Press Release 2 Q99 Tele Nordeste Celular En
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Transcripts - Press Release 2 Q99 Tele Nordeste Celular En
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Tele Nordeste Celular Participações Thomson Financial IR
Mario Gomes Peter Firestein
22.214.171.12491 Isabel Vieira
Fabíola Almeida 212.701.1823
TELE NORDESTE CELULAR PARTICIPAÇÕES S.A.
ANNOUNCES SECOND QUARTER 1999 RESULTS
Recife, Brazil (August 11, 1999) – Tele Nordeste Celular Participações S.A. (NYSE: TND,
BOVESPA: TNCP3, TNCP4) (“Tele Nordeste,” or “The Company”), the holding company
controlling the operating companies serving Band A cellular telecommunication customers in the
states of Piauí, Ceará, Rio Grande do Norte, Paraíba, Pernambuco and Alagoas, announced
today its results for the second quarter of 1999 in accordance with Brazilian GAAP. The
translation to US dollars has been presented solely for the convenience of the reader. This
conversion does not imply that real amounts actually represent such US dollar amounts or may
be converted to US dollars at the rate indicated. The US dollar amounts have been converted
from reais at the commercial selling rate published by the Central Bank of Brazil at June 30,
1999, which was R$1.7695 to US$1.00.
Tele Nordeste’s net income for the second quarter of 1999 was R$2.9 million (US$1.6 million)
resulting in a total of R$16.5 million (US$9.3 million) for the first half of 1999 or R$0.05
(US$0.03) per thousand shares, compared to R$22.6 million (US$12.8 million) for the second
quarter of 1998 and R$48.5 million (US$27.4 million) for the first half of 1998. Consolidated net
operating revenue for the second quarter of 1999 reached R$150.4 million (US$85.0 million),
resulting in a total of R$290.9 million (US$164.4 million) for the first half of 1999, compared to
R$107.2 million (US$60.6 million) for the second quarter of 1998 and R$230.0 million
(US$130.0 million) for the first half of 1998.
For the second quarter of 1999, the Company reported consolidated EBITDA and EBIT of
R$49.7 million (US$28.1 million) and R$20.5 million (US$11.6 million), respectively,
representing a 33.0% EBITDA margin and a 14.0% EBIT margin over net operating revenues,
compared to the R$54.7 million (US$30.9 million) EBITDA and R$43.8 million (US$ 24.8 million)
EBIT, representing a 51% EBITDA margin and a 41% EBIT margin over net operating
revenues, reported for the second quarter of 1998.
For the first half of 1999, EBITDA and EBIT were R$100.9 million (US$57.0 million) and R$53.4
million (US$30.2 million), representing an EBITDA and EBIT margin over the net operating
income of 38% and 18%, respectively, compared to the R$126.3 million (US$71.4 million)
EBITDA and R$105.0 million (US$59.3 million) EBIT, representing a 55% EBITDA margin and a
46% EBIT margin over net operating revenues, reported for the first half of 1998.
The exchange losses related to the devaluation of the real in the first quarter of 1999 were
deferred for future amortization. In this regard, the amount of R$3.4 million (US$1.9 million) has
been amortized and charged to income in the second quarter of 1999. The balance to be
amortized at June 30, 1999, was R$29.4 million (US$16.6 million). All amounts represent pre-
tax figures. This deferment has been approved by the Brazilian CVM, for amortization within
four years or when the loss is effectively disbursed, whichever occurs first.
On January 1, 1999, Tele Nordeste’s subsidiaries adopted the maximum rates of depreciation
for automatic switching and transmission equipment, established in the Normative Instruction
SRF (The Brazilian Internal Revenue Service) nº 162, of December 31, 1998, in order to
adequately reflect the life of these assets. This change resulted in an increase of R$17.9 million
(US$10.1 million) in depreciation charges for the second quarter of 1999, and in a decrease of
consolidated net income of approximately R$11.9 million (US$6.7 million). Despite this
decrease in net income, it had a positive effect on cash generation.
Selected Consolidated Financial Data (in thousands of Reais)
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2 Qtr. 1 half 2 Qtr. 1 half
- Usage charges 94,287 188,307 74,115 151,713
- Monthly subscription payments 35,552 67,367 25,517 74,185
- Activation fees 0 81 904 4,001
- Network usage charges 36,941 77,048 35,567 59,771
- Sale of handsets 23,573 35,154 0 0
- Other 863 1,838 1,362 2,710
Subtotal 191,216 369,795 137,465 292,380
- Value added and other indirect taxes (40,858) (78,903) (30,257) (62,369)
Net Operating Revenue 150,358 290,892 107,208 230,011
Cost of services and of goods sold
- Depreciation and amortization (28,720) (56,662) (10,773) (21,204)
- Personnel (1,178) (1,743) (64) (1,325)
- Materials and services 1,839 (3,302) (497) (900)
- Circuit leasing and related expenses (23,968) (55,292) (30,587) (61,516)
- Leases and insurance (1,507) (2,972) (1,961) (3,796)
- Cellular handset costs (27,520) (34,353) 0 0
- Fistel and other (5,016) (9,809) (1,266) (5,087)
Subtotal (86,070) (164,13) (45,748) (93,828)
Gross profit 64,288 126,759 61,460 136,183
Net operating revenue for the second quarter of 1999 increased 40% when compared with the
same quarter of the previous year. This increase is primarily due to the substantial increase in
the number of subscribers during the period. The average number of users in the second
quarter 1999 increased 61.2% (from 463,000 to 746,000) over the same quarter of 1998. Net
operating revenue for the first half of 1999 was R$290.9 million (US$164.4 million) compared
with R$230.0 million (US$130.0 million) for the same period of the previous year.
Gross profit for the second quarter of 1999 increased 4.6% when compared to the same period
in 1998. This small increase was due to handset subsidies which reached R$8.8 million (US$5.0
million) during the second quarter of 1999. Excluding handset subsidies, gross profit increased
18.8% when compared with the same quarter of 1998, reflecting an increase in the number of
Gross profit for the first half of 1999 was R$126.7 million (US$71.6 million) including handset
subsidies, and R$133.2 million (US$75.3 million) excluding handsets, compared with R$136
million (US$76.9 million) for the same period of the previous year. The increase of certain
depreciation rates in the first half of 1999 has also contributed to the decrease of gross profit,
when compared with the same period of 1998.
Net operating expenses increased substantially during the second quarter compared to the
same period of the prior year, from R$22.5 million (US$12.7 million) in 1998, to R$52.9 million
(US$29.9 million) in 1999. This increase in operating expenses resulted from marketing
activities (non-existent in 1998), which have been intensified in 1999 aimed at increasing the
customer base and improving services. For the first half of the year, net operating expenses
were R$86.3 million (US$48.8 million), compared with R$45.5 million (US$25.7 million) for the
same period of the prior year.
Consolidated bad debt expense for the second quarter of 1999, reached R$11.6 million (US$6.6
million) representing 6% of gross revenue (4.8% for the first half of 1999).
Dividends and interest on own capital (per thousand shares)
In accordance with the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting held on April 28, 1999, the Company has
started paying 1998 dividends, totaling R$29.5 million (US$6.7 million).
Net Value (in reais)
Common Preferred Common Preferred
Interest on own capital 0.07623 0.07623 0.06429 0.06429
Dividends 0.01279 0.01279 0.01269 0.01269
Tele Nordeste’s subsidiaries, in accordance with their Annual Shareholders’ Meeting, started
paying dividends and interest on capital, based on their results for the year-ended December
31, 1998, on June 25, 1999, totaling R$36.5 million (US$20.6 million).
Subscribers – post-paid (in thousands) 737 467
Pre-paid (in thousands) 55
Total 792 467
Estimated population of region (in millions) 26.0 25.8
Regional penetration (Tele Nordeste only) 3.05% 1.81%
Average monthly incoming minutes, per user 103 110
Average monthly outgoing minutes, per subscriber 91 108
The average revenue per user (ARPU), net of taxes, for the second quarter of 1999 was
R$62.29 (US$35.20) per month, compared to R$76.36 (US$43.15) per month for the second
quarter of 1998. The ARPU for the first half of 1999 was R$65.46 (US$36.99), compared to
R$80.39 (US$45.43) for the same period of the prior year. The expansion of the customer base
now includes low-use customers (post-paid and pre-paid), thus affecting the average minutes
and the ARPU.
The Company estimates that its market share at the end of the second quarter of 1999 was
approximately 75%. The penetration rate in the States the Company services, at the same
date, was estimated at 4.05%, compared to Brazil’s penetration rate of approximately 6.3% (10
million subscribers) at June 30, 1999.
During the first quarter of 1999, the Company’s subsidiaries continued to increase the
digitalization of their systems. In this regard, more than 55% of clients are now using digital
terminals. Together, the subsidiaries increased their client base to 792,522 users, of which,
737,388 have post-paid contracts and 55,134 are pre-paid users, with the addition of 133,293
new users and the disconnection of 30,510 subscribers, mainly bad debtors. The coverage of
cellular mobile telephone services in the region has been estimated at 68%.
In order to increase the client base, the Company has been focusing on aggressive marketing
campaigns, including special promotions on commemorative dates. Besides investments in
advertising, the Company has subsidized handset sales and offered credit through financing
After launching the pre paid system – TIMMY Digital Classic in April 1999, the Company has
now launched another pre paid product, with an affordable price – TIMMY Digital Light in July
1999, that will be available throughout the region. This product will provide cheaper handsets
as well as lower rates during off-peak times.
Consolidated debt at June 30, 1999, was R$144.5 million (US$81.7 million). Of this total,
R$127.4 million (US$72.7 million) is denominated in US dollars, with R$76.9 million (US$43.5
million) maturing in 1999. The exchange rate at June 30, 1999, which was used to convert the
US dollar debt into reais, was RS$1.7695 to US$1.00. The exchange rate at August 9, 1999,
The consolidated bad debt provision amounted to R$16.3 million (US$9.2 million), representing
12.6% of the accounts receivable at June 30, 1999, compared to 18% at June 30, 1998.
During the second quarter of 1999, Tele Nordeste and its subsidiaries’ invested R$45.6 million
(US$25.8 million), totaling R$63.6 million (US$35.9 million) for the first half of the year. The
investments were mainly on network digitalization and the implementation of a billing system, a
customers’ service system and the SAP R/3 management system. The Company has already
committed more than 80% of its investment program budget for 1999 and the projects are on
schedule for completion by year-end.
The number of employees at June 30, 1999 totaled 1,177, including full-time, interns and
Tele Nordeste has been working on assuring its systems are Year 2000 compliant since June
1998. In this regard, it appointed an in-house team as well as a consulting firm, Potenza,
specialized in Information Technology to meet this goal. To date, TND has acquired new
management systems, such as SAP R/3 and a “Billing System” which are state-of-the-art
systems that will replace the current systems and are already Y2K compliant.
The Company is also developing a contingency plan aimed at finding solutions to any
unforeseeable disruptions that may arise in the year 2000. This plan focuses on all of its
information systems and network.
Additionally, Tele Nordeste’s subsidiaries use Tele Norte Leste Participações subsidiaries’
computer systems, which, according to Tele Norte Leste Participações have been Year 2000
compliant since June 30, 1999. Also TND does not foresee any problems with its suppliers
The total amount spent by Tele Nordeste and its subsidiaries to assure the electronic systems
are compliant and can process dates beyond 1999 amounted to R$379,000 (US$214,000).
Investments in new systems are estimated at R$64.8 million (US$36.6 million).
Full compliance is expected by September 1999.
A full report has been filed with SEC (and with CVM in Brazil), which can be obtained through
Ms. Fabíola Almeida and Ms. Isabel Vieira.
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