Mediaset: results approved for first nine months of 2012
Mediaset Board Meeting 13 November 2012
RESULTS APPROVED FOR FIRST NINE MONTHS OF 2012
Net revenues: EUR 2,655.9 million
Gross operating profit (EBITDA): EUR 944.6 million
despite the recession and the crisis in the media sector
Net Result: -EUR 45.4 million
Net debt: down to EUR 1,636.9 million
Net revenues: EUR 2,026.6 million
Efficiency measures: EUR 220.4 million
Gross operating profit (EBITDA): EUR 774.3 million
Cash generation: doubled to EUR 355.0 million
Ratings: Canale 5 Italy's most popular channel
in the autumn guarantee period in the commercial target
in all time bands
Net revenues: EUR 629.8 million
Ratings: Mediaset Espaņa channels leaders
in prime time and the 24-hours
The Board of Directors of Mediaset, which met today under the Chairmanship of Fedele Confalonieri, has approved the report for the first nine months of 2012.
MEDIASET GROUP: CONSOLIDATED RESULTS
The results for the first half include the effects of the full consolidation of the businesses acquired as a result of the merger of EI Towers and DMT (now EI Towers spa) and effective from January 2012.
The following is a summary of the highlights of the results for the first nine months of 2012:
- The consolidated net revenues of the Mediaset Group came to EUR 2,655.9 million, compared with EUR 3,040.5 million in the first nine months of 2011. This reduction was due affected by a marked slump in advertising investments both in Italy and Spain.
- Gross operating profit (EBITDA) came to EUR 944.6 million, compared with EUR 1,264.8 million in the same period of the previous year. Significantly, this result shows a better performance than the figure for net revenues given the general recessionary context that has particularly affected the media sector.
- EBIT came to EUR 48.0 million, compared with EUR 368.2 million for the same period of last year.
- Net Result attributable to the Group amounted to - EUR 45.4 million, compared with EUR 164.3 million in the first nine months of the previous year.
- The Group's consolidated net financial position showed an improvement in the period due to effective cuts in both costs and investments and was down to EUR 1,636.9 million from - EUR 1,775.5 million on 31 December 2011.
A BREAKDOWN OF RESULTS BY GEOGRAPHIC AREA
- Consolidated net revenues amounted to EUR 2,026.6 million, compared with EUR 2,309.4 million in the same period of the previous year. In particular:
- Total gross advertising sales by Publitalia '80 and Digitalia '08 came to EUR 1,655.3 million, compared with EUR 1,945.3 million in the first nine months of 2011 (-14.9%) in a television advertising market that, according recent Nielsen figures, in September recorded a downturn of -24.2% compared with September 2011.
- Mediaset Premium Revenues: sales from Premium's characteristic business - Easy Pay subscriptions and pre-paid card sales - amounted to EUR 382.4 million, essentially in line with the same period of 2011. This result, achieved with an unchanged pool of subscribers, is decidedly positive and bucks the trend in the pay TV market determined by the continuing slump in consumer spending.
- Revenues generated by EI Towers rose to EUR 175.3 million, compared with EUR 116.7 million in the first nine months of 2011.
- Efficiency measures: thanks to the strong efforts to reduce costs, resulting in savings of EUR 220.4 million to September, the target of EUR 250 million for the year, established in 2011 and to be achieved in three years, will in fact be achieved by the end of 2012. In the first nine months of the year television operating costs were reduced by EUR 102.1 million and investments (on a comparable basis vs. 2011) by EUR 118.3 million.
- Gross operating profit (EBITDA) came to EUR 774.3 million, compared with EUR 973.2 million in the same period of the previous year
- EBIT came to EUR 20.3 million, compared with EUR 248.1 million in the first nine months of 2011.
- There was a net loss of EUR 62.1 million, compared with a net profit of EUR 121.2 million in the same period of 2011.
- There was a decided upturn in free cash flow generation, which doubled to EUR 355.0 million, compared with the EUR 176.0 million of the same period of last year.
Ratings: Despite an increasingly competitive scenario, in the autumn season Canale 5 remained Italy's most popular channel with a significant 21.2% share time share and 17.9% in the 24-hours among viewers in the 15 to 64 year-old age range (the commercial target).
Mediaset confirmed its position in the autumn across all channels as leader in the commercial target with a prime time share of 41.3% and 37.6% in the 24-hours.
- In the first nine months of 2012 consolidated net revenues generated by the Gruppo Mediaset Espaņa amounted to EUR 629.8 million, compared with EUR 731.6 million in the same period of the previous year.
- Gross television advertising revenues came to EUR 632.3 million, compared with EUR 730.4 million in the same period of of 2011.
- EBIT for the period came to EUR 27.7 million, compared with EUR 120.1 million for the first nine months of 2011.
- Net profit amounted to EUR 40,7 million, compared with EUR 102.3 million in the same period of 2011.
- Ratings: in the first nine months of 2012, the channels of the Gruppo Mediaset Espaņa were leaders in both prime time (27.3%) and across the 24-hours (28.1%). Telecinco confirmed its position as the country's most popular commercial channel across the entire day (13.9%).
FORECAST FOR THE YEAR
The media sector, in which Mediaset has a leadership position, was significantly affected by the worsening economic situation and the consequent marked reduction in advertising spending.
On the advertising revenues side prospects remain uncertain in the short and medium term. And early indicators for the fourth quarter, both in Italy and in Spain, are that there will be no reversal in this trend.
The company consequently confirms its determination to continue and strengthen the announced process of spending cuts that will reach a total of ?450 million per year, to be achieved over the next three years. This challenging objective will, however, produce results without weakening our offer, as was demonstrated in the first part of the process (producing savings of ?250 million euro), which, as mentioned, will be fully completed two years ahead of schedule, at the end of 2012.
In the final quarter we will also continue to focus on cash generation and the consequent reduction in debt.
For the end of the year, while expecting to achieve a largely positive EBITDA, in the absence of significant changes in the advertising market it is estimated that consolidated net result will be in line with that recorded in the first nine months of the year.
PROCESS OF REGULATORY SIMPLIFICATION ADOPTED BY CONSOB:
WAIVER OF OBLIGATIONS FOR PUBLICATION OF INFORMATION DOCUMENTS
Pursuant to art. 3 of CONSOB Resolution no. 18079 of 20 January 2012, the Board of Directors of Mediaset SpA has chosen to adhere to the opt-out provisions of Articles. 70, paragraph 8, and 71, paragraph 1 - bis of Consob Regulation no. 11971/99 and subsequent amendments and additions, thus taking advantage of the possibility waive their obligations to publish information documents prepared in connection with significant operations such as mergers, spin-offs, capital increases by contributions in kind, acquisitions and disposals.
The executive responsible for the preparation of the Mediaset S.p.A. accounts, Luca Marconcini, declares that, as per para. 2 art. 154-bis, of the Single Finance Bill, that the accounting information contained in this press release corresponds to that contained in the company's books.
Cologno Monzese, November 13, 2012
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