impact on the Group financials, as shown in the reconciliation table on page 17. In Colombia, implementation of the standard had an impact on how we present the results of wholesale international traffic. Beginning with these Q3 2018 results and effective from January 1st 2018, revenues for a portion of this business are presented on a net basis. This change in presentation had no impact on EBITDA, but it produced a reduction in revenue of $13 million in Q3 2018 and of $70 million year-to-date.
IFRS 16 - Leases
IFRS 16 will be effective from January 1, 2019 and will affect primarily the accounting for operating leases. As of December 31, 2017, Millicom had underlying operating lease commitments of $808 million. We have started the implementation of the new standard and are currently assessing to what extent these commitments will result in the recognition of an asset and a liability for future payments. Although we have not yet completed our analysis, our preliminary assessment is that application of the standard will likely increase our reported EBITDA by 6% to 8%, net debt by 15% to 20%, and the net debt-to-EBITDA ratio will increase by 0.1x to 0.3x. The application of this standard will have no impact on our underlying cash generation.
Conference call details
A presentation and conference call to discuss these results will take place on October 24th, 2018 at 2:00 PM (Stockholm/Luxembourg) / 1:00 PM (London) / 8:00 AM (New York). Please dial in 5-10 minutes before the scheduled start time to register your attendance. Dial-in numbers for the call are as follows:
|Luxembourg:||+352 2786-1336||Sweden:||+46 (0) 8 5033-6574|
|UK:||+44 (0) 330 336 9105||US:||+1 323 794-2423|
The access code is: 2980751.
A live audio stream, presentation slides, and replay information can be accessed at www.millicom.com.
|Quarterly results||Earnings release||Conference call|
|Q4 2018||Feb 7, 2019||Feb 8, 2019|
|Last day for shareholders to add items to the AGM/EGM agenda||Apr 10, 2019|
|Q1 2019||Apr 23, 2019||Apr 24, 2019|
|AGM||May 2, 2019|
|Q2 2019||Jul 18, 2019||Jul 19, 2019|
|Q3 2019||Oct 23, 2019||Oct 24, 2019|
For further information, please contact
Vivian Kobeh, Corporate Communications Director
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Michel Morin, VP Investor Relations
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Mauricio Pinzon, Investor Relations Manager
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Millicom is a leading provider of cable and mobile services dedicated to emerging markets in Latin America and Africa. Millicom sets the pace when it comes to providing high-speed broadband and innovation around The Digital Lifestyle services through its principal brand, Tigo. As of December 31st, 2017, Millicom employed approximately 19,000 people and provided mobile services to approximately 51 million customers, with a cable footprint of more than 9 million homes passed. Founded in 1992, Millicom International Cellular SA is headquartered in Luxembourg, its shares are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm under the symbol MIC_SDB, and the company has announced plans to list its shares in the US in 2019. In 2017, Millicom reported revenues of $6.0 billion and EBITDA of $2.2 billion.
This information was, prior to this release, inside information and is information that Millicom is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out above, at 22:05 CET on October 23rd, 2018.