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Format: Jun 2018
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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 new Consumer strategy: Converging, but in a good way

BT has emphasised ‘convergence’ in its new Consumer strategy, but it has avoided most of the usual fixed-mobile convergence mistakes, with separate brands, minimal discounting and only slightly flawed converged products

The general strategy is to improve customer service to improve market share trends (particularly in broadband), enable premium products/positioning, and allow for cross-selling of a strong set of converged (in a broader sense) products, which is very sensible in our view

It does require extra spending in the short-term to improve customer service and the perception thereof (particularly in broadband) before premium positioning and cross-selling can be effective, therefore improved trends at the bottom line may take some time to come through

 

  • BT
  • EE
Fixed Line, Media, Mobile, UK Media 23 May 2018
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Q2 results: resilience reduced by cost control issues at Global Services

As announced in the October trading update, BT’s Q2 results were hit by poor cost control at Global Services. Performance elsewhere was reasonable but was shored up at group level by a spike in contribution from non-core business

  • BT
Telecoms, Fixed Line 17 November 2008
BT FY 2008-09 Q1 results: wholesale hit compounded by weak performance at Global Services

BT’s Q1 results were weak, with declining like-for-like revenue and EBITDA, although cash flow grew strongly thanks to a lull in capex

  • BT
Telecoms, Fixed Line 2 August 2008
BT FY 2007/2008 Q2 results: reasonable overall EBITDA performance but concerns on 21CN remain

Overall growth in revenue and EBITDA remained adequate, in spite of a poor quarter at BT Wholesale

  • BT
Telecoms, Fixed Line 13 November 2007
BT FY 2007/08 Q1 results: more clarity required on 21CN

Growth in revenue and EBITDA was adequate but a nasty surge in capex hit cash flow

  • BT
Telecoms, Fixed Line 31 July 2007
BT FY 2007-08 Q4 results: continued pressure on underlying performance

BT’s Q4 results were a welcome improvement on Q3, with better growth in revenue, consistent growth in EBITDA and strong growth in cash flow

 

 

 

  • BT
Telecoms, Fixed Line 18 May 2008
BT FY 2007-08 Q3 results: under pressure

Increasing loss of retail call market share and continuing decline in wholesale revenue stunted growth in group revenue, which would have dropped slightly without help from acquisitions

  • BT
Telecoms, Fixed Line 12 February 2008
BT FY 2006/07 Q3 results: firing on (almost) all cylinders

Group revenue growth was strong but helped by a one-off price change and LLU supply issues at Openreach

  • BT
Telecoms, Fixed Line 12 February 2007
BT FY 2006-07 Q4 results: going whoosh?

Revenue growth was weaker but EBITDA growth remained strong and capex fell, sending cash flow growth strongly positive

  • BT
Telecoms, Fixed Line 19 May 2007
BT FY 2006-07 Q2 results: further progress but rougher water ahead

Group revenue growth continues to be positive but vulnerable; EBITDA growth continues apace but cash flow growth has again been hit by 21CN capex

  • BT
Telecoms, Fixed Line 17 November 2006
BT FY 2006-07 Q1 results: revenue growth looking more vulnerable but overall performance continuing to improve

Group revenue growth remains positive, but intensifying competition in residential services and the absence of further big wins in corporate contracts mean that it looks more vulnerable than it has for some time 

  • BT
Telecoms 27 July 2006

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