Intelsat announces fourth quarter and full-year 2016 results


Intelsat S.A., operator of the world’s first Globalized Network, powered by its leading satellite backbone, today announced financial results for the three months and full-year ended December 31, 2016.


Intelsat reported total revenue of $550.7 million and net income attributable to Intelsat S.A. of $662.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016.

Intelsat reported EBITDA1, or earnings before net interest, gain on early extinguishment of debt, taxes and depreciation and amortization, of $406.7 million and Adjusted EBITDA1 of $417.4 million, or 76 percent of revenue for the three months ended December 31, 2016.

For the year ended December 31, 2016, Intelsat reported total revenue of $2,188.0 million and net income attributable to Intelsat S.A. of $990.2 million.

Intelsat reported EBITDA of $1,613.4 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $1,650.7 million, or 75 percent of revenue for the year ended December 31, 2016.

“Our fourth quarter financial results, $551 million in revenue and $417 million in Adjusted EBITDA, demonstrate the increasing stability in our business as we executed on our initiatives to drive growth,” said Stephen Spengler, Chief Executive Officer, Intelsat. “For the full-year, our revenue and Adjusted EBITDA performance fell favorably within our guidance range, demonstrating the visibility and sustainability of our business. Our objective for 2017 is to build on this foundation as we work to transform our business, as the era of high performance satellites unlocks new and faster growing opportunities. Our Intelsat EpicNG high-throughput footprint now provides services to five continents, overlaying our Globalized Network with high performance, better economics and simplified access to satellite solutions.”

Mr. Spengler continued, “Each of our businesses is positioned for improved performance or new opportunities in 2017. Our network services business is moving from stability to renewed growth as new revenue on Intelsat EpicNG assets ramps up over the course of the year. Our media business is growing, with the full-year revenue benefit of two fully-booked DTH satellites that launched last year. Our government business is expected to benefit from Intelsat EpicNG now in service over regions of interest to its largest customer. Backlog as of December 31, 2016 was $8.7 billion, four times Intelsat’s 2016 revenue.”

Mr. Spengler concluded, “In 2017, maintaining our momentum is one of our top objectives, whether on growth opportunities, the remaining Intelsat EpicNG satellite launches, implementing our managed services, or operationalizing production units of new ground technologies, such as electronically steerable antennas, in which we have invested. Additionally, our proposed merger with OneWeb which was announced earlier today aligns with our strategic objectives and will create the world’s first global broadband provider. We believe the complementary OneWeb technology, and the $1.7 billion investment by SoftBank, will create a company with greater growth opportunities and a strong financial foundation. Importantly, we will be more strongly positioned to achieve our shared mission to unlock new applications for satellite-based solutions, connecting people and devices everywhere.”


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