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Internet Gold Reports Financial Results for the Third Quarter of 2012

| November 9, 2012 | 0 Comments


RAMAT GAN, Israel–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Internet Gold Ltd. (NASDAQ Global Market and TASE: IGLD) today reported
its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012.

Bezeq’s results: For the third quarter of 2012, the Bezeq Group
reported revenues of NIS 2.5 billion ($ 638 million) and operating
profit of NIS 667 million ($ 171 million). Bezeq’s EBITDA for the third
quarter totaled NIS 1 billion ($ 262 million), representing an EBITDA
margin of 41%. Net income for the period attributed to the shareholders
of Bezeq totaled NIS 342 million ($ 87 million). Bezeq’s cash flow from
operating activities totaled NIS 1 billion ($ 262 million) during the
third quarter of 2012.

Dividend from Bezeq: On October 10, 2012, Internet Gold’s
subsidiary, B Communications received two dividend payments from Bezeq
which together totaled NIS 464 million ($ 119 million). These dividend
payments included a current dividend of NIS 309 million ($ 79 million),
representing B Communications’ share of Bezeq’s net profit for the first
half of 2012, and a special dividend of NIS 155 million ($ 40 million),
representing B Communications’ share of the fourth installment of six
special dividend payments declared by Bezeq and approved by its
shareholders last year.

Cash Position: As of September 30, 2012, Internet Gold’s
unconsolidated cash and cash equivalents totaled NIS 312 million ($ 80
million), its unconsolidated gross debt was NIS 1.17 billion ($ 299
million), and its unconsolidated net debt totaled NIS 858 million ($ 219
million).

Internet Gold’s Unconsolidated Balance Sheet Data*

 

 

September 30,

 

 

December 31,

 

 

September 30,

 

 

December 31,

2012

2011

2012

2011

(NIS millions)

(US$ millions)

Short term liabilities

147

135

38

34

Long term liabilities

1,023

985

261

252

Total liabilities

1,170

1,120

299

286

Cash and cash equivalents

312

343

80

87

Total net debt

858

777

219

199

* Does not include the balance sheet of B Communications.

Internet Gold’s Third Quarter Consolidated Financial Results

Internet Gold’s revenues for the third quarter of 2012 were NIS 2,494
million ($ 638 million), a 15% decrease compared with NIS 2,917 million
($ 746 million) reported in the third quarter of 2011. For both the
current and the prior-year periods, Internet Gold’s revenues consisted
entirely of its share of Bezeq’s revenues.

Internet Gold’s net loss attributable to shareholders for the third
quarter totaled NIS 62 million ($ 16 million), compared to a net loss
attributable to shareholders of NIS 52 million ($ 13 million) reported
in the third quarter of 2011. This net loss reflects the impact of two
significant expenses:

  • Amortization of tangible and identifiable intangible assets
    resulting from the Bezeq acquisition:
    According to the rules of
    business combination accounting, the total purchase price of the Bezeq
    acquisition was allocated to Bezeq’s tangible and identifiable
    intangible assets based on their estimated fair values as determined
    by an analysis performed by an independent valuation firm. The
    company’s subsidiary, B Communications is amortizing certain of the
    acquired identifiable intangible assets in accordance with the
    economic benefit expected from such assets using an accelerated method
    of amortization.

    During the third quarter of 2012, Internet
    Gold’s subsidiary, B Communications recorded amortization expenses
    related to the Bezeq purchase price allocation (“Bezeq PPA”) of NIS
    307 million ($ 78 million), net. From the Bezeq acquisition
    date (April 14, 2010) until the end of the reporting quarter, B
    Communications has amortized approximately 53% of the total Bezeq PPA.
    It expects to amortize an additional 5% in the fourth quarter of 2012.

    B
    Communications’ Bezeq PPA amortization expense is a non-cash expense
    that is subject to adjustment. If, for any reason, the Company finds
    it necessary or appropriate to make adjustments to amounts already
    expensed, it may result in significant changes to future financial
    statements.

  • Financial expenses: Internet Gold’s unconsolidated financial
    expenses for the third quarter totaled NIS 17 million ($ 4 million).
    These expenses consisted primarily of expenses related to the
    Company’s debentures, which totaled NIS 25 million ($ 6 million) that
    were offset by financial income of NIS 8 million ($ 2 million)
    generated by our short term investments. The significant financial
    expenses recorded in the third quarter were due primarily to high CPI
    linkage expenses attributable to the 0.85% increase in the Israeli
    CPI, to which the Company’s debt is linked.

Internet Gold’s Unconsolidated Financial Results

 

 

Quarter ended September 30,

 

 

Quarter ended September 30,

2012

 

 

2011

2012

 

 

2011

(NIS millions)

(US$ millions)

Revenues

-

-

-

-

Financial expenses

(17

)

(24

)

(4

)

(6

)

Other expenses

(1

)

(2

)

-

-

Interest in Bcom’s net loss

(44

)

(26

)

(12

)

(7

)

Net loss

(62

)

(52

)

(16

)

(13

)

 

Comments of Management

Commenting on the results, Doron Turgeman, CEO of Internet Gold, said,
“The third quarter of 2012 was another stable period for Bezeq,
demonstrating the cash flow-generating power of its formidable position
in Israel’s telecommunications market. Despite current conditions in the
Israeli capital market, as a long-term communications player with loans
not burdened by share price-related covenants, our subsidiary B
Communications is able to manage its cash position entirely according to
plan, relying upon steady and visible cash flow to fulfill all loan
commitments while continuing to accelerate its repayments.”

Bezeq Group Results (Consolidated)

To provide further insight into its results, the Company has provided
the following summary of the Bezeq Group’s consolidated financial report
for the quarter ended September 30, 2012. For a full discussion of the
Bezeq Group’s results for the quarter, please refer to http://ir.bezeq.co.il.

Bezeq Group (consolidated)

 

 

Q3 2012

 

 

Q3 2011

 

 

Change

(NIS millions)

Revenues

2,494

2,917

-14.5

%

Operating profit

667

944

-29.3

%

EBITDA

1,026

1,301

-21.1

%

EBITDA margin

41.1

%

44.6

%

Net profit attributable to Company shareholders

342

550

-37.8

%

Diluted EPS (NIS)

 

 

0.13

 

 

 

0.20

 

 

 

-35.0

%

Cash flow from operating activities

1,024

882

16.1

%

Payments for investments, net

270

374

-27.8

%

Free cash flow 1

 

 

754

 

 

 

508

 

 

 

48.4

%

Net debt/EBITDA (end of period) 2

1.64

1.24

Net debt/shareholders’ equity (end of period)

 

 

3.69

 

 

 

2.93

 

 

 

 

Revenues of the Bezeq Group in the third quarter of 2012 amounted
to NIS 2.49 billion compared with NIS 2.92 billion in the corresponding
quarter of 2011, a decrease of 14.5%. Most of the decrease in the Bezeq
Group’s revenues was due to lower revenues from the sale of cellular
handsets and the erosion of revenues from cellular services.

Operating profit of the Bezeq Group in the third quarter of 2012
amounted to NIS 667 million, compared with NIS 944 million in the
corresponding quarter of 2011, a decrease of 29.3%. Earnings before
interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA)
in the third
quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 1.03 billion (EBITDA margin of 41.1%),
compared with NIS 1.30 billion (EBITDA margin of 44.6%) in the
corresponding quarter of 2011, a decrease of 21.1%. Net profit
attributable to Bezeq shareholders in the third quarter of 2012 amounted
to NIS 342 million compared with NIS 550 million in the corresponding
quarter of 2011, a decrease of 37.8%. The decrease in profitability
metrics was primarily due to a decrease in profitability in the cellular
segment as well as lower capital gains from real estate and copper sales
in the Fixed-line segment compared to the corresponding quarter of 2011.

Cash flow from operating activities in the third quarter of 2012
amounted to NIS 1.02 billion compared with NIS 882 million in the
corresponding quarter of 2011, an increase of 16.1% mainly due to
improved working capital in the cellular segment. Free cash flow
in the third quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 754 million compared with
NIS 508 million in the corresponding quarter of 2011, an increase of
48.4%. The increase in free cash flow was due to an increase in cash
flow from operating activities as well as the completion of large
infrastructure projects initiated in prior years.

Gross capital expenditures (CAPEX), in the third quarter of 2012
amounted to NIS 346 million compared with NIS 437 million in the
corresponding quarter of 2011, a decrease of 20.8%. The Bezeq Group’s
CAPEX to consolidated sales ratio in the third quarter of 2012 was
13.9%, compared with 15.0% in the corresponding quarter of 2011.

As of September 30, 2012, gross financial debt of the Bezeq Group
was NIS 8.94 billion, compared with NIS 9.61 billion as of September 30,
2011. The net financial debt of the Bezeq Group was NIS 7.19
billion compared with NIS 5.99 billion as of September 30, 2011. At the
end of September 2012, the Bezeq Group’s net financial debt to EBITDA
ratio was 1.64, compared with 1.24 at the end of September 2011.

Notes:

 

 

 

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
Bezeq Group’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.

Consolidated Statements of Financial Position

 

 

 

 

 

Convenience

 

 

 

 

translation into

U.S. dollars

September 30

September 30

September 30

December 31

2012

2012

2011

2011

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)

NIS

US$

NIS

NIS

 

Assets

Cash and cash equivalents

705

180

1,722

1,447

Investments including derivatives

1,743

446

2,721

1,548

Trade receivables

3,044

778

3,007

3,059

Other receivables

259

66

236

294

Inventory

149

38

199

204

Assets classified as held-for-sale

172

44

113

167

 

Total current assets

6,072

1,552

7,998

6,719

 

Investments including derivatives

94

24

115

119

Long-term trade receivables

1,193

305

1,594

1,499

Property, plant and equipment

6,811

1,741

7,392

7,143

Intangible assets

7,189

1,838

8,342

8,085

Deferred and other expenses

406

104

385

412

984

251

1,031

1,059

Deferred tax assets

144

37

218

223

 

Total non-current assets

16,821

4,300

19,077

18,540

 

Total assets

22,893

5,852

27,075

25,259

 

 

Consolidated Statements of Financial Position

 

(In millions)

 

 

 

 

Convenience

 

 

 

 

translation into

U.S. dollars

September 30

September 30

September 30

December 31

2012

2012

2011

2011

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)

NIS

US$

NIS

NIS

 

Liabilities

1,057

270

1,567

1,306

Trade payables

770

197

919

892

Other payables including derivatives

765

195

1,108

790

Dividend payable

1,366

349

1,542

669

Current tax liabilities

564

144

432

499

Deferred income

60

15

52

56

Provisions

172

44

220

186

Employee benefits

288

 

74

 

467

 

389

 

 

Total current liabilities

5,042

 

1,288

 

6,307

 

4,787

 

 

Debentures

6,066

1,551

6,445

6,388

Bank loans

6,524

1,668

6,876

6,753

Loans from institutions and others

546

140

548

544

Dividend payable

326

83

771

636

Employee benefits

228

58

271

229

Other liabilities

86

22

156

186

Provisions

71

18

70

69

Deferred tax liabilities

1,107

 

283

 

1,249

 

1,426

 

 

Total non-current liabilities

14,954

 

3,823

 

16,386

 

16,231

 

 

Total liabilities

19,996

 

5,111

 

22,693

 

21,018

 

 

Equity

(185

)

(47

)

(14

)

(27

)

Non-controlling interest

3,082

 

788

 

4,396

 

4,268

 

 

Total equity

2,897

 

741

 

4,382

 

4,241

 

 

Total liabilities and equity

22,893

 

5,852

 

27,075

 

25,259

 

 

 

Consolidated Statements of Operations

 

(In millions, except per share data)

 

 

Nine months period ended

 

 

Three months period ended

 

 

Year ended

September 30,

September 30,

December 31,

 

 

Convenience

 

 

 

 

Convenience

 

 

translation

translation

into

into

U.S. dollars

U.S. dollars

2012

2011

2012

2012

2011

2011

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)

NIS

US$

NIS

NIS

US$

NIS

NIS

 

Revenues

7,829

2,001

8,726

2,494

638

2,917

11,376

 

Cost and expenses

Depreciation and amortization

2,267

579

2,113

757

194

714

2,984

Salaries

1,530

391

1,626

512

131

551

2,122

3,016

771

3,452

964

246

1,184

4,468

Other operating expenses, net

52

 

13

 

277

 

19

 

5

 

1

 

323

 

 

6,865

 

1,754

 

7,468

 

2,252

 

576

 

2,450

 

9,897

 

 

Operating income

964

247

1,258

242

62

467

1,479

 

Financing expenses, net

344

 

88

 

473

 

124

 

32

 

186

 

580

 

620

159

785

118

30

281

899

 

233

 

60

 

203

 

92

 

24

 

66

 

216

 

 

Income before income tax

387

99

582

26

6

215

683

 

Income tax

279

 

71

 

340

 

75

 

19

 

136

 

653

 

 

Net income (loss)

108

 

28

 

242

 

(49

)

(13

)

79

 

30

 

 

Attributable to:

Owners of the Company

(144

)

(37

)

(149

)

(62

)

(16

)

(52

)

(266

)

Non-controlling interest

252

 

65

 

391

 

13

 

3

 

131

 

296

 

Net income (loss)

108

 

28

 

242

 

(49

)

(13

)

79

 

30

 

 

Net loss per share, basic

(7.52

)

(1.92

)

(7.94

)

(3.24

)

(0.83

)

(2.82

)

(13.56

)

 

Net loss per share, diluted

(7.55

)

(1.93

)

(8.00

)

(3.24

)

(0.83

)

(2.84

)

(13.60

)

 

 

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