fees were EUR 6m in Q2 21 and EUR 15m in H1 21 (EUR 8m in Q2 20 and EUR 16m in H1 20).
OIBDA^ grew +10.8% y-o-y to EUR 612m in Q2 21 (+8.2% y-o-y to EUR 1,173m in H1 21) reflecting improved revenue
quality, operating efficiencies and effective C-19 cost management as well as non-recurrent special factors^ and
received social security payments in Q2 21 and Q2 20 (underlying^ growth +3.6% y-o-y in Q2 21 and +3.5% y-o-y in H1
21). OIBDA^6 margin stood at 32.3% in Q2 21 (31.3% in H1 21), up +1.5 p.p. y-o-y in Q2 21 as well as in H1 21,
reflecting the before mentioned effects.
Depreciation & Amortisation totalled EUR 1,186m in H1 21, up +6.9% y-o-y. The increase in D&A is due to a combination
of the earlier 3G switch off by YE21 and higher RoU asset amortisation while somewhat offset by the UMTS licenses
having reached their end of useful life at YE20.
Operating income for the first 6M of 2021 stood at EUR -29m compared to EUR -30m in the prior year.
Net financial expenses accounted for EUR -33m in H1 21 versus EUR -32m in H1 20.
Income tax was EUR -21m in the first 6M of 2021 (EUR 0m in H1 20)
Total profit for the period stood at EUR -84m in the first half-year of 2021 compared to EUR -62m in H1 20.
CapEx^increased +11.5% y-o-y amounting EUR 280m in Q2 21 (+6.9% y-o-y to EUR 508m in H1 21) with a C/S ratio of
14.8% (13.6% in H1 21). The CapEx^9 deployment comes with backend-loaded annual phasing as Telefónica Deutschland is
executing its 'investment for growth' programme according to plan to capture valuable revenue and OIBDA growth
Operating cash flow (OIBDA^ minus CapEx^9) increased +7.4% y-o-y and reached EUR 649m after the first 6 months of
2021. Excluding exceptional effects, operating cash flow amounted to EUR 666m in H1 21, up +9.1% y-o-y.
Free cash flow (FCF)^amounted to EUR 382m in H1 21 compared to EUR 316m in the first 6M of 2020. Lease payments,
primarily for leased lines and antenna sites, amounted to EUR -368m in the first 6 months of 2021 (EUR -336m in H1 20).
As a result, FCFaL is already positive with EUR +14m in H1 21 compared to EUR -20m in H1 20.
Working capital movements were negative in the amount of EUR -253m in H1 21. This development was mainly driven by a
decrease in capex payables (EUR -158m), increased pre-payments (EUR -45m), net restructuring impacts (EUR +9m) as well
as other working capital movements of EUR -59m. The latter include the development of net receivables of EUR +71m
(including factoring), which was outweighed by other working capital movements, especially a decrease in trade and
other payables (EUR -142m).
Consolidated net financial debt^ amounted to EUR 3,888m as of 30 June 2021, and included the FY20 dividend payment
of EUR 535m in May as well as an increase in lease liabilities of EUR 131m due regular contract renewals. The resulting
leverage ratio of 1.6x^ remained well below the company's self-defined target ratio of at or below 2.5x and leaves
comfortable leverage headroom with regards to the company's BBB-rating with stable outlook by Fitch.
Financial outlook 2021
Telefónica Deutschland delivered strong operational and financial momentum in a rational market environment in H1 2021.
The focused execution of the company's growth-oriented investment programme is bearing fruit while C-19 related
restrictions weighed on commercial activities and international roaming revenues particularly in the first four months
of the year. Telefónica Deutschland registered strong trading momentum especially the second quarter of the year with
continued traction of the O[2 ]Free portfolio leveraging online channels and historic low churn rates. The dynamic was
reinforced by the gradual reopening of the O shops and the accompanying network marketing campaign. Also,
performance of partner brands was solid.
Consequently, Telefónica Deutschland posted good operational and financial performance with progress in underlying
trends as the company continued to focus on profitable growth. C-19 related impacts have mostly annualized with
pandemic related measures being gradually lifted over the course of the second quarter. All O shops are open again
since the beginning of June. Travel restrictions limiting roaming activities saw a gradually easing towards the start
of the German school holiday season.
At the same time, Telefónica Deutschland continues to pursue its path of digital transformation to make its business
model 'simpler, faster and better' and to benefit from revenue growth as well as efficiency gains. Telefónica
Deutschland emphasizes sustainable growth and, as part of its ESG targets, is committed to achieve net zero carbon
emissions by no later than 2025.
Against this background, Telefónica Deutschland is updating its FY 2021 outlook as below:
Financial year 2021 total revenues and OIBDA adjusted for exceptional effects are both expected to be 'slightly
positive' year-over-year, respectively.
The company's CapEx deployment comes with backend-loaded phasing in 2021 as Telefónica Deutschland is executing its
network-focused 'investment for growth' programme to capture available revenue and OIBDA growth opportunities. The
expected Capex to Sales ratio remains unchanged at 17% - 18% in FY2021.
Telefónica Deutschland's assumptions are based on broadly unchanged overall economic conditions, current competitive
dynamics, and existing wholesale relationships. At the same time, management is continuously monitoring and analysing
the further C-19 developments.
Baseline Outlook Actuals Updated
2020 2021 H1 2021 Outlook 2021
Revenue EUR 7,532m Flat to slightly positive EUR 3,743m Slightly positive
y-o-y (+2.9% y-o-y)^ y-o-y
OIBDA EUR 2,319m Broadly stable to slightly positive EUR 1,174m Slightly positive
Adjusted for exceptional effects y-o-y (+8.2% y-o-y)^ y-o-y
Capex to Sales Ratio 14.5% 17-18% 13.6% 17-18%
Link to detailed Data Tables
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