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Format: Dec 2018
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Vodafone Q4 2015/16 results: Positive growth in Europe

Vodafone Europe’s service revenue growth reached positive territory in the March quarter, having recovered from a long term decline that it has suffered since 2009, thanks mainly to market stabilisation within the countries where it operates

The company’s service revenues are now growing in Germany, Italy and Spain, with the UK now the laggard, having suffered from recent billing migration issues

With Europe’s major mobile markets now stabilised, Vodafone’s continued high investment levels gives it an opportunity to develop a competitive advantage and outperform its competitors, rather than just keeping up with them

  • Vodafone
Telecoms 24 May 2016
Vodafone Q4 2014/15 results: Modest improvement, but not in Germany

Vodafone Europe’s revenue growth improved again in the March quarter, but not by as much as the previous trend, or by as much as the mobile market in general

Operational trends look more solid, with data growth continuing to accelerate and Project Spring delivering improvements in some markets

The biggest blip was in Germany, a quad play market for Vodafone, and we remain sceptical of the operational benefits of convergence as Liberty Global merger speculation re-surfaces

  • Vodafone
Mobile, Telecoms 4 June 2015
Vodafone Q4 2013/14 results: Still weak, recovery some way off

Vodafone Europe’s service revenue growth improved by 1.1ppts to -8.5% in the March quarter, but this was all driven by a waning regulatory impact, with underlying growth nudging down slightly

The company’s service revenue growth improved a fraction more than its competitors, but it has barely narrowed the substantial gap, and contract net adds share fell after three consecutive quarters of improvement

Hopes for a recovery in underlying growth still centre on M&A, with EC decisions due in June, and on the Project Spring investment paying off, but this is unlikely to result in improved financial metrics for a year at least

  • Vodafone
Mobile, Telecoms 21 May 2014
Vodafone Q4 2012/13 results: Growth drops, 4G going slow

Vodafone’s European revenue slowed again, with declining underlying growth compounded by increased MTR cuts, and Vodafone Red tariffs seemingly driving both reduced customer acquisition and ARPU

Vodafone is investing in 4G on a leisurely timetable, planning to upgrade only 40% of sites to 4G by March 2015, and is seemingly more concerned about securing fixed fibre access than driving mobile

The March quarter growth may mark a nadir of sorts, but we believe a return to positive growth can only come when Vodafone apes its US associate and invests substantially in its network to truly differentiate

  • Vodafone
Mobile, Telecoms 21 May 2013
Vodafone Q3 Interim Management Statement: slowing less quickly

Vodafone’s December quarter KPIs showed only slightly worse underlying European revenue growth compared to last quarter, with another plummet in growth in Spain moderated by improving figures in Germany

In the context of GDP growth across its markets being considerably worse, this is a relatively good performance, with its market share loss likely to prove less severe than last quarter

However, its growth is still very substantially worse than earlier in the year, even compared to GDP, and with GDP declines set to worsen through 2009, and termination rate cuts to bite again in the second half of 2009, growth is likely to decline further

  • Vodafone
Telecoms, Mobile, Non-UK Telecoms 4 February 2009
Vodafone Q3 2016-17 results: Modest slowdown

Vodafone Europe’s mobile service revenue growth worsened to -0.6% from -0.2% in the previous quarter, the first deterioration following at least nine quarters of consecutive improvement, with the UK particularly weak

The company could nonetheless grow profits handsomely if revenue growth stabilises at this level, with more clarity on the medium term prospects for this likely to come with next quarter’s results and guidance for 2017/18

Our main concern continues to be the company’s declining subscriber share, particularly in consolidating markets where its historic advantages of having high market share may be rapidly eroded

 

  • Vodafone
Mobile, Telecoms, Vodafone 9 February 2017
Vodafone Q3 2015/16 results: Almost stable

Vodafone Europe’s service revenue growth continued its trend of gradual improvement, helped by solid contract net adds and sustained high data traffic growth, and is now almost stable

Project Spring network metrics performed strongly in the quarter, and there is some evidence of this translating into better operating performance in Italy, which enjoyed positive mobile service revenue growth for the first time since 2010

Problems remain for the company in its other key mobile markets however, all of which remain in decline. Although these issues may prove temporary, and Project Spring may yet offer them a boost, further pressure is on the horizon due to competitor consolidation and associated regulatory remedies

  • Vodafone
Telecoms 10 February 2016
Vodafone Q3 2014/15 results: Recovery continues, especially in the UK

Vodafone Europe’s service revenue growth continued to recover into its Q3, with the growth of -2.7% a further improvement of over 2ppts

This was largely driven by improved subscriber numbers, with contract ARPU in general still falling, although in the UK it notably returned to growth, with the pending consolidation bringing both threats and opportunities

Vodafone’s Project Spring investment appears to be bringing benefits before it is even halfway complete, boding well for its future impact

  • Vodafone
Mobile, Telecoms 6 February 2015
Vodafone Q3 2013-14 results: Limited signs of turnaround, all eyes on M&A

Vodafone Europe’s revenue growth was again weak, flat on the previous quarter in reported terms at -10%, but underlying revenue growth declined slightly, despite a strong recovery in GDP growth

There are some limited signs of recovery – improved contract net adds, sustained data volume growth, an end in sight to ARPU dilution – but realistically Vodafone’s admirable organic investment push will not reap rewards within the year

More near term interest is on M&A, with Vodafone shopping for fixed line operations, important in-market mobile consolidation regulatory decisions coming up, and interest in Vodafone itself possible after the Verizon deal closes later this month

  • Vodafone
Mobile, Telecoms 10 February 2014
Vodafone Q3 2012/13 results: Growth slows again, new tariffs not helping

Vodafone’s European revenue growth slowed again in the December quarter, to -4.8% on a reported basis from -3.8% in the previous quarter, with growth excluding the MTR impact also dropping While macroeconomic conditions and the decline in the mobile broadband dongle market are not helping, there also appears to be some competitive weakness, with churn increasing markedly in the quarter The new Vodafone Red tariffs are sound from a strategic perspective, but in the short term they do not appear to be helping subscriber numbers or ARPU

  • Vodafone
Mobile, Telecoms 11 February 2013
Vodafone Q3 2011/12 results: Economic slowdown

Vodafone Europe’s underlying revenue growth declined by 0.7 percentage points in the December quarter, with its Southern European operations continuing to struggle in poor economic environments

Few competitors have reported their results so far, so it is hard to conclude on Vodafone’s competitive performance as yet, but we expect that the slowdown will prove market-wide

The company has stuck to its full year profitability targets, suggesting that strong cost cutting is making up for top line weakness

  • Vodafone
Mobile, Telecoms 10 February 2012
Vodafone Q3 2010/11 results: MTR cuts bite, and perhaps the snow too, but otherwise steady

Vodafone Europe’s revenue growth was broadly flat in the December quarter at 0.2%, but MTR cuts in Germany meant that underlying growth improved by 0.4ppts

Given flat economic growth in its key markets and the cold weather effect, this is a very respectable result, albeit not in line the company’s confident guidance given three months ago

With more severe MTR cuts scheduled over the coming quarters, and GDP growth forecast to not improve, revenue growth is more likely to decline than rise over the coming year

  • Vodafone
Telecoms, Mobile 4 February 2011
Vodafone Q3 2006/07 KPIs: steady but unspectacular

Vodafone’s underlying service revenue growth in its core European markets again improved, to 3.0% from 2.3% in the previous quarter, although most of this improvement was due to the impact from termination rate cuts being lower

  • Vodafone
Telecoms, Mobile, Non-UK Telecoms 1 February 2007
Vodafone Q2 2017/18 results: Revenue flat-ish, profits surge

Vodafone Europe’s revenue growth was very similar to the previous quarter at just under 1%, but this was impressive given the considerable drag of roaming cuts, with ‘more-for-more’ tariffs coupled with data volume growth driving underlying improvement

Flat-ish revenue was enough to send EBITDA surging 13%, or around 9% excluding some one-off distortions, driven by good cost control and falling handset costs, with this trend previously disguised by profitability issues in the UK

Looking forward, the question is whether Vodafone is doing enough to cope with future competitive threats. Competitive indicators (churn, NPS) have not improved; its new initiatives are quite mixed; and competitive intensity is likely to increase across a number of markets

  • Vodafone
Mobile, Telecoms 5 December 2017
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, Vodafone 24 November 2016
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 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 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 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 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, Vodafone 31 July 2017

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