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Press Release -- July 22nd, 2010
Source: Colt Group
Tags: Earnings, Exchange

Colt Group S.A. results, six months ended 30 June 2010

22 July 2010

Colt Group S.A. (London Stock Exchange: COLT) issued today the results for the six months ended 30 June 2010.

Highlights of first half 2010:

  • Continued improvement in EBITDA margins
  • Balancing continued infrastructure investment with a strong balance sheet
  • Data centre acquisition of freehold forming basis for launch of data centre services business
  • Caution for first half giving way to improved confidence for second half 2010

Key information:

   Six months to 30 June  
€ millions  2010
 Total revenue 794.2  817.4 (2.8%)
Data revenue 396.8  398.4  (0.4%)
Managed Services revenue 83.0  73.4  13.1%
Voice revenue 314.4  345.6  (9.0%)
EBITDA1 158.2  158.0  0.1%
Profit before tax and exceptional items2 34.4  45.9  (25.1%)
Earnings per share (€) 0.05  0.07  (28.6%)
Free cash flow3 7.8  32.4  (76.0%)
Capital expenditure 103.7  91.2  (13.7%)
Net funds4 265.6  243.1

1 EBITDA reflects earnings before net finance costs, tax, depreciation, amortisation, foreign exchange and exceptional items
2 In 2010 there were no exceptional items. In 2009 the exceptional item was a €9.7 million credit as described in the financial review below. Profit before tax in 2009 was €55.6 million
3 Free cash flow is net cash generated from operating activities less net cash used to purchase non-current assets and net finance costs paid
4 Net funds reflects cash and cash equivalents plus deposits classified as current asset investments less debt

Rakesh Bhasin, Chief Executive Officer, commented:

“These results are in line with our expectations and our cautious approach adopted for the first half of 2010.  Whilst Data and Managed Services did not create the growth to cover Voice decline at a revenue level we are seeing positive signs in the market which indicate an improvement in the second half and into 2011.”

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Gill Maclean
Senior Manager, Investor Relations
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7863 5314

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