Eutelsat Communications Reports Revenue Growth of 7.2% and Net Income Increase of 43.6% for its 2008-2009 Financial Year

July 31, 2009
    PARIS, July 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

    - Strong growth of all business applications: revenues up 7.2% to
      EUR940.5 million

    - EBITDA[1] margin of 78.9% maintained at the highest level of leading
      satellite operators

    - Sharp increase in Group share of net income: up 43.6% to EUR247.3

    - Proposed distribution to shareholders: EUR0.66 per share, representing
      a pay-out ratio of almost 59%

    - Strengthened financial structure: net debt improved to 3.13x EBITDA

    - New targets for 2009-2012:

        - CAGR revenues of 7%, with 2009-2010 revenues above EUR1 billion

        - EBITDA objective of more than EUR780 million for 2009-2010

        - EBITDA margin maintained at a high level in the range of 77% for
          each financial year to June 2012

Eutelsat Communications (ISIN: FR0010221234 – Euronext Paris: ETL), one
of the world’s leading satellite operators, today reported results for the
full year ended June 30, 2009.

    Twelve months ended June 30                    2008     2009   Change
              Key elements of the consolidated income statement
    Revenues                                EURm   877.8   940.5    +7.2%
    EBITDA                                  EURm   695.7   742.1    +6.7%
    EBITDA margin                             %     79.3    78.9        -
    Group share of net income               EURm   172.3   247.3   +43.6%
    Diluted earnings per share              EUR    0.789   1.126   +42.7%

             Key elements of the consolidated cash flow statement
    Net cash flow from operating activities EURm   566.6   654.7   +15.6%
    Capital expenditure                     EURm   422.5   416.6    -1.4%
    Operating free cash flow                EURm   144.1   358.7[2] +149%

                     Key elements of financial structure
    Net debt                                EURm   2,422   2,326      -4%
    Net debt/EBITDA                           X     3.48    3.13        -

    Backlog                                 EURbn   3.41    3.94   +15.5%

At constant exchange rate, revenue growth is +5.9%.

Commenting on the full year 2008-2009 results, Giuliano Berretta,
Chairman and CEO of Eutelsat Communications said:

“Eutelsat Communications continued to report solid progress for its
2008-2009 financial year both in terms of revenues and net income, continuing
a trend of uninterrupted growth since it became public. This year’s revenue
increase across our full range of activities is all the more remarkable as
the additional resources brought by new satellites were available only from
the third and fourth quarters. Our strong performance also reflects the
mobilisation of the teams working at Eutelsat and their commitment to
ensuring customer satisfaction, to increasing our competitive edge and our
capacity to innovate.

These results reflect very favourable trends for the future, including
the steady take-up of pay TV driven by new HDTV offers, contract renewals at
significantly higher prices, the clear recovery of Data Services and the
development of our Value Added Services activity which addresses broadband
markets. Up by 530 million euros to more than 3.9 billion euros, our backlog
today represents the equivalent of more than four years of revenue, further
strengthening visibility on future revenue streams. From an operational
standpoint, the completion of the first phase of our major satellite renewal
and development programme highlights the exceptional technical competence of
our teams. With the launch of three satellites and the redeployment of three
additional ones in less than five months, we have increased operational
resources by 88 transponders. We have strengthened the flexibility of our
fleet, increased security at our premium HOT BIRD(TM) neighbourhood and added
capacity at four rapidly expanding neighbourhoods (7degrees West, 9degrees
East, 10degrees East and 16degrees East).

We enter the 2009-2010 financial year with confidence and ambition,
backed by strong structural assets. As an infrastructure operator, the
long-term contracts that characterise our activity are protecting our Group
during the economic downturn, while our role in delivering content to our
clients’ networks and distributing services direct to their customers anchors
us as a critical link in the broadcasting chain. For the future, we have
clearly identified the multiple growth drivers for our business. The
evolution of television formats and applications including HDTV, along with
digital cinema and 3D represent enormous growth potential across all regions
served by our in-orbit resources. In addition, the objectives fixed by an
increasing number of countries to ensure universal broadband access highlight
the fundamental requirement for satellites to supplement terrestrial networks.

With five satellites scheduled for launch by the end 2011, including
KA-SAT which will transform satellite broadband into a true mass market
activity, our platform for expansion enables us to revise upwards our short
and medium term goals. For the 2009-2010 financial year we are targeting
revenues of more than 1 billion euros, consistent with an objective of a
compound annual growth rate of 7% over the coming three years, together with
an EBITDA margin maintained each year to June 2012 at a high level in the
range of 77%.

Before concluding, I would like to welcome Michel de Rosen to Eutelsat.
With his remarkable track record at the helm of international companies,
Michel is highly qualified to join our executive team prior to assuming the
position of Chief Executive Officer in November. I look forward to working in
close collaboration with him and to combining our expertise to ensure
Eutelsat’s long term growth.

In view of this year’s excellent results and our policy of offering
shareholders an attractive remuneration, the Board of Directors will submit
to the Annual General Meeting the proposal to distribute 0.66 euro per share,
representing almost 59% of net income group share.”


Note: Unless otherwise stated, all growth indicators or comparisons are
made against the previous fiscal year or June 30, 2008. The share of each
application as a percentage of total revenues is calculated excluding “other
revenues” and “one-off revenues”.

    Revenues by business application (in millions of euros)

    Twelve months ended June 30    2008     2009   (in EUR   (in %)
    Video Applications            649.4    679.7     +30.3     +4.7
    Data & Value Added Services   152.5    173.0     +20.5    +13.4
                  Data Services   117.8    134.1     +16.4    +13.9
           Value Added Services    34.7     38.8      +4.1    +11.9
    Multi-usage                    58.1     75.4     +17.3    +29.8
    Others                         17.8     10.7      (7.1)      NA
    Sub-total                     877.8    938.8    + 61.0     +7.0[3]
    One-off revenues [4]              -      1.8      +1.8       NA
    Total                         877.8    940.5     +62.8     +7.2

VIDEO APPLICATIONS (73.3% of revenues)

Video Applications revenue of EUR679.7 million increased by 4.7%. This
growth is all the more exceptional considering that additional capacity was
only available from February 2009, with the entry into service of HOT
BIRD(TM) 9 in the third quarter and ATLANTIC BIRD(TM) 4A[5] in the fourth
quarter. As part of the Group’s cascade strategy, these two satellites also
enabled the Group to redeploy HOT BIRD(TM) 7A (renamed EUROBIRD(TM) 9A) at
9degrees East and ATLANTIC BIRD(TM) 4 (renamed EUROBIRD(TM) 16) at 16degrees

    This growth reflects a number of factors:

    - An increase in prices for contracts renewed at the HOT BIRD(TM)
      neighbourhood during the financial year;

    - Sustained demand for capacity, notably at four video neighbourhoods:

    - 9degrees East, serving Europe, with the number of channels doubling as
      a consequence of the expansion of existing customers and the arrival of
      new TV platforms including Platforma from Russia.

    - 36degrees East, serving Russia and Sub-Saharan Africa, with the
      continued growth of the Russian TV platforms NTV+ and Tricolor, and
      MultiChoice, the African TV platform;

    - 16degrees East where growth was driven by the extension of TV platforms
      for Central Europe including Digitalb (Albania), Total TV (Balkans) and
      TVR (Romania);

    - 7degrees West which is jointly operated with the Egyptian satellite
      operator Nilesat to serve markets in North Africa and the Middle East.
      The Group's resources at this neighbourhood increased with the entry
      into service of the new ATLANTIC BIRD(TM) 4A satellite at the beginning
      of the fourth quarter.

    - Significant growth (+75%) of HDTV channels broadcast by the Group's
      fleet. HDTV channels rose to 86 (+37), up from 49 a year ago, with the
      launch of channels by major platforms including SKY Italia, Cyfra +,
      Cyfrowy Polsat and NTV+ and the arrival of new services including
      Russia's Platforma HD. Given that HDTV broadcasting requires 2.5 times
      more bandwidth than standard definition digital TV, this increase is
      equivalent to 100 standard definition channels.

In June 2009, the Group launched the FRANSAT service in France from its
ATLANTIC BIRD(TM) 3 satellite. This subscription-free service comprises all
of France’s free DTT channels to enable homes beyond terrestrial reception to
receive France’s free national channels after analogue switch-off. For the
1.5 million homes in France beyond range of analogue terrestrial reception
who are already equipped for reception from ATLANTIC BIRD(TM) 3, FRANSAT will
enable a switch to digital with the simple acquisition of a set-top box and
no change to their satellite dish.

At June 30, 2009, the number of channels broadcast by Eutelsat’s fleet
had reached 3,191 of which 86 were HDTV channels.

The strong increase in the audience of the Group’s video neighbourhoods,
which emerged from Eutelsat’s 2009 survey of satellite and cable homes, is an
additional significant feature for assessing the strength of Video
Applications. The overall audience of the Group’s video neighbourhoods grew
by 10% per year over the last two years, from 173 million to 190 million
homes. This increase reconfirms the leadership of the HOT BIRD(TM)
neighbourhood whose Direct-to-Home and cable audience rose to 123 million
homes, and the strength of neighbourhoods serving the Second Continent[6].

DATA and VALUE-ADDED SERVICES (18.6% of revenues)

Data Services recorded strong growth of 13.9% to EUR134.1 million,
confirming sustained demand from fixed and mobile telecommunication and
Internet markets, in particular in Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East.
Satellite remains in these markets the most cost-effective solution for
feeding or interconnecting local networks spread over large territories.

The performance of Data Services also reflects the entry into service in
the fourth quarter of the Ku-band and C-band payloads on the W2A satellite
which offers privileged coverage for connectivity between Europe, Africa,
South and Central Asia and South America. These resources enabled Eutelsat to
immediately activate a number of new contracts with major clients including
France Telecom and PCCW Global.

With the strong coverage provided by its satellites operating at
10degrees East, 7degrees East, 21.5degrees East and 12.5degrees West,
Eutelsat also won long-term contracts with major companies including Algeria
Telecom, Hughes Network Systems, Telespazio, Horizon Satellite Services, the
London Satellite Exchange, ORG and Etisalat.

Value-Added Services registered growth of 11.9% to EUR38.8 million,
principally driven by increased demand (+24%) for direct Internet access from
enterprises and communities which remain the main growth driver of this
activity. The installed base of D-STAR[7] terminals grew by 11% to 9,914,
with Africa and the Middle East representing the main regions of expansion.
Following successful tests conducted during the previous financial year, the
D-STAR service, which was developed to offer Internet access to rail
passengers, is under deployment on the entire fleet of TGV East high-speed
trains operated by France’s SNCF.

The Group also continued to develop the distribution network of the
TOOWAY(TM)[8] consumer broadband service. A number of distribution contracts
were concluded, in particular with Telecom Italia and Fastweb in Italy, 3 in
Ireland, El Corte Ingles in Spain and Hellas On Line in Greece. Eutelsat’s
objective is to prepare the consumer satellite broadband market in advance of
the arrival by the end of 2010 of the KA-SAT satellite. Currently provided
using capacity on HOT BIRD(TM) 6 and EUROBIRD(TM) 3, TOOWAY(TM) represents an
important complement to terrestrial broadband networks, and responds to
objectives set by an increasing number of governments to provide universal
broadband access by 2012.

    MULTI-USAGE (8.1% of revenues)
    Up by 29.8%, vigorous growth of revenue from Multi-usage reflects:

    - Demand for additional capacity for governmental services
      notably in Central Asia and the Middle East, together with an increase
      in price for contract renewals.
    - Significant appreciation of the US dollar against the euro. At a
      constant exchange rate, growth of Multi-usage would have been 18%.

Other revenues and one-off revenues

Other revenues amounted to EUR10.7 million. The EUR7.1 million decrease
is due to the exceptionally high currency exchange rate hedging gains booked
in the previous financial year. One-off revenues correspond to late delivery
penalties of EUR1.8 million for the W2M satellite.


The Group’s backlog increased at a rate twice that of revenues,
reflecting Eutelsat’s excellent commercial performance and the renewal and
growth of in-orbit resources during the second half of the financial year.
The backlog at June 30, 2009 was more than EUR3.9 billion, equivalent to over
four times annual revenues.

With almost eight years in weighted average residual life of contracts,
the backlog increases the Group’s long-term visibility on revenues and cash

    Backlog main indicators

    At June 30                                              2008      2009
    Value of contracts (in billions of euros)                3.4      3.9
    Weighted average residual life of contracts (in          7.4      7.8
    Share of Video Applications                              93%      92%

    Entry into service of additional in-orbit resources

In the course of the second half of the financial year, the Group
implemented the initial phase of its investment programme which aims to
further secure and increase in-orbit resources.

The entry into service of three satellites raised security for
broadcasting clients at the premium HOT BIRD(TM) neighbourhood at 13degrees
East (HOT BIRD(TM) 9) and also expanded in-orbit resources at 7degrees West
(ATLANTIC BIRD(TM) 4A) and 10degrees East (W2A).

These successful launches enabled the Group to optimise the flexibility
of its satellite fleet: three existing[10] satellites were redeployed to
increase capacity at 9degrees East (EUROBIRD(TM) 9A), 16degrees East
(EUROBIRD(TM) 16[11]) and 4degrees East (W1).

At June 30, 2009 the Group was operating 589 transponders in stable
orbit, compared with 501 transponders at 30 June 2008.

Active investment policy pursued

The Group continued to pursue its active investment policy with the
procurement of two satellites during the financial year.

    - W3C: ordered from Thales Alenia Space, this high-capacity
      satellite will assume the initial mission of W3B which the Group
      decided to assign to 16degrees East following the major anomaly which
      occurred in January 2009[12] on the W2M satellite. W3C's mission will
      be to increase capacity and raise in-orbit redundancy at 7degrees East
      and secure continuity of services in the event of a launch failure of
      W7 or W3B.
    - ATLANTIC BIRD(TM) 7: ordered from Astrium, the mission of this
      high-capacity satellite is to replace ATLANTIC BIRD(TM) 4A at 7degrees
      West in order to significantly increase resources at this key video
      neighbourhood operated in collaboration with Nilesat to serve broadcast
      markets in the Middle East and North Africa. Following the launch of
      ATLANTIC BIRD(TM) 7, the ATLANTIC BIRD(TM) 4A satellite (formerly known
      as HOT BIRD(TM) 10) will be deployed at 13degrees East.

Increased operating flexibility

With the implementation of the first phase of its in-orbit investment
programme, the Group was able to meet sustained demand for capacity at its
orbital positions, as illustrated by the growth of leased transponders (+55

New capacity also substantially improved the operating flexibility of the
fleet and enabled the fill rate to decrease to 88.8% at June 30, 2009,
compared with more than 97% a year ago.

    Fleet evolution

                                 June 30,    December 31,        June 30,
                                    2008            2008            2009

    Operational                      501             501             589
    Leased transponders[14]          468             488             523
    Fill rate                       93.4%           97.6%           88.8%

Solaris Mobile

In May 2009, Solaris Mobile Ltd, the Joint Venture company established
with SES Astra, was awarded 2×15 Mhz of S-Band spectrum by the European
Commission. In orbit tests of the S-band payload owned by Solaris Mobile Ltd
indicated significant non compliance with the original technical
specifications. Solaris Mobile Ltd has consequently filed for an insurance
claim for the full value of the S Band payload embarked on W2A. Solaris
Mobile Ltd remains confident in its capacity to meet the commitments that
supported the award of the S-Band spectrum by the European Commission and
remains fully committed to providing some services in the S-band. This
incident has no impact on W2A’s Ku-band and C-band payloads.

    Extract from the consolidated income statement (in millions of euros)[15]

    Twelve months ended June 30                    2008     2009   Change (%)
    Revenues                                      877.8    940.5     + 7.2%
    Operating expenses[16]                       (182.1)  (198.4)      + 9%
    EBITDA[17]                                    695.7    742.1     + 6.7%
    Depreciation and amortisation[18]            (300.9)  (294.2)    - 2.2%
    Other operating revenues (costs)              (16.0)    23.8          -
    Operating income                              378.8    471.6    + 24.5%
    Financial result                             (109.1)   (99.6)    - 8.7%
    Income tax                                    (97.5)  (128.0)   + 31.3%
    Income from equity investments                 11.2     15.9    + 42.5%
    Minority interests                            (11.1)   (12.6)    +13.1%
    Group share of net income                     172.3    247.3     +43.6

EBITDA margin maintained at the highest level of leading satellite

EBITDA rose by more than EUR46 million compared with the previous
financial year, reflecting excellent commercial performance and strict cost

The Group’s EBITDA margin of 78.9% is maintained as the highest of
leading satellite operators.

Operating expenses represent 21.1% of revenues in 2008-2009 compared with
20.7% in 2007-2008. The 9% year-on-year increase (+EUR16 million) reflects:

    - A comparison effect due to exceptionally high provision reversals
      booked in the previous financial year. Restated for this non-recurring
      item, operating expenses would have risen by only 6.8%.

    - Increased resources, notably, for commercial activity supporting the
      development of new services and the sale of new capacity;

    - Higher business tax following the increase in net income during the
      previous financial year.

    24.5% rise in operating income

Operating income rose by more than EUR90 million to EUR471.6 million
compared with the previous financial year.

This increase was driven by EBITDA, but also by the following one-time

    - A EUR6.6 million reduction in depreciation and amortisation with the
      end of depreciation of certain satellites, including EUROBIRD(TM) 9,
      and the decrease in depreciation charge for EUROBIRD(TM) 3, which more
      than offset the depreciation charge corresponding to satellites
      launched during the financial year.

    - A sharp rise in "Other operating revenues (costs)", mainly due to EUR25
      million of one-off income following the sale of some rights in
      Hispasat; to the impairment of the W2M satellite following the major
      anomaly which occurred in January 2009 being offset by an insurance
      compensation of the same amount, and to the expense corresponding to
      the dilution from the exercise of stock options granted by Eutelsat SA
      which was relatively small.

    Strong increase in Group share of net income: +43.6% to EUR247.3 million
    The EUR75.1 million increase in Group share of net income reflects:

    - Reduced net financial charges compared with the previous financial
      year, mainly due to increased capitalised borrowing costs, related to
      the implementation of the investment programme;

    - Lower effective tax rate of 34.4% compared with 36.2% in the previous
      financial year;

    - Strong growth in income from equity investments, reflecting the
      excellent commercial and operating performance of Hispasat, the leading
      satellite operator in Spanish and Portuguese-language markets, of which
      Eutelsat owns 27.69%.


Increased net cash flow from operating activities: up 15.6% to EUR654.7

Reflecting the strength of a business model comparable to an
infrastructure operator, Eutelsat once again generated strong net cash flow
from operating activities of EUR654.7 million representing 69.6% of revenues,
compared with 64.5% for the previous financial year. This was helped, in
particular, by a one-off income of EUR25 million following the sale of
certain rights in Hispasat and by a EUR21.6 million reimbursement of income

Capital expenditures of EUR416.6 million were entirely covered by net
operating cash flows. They include:

    - the EUR33 million repayment by Solaris Mobile of capital expenditure
      paid by the Group for its subsidiary;

    - on-going investments related to satellites already ordered;

    - the order of two additional satellites in the course of the second half
      of the financial year.

The particularly high level of operating free cash flow of EUR358.7
(+149%) is principally related to the insurance compensation of
EUR120.5 million following the major anomaly in January 2009 of the W2M
satellite. This amount was deducted from the cash flows covering investments
in tangible assets. Excluding this insurance proceed, operating free cash
flow from operating activities would have been up by 65.3%.

Strengthening of Group financial structure

Net debt[19] was reduced by almost EUR100 million, taking the net debt to
EBITDA ratio to 3.13x, compared to 3.48x on June 30, 2008.

    Net debt to EBITDA ratio

    Twelve months ended June 30                2008        2009      Change
    Net debt at the beginning of the period    2,295      2,422       +127
    (in millions of euros)
    Net debt at the end of the period          2,422      2,326        -96
    (in millions of euros)
    Net debt / EBITDA                           3.48       3.13          -

As a reminder, the Group’s financial debt comprises two syndicated

    - EUR1.9 billion (of which EUR300 million undrawn) with maturity ending
      in June 2013;

    - EUR1.3 billion (of which EUR450 million undrawn) with maturity ending
     in November 2011.

During previous financial years, the Group put hedging instruments in
place against interest rate variations covering to their maturity a large
part of syndicated facilities. The average cost of debt drawn by the Group
during the financial year was 4.15%, net of hedging effects.


The July 30, 2009 Board of Directors decided to submit to the approval of
shareholders a distribution of EUR0.66 per share, representing a pay-out
ratio of 58,6%. This compares to a distribution of EUR0.60 in 2007-2008.

This high pay-out ratio underscores the Group’s objective to continue to
offer shareholders an attractive remuneration in the range of 50% to 75% of
Group share of net income.


Growth objectives revised upwards

The Group believes that the outlook for the development of its markets is
solid despite the global economic downturn.

Given the excellent performance achieved in the 2008-2009 financial year,
the Group is revising upwards its thee-year revenue objectives. It is
targeting revenues of more than EUR1 billion for the 2009-2010 financial year
and a three-year CAGR of 7% over the period June 2009 to June 2012.

Profitability maintained at a high level

The Group is targeting EBITDA in excess of EUR780 million for the
2009-2010 financial year. Its objective is to maintain a high EBITDA margin
in the range of 77% for each financial year to June 2012.

Pursuit of an active investment policy

With a view to leveraging its unique position in Europe and in rapidly
expanding markets in its Second Continent, the Group intends to pursue an
active investment policy with capital expenditure averaging EUR450 million a
year for the period June 2009 to June 2012, in order to:

    - Increase in-orbit resources, notably with the launch of four
      satellites currently in construction which will be dedicated to
      expanding and raising security at major positions serving rapidly
      growing markets (36degrees East, 16degrees East, 7degrees East,
      7degrees West).
    - Operate new Ka-band resources on a large scale over Extended
      Europe[20] with the multiple spotbeam KA-SAT satellite which is
      scheduled to enter into service in the second half of the 2010-2011
      financial year. Operating in a complementary frequency band to the Ku-
      band, KA-SAT will deliver unmatched capacity in Europe for cost-
      efficient consumer and professional broadband services, as well as
      local and regional television.
    - Initiate investments needed to replace three satellites launched
      between 1998 and 2000.

Strengthening financial structure

The Group intends to strengthen its financial structure with a net debt
to EBITDA ratio maintained between 3x and 4 x..

Attractive shareholder remuneration

Over the period June 2009 to June 2012, the Group is committed to sharing
its profit development with its shareholders with a pay-out ratio in the
range of 50% to 75%.


Michel de Rosen joined Eutelsat Communications on July 1, 2009 as Deputy
Chief Executive Officer in order to collaborate closely with Giuliano
before taking over his position of Chief Executive Officer following
the General Assembly of Shareholders which will take place on November 10,

Michel de Rosen declared on his appointment: “I am delighted to join a
Group which is a world-class reference for technical excellence and
innovation and whose teams are second to none in terms of competence and
commitment. I look forward to a close working relationship with Giuliano
and to further developing the strategy of success initiated under
his leadership “.

Giuliano Berretta will continue as Chairman of the Board of Eutelsat
Communications until the General Assembly of Shareholders approving the
annual accounts for the financial year ending June 30, 2011.


Consolidated accounts are available at www.eutelsat.com

Analyst and Investor Meeting

Eutelsat Communications will hold an analyst and investor meeting on July
31, 2009
to present its financial results for the full year 2008-2009. The
meeting will take place at Group headquarters, 70 rue Balard, 75015 Paris,
starting at 10am.

The call-in numbers for audio (French and English) are +33-1-70-99-42-66
(French) and +44-207-806-1967 (English).

A replay will be available from July 31 from 2pm (Paris time) to August
, midnight, by dialling +33-1-71-23-02-48 (French), access code: 3207647#,
and +44-207-806-1970 (English), access code: 4913783#.

Conference call

Eutelsat Communications will also hold a conference call in English for
analysts and investors on July 31. The call will begin at 4pmParis time (New
: 10am, London: 3pm). Call-in numbers are:

    - 01-70-99-42-72 (from France)
    - +44-207-138-0824 (from Europe)
    - +1-212-444-0481 (from United States).

A replay of the call will be available from July 31 at 7pm (Paris time)
to August 7, midnight, by dialling:

    - 01-71-23-02-48 (from France)
    - +44-207-806-1970 (from Europe)
    - +1-718-354-1112 (from United States).

Access code: 4873437#.

A presentation and consolidated accounts will be available on the Group’s
website www.eutelsat.com from 8:00am (Paris time) on July 31, 2009 and the
webcast of the conference call will be available from August 1, 2009.

Financial calendar

The financial calendar below is provided for information purposes only.
It is subject to change and will be regularly updated.

    - November 5, 2009: financial report for first quarter ended
      September, 30, 2009.

    - November 10, 2009: Annual Shareholders Meeting.

    - February 18, 2010: earnings for the first half ended
      December 31, 2009.

    - May 12, 2010: financial report for third quarter ended March
      31, 2010.

    - July 29, 2010: earnings for the full year ended June 30,

About Eutelsat Communications

Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is
the holding company of Eutelsat S.A.. With capacity commercialised on 27
satellites that provide coverage over the entire European continent, as well
as the Middle East, Africa, India and significant parts of Asia and the
Americas, Eutelsat is one of the world’s three leading satellite operators in
terms of revenues. At 30 June 2009, Eutelsat’s satellites were broadcasting
almost 3,200 television channels and 1,100 radio stations. More than 1,000
channels broadcast via its HOT BIRD(TM) video neighbourhood at 13 degrees
East which serves over 123 million cable and satellite homes in Europe, the
Middle East and North Africa. The Group’s satellites also serve a wide range
of fixed and mobile telecommunications services, TV contribution markets,
corporate networks, and broadband markets for Internet Service Providers and
for transport, maritime and in-flight markets. Eutelsat’s broadband
subsidiary, Skylogic, markets and operates services through teleports in
France and Italy that serve enterprises, local communities, government
agencies and aid organisations in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas.
Headquartered in Paris, Eutelsat and its subsidiaries employ 610 commercial,
technical and operational employees from 28 countries.

    Change in net debt (in millions of euros)

    Twelve months ended June 30                     2008      2009     Change
    Net cash flow from operating activities        566.6      654.7    +15.6%
    Capital expenditure                           (422.5)    (416.6)    -1.4%
    Operating free cash flow                       144.1      358.7[21] +149%
    Interest and other fees paid, net              (87.3)    (102.8)   +17.8%
    Acquisition of minority interests              (47.7)      (7.5)   -84.4%
    Capital increase                                 0.1          -        NM
    Distributions to shareholders (including
    minority interests)                           (138.9)    (141.7)      +2%
    Other                                            3.2      (11.1)       NM
    Decrease (increase) in net debt               (126.5)     95.6         NM

    Revenues breakdown by application (in percentage of revenues)*

    12 months ended 30 June                   2008         2009
    Video Applications                       75.5%        73.3%
    Data & Value-Added Services              17.7%        18.6%
    ........of which Data Services           13.7%        14.4%
    .......of which Value-Added Services      4.0%         4.2%
    Multi-usage                               6.8%         8.1%
    Total                                     100%         100%

*excluding other revenues and one-off revenues (EUR17.8 million in
2007-2008 and EUR12.5 million in 2008-2009)

    Quarterly revenues by business application (financial year 2007-2008)

                                              Three months ended
    In millions of euros         30/09/2007  31/12/2007 31/03/2008 30/06/2008
    Video Applications              158.1       161.2      164.9      165.2
    Data & Value-Added Services      37.2        37.7       40.0       37.5
    Multi-usage                      14.5        15.0       14.2       14.3
    Other                             2.0         3.6        4.8        7.4
    Sub-total                       211.9       217.5      223.9      224.4
    One-off revenues                    -           -          -          -
    Total                           211.9       217.5      223.9      224.4

    Quarterly revenues by business application (financial year 2008-2009)

                                              Three months ended
    In millions of euros         30/09/2008  31/12/2008 31/03/2009 30/06/2009
    Video Applications              166.7       169.8      172.3      170.8
    Data & Value-Added Services      41.1        43.2       42.3       46.4
    Multi-usage                      15.6        19.3       19.7       20.8
    Other                             3.2         4.5        2.2        0.8
    Sub-total                       226.7       236.8      236.5      238.8
    One-off revenues                    -           -          -        1.8
    Total                           226.7       236.8      236.5      240.5

    Estimated satellite launch schedule

    Satellite               Orbital position         Estimated   Transponders
                              anticipated             launch
    W7                       36degrees East           Q4 2009       70 Ku
    W3B                      16degrees East           Q2 2010    53 Ku / 3 Ka
    KA-SAT                   13degrees East           Q4 2010      > 80 Ka
    W3C                      7degrees East            Q3 2011       56 Ku
    ATLANTIC BIRD(TM)        7degrees West            Q4 2011       50 Ku

Note: Satellites generally enter into service one to two months after


[1] EBITDA is defined as operating income before depreciation,
amortisation and other operating income/charges (impairment charges, dilution
profits (losses), insurance compensations, etc.).

[2] Includes insurance proceeds of EUR120.5 million for the W2M
satellite. Excluding insurance proceeds operating free-cash flow increased by

[3] Excluding other revenues and one-off revenues, growth was 7.9%. At a
constant exchange rate and excluding one-off revenues growth was 6.7%

[4] Non-recurring revenues comprise late delivery penalties and outage

[5] Formerly HOT BIRD(TM) 10

[6] Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Middle East, North Africa and
Sub-Saharan Africa.

[7] The D- STAR service provides Internet access and Virtual Private
Networks to enterprises and institutions in regions with inexistent or
unreliable terrestrial broadband infrastructure.

[8] The TOOWAY(TM) service, both in Ka-band and Ku-band, provides
broadband access to homes beyond range of terrestrial networks.

[9] Backlog represents future revenues from capacity lease agreements
(including contracts for satellites yet to be delivered). These capacity
lease agreements can be for the entire operational life of the satellites.

[10] Two other satellites approaching end of life are currently being

    [11] Formerly known respectively as HOT BIRD(TM) 7A et ATLANTIC BIRD(TM)
    [12] See press release dated January 28, 2009
    [13] Number of transponders in stable orbit, excluding spare capacity
    [14] Number of transponders leased on satellites in stable orbit.

[15] For more detail, please refer to Group interim consolidated accounts
at http://www.eutelsat.com.

[16] Operating expenses is defined as the sum of cost of operations and
of sales & administrative expenses.

[17] EBITDA is defined as operating income before depreciation,
amortisation and other operating income/charges (impairment charges, dilution
profits (losses), insurance compensations, etc.).

[18] Comprises amortisation expense of EUR44.45 million corresponding to
the intangible asset “Customer Contracts and Relationships” identified during
the acquisition of Eutelsat S.A. by Eutelsat Communications.

[19] Net debt includes all bank debt and all liabilities from long-term
lease agreements, less cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities
(net of bank credit balances).

[20] Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Asia,
Middle East, North Africa.

    [21] Includes an insurance compensation of EUR121 million related to the
W2M satellite.

    For further information

    Vanessa O'Connor
    Tel. : +33-1-53-98-38-88

    Frederique Gautier
    Tel. : +33-1-53-98-38-88

    Gilles Janvier
    Tel. : +33-1-53-98-35-30

SOURCE Eutelsat Communications

Source: newswire

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