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BT Group plc Results For The Third Quarter And Nine Months To 31 December 2009

February 11, 2010

LONDON, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — BT Group plc (BT.L) today announces its results for the third quarter and nine months to 31 December 2009. BT has also made a separate announcement today in relation to the triennial funding valuation of the BT Pension Scheme.

Key points:

  • Revenue of 5,198m pounds Sterling, down 4%
  • Adjusted EBITDA(1) of 1,444m pounds, up 11% largely due to improvement in BT Global Services
  • Total underlying costs(2) down 13% in the quarter, savings of 1.6bn pounds achieved in the nine months
  • Adjusted earnings per share(1) of 4.6p, up 53%, reported earnings per share up 188%
  • Improvement in free cash flow(3) to 305m pounds inflow compared with an outflow of 32m pounds last year
  • Pension deficit payment of 525m pounds made in the quarter
  • Net debt(4) down nearly 1bn pounds compared with last year to 10.1bn pounds
  • Expect to deliver adjusted EBITDA(1) of around 5.7bn pounds and free cash flow(3) of around 1.7bn pounds for the full year

Ian Livingston, Chief Executive, commenting on the results, said:

“These results show that we are making progress. There is still a lot more to be done but our commitment to improved customer service and cost transformation is starting to deliver results and freeing up resources to invest in our future. In particular, we are one of Europe’s largest investors in super-fast fibre-based broadband and this will bring huge benefits to our customers and the UK.”

(1) Before specific items, leaver costs, net interest on pensions and BT Global Services contract and financial review charges of 336m pounds in Q3 2008/09

(2) Underlying operating costs and capital expenditure, excluding BT Global Services contract and financial review charges of 336m pounds in Q3 2008/09

(3) Before pension deficit payment of 525m pounds but after the cash flows related to specific items

(4) Net debt is reconciled in Note 7

RESULTS FOR THE THIRD QUARTER AND NINE MONTHS TO 31 DECEMBER 2009


    Group results

                    Third quarter to 31 December   Nine months to 31 December
                    ----------------------------   --------------------------
                       2009    2008(1)  Change        2009    2008(1)  Change
                   m pounds   m pounds     %      m pounds   m pounds    %
                   -----------------------------  ---------------------------
    Revenue           5,198      5,437    (4)      15,555(2)   15,917   (2)

    EBITDA
    - adjusted(3)     1,444      1,301    11        4,251       4,125    3
    - reported        1,227        932    32        3,821       3,582    7

    Operating profit
    - adjusted(3)       690        578    19        2,000       2,026   (1)
    - reported          473        209   126        1,570       1,483    6

    Profit before tax
    - adjusted(4)       466        335    39        1,354       1,344    1
    - reported          209         81   158          756       1,072  (29)

    Earnings per share
    - adjusted(4)       4.6p       3.0p   53         13.3p       13.0p   2
    - reported          2.3p       0.8p  188         10.6p       10.6p   -

    Capital
     expenditure        554        762   (27)       1,671       2,330  (28)

    Free cash flow(5)   305        (32)  n/m          888        (397) n/m

    Net debt                                       10,112      11,060   (9)


    Line of business results 

                             Revenue                       EBITDA(3)
                         2009     2008(1)  Change    2009      2008(1) Change
                      m pounds   m pounds    %     m pounds   m pounds    %
                      --------------------------  ---------------------------
    Third quarter
     to 31 December
    -------------
    BT Global Services  2,118      2,194     (3)      123         7      n/m
    BT Retail           2,061      2,180     (5)      464       434        7
    BT Wholesale        1,092      1,183     (8)      321       321        -
    Openreach           1,292      1,329     (3)      513       533       (4)
    Other                   7         10    n/m        23         6      n/m
    Intra-group items  (1,372)    (1,459)     6         -         -        -
    Total               5,198      5,437     (4)    1,444     1,301       11

(1) Restated – see Note 1 for details

(2) Before specific items

(3) Before specific items, leaver costs and BT Global Services contract and financial review charges of 336m pounds in Q3 2008/09

(4) Before specific items, leaver costs, net interest on pensions and BT Global Services contract and financial review charges of 336m pounds in Q3 2008/09

(5) Before pension deficit payment of 525m pounds in Q3 2009/10 (Q3 2008/09: nil pounds) but after the cash flows related to specific items

n/m defined as “not meaningful”

Notes:

Unless otherwise stated, any reference to earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA), operating profit, and operating costs is measured before specific items, leaver costs and BT Global Services contract and financial review charges of 336m pounds in Q3 2008/09. In addition, adjusted profit before tax and adjusted earnings per share (EPS) are also shown before net interest on pensions due to the volatile nature of this item. Reported EBITDA, reported operating profit, reported profit before tax and reported EPS are the equivalent unadjusted or statutory measures.

Underlying revenue, underlying operating costs, underlying EBITDA and underlying capital expenditure refer to the measure excluding foreign exchange rate movements and acquisitions. Underlying revenue and operating costs are also stated before specific items, leaver costs, depreciation and amortisation and BT Global Services contract and financial review charges of 336m pounds in Q3 2008/09.

Unless otherwise stated, the change in results on a percentage basis or in absolute terms is year on year.

The commentary focuses on the trading results before specific items, leaver costs and BT Global Services contract and financial review charges. This is consistent with the way that financial performance is measured by management and we believe allows a meaningful analysis to be made of the trading results of the group. Specific items are defined in Note 4.

The income statement, cash flow statement and balance sheet are provided on pages 10 to 14. Reconciliations of reported profit before tax to adjusted EBITDA, reported profit before tax to adjusted profit before tax and reported EPS to adjusted EPS are provided in Notes 8, 9 and 10, respectively. A reconciliation of free cash flow and net debt are provided in Notes 6 and 7, respectively.

The line of business commentaries also discuss operating cash flow before specific items and leaver costs. Operating cash flow is defined as EBITDA less direct and allocated capital expenditure (net of capital accrual movements), working capital movements and movements in provisions and other non-cash items.

Results for the fourth quarter and full year 2009/10 are expected to be announced on 13 May 2010.

About BT

BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications solutions and services operating in 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to our customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Retail, BT Wholesale and Openreach.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.

For more information, visit www.btplc.com.

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