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MTN NIGERIA COMMUNICATIONS PLC-MTN NIGERIA EARNINGS RELEASE Q3 2021

10/28/2021 | 05:38pm EST

MTN NIGERIA RELEASES UNAUDITED RESULTS FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED 30 SEPTEMBER 2021

Lagos| Nigeria: 28 October 2021

Today, MTN Nigeria Communications Plc (MTN Nigeria) announced its unaudited results for the nine months ended 30 September 2021.

Salient features:

  • Mobile subscribers declined by 7.5 million to 67.5 million, impacted by the regulatory restrictions on new SIM sales and activations
  • Active data users increased by 2.5 million to 33.2 million
  • Service revenue was up by 23.7% to N1,204.4 billion
  • Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA) grew by 27.4% to N634.5 billion
  • EBITDA margin improved by 1.6 percentage points (pp) to 52.6%
  • Capital expenditure was up by 34.4% to N261.1 billion (up 27.9% to N166.5 billion excluding the right of use [RoU] assets)
  • Earnings per share of N10.8 kobo, up 52.7%

Unless otherwise stated, financial information is year-on-year (YoY, 9M 2021 versus 9M 2020), and non- financial information is year-on-year (September 2021 versus September 2020).

MTN Nigeria CEO Karl Toriola comments: "In the first nine months of 2021, we continued to enhance the resilience of the business, improve our performance and make good progress towards our Ambition 2025 strategy. Creating shared value has become a strategic priority within the Ambition 2025 framework. As a result, we continue to deepen our support for and partnerships in Nigeria.

Our focus on deepening our partnerships has resulted in signing a five-year strategic partnership with the Nigerian Football Federation to become the official communications partner. We are excited about the potential to combine the power of our network and technology solutions with the passion that Nigerians have for football.

We have also partnered with the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment to participate in and support the 2021 US-Nigeria Investment Summit in September. The partnership was in recognition of our role as a successful model for foreign direct investment in Nigeria. In view of our intention to participate in restoring and

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refurbishing the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway under the Road Infrastructure Tax Credit (RITC) scheme, we continue to engage with the relevant parties to actualise the project.

Towards the end of the quarter, our network was restricted in some locations, in line with the directives of relevant authorities and in compliance with our licence conditions, to address security issues in those areas. This has slightly affected some of our business activities.

In addition, we had an outage on 9 October 2021 that left customers without a network connection. We have compensated our customers and put measures in place to continuously provide quality services to our customers.

The resilience we are building in the business is reflected in our performance, demonstrating our ability to achieve continued growth despite the ongoing impact of SIM registration and activation restrictions on subscriber growth. While our overall subscriber numbers have continued to decline over the last quarter, this has been at a reduced rate, and we have seen our data subscriber numbers return to growth, increasing by 2.5 million. We expect the decline in the overall subscriber base to bottom out and return to positive net additions in Q4 2021 as we progressively ramp up our SIM registration and activation infrastructure while adopting and aligning with the new regulations.

Overall, service revenue continues to grow, increasing by 23.7%, ahead of the rate of inflation and supported by voice revenue growth of 10.6% and accelerated data revenue growth of 51.5%. In addition, our focus on cost management through our expense efficiency programme, combined with service revenue growth, led to a 1.6pp EBITDA margin expansion to 52.6% and translated into an increase of 51.9% in Profit Before Tax (PBT)."

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Unaudited results for the nine months ended 30 September 2021

Key financial highlights

Items (in millions)

9M 2021

9M 2020

YoY

Q3 2021

Q3 2020

YoY

Total Revenue

1,206,262

975,763

23.6%

414,997

337,688

22.9%

Service Revenue

1,204,352

973,811

23.7%

414,053

336,820

22.9%

Voice

722,001

653,016

10.6%

234,324

221,852

5.6%

Data

366,166

241,634

51.5%

137,685

87,553

57.3%

Fintech

50,236

32,368

55.2%

18,599

11,022

68.7%

Digital

12,078

7,743

56.0%

4,185

2,865

46.1%

Other Service Revenue

53,872

39,051

38.0%

19,260

13,528

42.4%

Expenses

571,753

477,963

19.6%

197,703

166,949

18.4%

Cost of Sales

200,471

179,210

11.9%

67,974

64,124

6.0%

Operating Expenses

371,282

298,753

24.3%

129,729

102,825

26.2%

EBITDA

634,509

497,864

27.4%

217,294

170,802

27.2%

EBITDA Margin

52.6%

51.0%

1.6pp

52.4%

50.6%

1.8pp

Depreciation & Amortisation

216,159

190,853

13.3%

72,655

68,327

6.3%

Net Finance Costs

96,998

95,416

1.7%

38,405

30,451

26.1%

PBT

321,353

211,594

51.9%

106,233

72,024

47.5%

Taxation

101,041

67,356

50.0%

27,752

22,663

22.5%

PAT

220,312

144,239

52.7%

78,481

49,362

59.0%

Capital Expenditure

261,075

194,230

34.4%

74,622

60,161

24.0%

Capital Expenditure excluding Right of Use Assets

166,456

130,105

27.9%

51,953

54,086

-3.9%

Capex Intensity

21.6%

19.9%

1.7pp

18.0%

17.8%

0.2pp

Capex Intensity excluding Right of Use Assets

13.8%

13.3%

0.5pp

12.5%

16.0%

-3.5pp

Free Cash Flows

373,435

303,634

23.0%

142,672

110,641

28.9%

Mobile Subscribers

67.5

75.0

-10.0%

67.5

75.0

-10.0%

Data Subscribers

33.2

30.7

8.1%

33.2

30.7

8.1%

  • Voice revenue includes interconnect and outbound roaming voice;
  • Data revenue includes outbound roaming data;
  • Digital revenue excludes bulk SMS and USSD services;
  • Fintech revenue includes MTN Xtratime and mobile financial services;
  • Other service revenue includes inbound roaming data, SMS, USSD, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) & infrastructure and devices;
  • Free cash flow (EBITDA minus capital expenditure) excluding IFRS 16 impact was N468.1 billion, up 27.3%;

Operational review

Service revenue grew by 23.7% YoY, exceeding our medium-term guidance of mid- teens growth. Data continued to drive revenue growth, supported by fintech, digital service and partly by the lower base in comparative 2020 voice revenue resulting from lockdowns.

Voice revenue grew by 10.6% due to continued growth (9.6%) in minutes of use by subscribers and the success of customer value management (CVM) initiatives, offsetting the impact of the decline in our subscriber base. In addition, following the resumption of SIM sales and activations in April 2021, we continue to ramp up the number of locations certified for customer acquisition to accelerate gross connections, further supporting growth in voice revenue.

Data revenue rose by 51.5%, maintaining an accelerated growth trajectory in Q3 as we continue to drive increased data conversions from the existing base, aggressively expand 4G coverage and enhance the capacity of our network to support increasing data traffic. Average MB per user rose by 58.2% YoY, enabling overall data traffic growth of 85.5% YoY. Also, smartphone penetration on the network grew by 3.5pp to 48.7%. Our 4G network now covers 69.2% of the population, up from 60.1% in

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December 2020.

Fintech revenue grew by 55.2% as customers continued to increase their use of our Xtratime product and broader fintech services. We expanded our mobile money (MoMo) agent network with the addition of over 234k registered agents in the nine months bringing the total number to approximately 630k. As a result, transaction volume in the nine months rose by more than three times to 93.3 million, led by an active subscriber base of 6.6 million, up 97.2% YoY. While we await the outcome of our PSB licence application, we continue to expand our MoMo operations and explore other verticals to scale our fintech ecosystem.

Digital adoption continues to accelerate as customers use more digital products and services, a trend accelerated by COVID-19. As a result, digital revenue grew by 56.0% as the active user base grew and penetration of our digital products deepened. The active user base rose by 295.6% to 5.8 million, led by Ayoba - our instant messaging platform - with approximately 2.9 million active users.

Enterprise business performance was underpinned by an increased user base and the uptake of our enhanced services. As a result, service revenue from enterprise business was up by 7.9% YoY despite the impact of non-recognition of the USSD revenue during the period. We are pleased with the progress of the implementation of the new pricing framework for USSD services, which will ensure that customers continue to access this service uninterrupted. In line with our Ambition 2025 strategy, the business is transitioning from products to enterprise platforms while leveraging core mobile and fixed connectivity.

We are making good progress with our efficiency at all costs approach to maintain cost discipline and improve efficiency. However, the continued impact of Naira depreciation on lease rental costs, acceleration in our site rollout, and the ongoing COVID-19 related expenditure resulted in operating expenses increasing by 24.3%. Despite this, continued ability to drive operating leverage has enabled EBITDA growth of 27.4% and the expansion of our EBITDA margin by 1.6pp to 52.6%, approaching our Ambition 2025 target range of 53-55%.

Capital expenditure (Capex) in the period was 34.4% higher to N261.1 billion, as we continued to invest in our network to maintain service quality and aggressively expand our footprint in terms of 4G with additional 2,723 sites. Notwithstanding, we recorded a healthy free cash flow of N373.4 billion, up by 23.0%. Despite a 27.9% increase in core capex excluding the right of use assets to N166.5 billion, capex intensity remained within target levels at 13.8%. Depreciation and amortisation rose by 13.3%, and net finance costs increased marginally by 1.7% due to the lower interest rate environment. Overall, we recorded a PBT growth of 51.9%, reflecting a softer base in comparative 2020 PBT.

In October 2021, we launched a N90 billion Series II 10-Year Fixed Rate Bond, with three amortisations from year 8. This was successfully completed, and we are

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awaiting the approval of the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Series II Bond represents the conclusion of the N200 billion shelf programme registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The bond issuance aligns with our stated strategy to diversify our funding sources and optimise funding costs.

Update on SIM registration and activation

We continue to actively support the Federal Government's National Identity Number (NIN) enrollment programme, having deployed more than 1,700 points of enrolment across the country. At the same time, we work with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to accelerate the bulk verification of NINs collected. As of 28 October 2021, approximately 39 million subscribers have submitted their NINs, representing around 57% of our subscriber base and 67% of service revenue. The current deadline for NIN verification is 31 October 2021

Outlook

In the remainder of the year, we will build on the momentum from Q3 to deliver on our service revenue growth target. We remain focused on accelerating the expansion of our 4G coverage and rural connectivity programme while providing home broadband.

Our network investments help us accelerate the growth of our platform businesses to unlock their full value. In addition, we will continue to sustain our expense efficiency programme to strengthen our financial position and support margins. At the same time, we strive to minimise the impact of foreign exchange availability on the business.

As we continue to support Government's NIN enrolment programme to provide an access point for as many Nigerian as possible, we are working actively with the NCC to ramp up the number of certified SIM registration centres. Although the initial run- rate of additions has been slower than usual due to the new process requirements, we anticipate a return to positive net additions in Q4 2021 as more of our acquisition centres are activated. However, 31 October 2021 is the deadline for the NIN verification exercise. While an extension is solely in the hands of the authorities, we are working constructively with them and the industry to ensure customers are not unduly inconvenienced and that service revenue for 2021 and 2022 is not impacted.

For and on behalf of the Board

Karl Toriola

Chief Executive Officer

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