Telefonica beats H1 profit forecasts, net debt on target

first_imgHome Telefonica beats H1 profit forecasts, net debt on target Tags Español Telefónica refuerza la seguridad de las cadenas de bloques Author Related Ken has been part of the MWC Mobile World Daily editorial team for the last three years, and is now contributing regularly to Mobile World Live. He has been a telecoms journalist for over 15 years, which includes eight…More Read more FinancialTelefonicacenter_img Luz verde a la fusión entre Telefónica y Liberty Global en el Reino Unido Telefonica bolsters blockchain security AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 25 JUL 2013 Ken Wieland Previous ArticleGoogle unveils Android, Nexus 7 updatesNext ArticleOrange reports lukewarm H1 figures as tax dispute weighs Telefonica posted a better-than-expected H1 as lower financing costs helped earnings beat analyst forecasts. And even after committing to buy KPN’s E-Plus business in Germany in a deal worth around €8 billion, the Spanish giant maintained it was on target to push net debt below €47 billion by the end of 2013.Although H1 group sales fell 7.8 per cent, to €28.56 billion – largely due to falls in Europe and asset off-loading – lower taxes and financing costs meant net profit slipped just 0.9 per cent to €2.06 billion. A Reuters poll estimated a slightly lower net profit of €1.94 billion.More encouragingly, there were signs of improvement in the second quarter. Although sales dropped 6.8 per cent, to €14.4 billion, an average of estimates compiled by Bloomberg projected revenue of €14.1 billion.Second-quarter net income fell 13 per cent, to €1.15 billion, compared with analysts’ €1.1 billion average estimate.Including the disposals of 40 per cent of its business in Central America, 100 per cent in Ireland and Inversis, Telefonica’s net debt fell to €49.8 billion at the close of Q2, down €8.5 billion compared with June 2012 (and down €1.5 billion since December 2012).“Net debt level is heading in the right direction,” Paul Marsch, an analyst at Berenberg Bank in London, told Bloomberg. “Unless they have other ambitious plans they need to fund, I don’t see why they need to do any other significant disposals. Selling more assets would increase their exposure to Spain in the mix, and that would be inconsistent with what they have been doing lately.”Cesar Alierta, executive chairman, stressed in a statement the “significant progress” made in Telefónica’s on-going process of transformation during the second quarter of 2013. A programme, he said, which places the company in “a strong position both in terms of business and financial performance”.Alierta added that the results of the first six months are in line with internal estimates, allowing the operator to reaffirm annual operating and financial targets.Group-wide, mobile broadband is giving Telefonica a boost. Mobile broadband accesses stood at 63.3 million at the end of June, up 41 per cent since Q2 2012.There was a record 8.2 million net additions of smartphone users during Q2 2013 (threefold the figure in the first quarter and more than double the figure in the same period of the previous year). Smartphone penetration rate stood at 24 per cent of all Telefonica’s mobile accesses in June 2013.Mobile data revenues accounted for 36.4 per cent of mobile service revenues in the year (up 3 percentage points compared with the first half of 2012).There are still difficulties, not least in Spain where H1 sales plummeted 15.1 per cent, to €6.6 billion. However, Telefonica’s quad-play Movistar Fusion service continues to grow strongly in the country, reaching 2.2 million customers at the end of June (up from 1.5 million three months earlier).Telefónica’s revenues from Latin America amounted to €14.7 billion in the first six months of 2013, down 1.9 per cent from H1 2012.last_img read more

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One ambulance serving south west Donegal ‘unacceptable’

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty By News Highland – August 21, 2019 Facebook Google+ Pinterest Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Pinterest FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford WhatsAppcenter_img Google+ Twitter Previous articleConcern as door falls off Bus Eireann bus on Derry-Galway routeNext articleTalks in ongoing beef dispute ‘successfully concluded’ News Highland Facebook One ambulance serving south west Donegal ‘unacceptable’ Twitter The National Ambulance Service has confirmed that there are currently no plans to provide a second ambulance in Killybegs.Donegal Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher says serious pressures exists with only one ambulance covering the area from Inver Bridge to Glencolmcille and Ardara.In some instances, if available an ambulance is dispatched from Letterkenny, Dungloe or Ballyshannon to the South of the county which has resulted in lengthy wait times.Deputy Gallagher says its clear once again that political promises have amounted to nothing:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/covghgfhgfhgfpe1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th DL Debate – 24/05/21 last_img read more

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New boutique office building headed for East Village’s St. Mark’s

first_imgA rendering of 1 St. Marks PlaceAnother high-priced, boutique office building is moving forward in Midtown South.Real Estate Equities Corp.’s development at 1 St. Mark’s Place in the East Village landed a nearly $80 million construction loan, according to property records filed with the city Wednesday.South Korean financial services firm Hana Financial Group provided the $79.1 million loan, then sold the $48 million first mortgage to Madison Realty Capital  and held onto a $31.1 million mezzanine loan. VI Development Group arranged the debt.A representative for REEC — headed by Brandon Miller and Mark Siegel — declined to comment.REEC is planning to develop a 10-story, 65,000-square-foot office building on the site at the corner of St. Mark’s Place and Third Avenue.ADVERTISEMENTThe developers will be eyeing rents in the area of $150 per square foot. Such figures were once only seen in the most expensive locations in Midtown but now are commonplace for newly constructed office buildings in areas like the Meatpacking District, Soho and Greenwich Village.The site at 1 St. Mark’s sits across the street from Minskoff Equities’ 51 Astor Place, the glass and steel building that arguably set the standard for new office construction when it opened in 2013. At the time, it was derided by locals as being out of character with the East Village’s complexion.(That property was also financed by a South Korean investor, the Korean Teachers’ Credit Union, which in 2015 bought a 49-percent stake in the property valuing it at $600 million.)Elsewhere in the area, Normandy Real Estate Partners and Columbia Property Trust are developing a 180,000-square-foot office building a few blocks north at 799 Broadway.REEC controls the St. Mark’s property through a 99-year lease it signed in 2017 for north of $150 million. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

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