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BT FY 2008-09 Q3 results: another mighty wave is looming

As announced in the January trading update, BT’s Q3 results were hit by poor cost control at Global Services and the identification of some ‘toxic’ contracts. Performance elsewhere continued to be reasonable but helped by a spike at Openreach and non-core business

With a further ‘one-off’ charge against GS EBITDA in Q4 a virtual certainty, we continue to expect problems at Global Services to combine with recessionary pressures and stalling broadband growth to constrain performance well into 2010

A large pension deficit at the actuarial valuation in May looks inevitable. The Digital Britain initiative could pave the way for legitimate government and regulatory support

  • BT
Telecoms, Fixed Line 17 February 2009
BT FY 2008-09 Q4 results: clearing the decks

BT’s Q4 results contained a bombshell £1.3 billion write-down at Global Services to correct previous under-reporting of costs on two contracts, believed to be with the NHS and Reuters. Underlying EBITDA at Global Services also dropped sharply for the second quarter running

Annual pension contributions are to increase sharply, as expected, albeit to a level sustainable by the business. Performance at other divisions continues to be reasonable, given the economic environment

The company’s plans to cut costs have some credibility, but are expensive and will take time to implement. There is little prospect of meaningful recovery in cash flow until 2010

  • BT
Telecoms, Fixed Line, Non-UK Telecoms 16 May 2009
BT FY 2009-10 Q1 results: what goes down

BT’s Q1 results provided welcome respite from a string of bad news, and some evidence of management’s ability to cut costs, but were helped by a temporary sharp reduction in capex and a VAT repayment. It remains early days

The ‘21st century’ upgrade to the core network now appears to be largely complete and delivering cost savings, but a separate voice network will continue to run over the access infrastructure

The company’s project to deploy more fibre beyond the local exchange, whilst a useful defensive move, looks unlikely to have a major impact on shareholder value

  • BT
Telecoms, Fixed Line 1 August 2009
BT FY 2009-10 Q2 results: more progress on cost reduction

BT’s Q2 results, and improved guidance for the year to March 2010 provided further encouraging evidence of the new management team’s ability to take cost out of the business

However, the group is in a phase of revenue decline, primarily due to recession, but also strong competition

We continue to view limited deployment of next generation access as a worthwhile defensive move, but remain sceptical regarding the potential for uplift to shareholder value

  • BT
Telecoms, Fixed Line 16 November 2009
BT FY 2009/10 Q3 results: recovery continuing, but longer term outlook uncertain

BT’s Q3 results and improved guidance for the year to March 2010 showed the current turnaround is well on track. But revenue continued to decline and improvements were concentrated at Global Services, the results for which were flattered by the dire prior year comparable

The UK business’s long term prospects also depend on successful deployment of next generation access, but this is over two years away

The results were overshadowed by the Pensions Regulator initially expressing ‘substantial concern’ over some features of the pension deficit valuation and recovery plan that the company has agreed with the trustees. Clarity on this is also some way off

  • BT
Telecoms, Fixed Line 15 February 2010
BT Global Services

Global Services is the new name for BT's Ignite division. The structure of this important part of BT's business is complex and extremely difficult to understand. BT itself promotes the division as its 'hidden jewel', even though its financial performance in recent years has been little short of catastrophic. Investors rightly remain sceptical.

  • BT
  • Yahoo
Telecoms 22 June 2003
BT management changes: exit Ben Verwaayen, enter Ian Livingston

BT announced on 8th April that Ian Livingston, currently CEO of BT Retail, will replace Ben Verwaayen as group CEO on 1st June. The Managing Director of BT Retail’s Consumer division, Gavin Patterson, will replace Ian Livingston at the helm of BT Retail. We expect John Petter to take Gavin’s place at the Consumer division

  • BT
Telecoms 8 April 2008
BT Mobile goes fourth

BT announced this week its fourth launch of consumer mobile, following three failures since it split from O2 in 2001

The product is SIM-only, low-end priced and lacks any ‘convergent’ features as yet, but is well structured to target those likely to take a BT mobile service in our view

While its ambitions may be modest, take-up may well be higher than its over-ambitious over-complicated predecessors, as well as giving BT experience in cross-selling mobile prior to its EE acquisition

  • BT
Mobile, Telecoms 26 March 2015
BT Next Generation Access: a one billion pound toe in the water

BT’s announcement of a project to extend fibre beyond the exchange for some existing homes as well as newly built ones is good PR, a useful regulatory gambit, and offers the prospect of regaining some initiative from unbundlers and Virgin Media at the wholesale and retail levels respectively

  • Virgin Media
  • BT
Telecoms, Fixed Line 14 July 2008
BT pre-quarterly results trading update: cost control issues at Global Services

On 31st October BT announced that Q2 EBITDA and EPS will be slightly below expectations as a result of a sharp deterioration in performance at Global Services (GS) and that GS CEO Francois Barrault has been replaced by erstwhile Group Finance Director Hanif Lalani

  • BT
Fixed Line, Telecoms 31 October 2008
BT Q1 2010/11 results: strong cost control, but impact of government spending review remains uncertain

BT continues to improve its performance through cost reduction, with Global Services continuing to lead the way

Although a strike appears to have been averted, the next few quarters will be tougher due to increased EBITDA ‘re-investment’

Management is sticking to guidance which is, like the government, conservative in nature. Nonetheless, in our view, the forthcoming government spending review could still prove challenging

  • BT
Telecoms, Fixed Line 2 August 2010
BT Q1 2011/12 results: marking time

BT reported another quarter of strong growth in broadband volume, helped by high competitor churn and accelerating take up of the Infinity high speed broadband service

But broadband volume growth did not feed through to financial performance at BT Retail, Global Services remained stuck in low gear and BT Wholesale performance weakened further

The company should make its guidance for the year to March, but evidence that it will do more than the minimum remains elusive

  • BT
Fixed Line, Telecoms 2 August 2011
BT Q1 2013/14 results: Performance and prospects strong, BT Sport mainly defensive so far

BT’s underlying revenue growth of -1% in the June quarter was a slight dip from the March quarter, but remains very impressive compared to historic trends and international peers

BT Sport gained over 500k sign-ups, a pretty respectable figure in context, but so far it is looking mostly defensive, with any impact on broadband trends in the quarter indiscernible

Regulated cuts to copper pricing look like they will drop out completely from 2014/15, and BT’s DSL competitors are starting to push fibre more aggressively, both of which will give BT a very solid boost from 2014

  • BT
Fixed Line, Telecoms 30 July 2013
BT Q1 2014/15 results: Solid Q1, but battles to come

BT had a solid Q1, with Group revenue growth still positive but slightly slowed by weakness in managed services and Global Services, and EBITDA flat in the last quarter before BT Sport costs fully annualise out

The consumer side had strong revenue growth, with accelerating volume growth and solid ARPU, although net subscriber additions were relatively subdued in a quarter that was seasonally quiet

The next quarter will likely be a noisier one, with promotions ramping up as the new football season launches, and both BT and Sky positioning themselves ahead of the next Premier League auction

  • BT
Fixed Line, Telecoms 4 August 2014
BT Q1 2015/16 results: Solid all round

BT had a solid all round Q1, with broadband share robust, fibre growth still strong, revenue growth bouncing up a little on the business side and cost control robust

BT Sport Europe launches this quarter, and will boost revenues but raise costs by more; we continue to believe that the extra net costs can easily be covered by group-wide costs savings to allow group EBITDA to continue growing over the full financial year

The broadband market is increasingly characterised by high headline pricing coupled with heavy promotional discounting, and BT’s early headline price rise scheduled for September continues this trend

  • BT
Telecoms 3 August 2015
BT Q1 2016/17 results: Not shabby

BT Group’s revenue growth was roughly unchanged in the quarter at 0.4%, with continued strong consumer growth mitigated by regulated and structural challenges in the rest of the Group

Both broadband and superfast broadband adoption is slowing, but BT is compensating with improving market share for the former, and the prospect of further uplifts from ultrafast for the latter

Regulatory uncertainties are likely to continue to weigh, with the current Openreach debate to be closely followed by the not-exactly-unimportant issue of copper and fibre pricing/regulation from April 2017

  • BT
  • EE
Fixed Line, Mobile, Telecoms 4 August 2016
BT Q1 2017/18 results: Back to growth (for now at least)

BT Group revenue returned to growth, at least temporarily, helped by overlapping price rises in consumer, one-off regulated price cuts on leased lines annualising out, and mobile handset sales improving

Regulatory news was unusually positive, with Openreach taking the initiative on FTTP, and BT winning an appeal against damaging leased line regulation, which may end up being significantly eased

BT continues to do well in consumer and struggle in business markets, with the ongoing deceleration in the consumer broadband market the main cloud on the horizon

 

  • BT
  • EE
Fixed Line, Media, Mobile, Telecoms, UK Media 9 August 2017
BT Q2 2010/11 results: digging in

Group performance to September was affected by increased investment in fibre and other defensive measures, as expected

Despite strong retail broadband subscriber growth, the core business remains under siege. High speed broadband should – eventually – provide an effective defence, but not much more

The Global Services turnaround is continuing, and further progress at GS supported by improving stability in the rest of the group should enable new guidance to be met

  • BT
Fixed Line, Telecoms 15 November 2010
BT Q2 2011/12 results: light before the dawn?

BT reported its eighth successive quarter of strong growth in broadband volume and is aiming to complete deployment of next generation access one year early, yet within existing capex guidance for the group

Progress at Global Services and BT Wholesale is continuing, but remains very gradual

We continue to expect guidance for the current financial year to be met, though not significantly exceeded. But broadband momentum and excellent cost control suggest the prospects for FY2012/13 are improving

  • BT
Fixed Line, Telecoms 7 November 2011
BT Q2 2012/13 results: Revenue slows, cost cutting compensates

BT Group revenue growth disappointed at the reported level, dropping from -6% to -9%, but adjusting for a series of one-offs underlying growth only dropped from -3.2% to -3.6%, easily made up for by another quarter of strong cost reductions Broadband net adds were again a little weak, with weather-related repairs slowing new line installations, but BT’s share held up well, at least against its fellow DSL operators Fibre-based connections continued to grow and BT further accelerated its build-out plans, with this (and not TV) holding the key to stabilising ARPU and increasing wholesale revenue in the years ahead

  • BT
Fixed Line, Telecoms, TV, Media 6 November 2012

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