Brazilian telecom carrier
) reported second quarter 2012 net income of R$1,085.5 million
($554.7 million), down 5.6% year over year. Earnings per ADS came
in at 49 cents, considerably lagging the Zacks Consensus Estimate
of 56 cents.
Revenue dipped 0.2% year over year to R$8.24 billion ($4.2
billion), and also missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $4.37
billion, mainly due to the slowdown in fixed-line customer
Consolidated EBITDA inched up 1% year over year to R$3.1 billion
($1.6 billion) with EBITDA margin increasing 40 basis points (bps)
to 37.5%. Operating expenses dropped 0.9% year over year to R$5.15
billion ($2.63 billion).
revenue climbed 8.4% year over year to R$5.12 billion ($2.62
billion), driven primarily by data and VAS, and access and usage
revenues. Telefonica Brasil added 0.93 million customers in the
quarter, thus taking its total subscriber base to 75.72 million (up
18.2% year over year). Post-paid and prepaid subscribers grew 20.6%
and 17.5% year over year to 17.17 million and 58.54 million,
Average revenue per user (ARPU) fell 7% to R$21.9 ($11.2) as
lower voice ARPU fully mitigated the growth in data ARPU. As a
result of higher termination of 1.6 million inactive prepaid
subscribers, customer churn upped 1% year over year to 3.8%.
revenue fell 11.7% year over year to R$3.11 billion ($1.6 billion).
Pay TV performed the worst with revenue decline of 20.2% followed
by declines of 17%, 13.5% and 3.2% in fixed voice and access, other
services and interconnection revenues, respectively. However, data
transmission revenue increased 2.2%.
Total fixed access lines reached 15.13 million at the end of the
reported quarter, reflecting a 0.9% year-over-year decrease.
Telefonica Brasil added 32,000 fixed broadband service customers,
bringing the total subscriber base to roughly 3.72 million (up 7.1%
year over year) during the quarter. The Pay TV subscriber base
dropped 4.6% year over year to 650,000 customers. Fixed voice lost
113,000 customers and the subscriber base stood at 10.77 million at
the end of the second quarter.
Telefonica Brasil, a subsidiary of
), exited the second quarter with cash and cash equivalents of
R$2.11 billion compared with R$2.67 billion in the year-ago
quarter. Net debt decreased to R$3.17 billion from R$3.21 billion
in the year-ago quarter. Net debt-to-EBITDA ratio improved to 0.26
times from 0.27 times in the year-ago quarter.
Capital expenditures decreased 38.2% year over year to R$1.14
billion ($0.58 billion) in the reported quarter.
Despite the expansion of video, broadband Internet and Pay TV
services, we remain skeptical about the company's ability to regain
lost profitability in the fixed-line segment. Tariff cuts, intense
inflationary pressure, stiff competition from rivals like
S.A.B. de C.V.
Telecom Italia S.P.A.
), and excessive government intervention would put added pressure.
All these factors might restrict potential synergies derived from
the mobile business and restrain top and bottom-line growth.
We are currently maintaining our long-term Underperform
recommendation on the stock. For the short term (1-3 months),
Telefonica Brasil holds a Zacks # 5 (Strong Sell) Rank.
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