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SES: Solid YTD 2022 Results

SES S.A. announces financial results for the nine and three months ended 30 September 2022.

YTD financial performance reflects solid execution across the business, complemented by value-accretive DRS GES acquisition

  • Revenue of €1,400 million (+6.1% YOY as reported), Adjusted EBITDA(1) of €829 million (+0.7% YOY as reported), and Adjusted Net Profit €277 million (+23.2% YOY as reported) including contribution from DRS GES (acquired 1 August 2022) and stronger US dollar
  • Growth in Networks (+2.7% YOY(2)) and important renewals secured in Video (-5.6% YOY including periodic(2)) underpins Full Year standalone outlook(3) of €1,750-1,810 million in revenue and €1,030-1,070 million in Adjusted EBITDA
  • Expected revenue contribution from DRS GES acquisition of $85-90 million (from 1 August 2022 to 31 December 2022)
  • Leverage(4) at 4x due to DRS GES acquisition and growth investment; expected to reduce to around 3.5x by end-2022

US C-band clearing de-risked to deliver over $3 billion of value; differentiated investments to drive future long-term growth

  • SES-20, SES-21, and SES-22 all successfully in orbit. Clear line of sight to Phase 2 clearing proceeds ($3 billion pre-tax)
  • Additional clearing for Verizon nearing completion; expect $155 million in Q4 2022 with balance up to $15 million in early 2023
  • SES-17 (in service/consuming backlog) & O3b mPOWER (service introduction Q3 2023) gross backlog $955 million(5) (up 22% YOY)
  • First O3b mPOWER launch scheduled for 15 December 2022 with further launches planned for Q1 2023
  • Ground-breaking EAGLE-1 partnership advances SES’ leadership in Quantum Key Distribution and secure connectivity across Europe

Steve Collar, CEO of SES, commented: “Our year-to-date performance reflects solid ongoing execution across the business and we remain fully on track to deliver on our 2022 outlook, to capture significant value from US C-band, and to position SES for profitable long-term growth through the deployment of our state-of-the-art multi-orbit assets and architecture.

Our Networks business is up 2.7% year-on-year primarily driven by ongoing success in Cruise and Aviation. SES-17 is now contributing to growth across the Americas with 13 new deals signed in 8 different geographies, while Thales InFlyt Experience continues to transition aircraft successfully. In Government, we have completed the acquisition of DRS GES more quickly than expected and integration with our existing US Government business is well underway. The combined SES Government Solutions business now boasts scale and an expanded value proposition to our Government end-users just as we launch significant new assets in SES-17 and O3b mPOWER.

The first O3b mPOWER launch is scheduled for 15 December and, together with two further launches scheduled in Q1 2023, the constellation will enter service in Q3 2023. Importantly we have already deployed the O3b mPOWER environment on the ground, and our customers are starting to receive O3b mPOWER technology that will be deployed initially on our existing MEO constellation.

With the successful launches of our first three C-Band satellites, the second phase of clearing is de-risked and therefore we have clear line of sight to $3 billion in accelerated clearing payments due at the end of 2023. In equally good news, the additional US C-band clearing for Verizon is nearly complete and we expect to receive the majority of the $170 million of agreed proceeds by the end of this year.”

Key business and financial highlights (at constant FX unless explained otherwise)

SES regularly uses Alternative Performance Measures (APM) to present the performance of the Group and believes that these APMs are relevant to enhance understanding of the financial performance and financial position.

€million

 

YTD 2022

 

YTD 2021

 

Change as reported

Average €/$ FX rate

 

1.07

 

1.20

 

 

Revenue

 

1,400

 

1,319

 

+6.1%

Adjusted EBITDA

 

829

 

823

 

+0.7%

Adjusted Net Profit

 

277

 

225

 

+23.2%

Adjusted Net Debt / Adjusted EBITDA

 

4.0 times

 

3.4 times

 

n/a

  • Video revenue of €763 million represents a reduction of 5.6% year-on-year including the planned impact of lower US wholesale revenue and periodic revenue of €10 million in Q1 2022. Excluding these two items, Video was 3.3% lower than YTD 2021 as lower volumes in mature markets were partially offset by growth in HD+ and Sports & Events.
  • At 30 September 2022, SES delivers around 8,000 total TV channels to 366 million TV homes around the world, including around 3,100 High Definition TV channels. 73% of total TV channels are broadcast in MPEG-4 with an additional 6% broadcast in HEVC.
  • Networks revenue of €636 million included the first contribution from DRS GES (acquired 1 August 2022) of €32 million. On a ‘same scope’ basis (excluding DRS GES) Networks grew by 2.7% year-on-year compared with YTD 2021 with growth in Mobility (of +17.7%) and Fixed Data (of +2.2%), while the rapid US withdrawal from Afghanistan in Q3 2021 was the main contributor to lower revenue in Government (-7.0%).
  • Adjusted EBITDA of €829 million represented an Adjusted EBITDA margin of 59.2% (YTD 2021: 62.4%) including recurring operating expenses of €571 million and an EBITDA contribution of €4 million from the acquisition of DRS GES (from 1 August 2022). Adjusted EBITDA excludes US C-band operating expenses (net of reimbursement income) of €18 million (YTD 2021: €18 million) and other significant special items of €11 million (YTD 2021: €7 million).
  • Adjusted Net Profit (as reported) improved by 23% year-on-year to €277 million including a net foreign exchange gain of €87 million (YTD 2021: €24 million gain) and higher income tax expense of €52 million (YTD 2021: €36 million expense).
  • At 30 September 2022, the Adjusted Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA ratio (including 50% of the €1,175 million of hybrid bonds as debt) was 4.0 times (YTD 2021: 3.4 times) reflecting the acquisition of DRS GES for $450 million, capital expenditure for SES-17 and O3b mPOWER, and costs related to US C-band clearing ahead of anticipated future reimbursements, and before receipt of proceeds from additional clearing for Verizon of $170 million (of which up to $155 million is expected in Q4 2022), and Phase II accelerated relocation payment of $2,991 million linked to 5 December 2023 clearing milestone.
  • Contract backlog at 30 September 2022 was €5.1 billion (€6.4 billion gross backlog including backlog with contractual break clauses), including DRS GES contract backlog of €0.1 billion (€0.8 billion gross backlog).
  • 2022 group revenue and Adjusted EBITDA outlook (assuming an FX rate of €1=$1.13, nominal satellite health, and nominal launch schedule) is unchanged and expected to be between €1,750-1,810 million and between €1,030-1,070 million respectively. This excludes the acquisition of DRS GES which is expected to contribute an additional $85-90 million to group revenue for the period 1 August 2022 to 31 December 2022.
  • Capital expenditure (net cash absorbed by investing activities excluding acquisitions, financial investments, and US C-band repurposing) outlook (assuming an FX rate of €1=$1.13) is also unchanged and expected to be €950 million in 2022 with an average of €460 million for 2023-2026.

Operational performance

REVENUE BY BUSINESS UNIT

 

 

Revenue (€ million) as reported

 

Change (YOY) at constant FX and scope(1)

 

 

Q1 2022

 

Q2 2022

 

Q3 2022

 

YTD 2022

 

Q1 2022

 

Q2 2022

 

Q3 2022

 

YTD 2022

Average €/$ FX rate

 

1.12

 

1.08

 

1.02

 

1.07

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video (total)

 

261

 

250

 

252

 

763

 

-2.6%

 

-7.7%

 

-6.5%

 

-5.6%

- Video (underlying)

 

251

 

250

 

252

 

753

 

-6.4%

 

-7.7%

 

-6.5%

 

-6.8%

- Periodic

 

10

 

-

 

-

 

10

 

n/m

 

n/m

 

n/m

 

n/m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Government (underlying)

 

71

 

75

 

107(2)

 

253(2)

 

-5.7%

 

-9.2%

 

-6.0%

 

-7.0%

Fixed Data (underlying)

 

58

 

64

 

69

 

191

 

-2.4%

 

+7.9%

 

+1.3%

 

+2.2%

Mobility (underlying)

 

57

 

62

 

73

 

192

 

+9.9%

 

+22.2%

 

+20.6%

 

+17.7%

Networks (total)

 

186

 

201

 

249

 

636

 

-0.3%

 

+4.4%

 

+3.9%

 

+2.7%

- Networks (underlying)

 

186

 

201

 

249

 

636

 

-0.3%

 

+4.4%

 

+3.9%

 

+2.7%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sub-total

 

447

 

451

 

501

 

1,399

 

-1.7%

 

-2.7%

 

-1.9%

 

-2.1%

- Underlying

 

437

 

451

 

501

 

1,389

 

-3.9%

 

-2.7%

 

-1.9%

 

-2.8%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other

 

1

 

-

 

-

 

1

 

n/m

 

n/m

 

n/m

 

n/m

Group Total

 

448

 

451

 

501

 

1,400

 

-1.6%

 

-2.7%

 

-2.0%

 

-2.1%

1) “At constant FX and scope” refers to comparative figures restated at the current period FX, to neutralise currency variations, and excluding the acquisition of DRS GES (which was completed on 1 August 2022). 2) As reported includes €32 million from the acquisition of DRS GES.

“Underlying” revenue represents the core business of capacity sales, as well as associated services and equipment. This revenue may be impacted by changes in launch schedule and satellite health status. “Periodic” revenue separates revenues that are not directly related to or would distort the underlying business trends on a quarterly basis. Periodic revenue includes: the outright sale of transponders or transponder equivalents; accelerated revenue from hosted payloads during construction; termination fees; insurance proceeds; certain interim satellite missions, and other such items when material. “Other” includes revenue not directly applicable to Video or Networks.

Future satellite launches

Satellite

 

Region

 

Application

 

Launch Date

SES-22

 

North America

 

Video (US C-band accelerated clearing)

 

Launched

SES-20 & SES-21

 

North America

 

Video (US C-band accelerated clearing)

 

Launched

O3b mPOWER (satellites 1-2)

 

Global

 

Fixed Data, Mobility, Government

 

Q4 2022

O3b mPOWER (satellites 3-4)

 

Global

 

Fixed Data, Mobility, Government

 

Q1 2023

O3b mPOWER (satellites 5-6)

 

Global

 

Fixed Data, Mobility, Government

 

Q1 2023

SES-18 & SES-19

 

North America

 

Video (US C-band accelerated clearing)

 

Q1 2023

O3b mPOWER (satellites 7-8)

 

Global

 

Fixed Data, Mobility, Government

 

2023

O3b mPOWER (satellites 9-11)

 

Global

 

Fixed Data, Mobility, Government

 

2024

ASTRA 1P

 

Europe

 

Video

 

2024

ASTRA 1Q

 

Europe

 

Video, Fixed Data, Mobility, Government

 

2024

SES-26

 

Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East

 

Video, Fixed Data, Mobility, Government

 

2024

EAGLE-1

 

Europe

 

Government

 

2024

CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT

€ million

 

YTD 2022

 

YTD 2021

Average €/$ FX rate

 

1.07

 

1.20

Revenue

 

1,400

 

1,319

US C-band repurposing income

 

6

 

57

Operating expenses

 

(606)

 

(578)

EBITDA

 

800

 

798

Depreciation expense

 

(454)

 

(426)

Impairment expense

 

(24)

 

-

Amortisation expense

 

(40)

 

(72)

Operating profit

 

282

 

300

Net financing costs

 

(6)

 

(67)

Profit before tax

 

276

 

233

Income tax expense

 

(78)

 

(30)

Non-controlling interests

 

-

 

2

Net profit attributable to owners of the parent

 

198

 

205

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted earnings per A-share (in €)(1)

 

0.39

 

0.39

Basic and diluted earnings per B-share (in €)(1)

 

0.16

 

0.15

1) Earnings per share is calculated as profit attributable to owners of the parent divided by the weighted average number of shares outstanding during the year, as adjusted to reflect the economic rights of each class of share. For the purposes of the EPS calculation only, the net profit for the year attributable to ordinary shareholders has been adjusted to include the assumed coupon, net of tax, on the perpetual bonds.

€ million

 

YTD 2022

 

YTD 2021

Adjusted EBITDA

 

829

 

823

US C-band reimbursement income

 

6

 

57

US C-band operating expenses

 

(24)

 

(75)

Other significant special items

 

(11)

 

(7)

EBITDA

 

800

 

798

€ million

 

YTD 2022

 

YTD 2021

Adjusted Net Profit

 

277

 

225

US C-band reimbursement income

 

6

 

57

US C-band operating expenses

 

(24)

 

(75)

Impairment expense

 

(24)

 

-

Other significant special items

 

(11)

 

(7)

Tax on significant special items

 

(26)

 

5

Net profit attributable to owners of the parent

 

198

 

205

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION

QUARTERLY INCOME STATEMENT (AS REPORTED)

€ million

 

Q1 2021

 

Q2 2021

 

Q3 2021

 

Q4 2021

 

Q1 2022

 

Q2 2022

 

Q3 2022

Average €/$ FX rate

 

1.22

 

1.20

 

1.19

 

1.15

 

1.12

 

1.08

 

1.02

Revenue

 

436

 

439

 

444

 

463

 

448

 

451

 

501

US C-band repurposing income

 

27

 

20

 

10

 

844

 

2

 

2

 

2

Operating expenses

 

(203)

 

(193)

 

(182)

 

(243)

 

(184)

 

(190)

 

(232)

EBITDA

 

260

 

266

 

272

 

1,064

 

266

 

263

 

271

Depreciation expense

 

(140)

 

(143)

 

(143)

 

(149)

 

(147)

 

(149)

 

(158)

Amortisation expense

 

(19)

 

(29)

 

(24)

 

(23)

 

(12)

 

(12)

 

(16)

Impairment expense

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(724)

 

-

 

(24)

 

-

Operating profit

 

101

 

94

 

105

 

168

 

107

 

78

 

97

Net financing costs

 

(26)

 

(18)

 

(23)

 

(4)

 

(16)

 

(14)

 

24

Profit before tax

 

75

 

76

 

82

 

164

 

91

 

64

 

121

Income tax benefit/(expense)

 

(8)

 

(8)

 

(14)

 

79

 

(9)

 

(45)

 

(24)

Non-controlling interests

 

2

 

-

 

-

 

5

 

-

 

-

 

-

Net Profit

 

69

 

68

 

68

 

248

 

82

 

19

 

97

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share (in €) (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class A shares

 

0.13

 

0.12

 

0.14

 

0.53

 

0.17

 

0.02

 

0.20

Class B shares

 

0.05

 

0.05

 

0.05

 

0.22

 

0.07

 

0.01

 

0.08

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

268

 

276

 

279

 

268

 

274

 

271

 

284

Adjusted EBITDA margin

 

61%

 

63%

 

63%

 

58%

 

61%

 

60%

 

57%

US C-band repurposing income

 

27

 

20

 

10

 

844

 

2

 

2

 

2

US C-band operating expenses

 

(34)

 

(25)

 

(16)

 

(47)

 

(9)

 

(8)

 

(7)

Other significant special items

 

(1)

 

(5)

 

(1)

 

(1)

 

(1)

 

(2)

 

(8)

EBITDA

 

260

 

266

 

272

 

1,064

 

266

 

263

 

271

1) Earnings per share is calculated as profit attributable to owners of the parent divided by the weighted average number of shares outstanding during the year, as adjusted to reflect the economic rights of each class of share. For the purposes of the EPS calculation only, the net profit for the year attributable to ordinary shareholders has been adjusted to include the coupon, net of tax, on the perpetual bonds. Fully diluted earnings per share are not significantly different from basic earnings per share.

QUARTERLY OPERATING PROFIT (AT CONSTANT €/$ FX RATE OF €1: $1.13)

€ million

 

Q1 2021

 

Q2 2021

 

Q3 2021

 

Q4 2021

 

Q1 2022

 

Q2 2022

 

Q3 2022

Average €/$ FX rate

 

1.13

 

1.13

 

1.13

 

1.13

 

1.13

 

1.13

 

1.13

Revenue

 

454

 

452

 

455

 

468

 

446

 

440

 

471

US C-band repurposing income

 

29

 

21

 

11

 

861

 

2

 

2

 

1

Operating expenses

 

(213)

 

(199)

 

(187)

 

(246)

 

(182)

 

(183)

 

(217)

EBITDA

 

270

 

274

 

279

 

1,083

 

266

 

259

 

255

Depreciation expense

 

(149)

 

(150)

 

(149)

 

(154)

 

(147)

 

(148)

 

(143)

Amortisation expense

 

(19)

 

(30)

 

(23)

 

(23)

 

(12)

 

(12)

 

(15)

Impairment expense

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(739)

 

-

 

(24)

 

-

Operating profit

 

102

 

94

 

107

 

167

 

107

 

75

 

97

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

278

 

285

 

286

 

271

 

274

 

267

 

267

Adjusted EBITDA margin

 

61%

 

63%

 

63%

 

58%

 

61%

 

60%

 

57%

US C-band repurposing income

 

29

 

21

 

11

 

861

 

2

 

2

 

1

US C-band operating expenses

 

(36)

 

(27)

 

(17)

 

(48)

 

(9)

 

(8)

 

(6)

Other significant special items

 

(1)

 

(5)

 

(1)

 

(1)

 

(1)

 

(2)

 

(7)

EBITDA

 

270

 

274

 

279

 

1,083

 

266

 

259

 

255

ALTERNATIVE PERFORMANCE MEASURES

SES regularly uses Alternative Performance Measures (‘APM’) to present the performance of the Group and believes that these APMs are relevant to enhance understanding of the financial performance and financial position. These measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies and are not measurements under IFRS or any other body of generally accepted accounting principles, and thus should not be considered substitutes for the information contained in the Group’s financial statements.

Alternative Performance Measure

 

Definition

Reported EBITDA and EBITDA margin

 

EBITDA is profit for the period before depreciation, amortisation, net financing cost and income tax. EBITDA margin is EBITDA divided by revenue.

Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin

 

EBITDA adjusted to exclude significant special items. In 2021 and 2022, the primary exceptional items are the net impact of the repurposing of US C-band spectrum, restructuring charges, one-off regulatory charges arising outside ongoing operations, and costs associated with the acquisition and integration of new subsidiaries. Adjusted EBITDA margin is Adjusted EBITDA divided by revenue.

Adjusted Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA

 

Adjusted Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA, represents the ratio of Net Debt plus 50% of the group’s hybrid bonds (per the rating agency methodology) divided by the last 12 months’ (rolling) Adjusted EBITDA.

Adjusted Net Profit

 

Net profit attributable to owners of the parent adjusted to exclude the

After tax impact of significant special items.

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Presentation of Results:

A presentation of the results for investors and analysts will be hosted at 9.30 CET on 3 November 2022 and will be broadcast via webcast and conference call. The details for the conference call and webcast are as follows:

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Germany

 

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Confirmation code

 

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Webcast registration

 

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About SES

SES has a bold vision to deliver amazing experiences everywhere on earth by distributing the highest quality video content and providing seamless connectivity around the world. As the leader in global content connectivity solutions, SES operates the world’s only multi-orbit constellation of satellites with the unique combination of global coverage and high performance, including the commercially proven, low latency Medium Earth Orbit O3b system. By leveraging a vast and intelligent, cloud-enabled network, SES is able to deliver high quality connectivity solutions anywhere on land, at sea or in the air, and is a trusted partner to the world’s leading telecommunications companies, mobile network operators, governments, connectivity and cloud service providers, broadcasters, video platform operators and content owners. SES’s video network carries around 8,000 channels and has an unparalleled reach of 366 million households, delivering managed media services for both linear and non-linear content. The company is listed on Paris and Luxembourg stock exchanges (Ticker: SESG). Further information is available at: www.ses.com.

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1 Excluding operating expenses/income recognised in relation to US C-band repurposing and other significant special items (disclosed separately)
2 At constant FX and scope which refers to comparative figures restated, to neutralise currency variations, and excluding the acquisition of DRS Global Enterprise Solutions (DRS GES)
3 Financial outlook assumes a /$ FX rate of €1 = $1.13, nominal satellite health, and nominal launch schedule. ‘Standalone’ outlook excludes acquisition of DRS GES
4 Ratio of Adjusted Net Debt (including 50% of the €1.175 billion of hybrid bonds as debt) to Adjusted EBITDA
5 Gross backlog $955 million (fully protected: $710 million)

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