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3rd Quarter Results

Released 07:00 01-May-2014

RNS Number : 0092G
British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC
01 May 2014
 



BRITISH SKY BROADCASTING GROUP PLC

Unaudited results for the nine months ended 31 March 2014


Adjusted results1

Nine months to 31 March

2014

2013

Variance

Revenue 1

£5,666m

£5,313m

+6.6%

EBITDA

£1,223m

£1,253m

(2.4%)

Operating profit

£910m

£994m

(8.5%)

Earnings per share (basic)

42.2p

43.7p

(3.4%)

Strong quarter of growth

·    764,000 new paid-for subscription products in Q3: 2.4 million in year to date

·    74,000 net new TV customers, more than double growth in Q3 last year

Connected TV services ahead of plan and delivering clear benefits

·    Almost 50% of TV customers now connected

·    On Demand usage tripled year on year

·    3.7 million Sky Go unique users, up 13% year on year

Financial performance on track

·    Adjusted revenue1 of £5,666 million, up 7%

·    Adjusted EBITDA of £1,223 million, down 2%

 

Jeremy Darroch, Chief Executive, commented:

 

"We have had a strong third quarter and continued to grow at an accelerated rate as customers respond to the quality and breadth of our offering. Nine months into our plans for the year, we have added almost a third more new paid-for subscription products than in the same period last year.

 

"Our investment in connected TV services is delivering results.  Almost 50% of Sky homes are now connected and this is transforming their viewing experience: connected customers are watching more TV, they're more loyal and they're more likely to recommend Sky. Our expanded Box Sets service has been particularly popular with a fourfold increase in viewing of top titles like 24 and Game of Thrones.

 

"We are making good progress in developing new revenue streams. Our targeted advertising service, AdSmart, is attracting many new advertisers to Sky while our new Buy & Keep service in Sky Store opens up the DVD purchase marketplace for the first time.

 

"We've also made further strides to increase the range and quality of content across our platforms. Our new original dramas are working well; we've agreed 17 new sports rights deals since January; struck major new partnerships with HBO and ITV; and we've announced today the renewal of our movie output deal with Paramount giving us exclusive UK pay TV rights to hit titles like Noah and Anchorman 2. These continue to make Sky the number one destination for customers who want the best choice of TV.

 

"All this has enabled us to continue to deliver strong rates of top-line growth. Revenues increased by 7% in the first nine months compared with the same period last year. And, in a year of investment, adjusted EBITDA of £1.2 billion is a good result. We're now more than three quarters of the way through our plan for the year and are on track to deliver returns in line with our expectations."

 

1 Adjusted revenue as presented here is from recurring activities.  It excludes revenues earned from the discontinued retailing of the ESPN channel in the current and prior periods.  The current period includes the consolidation of revenues from the acquired O2 broadband and fixed line telephony business (the "Acquired O2 Business")

Results Highlights

 

Customer Metrics (unaudited)

 


As at

As at

Annual

Quarterly

Growth to

31-Mar-14

31-Mar-14

31-Mar-13

Growth






Total paid-for products ('000s)

34,071

30,228

+3,843

+764

     TV

10,610

10,388

+222

+74

     HD

5,113

4,669

+444

+108

     Multiscreen

2,540

2,476

+64

+12

     Sky Go Extra

927

44

+883

+284

     Broadband

5,197

4,387

+810

+70

     Telephony

4,895

4,208

+687

+103

     Line rental

4,789

4,056

+733

+113






Paid-for products per retail customer

3.0

2.8

+0.2

+0.1






New connected TV services ('000s)





     Internet-connected Sky+HD boxes

4,952

2,284

+2,668

+600

     Sky Go unique users

3,678

3,262

+416

+364






Total Customers ('000s)

15,022

14,613

+409

+68

      Retail Customers

11,420

10,812

+608

+90

      Wholesale Customers (1)

3,602

3,801

-199

-22






ARPU (2)

£571

£567

+£4

+£1

Triple-play

37%

34%

+3%

+1%

Churn (3)

10.9%

10.8%

+0.1%

+0.1%






 

An additional KPI summary table containing further detailed disclosure can be found in Schedule 1.

 

_________

 

1 Wholesale customers taking at least one paid for Sky channel. The customer numbers are as reported to us at February 2014.

 

2 Quarterly annualised. Excluding revenues earned from retailing the ESPN channel.

 

3 Quarterly annualised.

 

A reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA and adjusted operating profit to statutory measures is set out in Appendix 2. Adjusted basic earnings per share are calculated from adjusted profit for the period. A reconciliation of statutory profit to adjusted profit is set out in note 3 to the consolidated financial information.

 

Operational Performance

 

The business performed strongly in the nine months to the end of March, demonstrating once again the benefits of our broad-based approach to growth. Despite continuing pressures on household budgets, we grew our revenues by 7% over the period with good levels of demand across the board. In all, we added 2.4 million new paid-for subscription products in the nine months since 30 June 2013, 31% more than the same period last year, taking our total product base past 34 million.

 

Our main focus in Q3 was a continued push on our connected homes strategy, responding to strong demand and enabling more customers to enjoy the full benefits of the Sky service. This helped deliver a particularly strong performance in TV, with growth across all TV subscription products in the quarter more than double that of the prior year. In Q3, we added 74,000 net new TV customers and 108,000 net new HD customers. We also added 284,000 new Sky Go Extra customers, an area where we continue to see excellent growth potential with around 5 million households now registered to use Sky Go. The success of our expanded TV Box Sets offering drove a significant proportion of the upgrades to HD, as well as delivering even more value for existing customers.

 

In home communications, we added 70,000 net new broadband products in the three months to 31 March. This reflects the focus of our marketing in the quarter on growing TV products and driving take up of connected TV services among our existing customer base, as well as slightly higher levels of churn from the acquired O2 broadband base as we complete the migration of the remaining customers. This had an estimated impact of between 20,000 and 30,000. At the end of the third quarter, 37% of our customers took all three of TV, broadband and telephony from Sky, up 3 percentage points on the prior year, extending our lead as the UK's favourite triple-play provider.

 

ARPU increased by a further £4 to £571 on the prior year while churn remained stable at 10.9%.

We closed the quarter with 11.4 million retail customers, an increase of 90,000 in the quarter.

 

Content

 

We had a big quarter for UK produced content with double the number of hours of first-run commissioned drama and comedy compared to the same period last year. New dramas like the The Smoke and Fleming worked well as did returning commissions like Stella and Moone Boy.

 

In Sport, we built on the strong first half as Sky Sports achieved its highest share of viewing for seven years. Average audiences for the Premier League are up 7% year on year and 49 of the top 50 most watched matches in the season so far have been on Sky Sports. At the same time, we recorded our three biggest Sky Go audiences ever in the quarter, led by a peak of 379,000 Sky Go viewers for February's fixture between Manchester City and Chelsea.

 

We have also continued to strengthen the breadth and quality of our sports offering. Away from football, audiences to the start of the Super League season were up almost 30%.  We have agreed 17 sports rights deals so far this year including the US Masters, IPL cricket and European rugby.

 

In addition, we have announced today the renewal of our movie output deal with Paramount giving us exclusive rights across all platforms to blockbusters like Noah and Anchorman 2. This means we've secured new deals with five of the six major studios in the last two years. We have also signed a new deal with Fox to ensure that Sky1 remains the exclusive home for first-run Simpsons through to 2016.

 

Connected TV Services

 

We've made further strong progress with our investment to drive take up of connected TV services. We connected a further 600,000 Sky+HD boxes in the quarter to take the connected base to 5 million, nearly half of all Sky TV homes. We also added more On Demand content, with a particular focus on building our Box Sets offering where we've more than doubled the hours of quality titles available in the past nine months, including hit series such as Sopranos and 24.

 

As a result, consumption of On Demand content continued to grow rapidly: weekly downloads in the third quarter were three times higher than a year ago, equating to each connected household downloading on average three pieces of content a week. On Demand viewing now accounts for more than 5% of viewing in connected Sky homes. To put this in context, this means that On Demand is equivalent to the third most popular linear channel in those homes. A surge in demand for our expanded Box Sets offering accounted for much of this increase - in March, Game of Thrones Series 1-3 became our most downloaded box set ever.

 

We took another big step forward in our connected TV offering in March with the launch of a new home page for our electronic programming guide. This showcases the full range of programming available to customers up front for the first time, including On Demand content such as Sky Store, Box Sets and Catch Up.

 

The growth in reach and usage of our connected box platform is enabling us to open up additional sources of revenue growth with the roll out of new services.  Customer rentals via Sky Store in the third quarter were up over 100% versus the prior year benefitting from greater awareness of the service, repeat usage from existing customers and availability of strong titles such as Captain Phillips and Gravity. We have built on the early success of Sky Store rentals with the launch in April of our new 'Buy & Keep' service which targets the much larger DVD purchase marketplace.

 

A second new service, Sky AdSmart, launched in January. This is improving effectiveness for our existing advertiser clients and attracting new advertisers to TV by giving them the ability, for the first time, to run targeted campaigns across Sky and third party channels. To date, of the 100 advertisers that have run AdSmart campaigns, half are new to Sky and around 20% had never previously advertised on TV.

 

We have also struck a new deal with Sony to make Sky Go and NOW TV available on Playstation®4 (PS4) from this summer.

 

Financial performance

 

We delivered a good financial performance for the nine months to 31 March 2014. Adjusted revenue growth was 7% and this, together with continued discipline on costs, allowed us to deliver adjusted EBITDA of £1,223 million, down only 2.4%, despite our connected services investment and the uplift in Premier League amortisation. Adjusted basic earnings per share were 42.2 pence, in line with our expectations. Unless otherwise stated, all figures and growth rates below exclude adjusting items.

 

Revenue increased by 7% to £5,666 million (2013: £5,313 million) with continued strong growth in both our retail and commercial businesses.

 

Retail subscription revenue grew by 7% to £4,655 million (2013: £4,354 million) after adjusting for £6 million of ESPN revenue (2013: £68 million), reflecting the continued product and customer growth, price rises and strong growth in transactional revenues.

 

Our commercial businesses performed well. Advertising revenue was up 8% to £354 million (2013: £327 million) through a combination of market growth, share gains through our consolidation of two small houses in this financial year and a contribution for the first time of AdSmart. The one area of slower growth was wholesale subscription revenue which increased by 2% to £301 million (2013: £295 million) as renewed carriage agreements and price increases were partially offset by lower customer volumes on third party platforms.

 

Other revenue increased by 10% to £295 million (2013: £269 million). A continued strong performance from Sky Bet was partially offset by the absence of one time sublicence revenue of £8 million from England away qualifiers included in the prior period.

 

Growth in the cost base - held in aggregate to just 5% excluding the £173 million one-time step up in Premier League amortisation - was driven by the enhanced rate of growth in product and customer volumes, the first time consolidation of the acquired O2 business and the investment in our connected home strategy.

 

We were pleased with the progress we continue to make on operating efficiency; both in our volume facing activities, typically reported within subscriber management and supply chain costs; and in our overhead and administration costs with each of these cost categories for the period growing at below the rate of revenue.

 

Depreciation and amortisation was up 21% to £313 million (2013: £259 million) due to the integration of the Acquired O2 Business, depreciable kit installed in more exchanges, network upgrades carried out across the year and a higher fixed asset base as we begin to depreciate the development costs of recently launched products such as NOW TV and AdSmart.

 

Adjusted EBITDA of £1,223 million and operating profit for the period of £910 million were both in line with our expectations. After tax of £183 million and interest of £94 million - reflecting a full nine months of interest for the first time on the November 2022 bond - earnings per share were 42.2 pence.

 

Net debt at 31 March 2014 was £1,543 million. The number of votable shares in issue at 31 March 2014 was 1,574 million.

 

CORPORATE

 

Pay TV Case

 

In February, the Court of Appeal (CoA) upheld BT's appeal against the Competition Appeal Tribunal's (CAT) August 2012 judgment in relation to the imposition by Ofcom of Wholesale Must Offer (WMO) obligations on Sky in respect of Sky Sports 1 and 2.

 

The CoA remitted the case back to the CAT for further consideration.

 

Ofcom review of WMO obligations

 

On 16 April, Ofcom announced a review of the WMO obligations imposed on Sky in relation to Sky Sports 1 and 2. Ofcom has noted that there have been a number of sector developments since 2010, which will need to be considered as part of its review.  As yet Ofcom has not published any further details of its review.

 

Enquiries:

 

Analysts/Investors:

Edward Steel

Tel: 020 7032 2093

Lang Messer

Tel: 020 7032 2657

E-mail: investor-relations@bskyb.com

 

Press:

Alice Macandrew

Tel: 020 7032 4256

Robin Tozer

Tel: 020 7032 0620

E-mail: BSkyBPress@bskyb.com

 

 

A conference call for UK and European analysts and investors will be held at 8.30 a.m. (BST) today. Participants must register by contacting Felicity Marshall on +44 20 7251 3801 or at felicity.marshall@RLMFinsbury.com.

 

There will be a separate conference call for US analysts and investors at 10.00 a.m. (EDT) today. Details of this call have been sent to US institutions and can be obtained from Dana Diver at Taylor Rafferty on +1 212 889 4350. Alternatively you may register online at: http://invite.taylor-rafferty.com/_bskyb/2013Q2CC/Default.htm.

 

The live conference calls of the UK and US calls will be available to analysts and investors via the BSkyB website at http://www.sky.com/corporate. Replays will be subsequently available.

 

 

Schedule 1 - KPI Summary

 

All figures (000)

FY11/12

FY12/13

FY13/14

unless stated

Q3

Q4

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Q1

Q2

Q3











Total paid-for subscription products

27,734

28,365

28,898

29,513

30,228

31,634

32,434

33,307

34,071











   TV

10,268

10,288

10,308

10,358

10,388

10,422

10,459

10,536

10,610

   Sky+ HD

4,222

4,343

4,468

4,561

4,669

4,786

4,893

5,005

5,113

   Multiscreen

2,378

2,402

2,423

2,467

2,476

2,489

2,503

2,528

2,540

   Sky Go Extra

-

-

-

-

44

166

385

643

927

   Broadband

3,863

4,001

4,103

4,235

4,387

4,906

5,017

5,127

5,197

   Telephony

3,627

3,768

3,888

4,022

4,208

4,501

4,652

4,792

4,895

   Line Rental

3,376

3,563

3,708

3,870

4,056

4,364

4,525

4,676

4,789











New connected TV services

3,211

3,735

4,023

4,781

5,546

5,966

6,642

7,666

8,630

Connected HD boxes

604

995

1,255

1,715

2,284

2,709

3,351

4,352

4,952

Sky Go unique users

2,607

2,740

2,768

3,066

3,262

3,257

3,291

3,314

3,678











Total products and services

30,945

32,100

32,921

34,294

35,774

37,600

39,076

40,973

42,701











Other metrics:










Retail customers

10,549

10,606

10,654

10,742

10,812

11,153

11,224

11,330

11,420

Wholesale customers

3,657

3,672

3,714

3,751

3,801

3,677

3,617

3,624

3,602

Total customers

14,206

14,278

14,368

14,493

14,613

14,830

14,841

14,954

15,022











ARPU (£)1

£538

£541

£542

£558

£567

£569

£559

£570

£571

Triple-play %

31%

32%

33%

33%

34%

35%

36%

36%

37%

Churn

10.1%

9.9%

10.9%

10.3%

10.8%

10.9%

11.0%

10.8%

10.9%











Fixed Network Metrics










On-net base

3,636

3,778

3,882

4,031

4,190

4,696

 

4,826

4,921

4,992

   MPF base

2,423

2,588

2,762

2,926

3,159

3,359

3,504

3,659

3,831

   SMPF base

1,213

1,190

1,120

1,105

1,031

1,337

1,322

1,262

1,161











   MPF %

67%

69%

71%

73%

75%

72%

73%

74%

77%

   SMPF %

33%

31%

29%

27%

25%

28%

27%

26%

23%

Off-net base

227

223

221

204

197

210

191

206

205











Total Broadband

3,863

4,001

4,103

4,235

4,387

4,906

5,017

5,127

5,197











On-net %

94%

94%

95%

95%

96%

96%

96%

96%

96%











Total no. of LLU exchanges

1,964

1,965

2,036

2,108

2,202

2,323

2,354

2,355

2,355

 

1 Calculations have been restated to exclude revenue earned from retailing the ESPN channel.

 

Use of measures not defined under IFRS

 

This press release contains certain information on the Group's financial position, results and cash flows that have been derived from measures calculated in accordance with IFRS. This information should not be read in isolation from the related IFRS measures.

 

Forward looking statements

 

This document contains certain forward looking statements with respect to the Group's financial condition, results of operations and business, and our strategy, plans and objectives for the Group. These statements include, without limitation, those that express forecasts, expectations and projections, such as forecasts, expectations and projections in relation to new products and services, the potential for growth of free-to-air and pay television, fixed line telephony, broadband and bandwidth requirements, advertising growth, DTH and OTT customer growth, Multiscreen, On Demand, NOW TV, Sky Go, Sky Go Extra, Sky+, Sky+HD and other services penetration, revenue, administration costs and other costs, advertising growth, churn, profit, cash flow, products and our broadband network footprint, content, wholesale, marketing and capital expenditure and proposals for returning capital to shareholders.

 

Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward looking statements are reasonable, these statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond our control, are difficult to predict and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied or forecast in the forward looking statements. Information on the significant risks and uncertainties are described in the "Principal risks and uncertainties" section of Sky's Annual Report for the full year ended 30 June 2013 (as updated in Sky's results for the six months ended 31 December 2013). Copies of the Annual Report and 31 December 2013 results are available from the British Sky Broadcasting Group plc web page at www.sky.com/corporate.

 

All forward looking statements in this document are based on information known to the Group on the date hereof. The Group undertakes no obligation publicly to update or revise any forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

Glossary of Terms

 

A glossary of terms is included within the Annual Report and on our corporate investor relations web page at http://corporate.sky.com/investors/glossary. Copies of the Annual Report are available from the British Sky Broadcasting Group plc web page at www.sky.com/corporate and in hard copy from the Company Secretary, British Sky Broadcasting Group plc, Grant Way, Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 5QD.

 

 

Appendix 1 - Consolidated Financial Information

 

Consolidated Income Statement for the nine months ended 31 March 2014


2013/14

2012/13

Nine months

Nine months

ended

ended

31-Mar

31-Mar

£m

£m


Notes

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

Revenue

1

5,672

5,381

Operating expense

2

(4,809)

(4,374)

EBITDA

1,193

1,272

Depreciation and amortisation

(330)

(265)

Operating profit

863

1,007

Share of results of joint ventures and associates

28

37

Investment income

6

9

Finance costs

(104)

(87)

Profit before tax

793

966

Taxation

(170)

(230)

Profit for the period

623

736

Earnings per share from profit for the period (in pence)

Basic

39.8p

45.3p

Diluted

39.5p

44.9p

Adjusted earnings per share from adjusted profit for the period (in pence)

Basic

3

42.2p

43.7p

Diluted

3

41.9p

43.3p

 

Notes:

 

1        Revenue

 

2013/14

2012/13

Nine months

Nine

 months

ended

ended

31-Mar

31-Mar

£m

£m

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

Retail subscription

4,661

4,422

Wholesale subscription

301

295

Advertising

354

327

Installation, hardware and service

61

68

Other

295

269

5,672

5,381

 

 

2        Operating expense



2013/14

2012/13

Nine months

Nine

months

ended

ended

31 March

31 March

£m

£m

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

Programming

2,000

1,860

Direct networks

630

497

Marketing

901

818

Subscriber management and supply chain

522

512

Transmission, technology and fixed networks

341

295

Administration

415

392

4,809

4,374

 

3        Earnings per share

 

The weighted average number of shares for the period was:

 


2013/14
Nine months
ended

31 March
Millions of shares

2012/13
Nine months
ended

31 March
Millions of shares

Ordinary shares

1,586

1,642

ESOP trust ordinary shares

(19)

(18)

Basic shares

1,567

1,624

Dilutive ordinary shares from share options

9

14

Diluted shares

1,576

1,638

 

Basic and diluted earnings per share are calculated by dividing profit for the period into the weighted average number of shares for the period. In order to provide a measure of underlying performance, management have chosen to present an adjusted profit for the period which excludes items that may distort comparability. Such items arise from events or transactions that fall within the ordinary activities of the Group but which management believes should be separately identified to help explain underlying performance.

 

3        Earnings per share (continued)

 


2013/14
Nine months
ended
31 March
£m

(unaudited)

2012/13
Nine months
ended
31 March
£m

(unaudited)

Reconciliation from profit for the period to adjusted profit for the period

 



Profit for the period

623

736

Costs relating to the acquisition and integration of the acquired O2 business

47

-

Credit received following an Ofcom determination

-

(32)

Credit received following final settlement of disputes with a former manufacturer of set-top boxes

-

(33)

Costs relating to one-off upgrade of set-top boxes

-

31

Costs relating to programme to offer wireless connectors to selected Sky Movies customers

-

21

Profit on disposal of joint venture

-

(9)

Remeasurement of all derivative financial instruments not qualifying for hedge accounting and hedge ineffectiveness

4

(10)

Tax effect of above items

(13)

6

Adjusted profit for the period

661

710

 

4        Shareholders' equity

 

Purchase of own equity shares for cancellation

 

On 1 November 2012, at the Company's AGM, the Company was granted the authority to return £500 million of capital to shareholders via a share buy-back programme. This authority was subject to an agreement between the Company and Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (formerly known as News Corporation) (and others) dated 28 July 2012 whereby following any market purchases of shares by the Company, Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. would sell to the Company sufficient shares to maintain its percentage shareholding at the same level as applied prior to those market purchases. The price payable to Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. would be the price payable by the Company in respect of the relevant market purchases (the "2012 Share Buy-back Agreement").

 

At the Company's AGM on 22 November 2013, the Company was granted the authority to return a further £500 million of capital to shareholders via a share buy-back programme. This authority was subject to an agreement between the Company and Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (and others) dated 25 July 2013 on substantially the same terms as the 2012 Share Buy-back Agreement.

 

During the period, the Company purchased 20,170,446 ordinary shares at an average price of £8.39 per share, with a nominal value of £10 million, for a consideration of £170 million. Consideration included stamp duty and commission of £1 million. This represents 1% of called-up share capital at the beginning of the period. Of these purchases, the Company purchased 7,894,251 ordinary shares from Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. at an average price of £8.39 per share, with a nominal value of £4 million, for a consideration of £67 million. Consideration included stamp duty of less than £1 million.

 

On 31 March 2014, the Company entered into an arrangement with its broker, Barclays Bank plc, to repurchase on its behalf, ordinary shares in the Company for cancellation during the Company's close period. Accordingly, following the period end date, the Company purchased, and subsequently cancelled, 4,060,383 ordinary shares at an average price of £8.93 per share, with a nominal value of £2 million, for a consideration of £36 million. Of these purchases, the Company purchased, and subsequently cancelled, 1,589,143 ordinary shares from Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. at an average price of £8.93 per share, with a nominal value of £1 million, for a consideration of £14 million.

 

Appendix 2 - Non-GAAP measures   

 

Consolidated Income Statement - reconciliation of statutory and adjusted numbers

 

2013/14


2012/13

Statutory

Adjusting items

Adjusted


Statutory

Adjusting Items

Adjusted


Notes

£m

£m

£m


£m

£m

£m

Revenue


Retail subscription


4,661

-

4,661

4,422

-

4,422

Wholesale subscription


301

-

301


295

-

295

Advertising


354

-

354


327

-

327

Installation, hardware and service


61

-

61


68

-

68

Other


295

-

295


269

-

269



5,672

-

5,672


5,381

-

5,381

Operating expense









Programming


(2,000)

-

(2,000)


(1,860)

-

(1,860)

Direct networks

A

(630)

19

(611)


(497)

(32)

(529)

Marketing

A

(901)

1

(900)


(818)

-

(818)

Subscriber management and supply chain

A,B

(522)

2

(520)


(512)

19

(493)

Transmission, technology and fixed networks

A

(341)

7

(334)


(295)

-

(295)

Administration

A

(415)

18

(397)


(392)

-

(392)


(4,809)

47

(4,762)


(4,374)

(13)

(4,387)

EBITDA


1,193

30

1,223


1,272

(19)

1,253

Operating profit


863

47

910


1,007

(13)

994

Share of results of joint ventures and associates

C

28

-

28


37

(9)

28

Investment income


6

-

6


9

-

9

Finance costs

D

(104)

4

(100)


(87)

(10)

(97)

Profit before tax


793

51

844


966

(32)

934

Taxation

E

(170)

(13)

(183)


(230)

6

(224)

Profit for the period


623

38

661


736

(26)

710

Earnings per share (basic)


39.8p

2.4p

42.2p


45.3p

(1.6)p

43.7p

 

Notes: explanation of adjusting items for the period ended 31 March 2014

 

A.   Costs of £47 million relating to the acquisition and integration of the Acquired O2 Business, including amortisation of £17 million in relation to acquired intangible assets.

 

D.   Remeasurement of all derivative financial instruments not qualifying for hedge accounting and hedge ineffectiveness.

 

E.   Tax effect of adjusting items.

 

Notes: explanation of adjusting items for the period ended 31 March 2013

 

A.   A credit of £32 million in relation to a credit note received following an Ofcom determination.

 

B.   A credit of £33 million relating to the final settlement of disputes with a former manufacturer of set-top boxes (net of associated costs), costs of £31 million relating to one-off upgrade of set-top boxes, and costs of £21 million relating to programme to offer wireless connectors to selected Sky Movies customers.        Included within this adjusting item is an impairment of £6 million in relation to associated intangible assets.

 

C.   Profit on disposal of the Group's interest in MUTV Limited.

 

D.   Remeasurement of all derivative financial instruments not qualifying for hedge accounting and hedge ineffectiveness.

 

E.   Tax effect of adjusting items.


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