With subscribers up 27% to 12.8 million and revenues for Digicel Group Limited (which comprises 30 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific) up 14% to US$2.54 billion, EBITDA margins remained steady at a robust 45%.
The company posted EBITDA of US$1,082 million – up from US$954 million in the previous year – representing a year on year increase of 13%.
Value Added Services and data revenues were up an impressive 47% year on year and now account for 20% of overall service revenues. This growth was supported in part by Digicel’s 4G Mobile offering which is now available in 14 markets across the globe (with further rollouts planned) and by the rise in smartphone usage. The Diaspora business meanwhile saw its revenues grow by 28% year on year.
Digicel’s balance sheet and liquidity position has continued to improve with cash reserves of over US$657 million at 31 March 2012. The Group’s strong financial performance has been endorsed by ratings agency, Fitch, which in May reaffirmed the Group’s debt rating citing its “strong operational performance”.
Commenting on the performance, Digicel Group CEO, Colm Delves, said; “I am pleased to report that Digicel has closed out another strong year in which, for the first time in our 11 year history, our annual EBITDA was over US$1 billion. With 12.8 million subscribers across 30 markets, Digicel has delivered 14% revenue growth placing us at the leading edge of performance amongst telecoms operators worldwide.”
He continues; “I would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers for their loyalty to Digicel and our partners and staff who always go the extra mile to ensure that our customers benefit from what we do and how we do it.”
Denis O’Brien, Chairman and Founder of Digicel Group, commented; “The results announced today reflect the continued growth and development of Digicel in the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific. The success of Digicel is due to the commitment of a very strong management team and workforce whose sole focus is on the highest standards of service delivery in all markets.”
Key achievements include:
* Rollout of 4G services based on HSPA+ technology in 14 markets – Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Dutch Caribbean, Fiji, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Vanuatu
* Acquisition of Voila in Haiti and the completion of the acquisition and integration of Claro in Jamaica
* Spearheading a US$16 million “Fibralink” extension that will connect Haiti to the global economy through broadband services from July 2012
* Ongoing positive impact on communities by the Digicel Foundations – with a total of US$25 million invested in community projects in Haiti in the five years of the Foundation’s existence and a commitment to building a further 80 schools by the end of 2013, in addition to the existing 70 already opened; the completion of 52 projects in the year which have positively impacted over 25,000 people in Jamaica and the funding of 53 infrastructure projects in Papua New Guinea in the year (more than double the previous year).
Digicel’s investment across its 30 markets worldwide totals US$4.5 billion and the company employs over 4,700 people worldwide.