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Vodafone H1 2011/12 results: Doing well in difficult circumstances

Vodafone Europe’s service revenue growth improved marginally in the September quarter, a very solid performance under tricky circumstances, helped by good competitive performances and judicious pricing measures

The combined Europe and group common function EBITDA margin was again held flat, despite continued smartphone adoption pushing up handset costs, with strong cost control again evident

Pricing, competitive, regulatory and cost trends are all going well; but macroeconomic trends are clearly not, and are likely to make an acceleration in the second half of the year very difficult

  • Vodafone
  • T-Mobile
Mobile, Telecoms 10 November 2011
Vodafone half year 2010/11 results: slow improvements, strong strategy

Vodafone Europe’s underlying revenue growth rose slightly in the September quarter, performing well in a market that is still only slowly recovering. Control of fixed costs was strong, but rising handset subsidies pushed margins down again

Vodafone’s updated strategy contains strong elements of a focus on the nitty gritty and a move away from the more expansive desires of the past, which is excellent. Successful implementation remains a challenge, but at least head office is likely to be a help, not a hindrance

Vodafone’s medium term expectations are for growing revenue and stable margins, which is laudably ambitious compared to past performances, and may even be achievable if it can balance smartphone tariffs and handset subsidies to its net advantage

  • Vodafone
Telecoms, Mobile 11 November 2010
Vodafone June 07 Q1 results

Vodafone’s European operations revenue growth dropped, but not as much as various regulatory interventions would have warranted, implying a strong operational performance

 

  • Vodafone
Mobile, Telecoms, Non-UK Telecoms 17 July 2007
Vodafone June 2008 KPIs: economic woes... or competitive struggles?

Vodafone Europe’s service revenue growth dropped by two full percentage points in the quarter to June 2008; Spain plummeted from +5.1% to -2.5%, but the UK and Italy’s underlying growth also fell, with only Germany stable

  • Vodafone
Telecoms, Mobile, Non-UK Telecoms 21 July 2008
Vodafone June quarter 2010 results: confidence issues

Vodafone Europe’s revenue growth again notched up, increasing by 0.7ppts as reported or 0.3ppts in underlying terms, with minutes volume growth accelerating by 1.8ppts

This is a little disappointing in the context of the rate of reported GDP recovery, but consumer confidence, particularly in Southern Europe, has re-dipped in the last few months, making raw GDP figures less relevant than they once were

Data revenue is forging ahead, but voice pricing is steadily weakening, and with many offers linking voice, text and data into an inseparable bundle the former may be causing the later, implying that data’s contribution to overall revenue is easy to overestimate

 

  • Vodafone
Telecoms, Mobile, Non-UK Telecoms 22 July 2010
Vodafone June quarter 2011 results: Spain continues to drag

Vodafone Europe’s service revenue growth dropped by 0.5ppts to -1.3% in the June quarter, although most of this was due to a sharp MTR cut in the UK

Revenue in Spain was very weak due to a price re-adjustment, but trends elsewhere were broadly positive, with voice minutes growth improving overall

Medium term prospects are good, with MTR cuts fading, competitive performance improving and data growth likely to re-accelerate, but we expect declining growth in Turkey to drive a worse performance in the short term

  • Vodafone
  • Orange
Mobile, Telecoms 24 July 2011
Vodafone June quarter KPIs: excuses, excuses…

Vodafone blamed a harsh competitive environment and the timing of Easter for its low revenue growth in core markets reported this week. Its growth did at least not decline again, although we expect that Vodafone will again prove to be underperforming its competitors as they report their figures over the coming weeks 

CPW will also benefit from its partnership with AOL for portal advertising, content and other internet-based applications, relatively small but fast-growing value-added services in which CPW has little experience or market position, which will prove important in terms of both customer retention and margins.

  • Vodafone
Telecoms 25 July 2006
Vodafone June quarter KPIs: the slide continues

Vodafone’s European revenue growth continued to slide, down to -4.4% in the June quarter from -3.3% last quarter, which itself was a sharp drop

A substantial element of this quarter’s decline was driven by an acceleration in termination rate cuts in Germany, but the general trend is weak volumes driven by a weak economy

With a substantial termination rate cut in the UK taken from 1st July, we expect growth to decline again in the September quarter, before stabilising/improving for the rest of the year

  • Vodafone
Telecoms, Mobile, Non-UK Telecoms 25 July 2009
Vodafone KPIs - strategic issues

  • Vodafone
Telecoms 27 January 2006
Vodafone Live

Vodafone Live represents an attempt to claw back some of the initiative from handset manufacturers, and to offer product and services that add to revenue. We look at the early evidence from the UK about the design of this package, its consumer appeal and the likely impact on ARPU. Vodafone is launching this new campaign with a Java-enabled camera phone from Sharp. It is putting tens of millions of pounds behind Live, apparently targeting the product at young urban males, a demographic group that has become very loyal to Nokia. The first phone is attractive and well featured, but we question whether it is of sufficiently general appeal significantly to influence overall ARPU in European markets, particularly in light of the low levels of interest we are finding in our consumer research on camera phones.

Our most recent survey of handset purchase intentions shows a dramatic increase in interest in buying a new phone among UK adults. 39% of handset owners claim an intention to purchase in the next year, compared to about 30% in the last three bi-monthly surveys.

  • Vodafone
Telecoms 28 October 2002
Vodafone Q1 2013/14 results: Uneven bounce

Vodafone Europe’s reported organic service revenue growth improved in the June quarter for the first time in over a year, albeit to the still-somewhat-unimpressive figure of -7.2%

This was however helped by slightly improving MTR cuts and the previous quarter being hit by the leap year effect; on an underlying basis growth declined again

Contract net adds continue to be weak, ARPU continues to suffer from the dilutive Vodafone Red tariffs, and the company continues to invest heavily in fixed line and lightly in mobile, the wrong way around in our view

  • Vodafone
Mobile, Telecoms 21 July 2013
Vodafone Q1 2014/15 results: Modest signs of recovery

Vodafone Europe’s service revenue growth improved slightly in the June quarter, by 0.6ppts to -7.9%, largely due to it running out of revenue to lose in some segments, but contract net adds were disappointing, with the company still losing ground competitively

Investment in Project Spring is surging with capex double the prior year and 4G coverage accelerating, which is very encouraging for the medium term, but it will be some time before this pays off in revenue and profit terms

Recent in-market mobile consolidation may result in more investment-focused competitive environments, despite the best efforts of regulators to sustain anti-investment price-based competition, but these too will take some time to emerge

  • Vodafone
Telecoms, Mobile 27 July 2014
Vodafone Q1 2015/16 results: Steady improvement continues

Vodafone Europe’s slow but steady improvement in service revenue growth continued into the June quarter to reach -1.5% from -2.6% in the previous quarter, and -8.2% just one year ago

This was driven in roughly equal parts by subscriber growth improvements and ARPU, with both likely benefiting from Vodafone’s Project Spring investment, rapidly growing mobile data and an easing of competitive aggression

Mobile service revenue is still declining at 2-3%, making margin stabilisation still challenging for now, but there remains room for further improvement, and revenue stabilisation is at last in sight

  • Vodafone
Fixed Line, Telecoms 5 August 2015
Vodafone Q1 2016/17 results: Price-led growth

Vodafone Europe’s mobile service revenue growth continued to recover, despite regulatory and calendric headwinds, and continued customer service issues in its UK business

The improvement was driven by fairly aggressive price increases, most acutely in Spain, which drove fairly dramatic ARPU growth improvements but also subscriber growth slowdowns

While using network improvements to drive pricing premia is a sound strategy, the timing may be a little premature, and any significant macroeconomic Brexit impact may force Vodafone to reverse course

  • Vodafone
Mobile, Telecoms 26 July 2016
Vodafone Q1 2017/18 results: Broadly flat, but promising signs

Vodafone Europe’s revenue growth bounced back from a weak previous quarter, but its top 4 markets combined were broadly flat in underlying terms. There are nonetheless promising underlying signs, including reduced churn, (slowly) improving subscriber growth and steady NPS

Vodafone has launched all-you-can-eat social/music/video bundles under the ‘Vodafone Pass’ moniker in several markets, which appear both popular and ARPU-enhancing, and being early to market with such an innovation is laudable

Next quarter Vodafone will be hit by the full force of the EU roaming regulation, but excluding this factor the performance is likely to be steady at least, helped in part by the UK business recovering from its recent weaknesses

  • Vodafone
Mobile, Telecoms 31 July 2017
Vodafone Q2 2012/13: Growth slows further, will new pricing help?

Vodafone’s European revenue growth dipped again in the September quarter from -2% to -4%, with regulation and poor macroeconomics playing a part, but the company also lost ground to the competition

This poor competitive performance was likely due in part to the operating companies being distracted in anticipation of the new Vodafone Red tariffs launched in September and October

While the strategic logic of launching unlimited voice and text tariffs is sound, early evidence is that they are not revenue-enhancing in the short term, so further pressure on revenue growth is possible

  • Vodafone
Telecoms, Mobile 15 November 2012
Vodafone Q2 2013/14 results: A mountain to climb, with a hill of cash

Vodafone Europe’s revenue growth declined again, as it underperformed a weak market, with pricing pressures still suppressing growth despite recovering macroeconomic conditions

Project Spring is a limited step in the right direction, with European mobile network investment only £3bn out of the £7bn total, but the potential network outcome – 4G coverage better than 2G is now – is impressive

Improving regulatory and economic conditions will give a limited boost in the short term, and the network investment will take years not months to pay off, leaving a long wait before sustainable improvement is seen

  • Vodafone
Non-UK Telecoms, Mobile, Telecoms 15 November 2013
Vodafone Q2 2014/15 results: A sharp reduction in decline

Vodafone Europe enjoyed a sharp improvement in mobile service revenue growth in its Q2, with the decline reduced to 5% from 8% the previous quarter

Part of this was due to a reduced regulatory impact, part was due to one-off factors, but underlying improvements are still clear across all major markets, with price declines attenuating and a significant improvement in competitive performance

In the short term the partial stabilisation of pricing is perhaps the result of a fairly fragile equilibrium which could shatter at any time, but Vodafone’s aggressive network investment and surging data volumes give confidence in a sturdier recovery going forward

  • Vodafone
Mobile, Telecoms 14 November 2014
Vodafone Q2 2015/16 results: Growing fixed disguises weakening mobile

Vodafone Europe’s revenue growth trend continued to improve, and the improved operating leverage allowed it to return to EBITDA growth after years of decline

Its mobile business was however more mixed, with improved contract net adds but worsening ARPU and revenue still firmly in decline, with growth from its recently acquired cable businesses partially disguising this

The benefits of its Project Spring investment are not yet clear, and the current wave of in-market mobile consolidation may leave Vodafone a weaker player across much of its footprint

  • Vodafone
Telecoms 13 November 2015
Vodafone Q2 2016/17 results - Strong in parts

Vodafone Europe has improved its mobile service revenue growth to near zero (-0.2%), and narrowed its revenue growth gap to competitors to a mere slither (0.2ppts), allowing it to return to significant EBITDA growth (3.1%)

The primary driver for this was however ‘more-for-more’ price increases, which have been followed by competitors only in part, and it is still losing contract subscriber share across its major markets (with significant local variation)

Its overall network performance statistics are flat, and customer NPS statistics are improving in some markets and worsening in others. Future outperformance is possible, but by no means guaranteed, and we believe that stabilising market share should be more of a priority than price rises

  • Vodafone
Mobile, Telecoms 24 November 2016

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