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YTD and Third Quarter 2017 Results

Written on 27 Oct 2017


LUXEMBOURG, 27 October 2017 -- SES S.A. announced financial results for the nine and three months ended 30 September 2017.

Executing differentiated strategy to deliver return to sustained and profitable growth  
•    Revenue EUR 1,527.2 million, up 2.5% over prior period (down 4.0% like-for-like )
•    EBITDA margin 65.1% and operating profit margin 29.4%  (YTD 20161: 66.4% and 32.1% respectively)
•    Net profit  EUR 394.5 million (YTD 2016: 328.8 million excluding one-off gain related to the consolidation of O3b; and EUR 824.0 million including this gain)
•    Net debt to EBITDA ratio  3.29 times (YTD 2016: 3.30 times), in line with SES’s financial framework

Enabling customers’ success with the most flexible and scalable satellite-based solutions
•    SES Video revenue -3.8% (like-for-like); underlying revenue -0.9% with improving trend in Q3 2017
•    Substantial contract backlog of EUR 7.5 billion, including contribution from long-term Sky Deutschland renewal
•    Total TV channels +6% (YOY) and HDTV channels +7% (YOY) with growth in both developed and developing markets
•    Focus on differentiated managed services delivering 2.2% (YOY) growth in SES Networks’ revenue
•    Improving future business mix and growth across network-centric verticals with new contract wins
•    Significantly expanding future addressable markets in network-centric verticals with O3b mPOWER investment

Karim Michel Sabbagh, President and CEO, commented: “SES has continued to make steady progress in executing its strategy and investing for the future in growth markets where we have a competitive advantage.

SES Video’s underlying business remains stable with attractive long-term contracts in prime neighbourhoods, and additional growth potential in integrated platforms and services. This is demonstrated by the recently announced multi-year capacity renewal with Sky Deutschland and the addition of exclusive Eurosport content to our HD+ platform in Germany.

SES Networks has established dedicated teams focused on the key, fast-growing network segments where we have a strong, differentiated solution based on our unique combination of GEO-MEO and terrestrial networks. As we continue to scale up our activities, we are developing the business opportunities that optimally fit our differentiated capabilities in terms of scope and long-term growth. These opportunities require commensurate resourcing to realise. We have achieved a series of strategic wins towards the end of Q3 2017, demonstrating the impact of our strategy, and our goal is to continue to improve on execution and timing. The future value of these contracts is reflected in the substantial contract backlog of EUR 7.5 billion that we are reporting with these results.

SES remains on track to deliver sustained and profitable medium-term growth. The recent announcement of O3b mPOWER builds on capabilities of the only successful non-geostationary broadband system to deliver the first global, multi-terabit satellite network and reinforces our position as the world’s leading satellite enabled solutions provider.”

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For further information please contact:

 

Richard Whiteing

Investor Relations

Tel: +352 710 725 261

[email protected]

 

Markus Payer

Corporate Communications

Tel: +352 710 725 500

[email protected]


 

About SES

SES is the world-leading satellite operator and the first to deliver a differentiated and scalable GEO-MEO offering worldwide, with more than 50 satellites in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and 12 in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). SES focuses on value-added, end-to-end solutions in two key business units: SES Video and SES Networks. The company provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators, governments and institutions. SES’s portfolio includes ASTRA, O3b and MX1, a leading media service provider that offers a full suite of innovative digital video and media services. SES is listed on the Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange (ticker: SESG). Further information available at: www.ses.com


Written on 27 Oct 2017

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