• Key points for the fourth quarter:

    • Our acquisition of EE completed on 29 January 2016
    • Underlying revenue excluding transit up 1.3%
    • Underlying operating costs excluding transit up 2% primarily reflecting our investment in BT Sport Europe
    • EBITDA up 14% including £261m from EE
    • Openreach achieved 415,000 fibre broadband net additions with other service providers connecting 48% of these
    • Combined BT and EE broadband net additions market share of 81% 

    Key points for the year:

    • Underlying revenue excluding transit up 2.0%, our best performance for more than seven years
    • EBITDA of £6,580m, up 5%, including £261m from EE
    • Earnings per share up 5%
    • Normalised free cash flow of £3,098m, up 9%, including £261m from EE
    • Proposed final dividend of 9.6p, up 13%, giving a full year dividend of 14.0p, also up 13%
    • BT Consumer TV customer base grew by 28% to 1.5m
    • Fibre broadband available to more than 25m premises 

    Gavin Patterson, Chief Executive, commenting on the results, said:

    “This has been a landmark year for BT. We’ve completed our acquisition of EE, the UK’s best 4G mobile network provider, we’ve passed more than 25m premises with fibre and we’ve also delivered a strong financial performance. We’ve met our outlook with our main revenue measure up 2.0%, the best performance for more than seven years. Our profit before tax was up a healthy 9%.

    “Customers want to be online wherever they are and we will be there for them. Our multi-billion pound investment plans will see both fibre and 4G reach 95 per cent of the UK and we won't stop there. The UK is a digital leader and our investment in ultrafast broadband will help it stay ahead.

    “The integration of EE is going well and we now see the opportunity to deliver more synergies than we originally expected, and at a lower cost. And we’re reorganising our business to better serve customers both in the UK and internationally.

    “We’ve invested across the business and are seeing good results. Our BT Sport audiences are up 45 per cent this year following the launch of UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League content. BT Mobile has done well since its launch, building a customer base of over 400,000. And in the business market, we’ve seen very strong demand for our cyber security expertise with our security business growing by 24 per cent.

    “Customers are benefiting from our investments but we plan to do more when it comes to service, to meet customers’ rising expectations. That’s why Openreach is tackling missed appointments, why BT Consumer will be upgrading service levels to next day repair and why we’ve hired 900 engineers. We’ve also recruited more than 900 extra contact centre staff. This will enable us to return EE and BT Consumer contact centre work to the UK.

    “Our strong overall performance for the year is reflected in our full year dividend, which is up 13%. Our results and the investments we’re making position us well to continue to grow in the coming years. In light of our confidence we are setting out financial and dividend guidance for the next two years."

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  • Key points for the third quarter:

    • Underlying revenue excluding transit up 4.7%, our best result for more than seven years
    • EBITDA up 3%
    • Record Openreach fibre broadband net additions of 494,000
    • 71% share of UK broadband market growth
    • Consumer line growth of 6,000; the first increase in over a decade
    • Now more than 300,000 BT Mobile customers
    • 2015/16 outlook for stand-alone BT: EBITDA and cash flow reaffirmed; revenue growth expected to be 1% to 2% 

    Gavin Patterson, Chief Executive, commenting on the results, said:

    “This is a strong set of results with good numbers across the board. Revenue was up 4.7% this quarter, our best result for more than seven years. We are making good progress towards our goal of sustainable profitable revenue growth.

    “BT Consumer had a standout quarter, increasing its overall line base for the first time in well over a decade and capturing 71% of new broadband customers. Good customer growth in broadband, TV and mobile helped to grow ARPU by 7%. Customers like what we’re offering, whether that’s superfast broadband, Champions League football or mobile data bundles. BT Global Services also did well with good revenue growth in continental Europe and Asia.

    “These are exciting times at BT. We have completed our acquisition of EE, the UK’s best mobile network provider, and are confident that we’ll deliver the anticipated cost and revenue synergies. EE will become a separate consumer-focused line of business within the group. We’re also creating a new organisation to better serve our business and public sector customers in the UK, combining BT Business with EE’s business division and parts of BT Global Services’ UK operations. BT Global Services will focus on serving multinational companies and major customers outside the UK.

    “Service continues to be a priority. Our engineers have worked tirelessly over the festive period to restore service after some of the worst flooding on record. We’re investing to improve service and are creating a further 1,000 contact centre jobs in the UK, to help us meet our commitment to answer more than 80% of consumer customer calls from within the UK by the end of this year.

    “Fibre is underpinning the growth at Openreach with almost half a million premises taking up the service this quarter via dozens of service providers. The fibre market is highly competitive and growing all the time, which is great news for the UK economy. Our superfast fibre broadband network is available to well over 24m homes and businesses. We will help take fibre coverage to 95% of the country by the end of 2017, with plans to go even further. Our G.fast trials are progressing well. The UK is poised to take the important journey from superfast to ultrafast broadband and BT is well placed to lead the charge.” 

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  • Key points for the second quarter:

    • Growth in underlying revenue excluding transit, up 2.0%
    • EBITDA down 1% reflecting our investment in BT Sport Europe
    • 106,000 BT TV net additions, our best ever performance
    • Strong order book across the group
    • Interim dividend of 4.4p, up 13% 

    Gavin Patterson, Chief Executive, commenting on the results, said:

    “We’ve delivered a good financial performance with revenue up 2% this quarter.

    “Fibre broadband is a success story and we continue to invest heavily to help the UK remain a broadband leader among major European nations. Our open access fibre network now passes 24 million premises and we are not stopping there. We want to get fibre broadband to as many people as possible and we are also pushing ahead with our plans to get ultrafast broadband to ten million premises by the end of 2020. Market-wide demand for fibre remains strong with fibre net additions up 21% as we hit the five million milestone for homes and businesses connected.

    “We’ve seen good demand for BT Sport Europe and this has helped us add a record number of BT TV customers in the quarter. Its contribution has been better than we expected, helping drive a 7% increase in BT Consumer revenue. Mobile is another growth area and I am pleased our consumer customer base now stands at more than 200,000. And I am also pleased that yesterday, the Competition and Markets Authority provisionally approved our planned acquisition of EE, unconditionally without remedies.

    “We are making step changes to improve customer service, as part of our group-wide programme. Openreach’s recently launched ‘View my Engineer’ service is going down well. The 3,000 engineers we hired in the last 18 months are helping us fix faults faster and provide new services sooner. We have also created more than 1,000 new contact centre jobs in the UK, with hundreds more to come, to meet our 2016 commitment for more than 80% of consumer customer calls to be answered in the UK. And we have plans to go even further in years to come.

    “Our strategy is delivering and our results show we’re on track to achieve our outlook for the year.”

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  • Key strategic developments for the quarter

    • Underlying revenue excluding transit was flat, an improvement on the 1.3% decline last quarter
    • Underlying operating costs excluding transit down 1%
    • EBITDA up 1% and earnings per share up 3%
    • Superfast fibre broadband available to more than 23m premises, around 80% of the UK
    • 20% superfast fibre broadband take-up; new base-case assumption of reaching 28% penetration 

    Gavin Patterson, Chief Executive, commenting on the results, said

    “This is an exciting time at BT. We continue to invest heavily in our superfast fibre broadband network. It now reaches around 80 per cent of all UK premises and we will work with government to help take fibre broadband to 95% of the country by the end of 2017. Our technical trials of ultrafast broadband using G.fast are progressing well; we’re on target to start large-scale customer trials this summer.

    “Our mobile plans have got off to a good start with more than 100,000 consumer mobile customers signed up in the first three months. We’re also looking forward to completing our acquisition of EE, which will allow us to create a true UK digital champion, providing customers with greater choice and value and helping to deliver the UK’s connected future.

    “We’re launching BT Sport Europe in the next few days, the new home of UEFA Champions League football, which is free for our BT TV customers. We are also leading the way on Ultra HD TV. Our BT Sport Ultra HD channel will be the first live sports channel in Europe offering picture quality four times that of normal high definition.

    “We have also invested further in improving customer service and Openreach is running ahead of all 60 minimum service levels set by Ofcom for this year. And we are engaging with Ofcom as part of its Strategic Review of Digital Communications which offers scope for deregulation and the potential to create a more level playing field in pay-TV.

    “The investments we are making in our business and customer service are building a strong platform for growth. And our financial results show we’re on track to achieve our outlook for the full year.” 

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