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Internet Gold Reports Its Financial Results for the First Quarter 2017
[May 18, 2017]

Internet Gold Reports Its Financial Results for the First Quarter 2017


RAMAT GAN, Israel, May 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Internet Gold - Golden Lines Ltd. (NasdaqGM: IGLD; TASE: IGLD) today reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2017. Internet Gold holds the controlling interest in B Communications Ltd. (Nasdaq: BCOM; TASE: BCOM), which in turn holds the controlling interest in Bezeq, The Israel Telecommunication Corporation Ltd. (TASE: BEZQ).

"We are very pleased with the results of both B Communications and Bezeq, which continues to generate a steady return that enhances our overall financial position and capabilities," said Doron Turgeman, CEO of Internet Gold.

Debt and Liquidity Balances: As of March 31, 2017, Internet Gold's unconsolidated liquidity balances comprised of cash and cash equivalents and short term investments totaled NIS 219 million ($60 million), its unconsolidated total debt was NIS 798 million ($220 million) and its unconsolidated net debt was NIS 579 million ($160 million).

Internet Gold's Unconsolidated Debt and Liquidity Balances (1)



(In millions)

March 31,

March 31,

March 31,

December 31,


2017

2017

2016

2016


NIS

US$

NIS

NIS

Short term liabilities

133

37

140

151

Long term liabilities

665

183

793

795

Total debt

798

220

933

946

Liquidity balances

219

60

169

382

Net debt

579

160

764

564







(1)     Does not include the debt or liquidity balances of B Communications and its subsidiaries.

Internet Gold's First Quarter Consolidated Financial Results

Internet Gold's consolidated revenues for the first quarter of 2017 totaled NIS 2.5 billion ($675 million), a 4.1% decrease compared to the NIS 2.6 billion reported in the first quarter of 2016. For both the current and the prior-year periods, Internet Gold's consolidated revenues consisted entirely of Bezeq's revenues.

Internet Gold's consolidated operating profit for the first quarter of 2016 totaled NIS 460 million ($127 million), a 2.5% decrease compared with NIS 472 million reported in the first quarter of 2016.

Internet Gold's consolidated net profit for the first quarter of 2017 totaled NIS 224 million ($62 million), a 56.6% increase compared with NIS 143 million reported in the first quarter of 2016. The increase in net profit in the first quarter of 2017 was mainly due to B Communications' lower net financial expenses resulted from the refinance of its debt in the third quarter of 2016.

Internet Gold's First Quarter Unconsolidated Financial Results

As of March 31, 2017, Internet Gold held approximately 65% of B Communications' outstanding shares. Accordingly, Internet Gold's interest in B Communications' net profit for the first quarter of 2017 totaled NIS 25 million ($7 million) compared with a net loss of NIS 15 million in the first quarter of 2016.

Internet Gold's unconsolidated net financial expenses for the first quarter of 2017 totaled NIS 14 million ($4 million) compared with NIS 15 million in the first quarter of 2016. These expenses consist of NIS 12 million ($3 million) of interest and CPI linkage expenses related to Internet Gold's publicly-traded debentures and of NIS 2 million ($1 million) of financial expenses generated by short term investments.

Internet Gold's net profit attributable to shareholders for the first quarter of 2017 totaled NIS 10 million ($3 million) compared with a loss attributable to shareholders of NIS 32 million in the first quarter of 2016. The net profit in the first quarter of 2017 was mainly due to B Communications' lower net financial expenses resulting from the refinance of its debt in the third quarter of 2016.

 

(In millions)

Three months ended March 31,

Year ended
December 31,


2017

2017

2016

2016


NIS

US$

NIS

NIS






Financial expenses, net

(14)

(4)

(15)

(44)

Operating expenses

(1)

-

(2)

(5)

Interest in BCOM's net profit (loss)

25

7

(15)

(155)

Net profit (loss)

10

3

(32)

(204)

 

Bezeq Group Results (Consolidated)

To provide further insight into its results, the Company is providing the following summary of the consolidated financial report of the Bezeq Group for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017. For a full discussion of Bezeq's results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017, please refer to its website: http://ir.bezeq.co.il.

Bezeq Group (consolidated) 

Q1 2017

Q1 2016

  % change


(NIS millions)






Revenues

2,453

2,559

(4.1%)

Operating profit

566

574

(1.4%)

Operating margin

23.1%

22.4%


Net profit 

350

288

21.5%

EBITDA

994

1,023

(2.8%)

EBITDA margin

40.5%

40.0%


Diluted EPS (NIS)

0.13

0.10

30.0%

Cash flow from operating activities

826

922

(10.4%)

Payments for investments

380

345

10.1%

Free cash flow 1

456

619

(26.3%)

Total debt

10,703

10,605

0.9%

Net debt

9,333

8,828

5.7%

EBITDA (trailing twelve months)

4,031

4,324

(6.8%)

Net debt/EBITDA (end of period) 2

2.32

2.04






1Free cash flow is defined as cash flow from operating activities less net payments for investments.  

2EBITDA in this calculation refers to the trailing twelve months.

Revenues of the Bezeq Group in the first quarter of 2017 were NIS 2.45 billion ($675 million) compared to NIS 2.56 billion in the corresponding quarter of 2016, a decrease of 4.1%. The decrease was due to lower revenues in all of the Bezeq Group segments.

Salary expenses of the Bezeq Group in the first quarter of 2017 were NIS 504 million ($139 million) compared to NIS 513 million in the corresponding quarter of 2016, a decrease of 1.8%.

Operating expenses of the Bezeq Group in the first quarter of 2017 were NIS 959 million ($264 million) compared to NIS 1.02 billion in the corresponding quarter of 2016, a decrease of 5.8%. The decrease was primarily due to a reduction in expenses in all of the Bezeq Group segments, primarily at Pelephone and was impacted by the early adoption of accounting standard IFRS 15 whereby dealer commissions are capitalized.

Other operating income, net of the Bezeq Group in the first quarter of 2017 amounted to NIS 4 million ($1 million) compared to other operating expenses, net of NIS 5 million in the corresponding quarter of 2016. Other operating income, net was impacted by the collective labor agreement at Bezeq International in the corresponding quarter of 2016 as well as the reduction in capital gains from the sale of fixed assets at Bezeq Fixed-Line in the first quarter of 2017.

Depreciation and amortization expenses of the Bezeq Group in the first quarter of 2017 were NIS 428 million ($118 million) compared to NIS 449 million in the corresponding quarter of 2016, a decrease of 4.7%. The decrease was due to a reduction in depreciation and amortization expenses at Pelephone due to the termination of depreciation of the CDMA network as well as other assets.

Operating profit of the Bezeq Group in the first quarter of 2017 was NIS 566 million ($156 million) compared to NIS 574 million in the corresponding quarter of 2016, a decrease of 1.4%.

Financing expenses, net of the Bezeq Group in the first quarter of 2017 amounted to NIS 101 million ($28 million) compared to NIS 102 million in the corresponding quarter of 2016, a decrease of 1.0%.

Tax expenses of the Bezeq Group in the first quarter of 2017 were NIS 113 million ($31 million) compared to NIS 183 million in the corresponding quarter of 2016, a decrease of 38.3%. The decrease in tax expenses was due to a reduction in the tax asset and the recognition of deferred tax expenses in the corresponding quarter of 2016 in the amount of NIS 64 million resulting from a decrease in corporate tax rates in Israel from 26.5% to 25%.

Net profit of the Bezeq Group in the first quarter of 2017 was NIS 350 million ($96 million) compared to NIS 288 million in the corresponding quarter of 2016, an increase of 21.5%. The increase in net profit was primarily due to the aforementioned decrease in tax expenses.

EBITDA of the Bezeq Group in the first quarter of 2017 was NIS 994 million ($274 million) (EBITDA margin of 40.5%) compared to NIS 1.023 billion (EBITDA margin of 40.0%) in the corresponding quarter of 2015, a decrease of 2.8%.

Cash flow from operating activities of the Bezeq Group in the first quarter of 2017 was NIS 826 million ($227 million) compared to NIS 922 million in the corresponding quarter of 2016, a decrease of 10.4%. The decrease was primarily due to changes in working capital.

Payments for investments (Capex) of the Bezeq Group in the first quarter of 2017 was NIS 380 million ($105 million) compared to NIS 345 million in the corresponding quarter of 2016, an increase of 10.1%.

Free cash flow of the Bezeq Group in the first quarter of 2017 was NIS 456 million ($126 million) compared to NIS 619 million in the corresponding quarter of 2016, a decrease of 26.3%.

Total debt of the Bezeq Group as of March 31, 2017 was NIS 10.7 billion ($2.9 billion) compared to NIS 10.6 billion as of March 31, 2016.

Net debt of the Bezeq Group was NIS 9.33 billion ($2.57 billion) as of March 31, 2017 compared to NIS 8.83 billion as of March 31, 2016.

Net debt to EBITDA (trailing twelve months) ratio of the Bezeq Group as of March 31, 2017, was 2.32, compared to 2.04 as of March 31, 2016.

Notes:

Convenience translation to U.S Dollars

Unless noted specifically otherwise, the dollar denominated figures were converted to US$ using a convenience translation based on the New Israeli Shekel (NIS)/US$ exchange rate of NIS 3.632 = US$ 1 as published by the Bank of Israel for March 31, 2017.

Use of non-IFRS financial measures

We and the Bezeq Group's management regularly use supplemental non-IFRS financial measures internally to understand, manage and evaluate its business and make operating decisions. The following non-IFRS measures are provided in the press release and accompanying supplemental information because management believes these measurements provide consistent and comparable measures to help investors understand the Bezeq Group's current and future operating cash flow performance and are useful for investors and financial institutions to analyze and compare companies on the basis of operating performance:

  • EBITDA - defined as net profit plus income tax expenses, share of loss in equity accounted investee, net financing expenses and depreciation and  amortization;
  • EBITDA trailing twelve months - defined as net profit plus income tax expenses, share of loss in equity accounted investee, net financing expenses and depreciation and  amortization during last twelve months;
  • Net debt - defined as long and short term bank loans and debentures minus cash and cash equivalents and short term investments; and
  • Net debt to EBITDA ratio - defined as net debt divided by the trailing twelve months EBITDA.
  • Free Cash Flow (FCF) - defined as cash from operating activities less cash used for the purchase/sale of property, plant and equipment, and intangible assets, net;

These non-IFRS financial measures may differ materially from the non-IFRS financial measures used by other companies.

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 profit 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.

Management of Bezeq believes that free cash flow is an important measure of its liquidity as well as its ability to service long-term debt, fund future growth and to provide a return to shareholders. We also believe this free cash flow definition does not have any material limitations. Free cash flow is a financial index which is not based on IFRS. Free cash flow is defined as cash from operating activities less cash for the purchase/sale of property, plant and equipment, and intangible assets, net.

Bezeq also uses net debt and the net debt to EBITDA trailing twelve months ratio to analyze its financial capacity for further leverage and in analyzing the company's business and financial condition. Net debt reflects long and short term liabilities minus cash and cash equivalents and investments.

Reconciliations between the Bezeq Group's results on an IFRS and non-IFRS basis with respect to these non-IFRS measurements are provided in tables immediately following the Company's consolidated results. The  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: BEZQ). 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  
http://ir.bezeq.co.il  
www.eurocom.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.

 

 

Internet Gold - Golden Lines Ltd.

Consolidated Statements of Financial Position as at

(In millions)




March 31,

March 31,

March 31,

December 31,



2017

2017

2016

2016



NIS

US$

NIS

NIS

Current assets






Cash and cash equivalents


810

223

1,233

810

Restricted cash


-

-

715

-

Investments


1,076

296

1,524

1,240

Trade receivables, net


1,976

544

2,042

2,000

Other receivables


334

92

299

217

Inventory


114

31

123

106

Total current assets


4,310

1,186

5,936

4,373







Non-current assets






Trade and other receivables


595

163

662

644

Property, plant and equipment


7,078

1,949

7,189

7,072

Intangible assets


6,408

1,764

6,986

6,534

Deferred expenses and investments


460

127

568

447

Broadcasting rights


438

121

456

432

Investment in equity-accounted investee


14

4

23

18

Deferred tax assets


1,008

278

1,104

1,007

Total non-current assets


16,001

4,406

16,988

16,154







Total assets


20,311

5,592

22,924

20,527







              

 

 


Internet Gold - Golden Lines Ltd.

Consolidated Statements of Financial Position as at

(In millions)




March 31,

March 31,

March 31,

December 31,



2017

2017

2016

2016



NIS

US$

NIS

NIS

Current liabilities






Bank loans and credit and debentures


1,950

537

2,380

2,181

Trade and other payables


1,746

481

1,921

1,661

Related party


6

2

206

32

Current tax liabilities


143

39

711

138

Provisions


81

22

88

80

Employee benefits


308

85

380

315

Total current liabilities


4,234

1,166

5,686

4,407







Non-current liabilities






Bank loans and debentures


11,983

3,299

12,396

12,241

Employee benefits


260

72

238

258

Other liabilities


250

69

262

244

Provisions


47

13

46

47

Deferred tax liabilities


570

157

665

593

Total non-current liabilities


13,110

3,610

13,607

13,383







Total liabilities


17,344

4,776

19,293

17,790







Equity






Attributable to shareholders of the Company


205

56

364

194

Non-controlling interests


2,762

760

3,267

2,543

Total equity


2,967

816

3,631

2,737







Total liabilities and equity


20,311

5,592

22,924

20,527

        

 

Internet Gold - Golden Lines Ltd.

Consolidated Statements of Income for the

(In millions, except per share data)






Year ended


Three months ended March 31,

December 31,


2017

2017

2016

2016


NIS

US$

NIS

NIS

Revenues

2,453

675

2,559

10,084






Costs and expenses





Depreciation and amortization

528

145

545

2,161

Salaries

504

139

514

2,017

General and operating expenses

962

264

1,023

4,024

Other operating expense (income), net

(1)

-

5

21







1,993

548

2,087

8,223






Operating profit

460

127

472

1,861






Financing expenses, net

145

40

207

975






Profit after financing expenses, net

315

87

265

886






Share of loss in equity-accounted investee

2

1

1

5






Profit before income tax

313

86

264

881






Income tax  expenses

89

24

121

442






Net profit for the period

224

62

143

439






Profit (loss) attributable to:





shareholders of the Company

10

3

(32)

(202)

Non-controlling interests

214

59

175

641






Net profit for the period

224

62

143

439






Earnings (loss) per share





Basic

0.55

0.15

(1.67)

(10.52)

Diluted

0.55

0.15

(1.67)

(10.52)

 

 

Bezeq, The Israel Telecommunication Corporation Ltd.

Reconciliation for NON-IFRS Measures

EBITDA

The following is a reconciliation of the Bezeq Group's net profit to EBITDA:


(In millions)

Three month period ended March 31,

Trailing twelve months ended March 31,


2016

2017

2017

2016

2017

2017


NIS

NIS

US$

NIS

NIS

US$








Net profit

288

350

96

1,546

1,306

359

Income tax

183

113

31

629

555

153

Share of loss in equity-    accounted investee

1

2

1

5

6

2

Financing expenses, net

102

101

28

328

446

123

Depreciation and amortization

449

428

118

1,816

1,718

473








EBITDA

1,023

994

274

4,324

4,031

1,110

 

 

Net Debt

The following table shows the calculation of the Bezeq Group's net debt:


(In millions)

As at March 31,


2016

2017

2017


NIS

NIS

US$





Short term bank loans and credit and debentures

2,073

1,594

439

Non-current bank loans and debentures

8,532

9,109

2,508

Cash and cash equivalents

(1,221)

(792)

(218)

Investments

(556)

(578)

(159)





Net debt

8,828

9,333

2,570





 

 

Net Debt to Trailing Twelve Months EBITDA Ratio

The following table shows the calculation of the Bezeq Group's net debt to EBITDA trailing twelve months ratio:


(In millions)

As at March 31,


2016

2017

2017


NIS

NIS

US$





Net debt

8,828

9,333

2,570





Trailing twelve months EBITDA

4,324

4,031

1,110





Net debt to EBITDA ratio

2.04

2.32

2.32

 

 

Bezeq, The Israel Telecommunication Corporation Ltd.

Reconciliation for NON-IFRS Measures

Free Cash Flow

The following table shows the calculation of the Bezeq Group's free cash flow:


(In millions)

Three month period ended March 31,


2016

2017

2017


NIS

NIS

US$





Cash flow from operating activities

922

826

227

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(294)

(277)

(76)

Investment in intangible assets and deferred expenses

(51)

(103)

(28)

Proceeds from the sale of property, plant and equipment

42

10

3





Free cash flow

619

456

126

 


 

Designated Disclosure with Respect to the Company's Projected Cash Flows

In connection with the issuance of the Series D Debentures in 2014, we undertook to comply with the "hybrid model disclosure requirements" as determined by the Israeli Securities Authority and as described in the prospectus governing our Series D Debentures.

This model provides that in the event certain financial "warning signs" exist, and for as long as they exist, we will be subject to certain disclosure obligations towards the holders of our Series D Debentures.

In examining the existence of warning signs as of March 31 2017, our board of directors noted that our consolidated financial statements (unaudited) as well as our separate internal (unpublished) unaudited financial information as of and for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 reflect that we had a continuing negative cash flow from operating activities of NIS 1 million for the first quarter of 2017.

The Israeli regulations provide that the existence of a continuing negative cash flow from operating activities could be deemed to be a "warning sign" unless our board of directors determines that the possible "warning sign" does not reflect a liquidity problem.

Such continuing negative cash flow from operating activities results from the general operating expenses of the Company of NIS 1 million for the first quarter of 2017 and due to the fact that the Company, as a holding company, does not have any cash inflows from operating activities. Our main source of cash inflows is generated from dividends (classified as cash flow from investing activities) or debt issuances (classified as cash flow from financing activities). We did not have any such inflows in the first quarter of 2017.

Such continuing negative cash flow from operating activities does not effect our liquidity in any manner. Our board of directors reviewed our financial position, outstanding debt obligations and our existing and anticipated cash resources and uses and determined that the existence of the continuing negative cash flow from operating activities, as mentioned above, does not reflect a liquidity problem.

For further information, please contact:

Idit Cohen - IR Manager
idit@igld.com / Tel: +972-3-924-0000

Investor relations contacts:

Hadas Friedman - Investor Relations

Hadas@km-ir.co.il / Tel: +972-3-516-7620
Internet Gold - Golden Lines Ltd.

 

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