RAMAT GAN, Israel , Nov. 18, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- B Communications Ltd. (NASDAQ Global Select Market and TASE: BCOM), a holding company with a controlling interest in Israel’s largest telecommunications provider, Bezeq, The Israel Telecommunication Corporation Limited (“Bezeq”) (TASE: BEZQ), today reported its financial results for the third quarter of 2019.

Comments of Ami Barlev, CEO of B Communications:

Over the past month, the Company has made very significant progress towards the completion of the "Searchlight-Fuhrer" transaction. After intensive efforts by the board of directors and management of the Company, the new Bezeq Control Permit was issued, which is the main approval required to complete the transaction. The Closing date is scheduled for December 2, 2019.

We are very proud of our recent achievements that were accomplished through the significant effort and teamwork of the Company’s board of directors and management and look forward to the successful completion of the transaction. The Searchlight Fuhrer transaction includes the purchase of all Internet Gold’s holdings in our Company in consideration for NIS 225 million and a direct investment of NIS 260 million in our Company. In accordance with the pending transaction, upon closing, Internet Gold will inject an aggregate amount of NIS 345 million (which will include the consideration payable by Searchlight to Internet Gold) into our Company in consideration for newly issued shares and debentures of B Communications.

Pursuant to the Searchlight Fuhrer transaction an aggregate amount of NIS 640 million will be injected into the Company (compared to only NIS 250 million in the original proposal), in consideration of share capital and long-term interest-bearing debentures having an approximate equivalent value. The Searchlight Fuhrer transaction will also enable the Company to make the final repayment in respect of its Series B debentures as well as very substantial early repayments (NIS 614 million) on account of its obligations to the existing Series C debenture holders (before the allotment of the additional debentures).

We thank the public for the trust and the high confidence that has been given to our Company and management over the past few months. The Company’s board of directors and management intends to continue to act for the benefit of all the Company's stakeholders.

Business Notes:

During the quarter, all of the Bezeq Group companies worked intensively to adjust their structure of operations to the ongoing changes in the Israeli telecommunications market. Bezeq continued with the streamlining processes and achieved a 4% year over year decline in salary expenses. In 2019, labor agreements were signed in each of the three subsidiary companies, allowing them to streamline over 1,000 employees over the next two years. At the same time, 261 fixed-line employees retired, and the board of directors of Bezeq approved the retirement of another 200 employees. Now that the collective agreements have been renewed in the three subsidiaries, they are moving forward with the synergy and collaborative processes to realize their existing business potential. In recent months, Bezeq also launched new products and services in each of the Group companies, aimed at generating growth and adapting operations to the changing tastes of consumers and market needs.

During the quarter, Bezeq continued to solidify its position as the leading Internet infrastructure provider in Israel, by deepening the penetration of our cyber-protection BE router and Bspot service. These solutions establish our broadband Internet as the highest quality, most secure and comprehensive offerings in Israel. At the end of the third quarter, Bezeq had over 270,000 BE router customers. The further expansion of these and other value-added services continue to increase the average revenue per broadband subscriber as well as improve the satisfaction of Bezeq's customers.

Bezeq Fixed Line continues to focus on enterprise customers and deepen the penetration of advanced business communications solutions, including the Soho customer segment. During the quarter, revenue of the other segment grew by 22.9% year over year, primarily due to impressive growth in the retail operations launched earlier this year.

Recently, the Ministry of Communications began to reconsider the regulation of the deployment of fiber optics for private customers in Israel and published number of hearings on the matter. Bezeq hopes that the new policy that will be formulated will enable Bezeq to launch fiber-optic services for the private sector in Israel, on an economic basis.

Bezeq's net debt continues to decline consistently and decreased year over year by NIS 900 million. In 2019, Bezeq raised NIS 1.69 billion and made early repayments of NIS 1.97 billion. Bezeq intend to continue improving financial flexibility while maintaining firm debt management and high cash balances, among other things, through the raising of long-term debt to replace short-term debt.

Regarding Pelephone: This quarter, Pelephone posted stable revenues and increased profits, while continuing to streamline expenses. Pelephone continues to pursue their growth strategy and delivered an increase of 29,000 postpaid subscribers during the quarter, despite the ongoing crisis in an industry characterized by particularly high competition.

Regarding Bezeq International: This quarter Bezeq International continued to show stability and profitability across the financial metrics, despite increasing competition in the Israeli telecom market. In addition, Bezeq International began to implement significant synergy and streamlining initiatives, supported by the collective labor agreement, the results of which will become apparent in the coming quarters. Moreover, newly launched triple bundle is enjoying significant success.

Regarding Yes: This quarter, Yes continued to develop synergies between subsidiary companies, which allow Yes to pursue groundbreaking initiatives in the Israeli TV market. Recently, Yes announced the launch of yes+, the largest and most advanced streaming service in Israel, as part of a strategic, first-of-its-kind partnership with Apple. This marks the start of Yes transition from satellite-based broadcasting to Internet-based broadcasting, which is a significant change in Yes’ history.

B Communications’ Unconsolidated Financial Liabilities and Liquidity

As of  September 30, 2019, B Communications’ unconsolidated liquidity balances (comprised of cash and cash equivalents, short term investments and funds deposited in a pledged account) totaled NIS 704 million ($202 million) and its financial liabilities totaled NIS 2.55 billion ($733 million), including NIS 2.31 billion ($664 million) of Series C Debentures and NIS 240 million ($69 million) of Series B Debentures (including accrued interest and unamortized premiums, discounts and debt issuance costs for both series). All of the debt is now classified as currently due.

        
(In millions)September 30, September 30, September 30, December 31,
 2018 2019 2019 2018
 NIS  NIS  US$ NIS
Financial liabilities       
Series B debentures226 240 69 229
Series C debentures2,256 2,313 664 2,238
Total financial liabilities2,482 2,553 733 2,467
        
Liquidity        
Cash and short-term investments518 659 189 546
Dividend receivable84 - - -
Pledged account (*)40 45 13 43
Total liquidity642 704 202 589
        
Net debt1,840 1,849 531 1,878

*    Pledged for the benefit of the holders of the Series C Debentures. Pursuant to the indenture for the Series C Debentures, the account is required to include sufficient funds to meet the next interest payment payable to the holders of those debentures.

B Communications Unconsolidated Sources and Uses for the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2019

(In millions)NIS  US$ 
     
Net debt as of December 31, 20181,878 539 
     
Financing expenses, net75 22 
Issuance of shares(117)(34)
Operating expenses13 4 
     
Net debt as of September 30, 20191,849 531 
     

Bezeq's Dividend Distribution Policy:

On March 27, 2019, Bezeq's Board of Directors resolved to cancel Bezeq’s dividend distribution policy, which was previously updated on March 6, 2018. The decision was made as a result of Bezeq’s expected failure to meet the "profit test" during the next two years. Accordingly, Bezeq’s Board of Directors decided that it would not be appropriate to maintain a dividend policy during a period when dividends are not expected to be paid.

The cancellation of Bezeq’s dividend policy will not prevent Bezeq's Board of Directors from examining from time to time the distribution of dividends to its shareholders, taking into consideration, among other factors, the provisions of the law, the state of its business and capital structure, and the need to maintain a balance between ensuring its financial strength and stability and the continued creation of value for its shareholders, all of which are subject to the approval of the general meeting of shareholders of Bezeq, as prescribed in the Bezeq's Articles of Association.

B Communications Third Quarter Consolidated Financial Results

B Communications’ consolidated revenues for the third quarter of 2019 totaled NIS 2.25 billion ($630 million), a 2.3% decrease from NIS 2.3 billion reported in the third quarter of 2018. For both the current and the prior periods, B Communications’ consolidated revenues consisted entirely of Bezeq’s revenues.

B Communications’ consolidated operating profit for the third quarter of 2019 totaled NIS 418 million ($117 million) compared to an operating profit of NIS 384 million reported in the third quarter of 2018.

B Communications’ consolidated net profit for the third quarter of 2019 totaled NIS 126 million ($35 million), compared to a net profit of NIS 179 million reported in the third quarter of 2018. The decrease in consolidated net profit was primarily due to an increase in financing expenses at Bezeq as a result of debt refinancing.

B Communications’ net profit attributable to shareholders for the third quarter of 2019 was NIS 6 million ($2 million), compared to a net profit of NIS 31 million reported in the third quarter of 2018.

B Communications Unconsolidated Financial Results

(In millions)Three months ended September 30,  Year ended
December 31,
 
 2018  2019  2019  2018 
 NIS  NIS  US$  NIS 
            
Financing expenses, net(20) (33) (9) (96)
Operating expenses(2) (3) (1) (18)
PPA amortization, net(9) (8) (2) (16)
Impairment losses-  -  -  (618)
Interest in Bezeq's net profit (loss)62  50  14  (281)
Net profit (loss) for the period31  6  2  (1,029)

As of September 30, 2019, B Communications held approximately 26.34% of Bezeq's outstanding shares. B Communications’ interest in Bezeq's net profit for the third quarter of 2019 totaled NIS 50 million ($14 million) compared with NIS 62 million reported in the third quarter of 2018.

During the third quarter of 2019, B Communications recorded net amortization expenses related to its Bezeq purchase price allocation (“Bezeq PPA”) of NIS 8 million ($2 million). From April 14, 2010, the date of the acquisition of its interest in Bezeq, until September 30, 2019, B Communications has amortized approximately 83% of the total Bezeq PPA. The Bezeq PPA amortization expense is a non-cash expense that is subject to adjustment.

B Communications' unconsolidated net financial expenses for the third quarter of 2019 totaled NIS 33 million ($9 million) compared with net financial expenses of NIS 20 million in the third quarter of 2018. Net financial expenses for the third quarter of 2019 included NIS 34 million ($10 million) of financial expenses related to the Company's Series B and C debentures. Those expenses were partially offset by finance income of NIS 1 million ($288,000) generated by short term investments.

B Communications’ unconsolidated net profit for the third quarter of 2019 was NIS 6 million ($2 million) compared with a net profit of NIS 31 million reported in the third quarter of 2018. The decrease in unconsolidated net profit in the third quarter of 2019 resulted mainly from higher financing expenses at B Communications, as well as from Bezeq’s lower net profit.

Bezeq Group Results (Consolidated)

To provide further insight into its results, the Company is providing the following summary of the consolidated financial report of the Bezeq Group for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. For a full discussion of Bezeq’s results for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, please refer to its website: http://ir.bezeq.co.il.

    
    
Bezeq Group (consolidated) Q3-2019Q3-2018% change
 (NIS millions) 
    
Revenues2,2472,301(2.3%)
Operating profit4594297.0%
Operating margin20.4%18.6% 
Net profit191234(18.4%)
EBITDA940976(3.7%)
EBITDA margin41.8%42.4% 
Diluted EPS (NIS)0.070.08 
Cash flow from operating activities787883(10.9%)
Payments for investments329412(20.1%)
Free cash flow 1358374(4.3%)
Total debt10,51911,947(12.0%)
Net debt8,1309,022(9.9%)
EBITDA (trailing twelve months)1,0713,725(71.2%)
Adjusted EBITDA (trailing twelve months) 23,8183,934(2.9%)
Net debt / Adjusted EBITDA (end of period) 32.42.5 
    
1 Free cash flow is defined as cash flow from operating activities less net payments for investments.
2 Adjusted EBITDA in excluding other operating income/expenses and loss from impairment of assets.
3 Net debt to adjusted EBITDA ratio is excluding IFRS 16 impact.
 

Revenues of the Bezeq Group in the third quarter of 2019 were NIS 2.25 billion ($630 million) compared to NIS 2.3 billion in the corresponding quarter of 2018, a decrease of 2.3%. The decrease in revenues was primarily due to lower revenues in DBS, Bezeq Fixed-Line and Bezeq International.

Salary expenses of the Bezeq Group in the third quarter of 2019 were NIS 474 million ($136 million) compared to NIS 494 million in the corresponding quarter of 2018, a decrease of 4%. The decrease in salary expenses was primarily due to the reduction in salary expenses in all of the key group segments.

General and operating expenses of the Bezeq Group in the third quarter of 2019 were NIS 794 million ($228 million) compared to NIS 815 million in the corresponding quarter of 2018, a decrease of 2.6%. The decrease in general and operating expenses was primarily due to lower expenses in DBS.

Other operating expenses, net of the Bezeq Group in the third quarter of 2019 was NIS 39 million ($11 million) compared to other operating expenses of NIS 16 million in the corresponding quarter of 2018. The increase in other operating expenses was primarily due to an expense of NIS 45 million for the early retirement of employees at Bezeq International.

Depreciation and amortization expenses of the Bezeq Group in the third quarter of 2019 were NIS 481 million ($138 million) compared to NIS 547 million in the corresponding quarter of 2018, a decrease of 12.1%. The decrease in depreciation and amortization expenses was primarily due to the decrease in depreciable and amortizable assets in DBS in the fourth quarter of 2018. The decrease was partially offset by the ongoing impairment losses (fixed and intangible assets) recorded in the current quarter.

Operating profit of the Bezeq Group in the third quarter of 2019 was NIS 459 million ($132 million) compared to operating profit of NIS 429 million in the corresponding quarter of 2018, an increase of 7.0%.

EBITDA of the Bezeq Group in the third quarter of 2019 was NIS 940 million ($270 million) (EBITDA margin of 41.8%) compared to NIS 976 million (EBITDA margin of 42.4%) in the corresponding quarter of 2018, a decrease of 3.7%.

Adjusted EBITDA (after adjusting for other operating expenses, net) in the third quarter of 2019 was NIS 979 million (EBITDA margin of 43.6%), compared to NIS 992 million (EBITDA margin of 43.11%) in the corresponding quarter of 2018, a decrease of 0.3%.

Financing expenses, net of the Bezeq Group in the third quarter of 2019 amounted to NIS 205 million ($59 million) compared to NIS 109 million in the corresponding quarter of 2018, an increase of 88.1%. The increase in financing expenses was primarily due to the increase in financing expenses in Bezeq Fixed-Line due to early repayment fees of NIS 73 million ($21 million) and provisions for employee benefits of NIS 42 million ($12 million).

Tax expenses of the Bezeq Group in the third quarter of 2019 were NIS 62 million ($18 million) compared to NIS 85 million in the corresponding quarter of 2018.

Net profit of the Bezeq Group in the third quarter of 2019 amounted to NIS 191 million, compared to net profit of NIS 234 million in the same quarter of 2018, a decrease of 18.4%. The decrease in net profit was primarily due to the aforementioned increase in financing expenses.

Cash flow from operating activities of the Bezeq Group in the third quarter of 2019 was NIS 787 million ($226 million) compared to NIS 883 million in the corresponding quarter of 2018, a decrease of 10.9%. The decrease in cash flow from operating activities was primarily due to a decrease in profitability and changes in working capital.

Payments for investments (Capex) of the Bezeq Group in the third quarter of 2019 was NIS 329 million ($94 million) compared to NIS 412 million in the same quarter of 2018, a decrease of 20.1%. The decrease in Capex was primarily due to NIS 75 million for a betterment levy in connection with the "Sakia" transaction that was returned to the Company in the third quarter of 2019.

Free cash flow of the Bezeq Group in the third quarter of 2019 was NIS 358 million ($103 million) compared to NIS 374 million in the corresponding quarter of 2018, a decrease of 4.3%.

Total debt of the Bezeq Group as of September 30, 2019 was NIS 10.51 billion ($3.01 billion) compared to NIS 11.94 billion as of September 30, 2018.

Net debt of the Bezeq Group was NIS 8.13 billion ($2.33 billion) as of September 30, 2019 compared to NIS 9.02 billion as of September 30, 2018.

Net debt to adjusted EBITDA (trailing twelve months) ratio of the Bezeq Group as of September 30, 2019, was 2.4 compared to 2.5 at September 30, 2018.

Notes:

Convenience translation to U.S Dollars

Unless noted specifically otherwise, the dollar denominated figures were converted to US$ using a convenience translation based on the New Israeli Shekel (NIS)/US$ exchange rate of NIS 3.48 = US$ 1 as published by the Bank of Israel for September 30, 2019.

Bezeq Group 2019 Outlook

Due to extraordinary items in the second quarter of 2019 (write-off of the tax asset, impairment loss in Pelephone assets and the recording of capital gains from the sale of the "Sakia" property) as well as the inclusion of estimated costs for early retirement, the Bezeq Group on August 29, 2019 updated its Outlook for 2019 as originally published in its periodic report as of December 31, 2018.

There is no change in Bezeq's Outlook since the second quarter update. Bezeq continue to expect:

Net loss attributable to shareholders:  Approximately NIS 1.1 billion
    
EBITDA:  Approximately NIS 2.9 billion
    
CAPEX*:  Approximately NIS 1.7 billion

* CAPEX – payments for investments (gross) in fixed and intangible assets

The Bezeq Group's updated Outlook includes the write-off of the balance of the tax asset in respect of losses from DBS of NIS 1.166 billion, an impairment loss in Pelephone assets of NIS 951 million, capital gains of NIS 403 million from the sale of the "Sakia" complex and  provisions for the early retirement of employees in Bezeq Fixed-Line, Pelephone, Bezeq International and DBS. NIS 213 million of the total forecasted provision for early retirement have not yet been recorded as actual provisions in the financial statements and represents an estimate that may not be realized.

Bezeq's forecasts in this section are forward-looking information, as defined in the Securities Law. The forecasts are based on Bezeq's estimates, assumptions and expectations and do not include the effects, if any, of the cancellation of the Bezeq Group’s structural separation and the merger with the subsidiary companies and everything involved therein in 2019. The Bezeq Group's forecasts are based, inter alia, on its estimates regarding the structure of competition in the telecommunications market and regulation in this sector, the economic situation and accordingly, the Bezeq Group's ability to implement its plans in 2019. Actual results may differ from these estimates taking note of changes which may occur in the foregoing, in business conditions, and the effects of regulatory decisions, technology changes and developments in the structure of the telecommunications market, and so forth, or the realization of one or more of the risk factors listed in sections 2.20, 3.19, 4.14 and 5.19 of the Bezeq Group Periodic Report for 2018, and specifically the risk factor detailed in section 2.20.12 of the Bezeq Group Periodic Report for 2018 regarding the impairment of assets in the subsidiary companies.

Bezeq will report, as required, deviations of more/less than 10% of the range and amounts stated in the Outlook.

Reporting Principles and Accounting Policy

Presentation of impairment losses

An impairment loss arising from a non-recurring adjustment of forecasts for the coming years is classified as other operating expenses in the statement of income. On the other hand, an impairment loss arising from the continuous adjustment of non-current assets of the Group companies to their fair value, less disposal costs (arising due to the expected negative cash flow and negative operating value of those companies) is classified under the same items as the current expenses for these assets. This classification is more consistent with the presentation method based on the nature of the expense and is more suitable for understanding the Group's business.

Accordingly, as from the first quarter of 2019, impairment of the broadcasting rights in DBS and Walla! are presented under "general and operating expenses", while impairment of fixed assets and intangible assets are presented under "depreciation, amortization and impairment" in the statement of income.

Use of non-IFRS financial measures

We and the Bezeq Group’s management regularly use supplemental non-IFRS financial measures internally to understand, manage and evaluate its business and make operating decisions. The following non-IFRS measures are provided in the press release and accompanying supplemental information because management believes these measurements are useful for investors and financial institutions to analyze and compare companies on the basis of operating performance:

  • EBITDA - defined as net profit plus net interest expense, provision for income taxes, depreciation and amortization;
  • EBITDA trailing twelve months - defined as net profit plus net interest expense, provision for income taxes, depreciation and amortization during last twelve months;
  • Net debt - defined as long and short-term liabilities minus cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments; and
  • Net debt to adjusted EBITDA ratio - defined as net debt divided by the trailing twelve months adjusted EBITDA.
  • Free Cash Flow - defined as cash from operating activities less cash for the purchase/sale of property, plant and equipment, and intangible assets, net and lease payments.

These non-IFRS financial measures may differ materially from the non-IFRS financial measures used by other companies.

We present the Bezeq Group’s EBITDA as a supplemental performance measure because we believe that it facilitates operating performance comparisons from period to period and company to company by backing out potential differences caused by variations in capital structure, tax positions (such as the impact of changes in effective tax rates or net operating losses) and the age of, and depreciation expenses associated with, fixed assets (affecting relative depreciation expense).

EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net profit or other statement of operations or cash flow data prepared in accordance with IFRS as a measure of profitability or liquidity. EBITDA does not take into account our debt service requirements and other commitments, including capital expenditures, and, accordingly, is not necessarily indicative of amounts that may be available for discretionary uses. In addition, EBITDA, as presented in this press release, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies due to differences in the way that these measures are calculated.

Management of Bezeq believes that free cash flow is an important measure of its liquidity as well as its ability to service long-term debt, fund future growth and to provide a return to shareholders. We also believe this free cash flow definition does not have any material limitations. Free cash flow is a financial index which is not based on IFRS. Free cash flow is defined as cash from operating activities less cash for the purchase/sale of property, plant and equipment, and intangible assets, net. Bezeq also uses the net debt and net debt to EBITDA trailing twelve months ratios to analyze its financial capacity for further leverage and in analyzing the company’s business and financial condition. Net debt reflects long and short-term liabilities minus cash and cash equivalents and investments.

Reconciliations between the Bezeq Group’s results on an IFRS and non-IFRS basis with respect to these non-IFRS measurements are provided in tables immediately following the Company's consolidated results. The non-IFRS financial measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable IFRS measures and should be read only in conjunction with its consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with IFRS.

About B Communications Ltd.

B Communications is a holding company with the controlling interest in Israel’s largest telecommunications provider, Bezeq. For more information please visit the following Internet sites:

www.bcommunications.co.il
www.ir.bezeq.co.il

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties.  Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, general business conditions in the industry, changes in the regulatory and legal compliance environments, the failure to manage growth and other risks detailed from time to time in B Communications' filings with the Securities Exchange Commission.  These documents contain and identify other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in our projections or forward-looking statements.  Stockholders and other readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. We undertake no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statement.

For further information, please contact:

Yuval Snir - IR Manager
Yuval@bcomm.co.il / Tel: +972-3-924-0000

         
Consolidated Statements of Financial Position as at
         
(In millions)        
  September 30, September 30, September 30, December 31,
  2018 2019 2019 2018
  NIS NIS US$ NIS
  (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Audited)
Current Assets        
Cash and cash equivalents 1,559 1,250 359 1,104
Investments 1,923 1,843 529 1,780
Trade receivables 1,792 1,746 501 1,773
Other receivables 293 319 92 269
Related party 20 - - -
Inventory 86 94 27 97
         
Total current assets 5,673 5,252 1,508 5,023
         
Non-Current Assets        
Trade and other receivables 423 442 127 470
Property, plant and equipment 6,924 6,071 1,744 6,313
Intangible assets 5,257 3,219 924 4,227
Deferred expenses and investments 569 503 144 509
Broadcasting rights 470 63 18 60
Rights of use assets 1,434 1,141 328 1,504
Deferred tax assets 1,041 18 5 1,205
Investment property 140 - - 64
         
Total non-current assets 16,258 11,457 3,290 14,352
         
Total assets 21,931 16,709 4,798 19,375


           
Consolidated Statements of Financial Position as at (cont’d)
           
(In millions)          
  September 30, September 30,  September 30,  December 31,
  2018 2019  2019  2018
  NIS NIS  US$  NIS
  (Unaudited) (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  (Audited)
Current Liabilities       
Bank loans and debentures 2,023 3,588  1,030  3,997
Leases rights liabilities 443 427  123  445
Trade and other payables 1,630 1,594  458  1,702
Dividend Payable 234 -  -  -
Current tax liabilities 16 22  6  8
Provisions 106 143  41  175
Employee benefits 330 365  105  581
Total current liabilities 4,782 6,139  1,763  6,908
        
Non-Current Liabilities       
Bank loans and debentures 12,379 9,393  2,697  9,637
Leases rights liabilities 1,024 988  284  1,106
Employee benefits 266 539  155  445
Other liabilities 212 178  51  175
Provisions 40 39  11  38
Deferred tax liabilities 446 111  31  302
Total non-current liabilities 14,367 11,248  3,229  11,703
        
Total liabilities 19,149 17,387  4,992  18,611
        
Equity (equity deficit)       
Attributable to shareholders of the Company 966 (635) (182) 228
Non-controlling interests 1,786 (43) (12) 536
        
Total equity (equity deficit) 2,782 (678) (194) 764
        
Total liabilities and equity (equity deficit) 21,931 16,709  4,798  19,375


                  
Consolidated Statements of Income for the
                  
(In millions except per share data)                 
 Nine months period ended September 30,  Three months period ended September 30,
 Year ended
December 31,
 
 2018  2019  2019  2018 2019 2019 2018 
 NIS  NIS  US$  NIS NIS US$ NIS 
 (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) 
                  
Revenues6,995  6,727  1,932  2,301 2,247 630 9,321 
                  
Costs and expenses                 
Depreciation, amortization and impairment1,740  1,540  442  590 519 146 2,387 
Salaries1,508  1,458  419  494 474 133 1,995 
General and operating expenses2,506  2,429  698  817 797 223 3,394 
Impairment losses-  1,345  386  - - - 2,294 
Other operating expenses (income), net456  (370) (106) 16 39 11 635 
                  
 6,210  6,402  1,839  1,917 1,829 513 10,705 
                  
Operating profit (loss)785  325  93  384 418 117 (1,384)
                  
Financing expenses, net392  516  148  129 238 67 531 
                  
Profit (loss) after financing                  
  expenses, net393  (191) (55) 255 180 50 (1,915)
                  
Share of loss in                 
  equity-accounted investee3  2  1  1 1 - 3 
                  
Profit (loss) before income tax390  (193) (56) 254 179 50 (1,918)
                  
Tax expenses (income)213  1,331  382  75 53 15 (59)
                  
Net profit (loss) for the period177  (1,524) (438) 179 126 35 (1,859)
                  
Profit (loss) attributable to:                 
Shareholders of the Company(256) (971) (279) 31 6 2 (1,029)
Non-controlling interests433  (553) (159) 148 120 33 (830)
                  
Net profit (loss) for the period177  (1,524) (438) 179 126 35 (1,859)
                  
Profit (loss) per share                 
Basic(8.57) (26.40) (7.58) 1.05 0.17 0.05 (34.44)
Diluted(8.57) (26.40) (7.58) 1.05 0.17 0.05 (34.44)


 
Reconciliation for NON-IFRS Measures
 
EBITDA
 
The following is a reconciliation of the Bezeq Group’s net profit (loss) to EBITDA:
   
(In millions)Three-months period ended
 Trailing twelve months ended
 
 September 30,
 September 30,
 
 2018 2019 2019 2018 2019  2019 
 NIS NIS US$ NIS NIS  US$ 
              
Net profit (loss)234 191 55 894 (2,837) (815)
Tax expenses85 62 18 344 1,353  388 
Share of loss (income) in equity - accounted investee1 1 - 4 2  1 
Financing expenses, net109 205 59 447 548  157 
Depreciation and amortization547 481 138 2,036 2,005  577 
              
EBITDA976 940 270 3,725 1,071  308 
Other operating expenses (income), net6 39 11 122 121  35 
Impairment losses- - - 87 2,626  754 
Adjusted EBITDA982 979 281 3,934 3,818  1,097 
              

Net Debt

The following table shows the calculation of the Bezeq Group’s net debt:

(In millions)As at September 30,
 2018  2019  2019 
 NIS  NIS  US$ 
         
Short term bank loans and credit and debentures1,798  1,126  323 
Non-current bank loans and debentures10,149  9,393  2,698 
Cash and cash equivalents(1,408) (639) (184)
Investments(1,517) (1,750) (503)
         
Net debt9,022  8,130  2,334 
         

Net Debt to Trailing Twelve Months Adjusted EBITDA Ratio

The following table shows the calculation of the Bezeq Group’s net debt to Adjusted EBITDA trailing twelve months ratio:

(In millions)As at September 30,
 2018  2019  2019 
 NIS  NIS  US$ 
         
Net debt9,022  8,130  2,334 
         
Trailing twelve months Adjusted EBITDA3,725  3,818  1,097 
         
Net debt to Adjusted EBITDA ratio*2.5  2.4  2.4 

* Calculation of net debt to adjusted EBITDA ratio is excluding IFRS 16 impact.

 
Reconciliation for NON-IFRS Measures
 
Free Cash Flow
 
 
The following table shows the calculation of the Bezeq Group’s free cash flow:
 
(In millions)Three-month period ended September 30,
 
 2018  2019  2019 
 NIS  NIS  US$ 
         
Cash flow from operating activities883  787  226 
Purchase of property, plant and equipment(308) (300) (86)
Investment in intangible assets and deferred expenses(95) (104) (30)
Lease payments(109) (115) (33)
Permit fee(9) 75  22 
Proceeds from the sale of property, plant and equipment12  15  4 
Free cash flow374  358  103 
         

Designated Disclosure with Respect to the Company's Projected Cash Flows

In connection with the issuance of our Series C Debentures in September 2016, we undertook to comply with the "hybrid model disclosure requirements" as determined by the Israeli Securities Authority and as described in the prospectus governing our Series C Debentures.

This model provides that in the event certain financial "warning signs" exist, and for as long as they exist, we will be subject to certain disclosure obligations towards the holders of our Series C Debentures.

In March 2019, we announced that because of the material write-downs in the Bezeq Group  and the aggregate material decline in our assets, as well as due to the sequence of events of deterioration in the Bezeq Group, we intended to enter into a dialogue with the holders of our Debentures in order to examine financial possibilities for strengthening our shareholders’ equity and our financial position. The Board further determined to withhold payments to its financial creditors until reaching a sufficient solution.

In examining the existence of warning signs as of September 30, 2019, our board of directors noted that our unconsolidated unaudited cash flow statement for the third quarter of 2019 reflects that we, as expected, had a continuing negative cash flow from operating activities of NIS 3 million. In addition, the Company’s unaudited statements of financial position as of September 30, 2019, reflect that the Company had an equity deficit of NIS 635 million and negative working capital of approximately NIS 1.85 billion as of such date. The negative working capital is a result of the classification of the Company‘s long term debt to “short-term" debt.

As part of the efforts to resolve the company's financial situation, the Company's management has worked intensively to advance the "Searchlight-Fuhrer" transaction, while executing further actions for the benefit of the Company and its stakeholders. The Company and its management believe that "Searchlight-Fuhrer" transaction as described above and in the Company's previous reports is a proper and effective solution to the Company's situation.

Disclosure with Respect to the Company's Requirements Under Series C Debentures

The Company declares with respect to the reporting period as follows:

  1. The Company did not record in favor of a third party any lien of any rank whatsoever over its direct or indirect holdings of 691,361,036 shares of Bezeq (the “Bezeq Shares”) including over any of the rights accompanying such shares.
  2. The Company did not make any disposition of the Bezeq Shares.
  3. The Company did not assume any financial debt (as defined in the Trust Deed of the Series C Debentures) during the reporting period (other than in the framework of the issuance of the Debentures, and its wholly owned subsidiaries, including B Communications (SP1) and B Communications (SP2) did not issue any financial debt whatsoever during the reporting period.
  4. As of the reporting date, the Company holds approximately 26.34% of Bezeq’s outstanding shares, directly and through its subsidiary.
  5. The equity deficit attributable to the Company’s shareholders (not including non-controlling interests) according to this report amounts to NIS 635 million and represents -33% of the Company’s total balance sheet on an unconsolidated basis.
     

B Communications’ Unconsolidated Statement of Financial position as at

 September 30, September 30,  September 30,  December 31,
 2018 2019  2019  2018
(In millions)NIS NIS   US$  NIS
          
Current assets         
Cash and cash equivalents152 611  175  213
Short-term investments406 93  27  376
Dividend receivable84 -  -  -
Other receivables- 1  -  2
Total current assets642 705  202  591
          
Non-current assets         
Investment in an investee (*)2,843 1,219  350  2,112
          
Total assets3,485 1,924  552  2,703
          
Current liabilities          
Debentures226 2,462  707  2,455
Other payables34 97  28  20
Total current liabilities260 2,559  735  2,475
          
Non-current liabilities         
Debentures2,229 -  -  -
          
Total liabilities2,489 2,559  735  2,475
          
Equity (equity deficit)996 (635) (183) 228
          
Total liabilities and equity (equity deficit)3,485 1,924  552  2,703

(*) Investment in Bezeq.