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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
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 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 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 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 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

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