SES H1 2021 Results
Solid H1 performance supporting improved FY 2021 Adjusted EBITDA outlook
Luxembourg, 4 August 2021 -- SES S.A. announces half year financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2021.
Solid H1 performance delivering revenue of €875 million and Adjusted EBITDA of €544 million
• Improving trajectory in Video to -3.9% YOY in H1 2021 from -8.0% YOY in FY 2020
• Resilient Networks performance, flat YOY, in a COVID impacted environment with strong prospects for future growth
• 5% YOY reduction in recurring Operating Expenses supporting higher YOY Adjusted EBITDA margin (of 62%)
• 19% YOY net interest expense reduction contributing to 35% YOY growth in Adjusted Net Profit of €152 million
• Solid cash flow generation and financial discipline supporting leverage ratio of 3.3 times at 30 June 2021
2021 Revenue and improved EBITDA outlook on track
• Over 90% of 2021 revenue outlook (€1,760-1,820 million) already under contract
• Adjusted EBITDA outlook for full year 2021 improved to €1,080-1,100 million (from €1,060-1,100 million)
Growth investments and C-band proceeds supporting future growth and value creation
• SES-17 and O3b mPOWER (on track to launch in Q4 2021) backlog now $770 million; up $210 million in YTD 2021
• US C-band clearing on track to meet end-2021 and end-2023 milestones, triggering $1 billion and $3 billion payments respectively
€275 million of shareholder returns delivered since the start of 2021
• 2020 dividend (€181 million) paid in April 2021, consistent with commitment to maintain minimum base dividend of €0.40 per A-share
• Completed €94 million share buyback programme reflecting confidence in the long-term fundamentals of the business
Steve Collar, CEO of SES, commented: “Our strong start to 2021 continued into the second quarter providing confidence to improve the low end of our Adjusted EBITDA outlook on the back of solid execution and laser focus on reducing cost.
The lasting value of our Video business is reflected in the improved trajectory, the important long-term renewals at our core neighbourhoods, increased penetration of HD TV channels, and new paying subscribers for HD+ in Germany. Excitingly, in H2 2021, we will be expanding and enhancing our HD+ portfolio with the extension onto mobile devices and IP-enabled non-satellite homes.
Networks continues to perform well notwithstanding the COVID-impacted environment, notably in Government, reflecting the strong demand for our unique multi-orbit resilient solutions. With O3b mPOWER still over a year away from commercial launch, we have secured over $300 million in backlog from major cruise brands which underscores the compelling combination of high throughput and high flexibility of the constellation.
C-band clearance remains fully on track. The recent issuing of C-band licences by the FCC is a notable milestone towards initiation of the reimbursement process. Meanwhile, we have returned €275 million of cash to shareholders this year underscoring our commitment to delivering sustained and attractive returns for our shareholders.”
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Presentation of Results
A presentation of the results for investors and analysts will be hosted at 9.30 CEST on 4 August 2021 and will be broadcast via webcast and conference call. The details for the conference call and webcast are as follows:
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