Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC reports Q1 2021 results
- Revenues grew for a third consecutive quarter by 5.2% quarter-over-quarter
- Net profit grew 38.7% compared to the previous quarter
- Sustained capital deployment with a capital intensity of 19.7%
- Secures AED 3.8 billion bank financing providing capital andadditional financial flexibility to execute future plans
Dubai, UAE, 27April 2021– Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC (“EITC”) published today its financial results for the first quarterof 2021.It reported:(i) Revenues of AED 2.88 billion, 5.2% higher than the previous quarter,reflecting the Company’s commercial efforts and gradual improvement in the general environment; (ii) an EBITDA of AED 1.12 billion, 8.7% higher than the previous quarter; (c) a Net profit of AED 257 million, 4.3x the previous quarter’sor 38.7% higher when excluding goodwill impairment chargein Q4 2020; and (d) Capital expenditures of AED568 million.
Q1 2021 highlights
Revenuesgrewfor a third consecutive quarter (+5.2%quarter-over-quarter)to AED 2.88 billionas economic activity in the United Arab Emirates continued to improve and the Company’s various commercial efforts started to bear fruit.
- Mobile revenues stabilised at AED 1.31 billion. This stability is due toa 1.9% growth in the mobile subscriber base to 6.8 million mobile customers which mitigates a slight ARPU dilution (-0.7% quarter-on-quarter).On a year-on-year comparison, mobile revenues show a 12.7% erosion given that COVID-19 had limited impact on Q1 2020. An improving customer mix helped driveARPU higher by 2.9% year-over-year to AED 87.
- Fixedrevenues continued itsgrowth path at +2.8% quarter-on-quarter (+3.4% year-on-year) and reached an all-time high of AED663 million. The Company had an encouraging start of year with 13k Broadband net-adds and ended the quarter with 248k Broadband customers.
- Otherrevenuesgrew by 16.5% quarter-on-quarter (+7.6% year-on-year) to AED 908 million. This growth is the result of wholesale revenues, ICT and strongdemandfor theiPhone 12.
EBITDAimproved from AED 1.03 billion in Q4 2020 toAED 1.12 billion(+8.7% quarter-on-quarter). The improvement is driven bygreater revenues liftinggross profit andlower outsourcing & contracting costs on a one-off volume-related rebate.
Net profitmore thanquadrupled from AED 48 million in Q4 2020 to AED 257 million. Q4 2020 results were impacted by the goodwill impairment on the broadcasting business.Excluding this exceptional item, Q1 2021 net profit grew by 38.7% on higher EBITDA and slightly lower depreciation and amortisation charges.
Capex were at AED568million (+83% year-on-year) reflecting the continuation of the implementation of the Company’s capital deployment plan (capital intensity 19.7%). In Q1 2021, our investments were focusedmainly on the core network as well as 5G roll-out and on improving mobile coverage and capacity.
Operating free cash flow (EBITDA – Capex) of AED 552 millionrepresents a 12.5% quarter-on-quarter growth and 42.3% year-on-year decline.
Commenting on the results, Fahad Al Hassawi, Acting CEO of EITC said: “The end of Q1 marks the end of a full year of COVID 19. During Q1 2021, we continued seeing additional signs of gradual recovery in our general macro-environment. The COVID-19 vaccination campaign is hitting its stridewith over 10 millionvaccine doses administered to the nation’s residents. Mobility is increasing with the hospitality sector opening up, international tourism improving and people adapting their lives to COVID 19 situation. Telecommunication needsremains a key component of everyone’s life.
During the quarter, we continued investing in our network. Our capital allocation plan is validated by encouragingBroadband net-adds trends and sell-through of iPhone 12. We added 13k Broadbandcustomers during the quarter, which is nearly as much as the annual net-adds in previous years. Strong demand for iPhone 12 and other 5G enabled handsets are a precursor for demand for 5G services.
Our customers are evolving, so are we. We will not thrive by simply meeting their expectations: we continue to anticipate their needs and delight them. For this reason, we initiated a transformation late last year and deliberately stepped up our capital allocation. The new operating model seeks to deliver deeper and more personalised customer engagement, a faster go-to-market approach, and a purpose and performance driven culture. We are committed to investing in our customers and the UAE. I believe our investments in human and technology infrastructure will allow us to bemore agile.”
In comparison to Q4 2020 net profit before goodwill impairment
Other revenues include Interconnect, international voice transit, handset and visitor roaming revenues