Results for January – September 2013


 

Almaty, October 17,  2013 - Kcell Joint Stock Company (“Kcell” or the "Company") (LSE, KASE: KCEL), the leading provider of mobile telecommunications services in Kazakhstan by market share in terms of revenue and subscribers, announces its interim results for January - September 2013.

Third quarter

Revenue increased 3.0 percent to KZT 48,749 million (47,323).

EBITDA, excluding non-recurring items, rose 0.9 percent to KZT 26,892 million (26,654). EBITDA margin of 55.2 percent (56.3).

Operating income, excluding non-recurring items, 0.3 percent lower at KZT 21,045 million (21,104).

Net finance cost increased by KZT 541 million to KZT 536 million (5).

Net income 4.4 percent lower at KZT 15,921 million (16,647).

Free cash flow increased to KZT 23,363 million (17,399).

During the quarter the subscriber base rose by 174,710 to 14.251 million.

 

Nine-month period

Revenue 3.7 percent higher at KZT 138,073 million (133,104).

EBITDA, excluding non-recurring items, increased 1.3 percent to KZT 76,129 million (75,171). EBITDA margin of 55.1 percent (56.5).

Operating income, excluding non-recurring items, up 0.8 percent to KZT 58,749 million (58,266).

Net finance cost increased by KZT 1,770 million to KZT 1,685 million (85).

Net income down 2.0 percent to KZT 45,128 million (46,072).

Free cash flow increased to KZT 60,971 million (42,842).

Financial highlights

KZT in millions, except key ratios,
per share data and changes

Jul-Sep

2013

Jul-Sep

2012

Chg

(%)

Jan-Sep

2013

Jan-Sep

2012

Chg

(%)

Revenue

48,749

   47,323

3.0

138,073

  133,104

3.7

EBITDA excl. non-recurring items

26,892

  26,654

0.9

76,129

  75,171

1.3

Margin (%)

55.2

56.3

 

55.1

56.5

 

Operating income

21,045

20,881

0.8

58,749

57,598

2.0

Operating income excl. non-recurring items

21,045

21,104

-0.3

58,749

58,266

0.8

Net income attributable to owners of the parent

15,921

16,647

-4.4

45,128

46,072

-2.0

Earnings per share (KZT)

79.61

83.24

-4.4

225.64

230.36

-2.0

CAPEX-to-sales (%)

11.1

10.3

 

12.0

14.8

 

Free cash flow

23,363

17,399

 

60,971

42,842

 

In this report, comparative figures are provided in parentheses following the operational and financial results and refer to the same item in the third quarter of 2012, unless otherwise stated.

 

Comments by Ali Agan, CEO     

“In the third quarter, we retained our leading market position and demonstrated revenue growth, as a result of demand for data services and a further increase in our subscriber base. The combination of revenue increase and effective cost control initiatives has again enabled us to maintain our EBITDA margin at more than 55 percent during the quarter.

We are continuing to leverage the revenue growth opportunities we have identified in data services with cash generation a key focus for the Company. At the same time, we are realigning our internal structures to maximise the way we utilise our resources and optimise our focus on our customers’ total experience.

In a challenging competitive and regulatory environment, we continue to develop our technology and product offerings to ensure that we both meet and anticipate the constantly evolving requirements of our customers.”

 

Conference call

Kcell will host an analyst conference call on October 17, 2013 at 11:00 UK time / 16:00 Almaty / 14:00 Moscow. Dial in details are as follows:

 

UK Free Call Dial In

Standard International Dial-in

Russia Free Call number

New York Local Call Dial-in

0800 694 0257

+44 (0) 1452 555 566

81080020972044

16315107498

 

Conference ID

 

80209185

 

A replay of the call will be available until October 28, 2013 using the following details:

UK Free Call Dial-In

UK Local Call Dial-In

Standard International Dial-In

USA Dial-In

0800 953 1533

0844 338 6600

+44 (0)1452 550 000

1 (866) 247-4222

 

Replay Access Code

 

80209185

 

A presentation will be available on the Company website shortly before the conference call on www.investors.kcell.kz./en

 

Enquiries:

 

Kcell

 

Investor Relations

 

Irina Shol

Tel: +7 727 2582755 ext. 1205

Investor_relations@kcell.kz

 

 

Media

Natalya Eskova

 

Tel: +7 727 2582755

Pressa@kcell.kz

International Media

 

College Hill

Tel: +44 207 457 2020

Leonid Fink, Tony Friend, Kay Larsen

 

 

Review of the third quarter 2013

Revenue

Revenue rose 3.0 percent to KZT 48,749 million (47,323).

Revenue from voice services decreased 3.1 percent to KZT 37,469 million (38,680). Data revenue increased 43.3 percent to KZT 6,796 million (4,743) and revenue from value-added services increased 22.7 percent to KZT 4,481 million (3,652). Other revenue decreased 98.6 percent to KZT 3 million (248).

 

KZT in millions, except percentages

Jul-Sep

2013

% of total

Jul-Sep

2012

% of total

Voice services

37,469

76.9

38,680

81.7

Data services

6,796

13.9

4,743

10.0

Value added services

4,481

9.2

3,652

7.8

Other revenues

3

-

248

0.5

Total revenues

48,749

100

47,323

100

 

Voice service revenue

Revenue from voice services decreased 3.1 percent to KZT 37,469 million (38,680). Voice traffic rose 3.2 percent to 5,974 million minutes as a result of an increase in the subscriber base to 14.3 million (12.7). However, growth in traffic and in the number of subscribers was offset by lower tariffs, which resulted in a decline in ARMU to KZT 4.7 (5.3).

Outgoing voice revenue was 7.8 percent lower at KZT 28,094 million (30,483).

Interconnect revenue rose 14.0 percent to KZT 7,693 million (6,746).The increase was driven by a higher volume of incoming calls from other mobile operators’ subscribers. This, in turn, resulted from an overall increase in the subscriber base along with attractive off-net tariffs.

 

Data service revenue

Data revenue was 43.3 percent higher at KZT 6,796 million (4,743). Data traffic increased 109.7 percent to 4,175,749 GB (1,991,700). Growth in data traffic was partially offset by packages with lower tariffs per MB, which led to a decrease in average revenue per MB (ARMB) to KZT 1.6 (2.3).

 

Value-added service revenue 

Revenue from value-added services rose 22.7 percent to KZT 4,481 million (3,652). Innovative and attractive content services helped boost revenue from value added services.

 

Other revenue

Other revenue declined 98.6 percent to KZT 3 million (248). The decrease was largely the result of lower sales of handsets and USB modems.

 

EXPENSES

 

Cost of sales  

Cost of sales rose 11.0 percent to KZT 20,754 million (18,699), primarily due to an increase in maintenance expenses, interconnect fees and expenses, as well as higher electricity cost and site rental costs expenses, resulting from an increase in the number of sites and base stations.

 

Selling and marketing expenses  

Selling and marketing expenses decreased by 9.0 percent to KZT 4,447 million (4,887). The decline was primarily driven by a decrease in commission for cash collection, as well as a decrease of outdoor activities in the third quarter.

 

General and administrative expenses 

General and administrative expenses decreased by 13.1 percent to KZT 2,587
million (2,978), primarily due to a decrease in consulting expenses.

 

 

EARNINGS, FINANCIAL POSITION AND CASH FLOW

 

EBITDA, excluding non-recurring items, increased 0.9 percent to KZT 26,892 million (26,654). The EBITDA margin is 55.2 percent (56.3).

Financial items totaled KZT -536 million (5) related to net interest expenses during the third quarter 2013 and net interest income during the third quarter 2012.

Income tax expense increased by 8.2 percent to KZT 4,588 million (4,239).

Net income attributable to owners of the parent company decreased by 4.4 percent to KZT 15,921 million (16,647) and earnings per share decreased to KZT 79.61 (83.24).

CAPEX increased to KZT 5,421 million (4,881) and CAPEX-to-sales ratio increased to 11.1 percent (10.3).

Free cash flow increased to KZT 23,363 million (17,399), primarily due to an increase in working capital.

Net debt/equity ratio was 32.1 percent (69.4).

Net debt/EBITDA ratio was 0.25 (0.46).

The equity/assets ratio was 54.2 percent (44.2).

 

Review of the nine months of 2013                     

Revenue

Revenue increased 3.7 percent to KZT 138,073 million (133,104).

Revenue from voice services decreased 0.9 percent to KZT 106,909 million (107,919). Data revenue was 40.4 percent higher at KZT 18,400 million (13,102) and revenue from value-added services increased 14.8 percent to KZT 12,556 million (10,935). Other revenue fell 81.9 percent to KZT 208 million (1,148).

 

KZT in millions, except percentages

Jan-Sep

2013

% of total

Jan-Sep

2012

% of total

Voice services

106,909

77.4

107,919

81.1

Data services

18,400

13.3

13,102

9.9

Value added services

12,556

9.1

10,935

8.2

Other revenues

208

0.2

1,148

0.8

Total revenues

138,073

100

133,104

100

 

Voice service revenue

Revenue from voice services was largely flat at KZT 106,909 million (107,919). Voice traffic increased 8.3 percent to 17,457 million minutes (16,119). However, growth in traffic and in the number of subscribers was partially offset by lower tariffs, which caused ARMU to decrease to KZT 4.7 (5.3).

Outgoing voice revenue declined 3.8 percent to KZT 81,919 million (85,115).

Interconnect revenue increased 9.3 percent to KZT 20,793 million (19,021).The increase was driven by growth in the volume of incoming calls from other mobile operators’ subscribers. This, in turn, resulted from an overall increase in the total subscriber base and attractive off-net tariffs.

 

Data service revenue

Data revenue rose 40.4 percent to KZT 18,400 million (13,102). Data traffic increased 115.4 percent to 10,720,270 GB (4,976,087). Growth in data traffic was partially offset by packages with lower tariffs per MB, which resulted in a decrease in average revenue per MB (ARMB) to KZT 1.7 (2.6).

 

Value-added service revenue 

Revenue from value-added services was 14.8 percent higher at KZT 12,556 million (10,935). Information and entertainment services drove value added services revenue up.

 

Other revenue 

Other revenue declined 81.9 percent to KZT 208 million (1,148). The decrease was primarily attributable to the decrease in sales of handsets and USB modems.

 

EXPENSES

Cost of sales  

Cost of sales rose by 6.3 percent to KZT 59,132 million (55,604), driven largely by an increase in interconnect fees and expenses to KZT 18,862 million (17,819), increased maintenance expenses and site rental costs resulting from an increase in the number of sites and base stations.

 

Selling and marketing expenses  

Selling and marketing expenses increased by 3.8 percent to KZT 12,572 million (12,108). The rise was driven by an increase in advertising and sales promotion expenses in an intensely competitive market, which also increased the cost of subscriber retention.

 

General and administrative expenses 

General and administrative expenses decreased by 2.2 percent to KZT 7,902
million (8,083) primarily due to a decrease in consulting expenses.

 

 

EARNINGS, FINANCIAL POSITION AND CASH FLOW

 

EBITDA, excluding non-recurring items, increased 1.3 percent to KZT 76,129 million (75,171). The EBITDA margin is 55.1 percent (56.5).

Financial items totaled KZT -1,685 million (85) related to net interest expenses during nine months 2013 and net interest income during nine months 2012.

Income tax expense increased by 2.8 percent to KZT 11,936 million (11,611).

Net income attributable to owners of the parent company decreased by 2.0 percent to KZT 45,128 million (46,072) and earnings per share decreased to KZT 225.64 (230.36).

CAPEX decreased to KZT 16,604 million (19,725) and the CAPEX-to-sales ratio decrease to 12.0 percent (14.8).

Free cash flow increased to KZT 60,971 million (42,842), primarily due to a positive change in working capital.

Net debt/equity ratio was 32.1 percent (69.4).

Net debt/EBITDA ratio was 0.25 (0.46).

The equity/assets ratio was 54.2 percent (44.2).

 

Key Milestones 2013

 

Based on the decision of the Committee on Indices and Securities Valuation of January 10, 2013, common shares Kcell JSC were included in the representative list of shares for KASE Index calculation from February 1, 2013.

 

On February 6,  2013, Veysel Aral, CEO of Kcell and Regional Head of Central Asia, was appointed President of Business area Eurasia at TeliaSonera. In this role, he succeeded Tero Kivisaari, who has been managing dual roles since his appointment as President of Business area Mobility Services in October 2012.

On March 13, 2013, the Board of Directors of Kcell JSC introduced a function of internal audit in Kcell JSC to perform control over financial and business activity of the Company.

On May 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of Kcell JSC adopted the following decisions:

 

- To terminate the term of office of the Chief Executive Officer of Kcell JSC Mr. Veysel Aral from June 01, 2013.

- To elect Mr. Ali Agan as the Chief Executive Officer of Kcell JSC with a one year term of office from June 1, 2013, until June 1, 2014.

- Approved contract between Kcell JSC and “Halyk Bank Kazakhstan” JSC for the credit line in the amount of KZT 26,000 million for the term of 24 months.

- Approved the increase of the amount under the loan agreement between Kcell JSC and “Halyk Bank Kazakhstan” JSC and to approve it in the amount of KZT 30,000 million with the lending purpose to finance working capital.

 

On May 24, 2013, at the AGM all of the resolutions proposed to the Annual General Meeting of its shareholders were approved:

 

- PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the auditor for Kcell JSC.

- Company’s annual financial statements for 2012.

- A dividend of KZT 162.01 gross per ordinary share, or approximately USD 1.07 gross per Global Depositary Receipt (“GDR”), for the period from July 1, 2012, to December 31, 2012, to be paid to holders of Kcell shares as at the record date of June 10, 2013.

- The election of William H.R. Aylward as a new member of the Company’s Board and as an Independent Director. Bert Nordberg, Independent Director, has resigned from Kcell’s Board of Directors due to the time pressures of other commitments.

 

On June 24, 2013, dividends in the amount of KZT 32,402 million, KZT 162.01 gross per ordinary share, were paid for the period from July 1, 2012, till December 31, 2012.

On September 24, 2013, the Company opened a credit line with “Halyk Bank of Kazakhstan” JSC for KZT 30 billion.

On September 25, 2013, “Citibank Kazakhstan” JSC and “SB “RBS Kazakhstan” JSC prolonged the loan agreement for the Company for KZT 14.5 billion up to September 26, 2014.

On September 26, 2013, the Company have repaid the syndicated loans to “Citibank Kazakhstan” JSC and “SB “RBS Kazakhstan” JSC in the amount of KZT 30.5 billion and accumulated interest in the amount of KZT 820 million.

On September 30, 2013 the Company announced the appointment of Kaspars Kukelis as Chief Commercial Officer, effective as of September 1, 2013. Mr. Kukelis will succeed Nurlan Sargaskaev, who was named CEO of Ncell within the TeliaSonera Group in June 2013.

 

 

October 17, 2013

 

Ali Agan

Chief Executive Officer

 

This report has not been subject to review by auditors.

The information was submitted for publication at 09:00 ALMT on October 17, 2013.

 

 

Financial Information                

Year-end Report January–December 2013                January 30, 2014

Interim Report January–March 2014                           April 23, 2014

Interim Report January–June 2014                             July 17, 2014

Interim Report January–September 2014                   October 17, 2014

Year-end Report January–December 2014                January 29, 2015

 

 

 

 

Questions regarding the reports:

Kcell JSC

Investor Relations

Timiryazev str. 2g

050013 Almaty

Tel. +7 727 2582755 ext.1205

Investor_relations@kcell.kz

www.investors.kcell.kz

 

 

 

Definitions

 

EBITDA: Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortization. Equals operating income before depreciation, amortization and impairment losses and before income from associated companies.

 

CAPEX: Capital expenditures and advances paid for property, plant and equipment as well as software and licenses including investments in tangible and intangible non-current assets, but excluding goodwill and fair value adjustments recognized in acquisitions, and excluding the recording of assets retirement obligations.

 

ARMB: Average revenue per MB