1st quarter results 2018
Interim Report January to March 2018
What we have achieved and where we want to go: our results and financial targets in figures. All reports, results, comparisons, key data, news and downloads.
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The analyst consensus (published as of July 9th 2018) reflects averages based on analyst estimates for key financial data received from May 29th 2018 to July 6th 2018.
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|Net revenue (in CHF million)||2,831||2,885||1.90%|
|Operating income before depreciation and amortisation, EBITDA (in CHF million)||1,073||1,058||-1.40%|
|Operating income EBIT (in CHF million)||550||518||-5.80%|
|Net income (in CHF million)||373||379||1.60%|
|Swisscom TV access lines in Switzerland (in thousands as of 31.03)||1,438||1,492||3.80%|
|Swisscom mobile access lines in Switzerland (in thousands as of 31.03)||6,601||6,632||0.50%|
|Fastweb broadband connections (in thousands as of 31.03)||2,400||2,483||3.50%|
|Fastweb mobile lines (in thousands as of 31.03)||763||1,185||55.30%|
|Capital expenditure (in CHF million)||529||501||-5.30%|
|Of which capital expenditure Switzerland (in CHF million)||362||315||-13.00%|
|Group employees (FTEs as per 31 March)||21,079||20,326||-3.60%|
|Of which employees in Switzerland (FTEs as per 31 March)||18,280||17,611||-3.70%|
Swisscom anticipates net revenue of around CHF 11.6 billion in 2018 (2017: CHF 11.662 billion). Due to strong competition and price pressure, Swisscom’s revenue without Fastweb is expected to decline. This will be partially offset by a rise in Fastweb’s revenue and positive currency translation effects.
Swisscom anticipates EBITDA of around CHF 4.2 billion in 2018 (2017: CHF 4.295 billion). Swisscom’s EBITDA without Fastweb is expected to decline. The expected reduction in EBITDA is attributable to price pressure and continued declines in the number of fixed-line telephony connections. EBITDA will be positively affected by cost savings. Fastweb’s EBITDA is expected to be higher. The new accounting standard for recognising revenue IFRS 15 is likely to have a negative effect on EBITDA of around CHF 50 million. The foreign currency translation adjustments of Fastweb will have a positive effect on EBITDA.
Swisscom expects capital expenditure of less than CHF 2.4 billion in 2018 (2017: CHF 2.378 billion). Capital expenditure for Swisscom is expected to be slightly lower without Fastweb and slightly higher at Fastweb.
Swisscom continues to extend its technology leadership. In 2018 it offers customers even better performance thanks to the 5G mobile communication rollout with up to 700 Mbit/s and expansion of fibre-optic technologies in around 300 communities with speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s.
Swisscom continues to extend penetration of its convergent inOne bundle product. New innovative products boost customer loyalty further, including exclusive football rights, unique content diversity, user friendliness on Swisscom TV and the no-frills Wingo product.
Swisscom is pushing ahead with digitisation in Switzerland, with Enterprise Customers supporting companies in the connected world. Growth opportunities are generated by sectors like healthcare and banking, in which Swisscom offers vertical ICT services, and the solution business focusing on digital security and the cloud.
Swisscom is taking various steps to further improve its efficiency and save around CHF 100 million in 2018.
Swisscom wants to capitalise on growth opportunities and exploit the potential of digitisation by continually developing its core business and tapping into new business areas. Its key growth drivers include the expansion of ultra-fast broadband, as well as the new 5G mobile telephony standard, new entertainment applications (such as Swisscom TV), the Internet of Things and the area of Wholesale. Solutions business is focussing on digital security offerings and the Swisscom Cloud. Sectors such as banking and healthcare are also providing new opportunities for growth through vertical ICT services. Internet-based business models are giving rise to growth in marketplaces (such as siroop and Mila), digital services for SMEs (such as localsearch) and support technologies (such as blockchain). Italian subsidiary Fastweb also plays a key role in efforts to realise growth opportunities.
Mega trends change our habits, the way we work and live. None more so than the digitisation mega trend: we are always networked everywhere – for business or in private. We live in smart cities and work flexibly. We shop more discerningly and save resources. Besides all the benefits for society, mega trends also drive the economy – they open up growth markets for the ICT industry. And we build on that, by developing smart solutions today for the Switzerland of tomorrow. For there is no doubt about it, the future is digital.
Digitisation is changing a lot. New business models are emerging, industries are converging and processes becoming simpler. By 2020 there will be 66 million networked devices in Switzerland. Everything will be networked and data volumes will rise. We need a reliable efficient network infrastructure so we can communicate with each other unlimitedly in the future. At the same time we need to develop solutions to evaluate and transfer data securely.
A growing number of people are drawn to cities in search of educational facilities, jobs and social contact. This increasing densification intensifies the need for smart cities. We need urban concepts that provide smart infrastructures and a sustainable approach to resources. We continuously extend the network for the cities of the future, providing computing capacity and developing solutions to evaluate hitherto untapped data.
Mobility is more than just going from A to B. It takes community life to the next level. We are always available, communicate more and work anywhere. The need for personal mobility forms is growing abreast of the strong emphasis on networking and green thinking. At Swisscom we play a key role in this area, by developing smart user-friendly mobility solutions.
Increasing networking brings new security risks for private individuals and enterprises. At the same time, demand grows for privacy and data security. At Swisscom we develop intuitive user-friendly solutions for complex systems. Solutions for confidential data management, so that our customers can continue to use the network securely.
The world of work is in a state of flux. Working flexibly, whenever, wherever is becoming the norm. Humans and machines are moving ever closer together thanks to artificial intelligence and cyber-physical systems. Agile forms of cooperation are becoming standard practice. We assist both our employees and business customers in these new working worlds and support them with our Work Smart expertise.
Changing age structures in the working population unlock opportunities for enterprises. Older employees stay on the job longer and the number of part-time jobs and working women is growing, so new lifestyles and family structures evolve in the process. That is why we focus on lifelong learning at Swisscom and create flexible work models for older employees and working fathers. We also develop products that make it easier to achieve a work-life balance.
Most of us want to lead to independent eventful lives. This includes increased use of location-independent digital services like fitness training, monitoring and tracking. Personalisation plays an important role in this respect. Appeal must be of an individual nature. We can provide this service through artificial intelligence.
Sustainability remains one of the key values of Swisscom and Swiss society. The population is more health-conscious and appreciates a high quality of life. Increasing awareness also has an impact on consumer behaviour. Products that promote a sustainable and healthy lifestyle are in demand. The digitisation of the health market is opening up a new growth market for Swisscom.
This interim report contains forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this interim report may include statements relating to our financial condition and our operational and business results in addition to specific strategic plans and objectives.
Since these forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual future results may differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond Swisscom’s ability to control or estimate precisely, such as future market conditions, currency fluctuations, the behaviour of other market participants, the actions of governmental regulators and other risk factors detailed in Swisscom’s and Fastweb’s past and future filings and reports, including those filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and in past and future filings, press releases, reports and other information posted on Swisscom Group companies’ websites
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