Chunghwa Telecom Reports Un-Audited Consolidated Operating R
TAIPEI, Jan. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd. (TAIEX: 2412, NYSE: CHT) ("Chunghwa" or "the Company") today reported its un-audited operating results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2019. All figures were prepared in accordance with Taiwan-International Financial Reporting Standards ("T-IFRSs") on a consolidated basis.
(Comparisons throughout the press release, unless otherwise stated, are made with regard to the prior year period.)
Fourth Quarter 2019 Financial Highlights
Full Year 2019 Financial Highlights
Mr. Chi-Mau Sheih, Chairman and CEO of Chunghwa Telecom, stated, "During the fourth quarter of 2019, we not only maintained our leading market position but also saw a slight uptick in market share in terms of both mobile revenue and subscriber number, which we believe a solid foundation for the upcoming 5G service development. Our fixed broadband ARPU also increased, where subscribers continued to migrate to higher-speed fiber services. Another driver of growth this quarter was in MOD business, where our highest-priced package of our free-to-choose-channel plans remained the most popular choice. ICT business revenue increased and back to growth trajectory as well due to recognition of some large projects and we see streaming revenue from ICT projects continued to grow."
"We believe we are well positioned to capture the growth opportunities of 2020. The first phase of the 5G spectrum auction was completed recently, and we plan to launch 5G services in the third quarter of 2020. In our fixed broadband business, we will maintain our strategy of migrating customers to higher speed services to capture incremental ARPU. In IPTV, we will continue to leverage popular sporting events, such as the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games, to grow both subscriptions and revenue. Finally, in ICT, we remain committed to expanding our in-house developed services, which we believe will continue to grow as a healthy contributor to our consolidated revenue in 2020. Going forward, we remain focused on investing in our core businesses and on leveraging our competitive advantages to generate shareholder value." concluded Mr. Sheih.
Chunghwa Telecom's total revenues for the fourth quarter of 2019 decreased by 0.5% to NT$55.23 billion.
Mobile communications revenue for the fourth quarter of 2019 decreased by 2.4% to NT$24.46 billion. Due to increased market competition and VoIP substitution, mobile service revenue decreased year-over-year, and smart device sales decreased as well.
Internet business revenue for the fourth quarter of 2019 decreased by 4.2% year over year to NT$8.15 billion.
Domestic fixed revenue for the fourth quarter of 2019 increased by 2.3% year over year to NT$18.39 billion, mainly due to higher ICT project revenue. The local telephone service revenue decreased by 6.2% to NT$6.31 billion, primarily driven by the increased mobile and VoIP substitution. Broadband access revenue decreased by 1.4% to NT$4.51 billion.
International fixed communications revenue decreased by 12.0% to NT$2.66 billion.
Total revenue for the full year of 2019 decreased by 3.7% year over year to NT$207.52 billion.
Operating Costs and Expenses
Total operating costs and expenses for the fourth quarter of 2019 decreased by 0.6% year over year to NT$45.20 billion, mainly due to the lower interconnection costs.
Total operating costs and expenses for 2019 decreased by 3.0% year over year to NT$166.74 billion.
Operating Income and Net Income
Income from operations for the fourth quarter of 2019 decreased by 2.4% to NT$9.98 billion. The operating margin was 18.1%, as compared to 18.4% in the same period of 2018. Net income attributable to stockholders of the parent decreased by 7.3% to NT$7.80 billion. Basic earnings per share was NT$1.01.
Income from operations for 2019 decreased by 6.8% to NT$ 40.70 billion. The operating margin was 19.6%, compared to 20.3% for 2018. Net income attributable to stockholders of the parent decreased by 7.6% to NT$ 32.81 billion. Basic earnings per share was NT$4.23.
Cash Flow and EBITDA
Cash flow from operating activities for the fourth quarter of 2019 increased by 16.8% to NT$23.55 billion, which was mainly due to decrease of accounts receivable.
Cash and cash equivalents, as of December 31st, 2019, increased by 23.2% to NT$ 34.07 billion, as compared to that as of December 31st, 2018.
EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2019 increased by 3.2% to NT$18.79 billion. EBITDA margin was 34.0%, as compared to 32.8% in the same period of 2018.
EBITDA for 2019 increased by 0.5% to NT$ 75.87 billion, and EBITDA margin was 36.6%, compared to 35.0% for 2018.
Capital Expenditure ("Capex")
Total Capex for the fourth quarter of 2019 decreased by 15.1% to NT$ 7.81 billion.
Business and Operational Highlights
The Company continued to execute its strategy of encouraging FTTx migration. As of December 31st, 2019, the number of FTTx subscribers reached 3.62 million, accounting for 82.2% of the Company's total broadband users. Moreover, the number of subscribers signing up for speeds of 100Mbps or higher increased by 11.3% year over year, reaching 1.58 million.
HiNet broadband subscribers decreased by 1.6% year over year to 3.62 million as of December 31st, 2019.
As of December 31st, 2019, Chunghwa Telecom had 10.65 million mobile subscribers, representing a 0.5% year-over-year increase.
As of December 31st, 2019, the Company maintained its leading position in the fixed-line market, with a total of 10.16 million subscribers.
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For 2020, the Company expects total revenue to increase by 3.2~3.7%, to NT$214.10~NT$215.29 billion as compared to the un-audited consolidated total revenue of 2019. Operating costs and expenses are expected to increase by 5.3%~5.5%, to NT$175.51~NT$175.83 billion as compared to the prior year. Income from operations is expected to decrease by 5.3%~1.1% to NT$38.54~NT$40.25 billion, year over year. Income before income tax and net income attributable to stockholders of the parent are expected to be NT$39.38~NT$41.28 billion and NT$30.91~NT$32.47 billion, respectively. Basic earnings per share is expected to be NT$3.99~NT$4.19. Acquisition of Material Assets in 2020 is expected to increase by NT$52.54 billion to NT$81.26 billion as compared to the prior year.
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Financial statements and additional operational data can be found on the Company's website at http://www.cht.com.tw/en/home/cht/investors/financials/quarterly-earnings
NOTE CONCERNING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
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NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
To supplement the Company's consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards pursuant to the requirements of the Financial Supervisory Commission, or T-IFRSs, Chunghwa Telecom also provides EBITDA, which is a "non-GAAP financial measure". EBITDA is defined as consolidated net income (loss) excluding (i) depreciation and amortization, (ii) total net comprehensive financing cost (which is comprised of net interest expense, exchange gain or loss, monetary position gain or loss and other financing costs and derivative transactions), (iii) other income, net, (iv) income tax, (v) (income) loss from discontinued operations.
In managing the Company's business, Chunghwa Telecom relies on EBITDA as a means of assessing its operating performance because it excludes the effect of (i) depreciation and amortization, which represents a non-cash charge to earnings, (ii) certain financing costs, which are significantly affected by external factors, including interest rates, foreign currency exchange rates and inflation rates, which have little or no bearing on our operating performance, (iii) income tax (iv) other expenses or income not related to the operation of the business.
CAUTIONS ON USE OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
In addition to the consolidated financial results prepared under T-IFRSs, Chunghwa Telecom also provide non-GAAP financial measures, including "EBITDA". The Company believes that the non-GAAP financial measures provide investors with another method for assessing its operating results in a manner that is focused on the performance of its ongoing operations.
Chunghwa Telecom's management believes investors will benefit from greater transparency in referring to these non-GAAP financial measures when assessing the Company's operating results, as well as when forecasting and analyzing future periods. However, the Company recognizes that:
Further, these non-GAAP financial measures may be unique to Chunghwa Telecom, as they may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. As such, this presentation of non-GAAP financial measures may not enhance the comparability of the Company's results to the results of other companies. Readers are cautioned not to view non-GAAP results as a substitute for results under T-IFRSs, or as being comparable to results reported or forecasted by other companies.
About Chunghwa Telecom
Chunghwa Telecom (TAIEX 2412, NYSE: CHT) ("Chunghwa" or "the Company") is Taiwan's largest integrated telecommunications services company that provides fixed-line, mobile, broadband, and internet services. The Company also provides information and communication technology services to corporate customers with its big data, information security, cloud computing and IDC capabilities, and is expanding its business into innovative technology services such as IoT, AI, etc. In recent years, Chunghwa has been actively involved in corporate social responsibility and has won domestic and international awards and recognition. For more information, please visit our website at www.cht.com.tw
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