DT books 5.8% rise in Q1 revenue as US investment ‘pays off’

11 May 2017

Germany’s Deutsche Telekom (DT) has posted net revenue of EUR18.6 billion (USD20.2 billion) for the three months ended 31 March 2017, an increase of 5.8% from EUR17.6 billion in the year-ago quarter. The rise was mainly driven by T-Mobile US, which reported a 14.9% year-on-year jump in turnover to EUR8.9 billion, thanks to rapid customer growth which saw the cellco add more than a million new customers in each of the last 16 quarters. As a result, international revenues accounted for 67.3% of DT’s total in Q1 2017, compared to 65.5% the previous year. The Bonn-based telco posted group EBITDA of EUR5.9 billion for the quarter, down 22.2% from EUR7.7 billion in the first three months of 2016, although adjusted EBITDA grew 7.5% over the same timeframe to EUR5.6 billion. As expected, reported net profit (including special factors) plummeted 76.1% over the twelve-month period from EUR3.1 billion to EUR747 million, as the prior-year figure included a gain of EUR2.5 billion from the sale of shares in EE in the UK to BT Group. Adjusted net profit, meanwhile, declined by 10.3% y-o-y to EUR939 million, mainly due to expenses incurred in restructuring the financing of T-Mobile US in 1Q17.

In its domestic market, DT generated total revenue of EUR5.4 billion in the first three months of 2017, stable compared to the year-ago period, while adjusted EBITDA grew 0.9% to EUR2.1 billion. The firm’s German mobile subscriber base reached 42.1 million at 31 March 2017 (an increase of 3.6% from 40.6 million a year earlier), of which 25.3 million were post-paid customers (up 5.6%). Domestic fixed broadband lines grew 2.2% y-o-y to 12.9 million (of which 4.7 million were fibre-based – VDSL, vectoring and FTTH – lines, up by 42.8%) and pay-TV accesses rose 8.0% to 2.9 million, while fixed network lines continued to slide, falling from 20.1 million at the end of March 2016 to 19.6 million twelve months later.

T-Mobile US ended Q1 2017 with 72.6 million mobile subscribers, an increase of 10.8% from 65.5 million a year earlier, as the number of branded post-paid customers rose 8.0% y-o-y to 35.3 million. In contrast, total mobile customers across DT’s European operations declined by 2.5% to 47.3 million (including 24.5 million contract users, up by 3.2%), although retail broadband lines and TV customers grew by 3.6% to 5.4 million and 4.5% to 4.1 million, respectively. Revenue in the Europe segment was relatively flat at EUR2.8 billion in 1Q17 and adjusted EBITDA dropped 4.5% to EUR889 million.

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