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BT Group PLC Final Results 2021

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Philip Jansen, Chief Executive, commenting on the results, said

"BT comes out of this challenging year as a stronger business with an even greater sense of purpose. Our fantastic colleagues have shown the true colours of BT - delivering resilient connectivity, supporting families and businesses and helping to underpin the heroism of the NHS.

A number of uncertainties have now been removed. The Wholesale Fixed Telecoms Market Review, 5G spectrum auction and the Government's tax super-deduction give us the green light to build the UK's next generation digital infrastructure even faster; today we are increasing and accelerating our FTTP target from 20m to 25m homes and businesses by December 2026 to deliver further value to our shareholders and support the Government's full fibre ambitions. The conclusion of our triennial pension valuation today provides further clarity for shareholders.

After a number of years of tough work, and as we look to build back better from the pandemic, we're now pivoting to consistent and predictable growth. We are building a better BT for our customers, for the country, for our shareholders and for those who work for this great company - now and in the future."

 

Key strategic developments:

• Ofcom's WFTMR1, outcome of recent spectrum auction and Government's tax super-deduction allows us to increase and accelerate our FTTP build from 20m to 25m premises by December 2026; BT to explore potential joint venture for additional 5m build - see separate press release

• Agreed triennial pension deficit of £7.98bn and deficit recovery plan comprising: asset-backed funding over 13 years (£180m p.a.) secured against the EE business; and further payments over 10 years (£900m p.a. reducing to £600m p.a. from 1 July 2024) - see separate press release

• Secured 80MHz of 5G spectrum for a total of £475m in Ofcom's auction allowing us to build on our position as the UK's number one 5G network

• Significant UK cash tax benefit in 2021/22 and 2022/23, as a large proportion of our capital expenditure is expected to qualify for the proposed 130% tax super-deduction

Strong operational performance during the Covid-19 pandemic:

• Strong network performance; BT's broadband networks seamlessly managed a doubling of daytime traffic due to more people being at home during the day; 42% increase in EE mobile data usage over the last 12 months

• Group NPS2 increased by 7.8 points compared to the prior year baseline, a 19th successive quarter of growth

• Openreach achieved 2.0m in year FTTP build with record build levels in Q4; increased FTTP connections by 73% to 905k over the last 12 months

• 5G footprint doubled to 160 locations and 5G ready customer base now over 3.2m; EE named the Fastest Mobile Network by Uswitch in February 2021

• Tracking ahead on our modernisation plans; delivered gross annualised savings of £764m within the first year of our three-year modernisation programme with an associated cost of £438m

Financials delivered in line with guidance primarily impacted by Covid-19:

• Revenue £21,331m, down 7%, primarily due to the impact of Covid-19 on Consumer and our enterprise units, ongoing legacy product declines and divestments, partly offset by higher equipment revenue and Openreach bases in fibre and Ethernet; adjusted2 revenue down 6% in line with expectation

• Adjusted2 EBITDA £7,415m, down 6% as expected, primarily due to the fall in revenue, special frontline bonus, increased service costs and continued investment in copper-to-fibre migrations and our FTTP base, partly offset by sports rights rebates and cost savings including our modernisation programme, tight cost control, and Covid-19 mitigation actions

• Reported profit before tax £1,804m, down 23%, primarily due to reduced EBITDA

• Net cash inflow from operating activities £5,963m; normalised free cash flow2 £1,459m, down 27%, primarily due to reduced EBITDA, higher cash capital expenditure and adverse working capital, offset by a cash receipt from the monetisation of a non-strategic revenue stream generated from our building infrastructure and timing of tax payments

• Capital expenditure £4,216m, up 6%, primarily due to increased network and equipment investment

• As previously disclosed, no final dividend for 2020/21, but payments expected to resume at an annual rate of 7.7p per share in 2021/22

• Outlook for 2021/22: adjusted2 revenue to be broadly flat year on year; adjusted2 EBITDA between £7.5bn-£7.7bn; capital expenditure c.£4.9bn; normalised free cash flow between £1.1bn-£1.3bn.

 

 

Full year to 31 March

2021

2020

Change

 

£m

£m

%

Reported measures

 

 

 

Revenue

21,331 

 

22,905 

 

(7)

 

Profit before tax

1,804 

 

2,353 

 

(23)

 

Profit after tax

1,472 

 

1,734 

 

(15)

 

Basic earnings per share

14.8p

17.5p

(15)

 

Net cash inflow from operating activities

5,963 

 

6,271 

 

(5)

 

Full year dividend

 

4.62p

(100)

 

Capital expenditure

4,216 

 

3,960 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted measures

 

 

 

Adjusted1 Revenue

21,370 

 

22,824 

 

(6)

 

Adjusted1 EBITDA

7,415 

 

7,907 

 

(6)

 

Adjusted1 basic earnings per share

18.9p

23.5p

(20)

 

Normalised free cash flow1

1,459 

 

2,011 

 

(27)

 

Net debt1

17,802 

 

17,969 

 

£(167)m

 

Customer-facing unit results for the full year to 31 March 2021

 

Adjusted1 revenue

Adjusted1 EBITDA

Normalised free cash flow1

Full year to 31 March

2021

20202

Change

2021

20202

Change

2021

20202

Change

£m

£m

%

£m

£m

%

£m

£m

%

Consumer

9,885 

 

10,388 

 

(5)

 

2,128 

 

2,426 

 

(12)

 

714 

 

1,065 

 

(33)

 

Enterprise

5,449 

 

5,952 

 

(8)

 

1,704 

 

1,935 

 

(12)

 

1,352 

 

1,363 

 

(1)

 

Global

3,731 

 

4,361 

 

(14)

 

596 

 

634 

 

(6)

 

187 

 

255 

 

(27)

 

Openreach

5,244 

 

5,112 

 

 

2,937 

 

2,858 

 

 

486 

 

670 

 

(27)

 

Other

23 

 

29 

 

(21)

 

50 

 

54 

 

(7)

 

(1,280)

 

(1,342)

 

 

Intra-group items

(2,962)

 

(3,018)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

21,370 

 

22,824 

 

(6)

 

7,415 

 

7,907 

 

(6)

 

1,459 

 

2,011 

 

(27)

 

 

Fourth quarter to
31 March

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consumer

2,391 

 

2,493 

 

(4)

 

518 

 

626 

 

(17)

 

 

 

 

Enterprise

1,363 

 

1,507 

 

(10)

 

436 

 

499 

 

(13)

 

 

 

 

Global

908 

 

1,081 

 

(16)

 

156 

 

175 

 

(11)

 

 

 

 

Openreach

1,346 

 

1,295 

 

 

726 

 

719 

 

 

 

 

 

Other

 

 

(38)

 

(24)

 

(12)

 

(100)

 

 

 

 

Intra-group items

(727)

 

(752)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

5,286 

 

5,632 

 

(6)

 

1,812 

 

2,007 

 

(10)

 

629 

 

1,011 

 

(38)

 

                                     

 

Performance against 2020/21 outlook

 

2020/21 outlook

2020/21 performance

Change in adjusted1 revenue 

Down 5-6%

Down 6%

Adjusted1 EBITDA

£7.3bn-7.5bn

£7.4bn

Capital expenditure1

£4.0bn-4.3bn

£4.2bn

Normalised free cash flow1

£1.3bn-1.5bn

£1.5bn

1 See Glossary on page 3.

2 On 1 April 2020, Supply Chain and Pelipod, which serve several parts of BT, were transferred from Enterprise to the central procurement team and as a result are now reported in Group 'Other' financial results. The prior year comparative for the Enterprise and Other CFU results has been restated to reflect this. Refer to the announcement on 29 June 2020 for further information.