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Vodafone Group Plc - Latest Half-year Report

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Vodafone Group Plc 

H1 FY21 results

16 November 2020  

Delivering our strategic priorities at pace to reshape Vodafone

  • ·Resilient financial performance during the first half of FY21, in line with our expectations
  • Deepening customer engagement, with mobile contract customer loyalty improved year-on-year for an 8th successive quarter
  • Launched 5G in 127 cities across 9 of our European markets; 52 million marketable homes passed with Gigabit speed
  • Reaffirming FY21 free cash flow guidance of at least €5 billion (pre-spectrum and restructuring) and adjusted EBITDA expected to be between €14.4  - €14.6 billion

Financial results

 

 

H1 FY21

H1 FY20

 

 

 

Page

€m 

€m 

 

Change (%)

Group revenue

 

33

21,427

21,939

 

(2.3)

Operating profit

 

33

3,472

577

 

n/m

Profit/(loss) for the financial period

 

33

1,555

(1,891)

 

n/m

Basic earnings/(loss) per share

 

33

4.45c

(7.24c)

 

n/m

Interim dividend per share

 

44

4.50c

4.50c

 

n/m

Alternative performance measures 1

 

 

 

 

 

Group service revenue

 

13

18,418

18,544

 

(0.8)*

Adjusted EBITDA

 

13

7,023

7,105

 

(1.9)*

Adjusted earnings per share

 

24

4.11c

0.85c

 

+383.5 

Free cash flow (pre-spectrum and restructuring)

 

25

451

394

 

+14.5 

Free cash flow

 

25

(101)

34

 

n/m

Net debt**

 

25

(43,983)

(48,107)

 

+8.6 

Net debt to adjusted EBITDA**

 

27

3.0x

n/m

 

n/m

Pre-tax ROCE (controlled)

 

28

5.1%

n/a

 

n/a

Post-tax ROCE

 

28

4.0%

n/a

 

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.  See page 56 for the reconciliation to the closest equivalent GAAP measure.

 

 

 

               
  • Group revenue declined by 2.3% to €21.4 billion, as good underlying momentum was offset by the effects of COVID-19 on roaming and visitor revenue, as well as lower handset sales
  • Adjusted EBITDA declined by 1.9%* to €7.0 billion as the decline in revenue was partially offset by good cost control with net Europe opex savings of €0.3 billion realised during H1
  • Interim dividend per share of 4.50 eurocents, record date 18 December 2020

Nick Read, Group Chief Executive, commented:  

"Today's results underline increased confidence in our full year outlook. We are reporting a resilient first half performance and we continue to see good commercial momentum across the Group. The results demonstrate the success of our strategic priorities to date, namely increasing customer loyalty, growing our fixed broadband base, driving digitisation to simplify the company and capture significant cost savings, and deliver 5G efficiently through network sharing.

COVID-19 and the reduction in roaming revenues, through the significant reduction in international travel, is currently obscuring our underlying commercial progress, with Q2 service revenue growing by 1.5% excluding roaming. We are now two years into our longer-term strategy to transform Vodafone into a business that enables a digital society, generating both sustainable growth and attractive returns. We are executing at pace, but there remains more to be done to achieve our goals.

Now, more than ever, the connectivity services we provide are critical for society and the demand is growing for our services. I am proud of how our dedicated employees have worked tirelessly around the clock to keep everyone connected."