Liberty Latin America Reports Fiscal 2017 Results

14 Feb 2018 in

Liberty Latin America Reports Fiscal 2017 Results

  • Successfully Completed Split-Off From Liberty Global
  • Exceeded Target with 465,000 Homes Upgraded / Added in 2017
  • Financial Results Impacted By Hurricanes Irma and Maria
  • Puerto Rican Restoration On-Track; Over 450,000 Subscribers Online
  • Announced Acquisition of Leading Costa Rican Cable Operator

Denver, Colorado – February 14, 2018: Liberty Latin America Ltd. ("Liberty Latin America" or "LLA") (NASDAQ: LILA and LILAK, OTC Link: LILAB), today announced its financial and operating results for the three months ("Q4") and twelve months ("2017" or "FY2017") ended December 31, 2017.

CEO Balan Nair stated, "We are entering an exciting new phase for Liberty Latin America having completed the split-off from Liberty Global. We believe we have a significant opportunity to grow through our unique asset base, encompassing a comprehensive range of telecommunications services from our extensive subsea network and B2B operations to our high-speed consumer mobile and fixed networks. Our assets are well-positioned across a region that remains underpenetrated and underserved by high-speed telecommunications products."

"To drive this growth, we are committed to building the best networks and delivering innovative products to enhance the experience for our customers. In 2017, we upgraded or newly built approximately 465,000 homes and there is more room to grow with a fifth of our network footprint at Cable & Wireless still served by low-speed copper connections and many homes in our markets yet to be passed. We also accelerated the roll-out of our WiFi Connect Boxes during the year, with 40% of our customers in Chile now benefiting from a market-leading in-home broadband connectivity experience."

"In addition to the organic growth potential in our existing markets, we also see a significant consolidation opportunity across a fragmented region where we can leverage our scale to drive synergies and improve operating performance. Our recently announced acquisition in Costa Rica is a clear example of the high quality assets available in the region and the potential for us to add value through the application of our operating model."

"Looking to 2018, it will be a challenging year as we work towards recovery in several of our Caribbean markets following the hurricanes, however, we are on-track to getting our networks and customers back on-line. Combined with strong ongoing performance in Chile and momentum building at Cable & Wireless, we are establishing an exciting platform for sustainable growth."