Liberty Latin America Reports Q2 & H1 Results

Liberty Latin America Reports Q2 & H1 Results

04 Aug 2021 in

Liberty Latin America Reports Q2 & H1 Results

  • Operating momentum with ~190,000 fixed and mobile subscribers added in Q2
  • Strong growth across key financial metrics as markets recover from COVID-19
  • ~360,000 homes passed / upgraded YTD, full-year target raised to over 700,000
  • Expect to close acquisition of Telefónica Costa Rica's operations by mid-August

Denver, Colorado - August 4, 2021: 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 (“Q2”) and six months (“YTD” or “H1 2021”) ended June 30, 2021.

CEO Balan Nair commented, “Building on a strong start to the year, we continued to drive healthy subscriber additions in Q2 across both our fixed and mobile products. Fixed RGU additions of 73,000 in the quarter took our first half performance to 149,000, nearly twice the amount we added in H1 2020. In mobile, we reported a best ever quarter for the group with 118,000 subscriber additions, compared to losses in the prior year where we experienced the initial impacts of COVID-19. These results are particularly encouraging as our markets continue to be affected to varying degrees by the pandemic and are yet to fully recover.”

“There is a clear opportunity to increase penetration of fixed services across our markets, led by broadband, and during H1 we added or upgraded approximately 360,000 homes with fiber technologies, representing our highest ever six-month period of activity. I'm pleased to confirm our new target for the year of over 700,000 homes to be added or upgraded while maintaining our guidance for P&E additions as a percentage of revenue at approximately 18%. We remain committed to bringing high-speed connectivity to more customers in the region.”

“The group reported $1.2 billion in revenue, $160 million of operating income, and $464 million in Adjusted OIBDA in the second quarter. We delivered operating income growth of 178%, reported Adjusted OIBDA growth of 40%, and double-digit rebased Adjusted OIBDA growth of 10%, as our largest markets returned to pre-COVID levels, with the exception of VTR where we are stabilizing performance following a challenging period last year. In addition to a strong performance compared to the prior-year quarter, which was our weakest financially since the pandemic began, revenue and Adjusted OIBDA were also higher sequentially, evidencing continued progress.”

“Our first half cash flow from operations and Adjusted Free Cash Flow were $444 million and $93 million, respectively, representing solid growth over the prior-year period as we continue to focus on improving cash generation. During the quarter, we recommenced share repurchases under our previously announced program.”

“Our inorganic strategy is an important driver of stakeholder value and we are excited to have received the required authorizations to acquire Telefónica Costa Rica's operations, with closing to follow shortly. The transaction will create an innovative converged provider in the country. Combined with our fixed business, Cabletica, we plan to deliver added value to customers through expanded product offerings, state-of-the-art infrastructure, and outstanding customer service levels.”

“As we enter the second half of 2021, we are focused on maintaining our positive momentum through the delivery of compelling consumer propositions across our expanding fixed footprint. Our organic opportunity is bolstered by last year's acquisition of Liberty Mobile in Puerto Rico and the upcoming addition of Telefónica Costa Rica's operations, with the respective in-market combinations expected to generate significant synergies and improved full-service product suites.”


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