Digi Communications N.V. reports consolidated revenues and other income of EUR 447 million, adjusted EBITDA (excluding IFRS 16) of EUR 140 million for Q1 2024

Digi Communications NV announces the release of Q1 2024 Financial Results

(IN BRIEF) Digi Communications NV reported a strong performance in Q1 2024, with consolidated revenues and other income rising by 12% year-on-year to EUR 446.7 million. The adjusted EBITDA (excluding IFRS 16 impacts) increased by 23.4% to EUR 139.9 million. The growth was driven by a significant rise in the customer base across Romania, Spain, and Italy, reaching nearly 25 million revenue-generating units (RGUs), a 14.3% year-on-year increase.

Key highlights include:

  • Romania: Mobile users grew by 16.3% to over 6 million. Fixed internet and Pay-TV services also saw increases, contributing to a total of 17.3 million RGUs.
  • Spain: Mobile users increased by 23.6% to 5 million, while broadband users surged by 56.7% to 1.5 million, leading to a total of 7 million RGUs.
  • Italy: Mobile users grew by 18.2% to 435,000 RGUs.

The company is preparing to launch services in new markets in Portugal and Belgium in 2024. Additionally, Digi Spain announced the sale of its FTTH network to Sota Investments Spain OpCo, enhancing liquidity for further network expansion.

A conference call to discuss these results was scheduled for May 15, 2024, hosted by CEO Serghei Bulgac and CFO Dan Ionita.

(PRESS RELEASE) BUCHAREST, Romania, 15-May-2024 — /EuropaWire/ — Digi Communications N.V. (“Digi” or the “Company”), one of the leading European telecommunications companies, listed on the Bucharest Stock Exchange, informs the shareholders and investors that the Q1 2024 Financial Results are available on the Company’s website: https://www.digi-communications.ro/en/investor-relations/shares/financial-results-shares/quarterly-reports-shares  

The Company reports consolidated revenues in the first quarter of 2024 (including revenues and other income) of EUR 446.7 million, a 12% increase versus Q1 2023. The adjusted EBITDA for Q1 2024 amounted to EUR 163.1 million (+21.9% YoY), and adjusted EBITDA excluding the IFRS 16 impact was EUR 139.9 million (+23.4% YoY). This performance aligns with the management’s projections for 2024, underpinned by solid growth in strategic markets.

  • Digi Communications consolidated revenues and other income increased 12% year-on-year in Q1 2024, reaching EUR 446.7 million.
  • An adjusted EBITDA (excluding IFRS 16 impacts) of EUR 139.9 million, marking a 23.4% rise due to an expanding customer base across Romania, Spain, and Italy.
  • A significant rise in revenue-generating units (RGUs) across all three markets, approaching the historic milestone of 25 million RGUs – a 14.3% increase year-over-year (YoY) – spanning mobile, fixed internet, Pay TV, and fixed telephony services.

Serghei Bulgac, CEO of Digi Communications, stated: “Following a year of remarkable expansion in 2023, we are thrilled to report a robust first quarter of 2024. Our key markets, Romania and Spain, have maintained strong performance and allowed us to reach a historical milestone of 25 million clients served, across all three markets of activity. This important growth from the first three months of the year was driven by our mobile segment in Spain, which grew by 23.6%, reaching 5 million customers. In parallel, Spain’s broadband segment experienced accelerated growth of 56.7%, now serving 1.5 million users. Romanian mobile users exceeded 6 million with an increase of 16.3% year on year. These figures indicate another year of anticipated growth, aligning with our expectations and capability to meet evolving consumer needs in a competitive landscape. We are committed to continue to deliver superior quality at affordable prices across vibrant European markets, including established regions and new markets in Belgium and Portugal, where we are gearing up for the service launch.”

In Q1 2024, Digi Communications continued its growth trajectory across all service portfolios, registering a 14.3% YoY increase, approaching 25 million RGUs across Romania, Spain, and Italy. The company’s diverse offerings include mobile and fixed-line telephony, broadband data services, and Pay TV. In Romania, Digi operates a state-of-the-art fibre optic network for fixed and mobile telecommunication, broadband and entertainment solutions. In Spain, Digi provides mobile, broadband, and fixed-line services, and in Italy, the Group offers exclusively mobile services.

The mobile division delivers the most revenue-generating user agreements (RGUs) within the Group, accounting for 46.4% of the overall RGUs in the three markets. Maintaining its momentum from past quarters, in Q1 2024, the mobile segment saw the RGUs climb to 11.5 million, a 19.5% YoY increase, covering mobile telephony clients across Romania, Spain, and Italy.

In Romania, the mobile service segment reached 6 million RGUs in Q1 2024, an evolution of 16.3% compared to Q1 2023. Fixed internet services registered an increase of 7.8% YoY in Q1 2024, up to 4.7 million RGUs, while the Pay-TV services (cable and satellite) segment increased by 3.8% compared to Q1 2023, up to 5.7 million RGUs. Adding the fixed-line telephony, the total number of RGUs in the Romanian market amounted to 17.3 million customers as of the end of Q1 2024, a 8.5% YoY increase.

Spanish operations continued to grow well into Q1 2024, with the number of users of fixed services, internet, and mobile telephony increasing by 31.5% compared to Q1 2023 to 7 million RGUs. Mobile users increased by 23.6% to 5 million RGUs, while broadband users increased by 56.7% to 1.5 million.

In Italy, mobile users increased by 18.2% YoY, reaching 435K RGUs as of the end of Q1 2024.

Looking ahead, Digi’s strategic initiatives in Portugal and Belgium are paving the way for future expansions. Digi’s local subsidiaries are preparing to launch commercial services in these two markets in 2024.

In April 2024, Digi Spain announced the sale of its FTTH network across 12 provinces to Sota Investments Spain OpCo, S.L.U., managed by a consortium including Macquarie Capital, abrdn, and Arjun Infrastructure Partners. Valued at up to 750 million euros, this sale will enhance Digi Spain’s liquidity and enable further investment in network expansion. The transaction, reaching approximately 4.25 million homes with plans to expand to 6 million homes within three years, awaits FDI clearance and merger control approval.

Commercial indicators by market (RGU 000’s) Q1’24 Q1’23 Change (%)
Romania 17,266 15,916 8.5%
Mobile services 6,023 5,178 16.3%
Pay-TV 5,718 5,507 3.8%
Broadband 4,646 4,309 7.8%
Fixed telephony 879 922 (4.7%)
   
Spain 7,027 5,342 31.5%
Mobile services 5,006 4,049 23.6%
Broadband 1,525 973 56.7%
Fixed telephony 496 320 55.0%
   
Italy 435 368 18.2%
Mobile services 435 368 18.2%
   
TOTAL 24,728 21,626 14.3%

Also today, 15 May 2024 at 14:00 UK time / 16:00 EEST (Romania local time) it will host a conference call to discuss its Q1 2024 Financial Results.

The call will be held in English language, and it will be hosted by the Company’s CEO, Mr. Serghei Bulgac, and the Company’s CFO, Mr. Dan Ionita.

To participate in the call the stakeholders are invited to pre-register at: https://www.digi-communications.ro/en/investor-relations/shares/financial-calendar

The deadline for pre-registration is 15 May 2024, 12:00 UK time/ 14:00 EEST (Romania local time).

About Digi Communications N.V.

We are an European leader in geographically-focused telecommunication solutions, based on the number of revenue generating units (“RGUs”) and a leading provider of telecommunication services in Romania and Spain, with a presence also in Italy, Portugal and Belgium.

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For Digi Communications NV
Phone no: +40314006505
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SOURCE: Digi Communications NV

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