|By Business Wire||
|February 11, 2014 02:18 AM EST||
Millicom (NASDAQ:MICC)(STO:MIC), the leading international telecommunications and media company (Stockholmsbörsen: MIC), announced today that its revenue had increased by over 7% to exceed $5bn in 2013 as the company topped 50 million customers for the first time.
In its fourth quarter 2013 results announcement today, other highlights include:
· Millicom returned to strong organic growth in the 4th quarter with 8.4% year on year growth excluding Online
· Africa shows the first positive signs of growth with revenue rising 9% in the quarter in local currency
· Cable grows by 10% as we continue to invest in entertainment services such as “Tigo Sports”
· MFS now has over six million customers with penetration approaching 16% of the customer base
· The transformation to a Digital Lifestyle company moves ahead, as demonstrated by the success of our recent partnership with Facebook and Tigo Music and
· A solid financial performance: 7.3% local currency revenue growth in 2013, 39.2% EBITDA margin (excluding Online and one-offs) in line with guidance.
The company also published details of its progress in delivering growth across four strategic pillars announced last year:
· In Q4, our mobile data business went from strength to strength, adding on average 100,000 new mobile data customers every week, improving penetration of mobile data within our mobile customer base to 20.2%, up over 50% from December 2012
· In Cable & Digital Media, we continued to show solid growth as we prepare for the February 2014 launch of “Tigo Star” and “Tigo Sports”, our new cable and broadband service and TV channels
· MFS penetration growth accelerated in the fourth quarter reaching 15.8% of our customers in the markets in which we offer the service. In Q4 we added 50% more new customers than on average over the first nine months of the year. This month we will launch the world’s first MFS service with currency conversion in Africa and
· In Online we continued to actively roll out our most successful concepts across Africa and Latin America and entered into a landmark agreement with MTN and Rocket Internet to accelerate development of our Online businesses in Africa.
Commenting on the results, Millicom’s President and CEO Hans-Holger Albrecht said:
“Millicom’s growth story continues. Adding almost 1.7 million mobile customers to exceed 50 million customers for the first time is one of many significant milestones this quarter. Adding 100,000 data users a week and gaining 500,000 customers in six months in the recently troubled Kivu region in DRC are examples of our determination and spirit. By the end of this year we will be offering a full range of digital services in all Tigo mobile markets in Latin America. This gives us a head start in the bundling business and is a big step in the execution of our strategy to drive forward the Digital Lifestyle.
Our planned investments are on track as we upgrade our services and keep innovating to maintain a strong competitive edge. In 2014, we will continue to focus on rigorous financial discipline, operating efficiency and providing our customers with the Digital Lifestyle. Our ambition is to execute further our transformation in 2014.”
Millicom is a leading international telecommunications and media company dedicated to emerging markets in Latin America and Africa. Millicom sets the pace when it comes to providing digital lifestyle services to the world’s emerging markets, giving access to the world, primarily through mobile devices. Operating in 15 countries, Millicom offers innovative and customer-centric products. Millicom employs more than 10,000 people and provides mobile, cable, broadband, TV content, online and financial services to over 50 million customers. Founded in 1990, Millicom is headquartered in Luxembourg and listed on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm under the symbol MIC. In 2013 Millicom generated revenue of $5.16 billion and EBITDA of $1.9 billion.
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