Berne, 13 March 2007
|Net revenue (in CHF millions)||4880||1,2%||9653||-0,8%|
|EBITDA (in CHF millions)||1973||0,1%||3787||-9,2%|
|Net income (in CHF millions)**||840||-7,3%||1599||-20,9%|
|Net earnings per share (in CHF)||15,54||-0,3%||28,92||-14,4%|
*Change in comparison with prior year; **Net income after deduction of minority interests
|As at 31.12.2005||As at 31.12.2006||Change|
|Fixnet connections (in millions)||4,92||5,12||4,0%|
|Of which broadband (in millions)||1,10||1,37||24,6%|
|Mobile customers (in millions)||4,28||4,63||8,2%|
|Employees (full-time equivalent)||16'088||17'068||6,1%|
The Fixnet segment continues to enjoy strong growth in broadband access lines: In 2006 the number of customers rose by 24.6% to 1.37 million, of which 936,000 were customers of Bluewin and 432,000 customers of other providers. Due to intense infrastructure competition with cable companies and the increased popularity of new mobile technologies, the number of analog and digital connections fell by 2.0% to 3.75 million. Moves to expand VDSL broadband technology led to a sharp increase of 23.5% in Fixnet's capital expenditure to CHF 610 million. VDSL is already available to more than 65% of Swiss households. Since November 2006 Swisscom and Bluewin TV have been offering a full-service triple-play package: For a monthly charge of CHF 29, customers can receive more than 100 television channels and 70 radio channels. The launch of Bluewin TV was met by high demand, with more than 20,000 customers signing up for the new product within the space of only two months.
The Mobile segment also saw a rise in customer numbers, up by 351,000 or 8.2% to 4.63 million, due primarily to new price models (e.g. Liberty hourly rate of CHF 0.50) and the launch of M-Budget Mobile. By the end of the year, around 1.6 million customers were using products belonging to the Liberty family, while the prepaid product M-Budget Mobile had attracted over 278,000 customers. These new price models led to an increase in usage, with the average number of minutes per customer and month (AMPU) up from 120 to 124. Lower prices and the high proportion of prepaid users caused average revenue per customer to fall from CHF 74 to CHF 65.
No provision will be made in connection with the CHF 333 million sanction imposed on Swisscom for misuse of its dominant market position in mobile termination by the Competition Commission (Weko) on 5 February 2007. Swisscom rejects both the charge that it misused its dominant market position and the sanction, and will contest the ruling.
Swisscom IT services and Swisscom Solutions recorded a highly satisfactory volume of incoming orders for their project and outsourcing businesses. Multi-year contracts were finalised with business customers worth a total order volume of around CHF 600 million.
Swisscom Group's workforce grew year-on-year by 980 or 6.1% to 17,068 full-time equivalents, mainly as a result of acquisitions and growth in new business areas. Of this increase, around 660 positions were the result of takeovers (especially Comit and business areas of Siemens Switzerland).
An increased dividend of CHF 17 per share (2006: CHF 16) will be proposed to the General Meeting of Shareholders. On 12 March 2007 Swisscom announced its intention to acquire the Italian company Fastweb. If it is successful, Swisscom will end its current pay-out policy (share buybacks plus dividends) in favour of loan replayments: with the exception of a special buy-back of CHF 500 million in 2008, the company will no longer undertake share buybacks for the present, but instead convert its existing pay-out policy to a purely dividend-based policy. Dividends will continue to amount to roughly half the net income and therefore ensure an attractive return for Swisscom shareholders.
Swisscom expects to close 2007 with net revenue of around CHF 9.7 billion and operating income before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of around CHF 3.9 billion. The downturn in the fixed-network business due to stronger competition should be offset by growth in other areas. Capital expenditure will amount to around CHF 1.4 billion.
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