A Snapshot of Our Business

By November 21, 2016 newsletter

Liberty Global, which we joined in May of this year, recently announced second-quarter results for 2016/17, updating the investment community on company developments.

We’re pleased to share operating and financial highlights from the group’s report:

  • 9,000 organic revenue generating units (RGUs) were added in Q2 2016/17.
  • Q2 2016/17 mobile revenue saw a 2% year-over-year drop, except in the Bahamas.
  • Flow established itself as a leading sports broadcaster in the Caribbean.
  • The Olympics campaign was successful. More than 4.6 million viewers tuned into Flow channels.
  • 85% increase in Flow Sports viewership in August as compared to the May–July average
  • Exclusive broadcasting rights to Premier League matches began this quarter.
  • Strengthened customer proposition in Panama through launch of MAST3R fixed bundles in September
  • Features include rewind, live pause, play from start, and high definition (HD)
  • 300 Mbps broadband service now available to 135,000 homes
  • 27,000 broadband subscribers were added during the quarter, representing a 4% year-over-year increase.
  • Year-to-date revenue of $1.14 billion, 2% year-over-year drop, after rebasing
  • 10% rebased revenue growth in Jamaica was largely offset by declines in other major markets, mainly due to strong competition and lower managed services revenue
  • Net earnings of $18 million and a net loss of $80 million in Q2 2016/17
  • Year-to-date earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of $411 million, up 1.5% year-over-year, after rebasing
    • $9 million (4%) sequential EBITDA improvement from Q1 to Q2 2016/17, for a margin improvement of 200 basis points
    • Property, equipment and intangible asset additions fell to 17% of revenue in Q2 2016/17 from 25% in Q2 2015/16.
    • The Bahamas Telecommunication Company (BTC) suffered major infrastructure damage and business interruption as a result of Hurricane Matthew in early October 2016.
    • An adverse adjusted segment EBITDA impact of $8 to $12 million is anticipated in Q3 2016/17.
    • Total infrastructure repair costs are estimated at $35 to $45 million.
    • We anticipate that our third-party insurance will cover a significant portion of the hurricane-related losses.

Synergies from the combination with LiLAC

  • LiLAC is targeting $150 million worth of synergies by December 31, 2020.
  • 50% is related to operating cash flow while the other 50% is related to capital expenditures.
  • It is anticipated that a substantial number of LiLAC synergies will benefit CWC.
  • Substantial savings due to the combination with LiLAC are expected.

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