Berne, 08 August 2007
|Net revenue (in CHF millions)||4,772||5,094||6.7%|
|EBITDA (in CHF millions)||1,813||2,042||12.6%|
|EBIT (in CHF millions)||1,110||1,228||10.6%|
|Net income (in CHF millions)*||758||936||23.5%|
|Swisscom fixed lines (at 30.6. in millions)||5.04||5.22||3.5%|
|of which, DSL (at 30.6. in millions)||1.25||1.51||20.2%|
|Mobile lines (at 30.6. in millions )||4.47||4.78||6.9%|
|Fastweb customers (at 30.6. in millions)||-||1.20||-|
|Capital expenditure (in CHF millions)||526||818||55.5%|
|Employees (FTEs) at 30.6.||16,739||20,498||22.5%|
* After deduction of minority interests
The results for the first half year are strongly influenced by the takeover and first-time consolidation of Fastweb on 22 May 2007, with the Italian broadband provider accounting for CHF 281 million in revenue and CHF 79 million in EBITDA in the first half of 2007.
Not including Fastweb, net revenue for the second quarter grew 1.6% year on year to CHF 2,437 million. Declining revenues from traditional fixed-line business were offset by growth in project and outsourcing business with corporate customers, as well as further gains in broadband customers and growth in new business segments. On a quarterly comparison, EBITDA rose by CHF 294 million (+ 37.7%) to CHF 1,074 million. The increase is largely due to provisions posted last year of CHF 180 million to cover interconnection proceedings, provisions of CHF 49 million in respect of contract risks in Swisscom IT Services' project business, and the acquisition of Fastweb (CHF 79 million). Excluding these factors, EBITDA suffered a slight drop of CHF 14 million (-1.4%). This was despite high costs in connection with new product launches: in the six months to 30 June 2007, the new television service Bluewin TV and the interactive TV remote control Betty accounted for a decline in EBITDA of CHF 44 million and around CHF 60 million respectively.
As a result of the repurchase of the 25% stake in Swisscom Mobile in December 2006, net income attributable to the shareholders of Swisscom AG increased by 23.5% to CHF 936 million. The elimination of Vodafone's minority interest in Swisscom Mobile, coupled with last year's share buyback programme and the resulting fall in the average number of shares, led to a 35.2% increase in earnings per share to CHF 18.07.
While Fixnet revenue from external customers fell in the first half-year by 5.3% to CHF 1,947 million (-4.6% in the second quarter), the number of fixed lines, including broadband, increased by 3.5% to 5.22 million. Broadband communication continues to enjoy strong growth, with broadband access lines increasing within a year by 20.2% to 1.5 million. At end-June 2007 Bluewin TV had attracted over 50,000 customers. The sharp rise in capital expenditure in the fixed network is primarily due to measures to upgrade the network infrastructure to the new VDSL broadband technology.
Mobile revenue with external customers increased in the first half of 2007 by 4.5% to CHF 1,854 million compared with the same period last year. Lower traffic and subscription prices as a result of new tariff models and a reduction in termination prices were offset by gains in customer numbers and growth in new data services. Higher revenue and slightly lower costs led to a 7.7% increase in second-quarter EBITDA to CHF 464 million. This compares with a 2.6% increase in EBITDA for the full half-year. The number of customers rose by a net 307,000 (+6.9%) to 4.78 million. By end-June 2007, 1.91 million customers had signed up for the Liberty product family and 317,000 for the M-Budget Mobile prepaid product.
In the corporate business area, Solutions posted an increase in revenue from external customers of 0.8% in the second quarter and a decrease for the full half year of 1.6% to CHF 503 million. The decline in the traditional market, which is characterised by fierce competition and the substitution effects of voice and data services, was almost fully offset by revenue from new products and services, primarily in project and outsourcing business.
Companies belonging to the Other segment posted a total increase in revenue from external customers in the first half year of 17.4% to CHF 473 million. Compared with the same period last year, second-quarter revenue was up 20.3%. The main reason for the higher revenue is growth in IT outsourcing at Swisscom IT Services and Hospitality Services.
Fastweb has been incorporated in the consolidated Swisscom results since completion of the acquisition on 22 May 2007. In the first half of 2007 the company increased revenue year on year by 23.5% to EUR 714 million. EBITDA jumped 75% to EUR 224 million and included special effects amounting to EUR 43.5 million. Excluding these special effects, EBITDA grew by 41%.
The period following the takeover accounted for revenue of EUR 170 million (CHF 281 million), EBITDA of EUR 48 million (CHF 79 million) and capital expenditure of EUR 51 million (CHF 85 million). In terms of headcount, Fastweb added 3,167 full-time equivalent positions to the Swisscom Group.
The consolidated year-end Swisscom statements will include the newly acquired Fastweb as from 22 May 2007. The sold companies Antenna Hungária and Accarda on the other hand will be eliminated in the second half-year. Taking these changes into account, Swisscom expects to close 2007 with revenue of CHF 11.2 billion to CHF 11.3 billion and operating income before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of between CHF 4.4 billion and CHF 4.5 billion. These figures include revenue and EBITDA from Fastweb of around CHF 1.8 billion and CHF 0.6 billion respectively. Capital expenditure will be in the region of CHF 1.9 billion and CHF 2.0 billion.
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