DISCLOSURE OF AN INSIDER INFORMATION ACCORDING TO ARTICLE 17 MAR
Tele Columbus AG updates its guidance for the financial year 2021 and starts implementing its Fibre Champion strategy
Berlin, 25 August 2021. The management board of Tele Columbus AG (ISIN: DE000TCAG172, WKN: TCAG17) today adjusted its guidance for the financial year 2021.
Following the successful completion of the subscription rights issue in the amount of approximately EUR 475 million in May 2021 and the subsequent deleveraging in the amount of EUR 360 million, Tele Columbus AG (“Company”) has more than EUR 100 million of funds available for investments into its Fiber Champion strategy. As previously communicated, the implementation of the Fibre Champion strategy is expected to require network-related investments of up EUR 2 billion over a ten-year period.
On the basis of the improved capitalization of the Company and discussions with the Company’s newly elected supervisory board in relation to the launch of the Fibre Champion strategy, the management board presented a revised budget for financial year 2021 to the supervisory board today, which was approved by the supervisory board on the same day. As a result, the Company’s management board will now accelerate investments into fibre network upgrades and the business starting immediately.
As a result, the management board updates its outlook for the financial year 2021as follows:
– Total revenues of EUR 465 – 475 million
– Reported EBITDA of EUR 190 – 200 million
– Capex of EUR 185 – 195 million
The mid-term outlook will be updated at a later stage once the mid-term plan of the Company has been agreed with the supervisory board.
Tele Columbus AG is one of Germany’s leading fibre network operators which reaches more than 3 million homes. Via its brand PŸUR, the Company, offers high-speed internet including telephony and more than 250 TV channels. All of this via a digital entertainment platform that combines linear TV with video on demand entertainment. To its housing association partners the Tele Columbus Group offers tailored models of cooperation and state-of-the-art services such as telemetric and tenant portals. As a full-service partner for municipalities and regional utilities, the Company is actively supporting the fibre-based infrastructure and broadband internet expansion in Germany. For its business customers the Group offers carrier services and corporate solutions on its proprietary fibre network. Besides its headquarter in Berlin, the Company has locations in Hamburg, Leipzig, Ratingen and Unterföhring/Munich. Since January 2015, Tele Columbus AG is listed on the regulated market (Prime Standard) of the Frankfurt Stock exchange.
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