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TIGO Millicom International Cellular

Filed: 29 Apr 21, 8:40am

 

 

 

UNITED STATES 

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION 

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 6-K

 

REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER 

PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 OR 15d-16 OF THE  

SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the month of April, 2021

 


Commission File Number: 001-38763

 

MILLICOM INTERNATIONAL CELLULAR S.A. 

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

 

2, Rue du Fort Bourbon, 

L-1249 Luxembourg 

Grand Duchy of Luxembourg 

(Address of principal executive office)

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports under cover of Form 20-F or Form 40-F:

 

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Yes 
 
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MILLICOM INTERNATIONAL CELLULAR S.A.

 

INDEX TO FURNISHED MATERIAL

 

Item  

 

 

1.Press release dated April 29, 2021

 

2.Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for the three-month period ended March 31, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item 1

 

Earnings Release

Q1 2021

 

Luxembourg, April 29, 2021

 

A record start to 2021

 

Group highlights Q1 2021

 

The financial highlights discussed and summarized in the table below are presented on an IFRS basis and therefore do not include the fully consolidated results from our Guatemala and Honduras joint ventures.

 

Operating and financial metrics continued to improve in every country and business unit, with very robust customer net additions in both our Cable and Mobile businesses and solid new account wins in B2B.

 

Revenue was stable year-on-year, reflecting a recovery to pre-COVID activity levels in Q1 2021.

 

Net profit turned positive and was $42 million in Q1 2021, up from a Net loss of $122 million in Q1 2020.

 

Signed agreements to complete Africa divestiture program - net proceeds to accelerate deleveraging plans.

 

Financial highlights ($ millions)Q1 2021Q1 2020% change
Revenue1,0881,0880.1%
Operating Profit115134(13.9)%
Net Profit (Loss) attributable to owners42(122)NM

 

Latin America segment highlights1 – Q1 2021

 

Our Latin America (“Latam”) segment includes our Guatemala and Honduras joint ventures as if fully consolidated.

 

Service revenue growth up 1.3% year-on-year, with strong momentum across all businesses and markets.

 

In Home, record HFC customer net adds of 166,000 and stable ARPU fueled service revenue growth of 6.5%.

 

In Mobile, net additions of 1.1 million, with robust performance in all countries in both prepaid and postpaid.

 

EBITDA grew 6.3%, our strongest performance in more than five years, reflecting the improved top line performance and sustained cost control.

 

OCF grew 10.4% to $471 million, consistent with our target of at least $1.4 billion for the year.

 

Latam segment highlights ($ millions)Q1 2021Q1 2020% changeOrganic % change
Revenue1,5301,5041.7%2.7%
Service Revenue1,4131,3951.3%2.2%
EBITDA6386006.3%5.9%
EBITDA Margin41.7%39.9%1.8 pt 
Capex167174(3.9)% 
OCF (EBITDA – Capex)47142710.4%9.7%

 

Millicom Chief Executive Officer Mauricio Ramos commented:

 

"Our operational focus and strategic investments over the past year are paying off. After an incredibly strong Q1, we now have more customers, and we are generating more revenue, more EBITDA and more OCF than we did one year ago, before the start of the pandemic. We did not just recover; we are now above pre-COVID levels on most of our operational and financial KPIs. During the quarter, we added 166,000 customers in Home, by far our best quarterly result ever, and we added 1.1 million customers in Mobile, our strongest Q1 performance in a decade. As a result, service revenue, EBITDA and OCF accelerated in Q1, and the quarter ended on a very positive note, with Latam service revenue growth exceeding 5.5% in March.

 

Strategically, we announced that we have signed agreements to dispose of our remaining operations in Africa. The Tanzania sale was the culmination of a structured and competitive process with multiple bidders. We are very pleased with the outcome and plan to use the proceeds to reduce our net debt. Our strong Q1 and these disposals give us increased flexibility to resume share buybacks later this year."

 

Subsequent Events

 

On April 19, 2021, we announced that we have signed agreements for the sale of our operations in Tanzania and for the disposal of our stake in the AirtelTigo joint venture in Ghana. In Tanzania, Millicom agreed to sell its entire operations to a consortium led by Axian, a pan-African group that was part of the consortium that acquired Millicom’s operations in Senegal in 2018. In Ghana, Millicom along with its joint venture partner, Bharti Airtel Limited, have signed a definitive agreement for the transfer of AirtelTigo to the Government of Ghana. Millicom recorded a $25 million charge in Q1 as part of this agreement. Completion of each transaction is subject to regulatory approvals.

 

 

1 Service revenue, EBITDA, EBITDA margin, Capex, OCF and Organic growth are non-IFRS measures. See page 12 for a description of these measures and for reconciliations to the nearest equivalent IFRS measures.

 

Earnings Release

Q1 2021

 

Group Quarterly Financial Review - Q1 2021

 

Income statement data (IFRS)Q1 2021Q1 2020% change
$ millions (except EPS in $)
Revenue1,0881,0880.1%
Cost of sales(303)(305)(0.5)%
Gross profit7857830.3%
Operating expenses(391)(401)(2.6)%
Depreciation(217)(223)(2.4)%
Amortization(107)(73)46.6%
Share of net profit in Guatemala and Honduras614536.5%
Other operating income (expenses), net(17)3NM
Operating profit115134(13.9)%
Net financial expenses(145)(141)2.2%
Other non-operating income (expenses), net58(159)NM
Gains (losses) from other JVs and associates, net(1)NM
Profit (loss) before tax27(167)(115.9)%
Net tax credit (expense)(3)16(118.2)%
Profit (loss) from continuing operations24(151)(115.7)%
Loss attributable to non-controlling interests1928(34.3)%
Net profit (loss) attributable to owners of the Company42(122)NM
Weighted average shares outstanding (millions)101.33101.120.2%
EPS0.41(1.21)NM

 

In Q1 2021, group revenue was roughly flat year-on-year at $1,088 million due to strong operational results offset by the translation impact of weaker currencies in Paraguay and Costa Rica. Operating expenses declined 2.6% ($11 million) year-on-year to $391 million, largely reflecting an $8 million one-off in 2020.

 

Depreciation decreased 2.4% ($5 million) year-on-year to $217 million, due to network modernization activities which accelerated the depreciation of older infrastructure in 2020. Amortization increased 46.6% ($34 million) to $107 million reflecting our decision to transition the Cable Onda brand to Tigo in Panama, which took effect in April 2021.

 

Our share of profits in Guatemala and Honduras was $61 million, up 36.5% ($16 million) year-on-year due to strong operational performance and lower financing costs resulting from a reduction in debt in Guatemala. Other operating expenses of $17 million in Q1 2021 includes a $25 million charge related to the disposal of our stake in AirtelTigo in Ghana. As a result, operating profit was $115 million in Q1 2021, down 13.9% ($19 million) year-on-year.

 

Net financial expenses increased $3 million year-on-year to $145 million, mostly due to accrued interest related to our spectrum purchase in Colombia. Other non-operating income of $58 million reflects the mark to market revaluation of our equity investment in Helios Towers as well as foreign exchange gains. This compares to an expense of $159 million in Q1 2020, due to the mark to market of equity investments in Helios Towers and Jumia, as well as foreign exchange losses.

 

Earnings Release

Q1 2021

 

The tax expense was $3 million in Q1 2021, compared to a credit of $16 million in Q1 2020, which benefited from a deferred tax credit. Non-controlling interests reflect our partners' share of net profits and losses, largely in our Colombia and Panama subsidiaries. These were $19 million in Q1 2021, down from $28 million in Q1 2020, due to improvement in Colombia, partially offset by weaker performance in Panama.

 

As a result of these factors, net profit for the period attributable to owners of the Company was $42 million, or $0.41 per share, as compared to a net loss of $122 million ($1.21 per share) in Q1 2020. The weighted average number of shares during the quarter was 101.33 million, a slight increase of 0.21% year-on-year related to our employee share-based compensation plans. As of March 31, 2021, we had 101,739,217 shares outstanding, including 206,130 held in treasury.

 

Cash Flow

 

Cash flow data ($ millions)Q1 2021Q1 2020% change
Operating free cash flow*(18)15NM
Finance charges paid, net(92)(104)(11.7)%
Lease interest payments, net(36)(37)(3.4)%
Free cash flow*(146)(126)15.8%
Dividends and advances from Guatemala and Honduras24NM
Dividends and advances to non-controlling interests(3)NM
Equity free cash flow*(149)(102)45.4%
Lease principal repayments(29)(31)(4.8)%
Equity free cash flow after leases*(178)(133)33.8%

*

Non-IFRS measures. See page 12 for a description of these measures. Please refer to page 17 of this Earnings Release or to Note 4 of our Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for the reconciliation of Operating free cash flow to the nearest IFRS measures. In prior years, equity free cash flow was calculated by including the results of Guatemala and Honduras as if fully consolidated. On that same comparable basis, equity free cash flow was $19 million in Q1 2021 and negative $31 million in Q1 2020, before lease principal repayments of $38 million in each year.

 

During Q1 2021, operating free cash flow (OFCF), defined as EBITDA, less cash capex (excluding spectrum and licenses), working capital, other non-cash items and taxes paid, was negative $18 million, a decrease of $33 million compared to positive $15 million in Q1 2020. The decline reflects increased levels of working capital to support improved revenue growth, which more than offset the increase in EBITDA during the period.

 

Finance charges declined $12 million to $92 million due to lower average levels of gross debt, while lease interest payments were unchanged. As a result, free cash flow (FCF) was negative $146 million in Q1 2021, a reduction of $20 million compared to $126 million in Q1 2020. FCF is typically negative in Q1 due to seasonal factors, including the timing of capex and other working capital items that are often contracted in Q4 but paid for in Q1.

 

In Q1 2021, dividends and advances received from our joint ventures in Guatemala and Honduras were nil, compared to $24 million received in Q1 2020. This reflects the decision to prioritize use of Guatemala's cash generation to re-pay principal on notes payable to shareholders. As of the end of March 2021, Guatemala had already repaid $148 million in notes payable to the Group, and the remaining balance of $45 million is expected to be paid in full during Q2 2021. Meanwhile, dividends paid to non-controlling interests in Colombia were $3 million.

 

As a result, Equity Free Cash Flow (EFCF) for Q1 2021 was $(149) million, as compared to $(102) million in Q1 2020. Further adjusting for lease principal repayments, EFCF after leases was $(178) million, down 33.8% from $(133) million in Q1 2021.

 

Earnings Release

Q1 2021

 

Debt

 

Debt informationGross DebtCashNetLeasesFinancial Obligations
($ millions)USDLCYTotal Debt GrossNet*
Latin America6202,2742,8953422,5537823,6773,335
Africa1624120312191196399387
Corporate2,276382,3142492,066232,3372,088
Group (IFRS)3,0582,3545,4126034,8091,0006,4125,810
Guatemala and Honduras1975517482205282851,033813
Underlying (non-IFRS)3,2562,9046,1608235,3371,2857,4456,622
Proportionate (non-IFRS)3,1622,1515,3136704,6429866,2995,629

 

* Net Debt and Net financial obligations are non-IFRS measures. See page 12 for a description of non-IFRS measures and for reconciliations to the nearest equivalent IFRS measures Cash includes term deposits of nil as of March 31, 2021.

 

In order to provide a more complete picture of the Group's financial situation, this section discusses gross debt, leases, cash, and net debt on an underlying basis, a non-IFRS measure that includes Guatemala and Honduras as if fully consolidated.

 

As of March 31, 2021, underlying gross debt was $6,160 million, a reduction of $281 million during the quarter. Our underlying gross debt includes Guatemala and Honduras, which had $748 million of gross debt as of March 31, 2021, a decrease of $2 million during the quarter.

 

Approximately 59% of underlying gross debt at March 31, 2021 was in Latam, 3% in Africa, and the remaining 38% at the corporate level. Over the past year, we have lowered our average effective interest rate to 5.5% from 5.8%, while also improving the mix to 47% in local currency or swapped for local currency as of Q1 2021, up from 33% as of Q1 of 2020. In addition, 81% was at fixed rates or swapped for fixed rates, and the average maturity of 5.9 years, in line with our targets. On our dollar-denominated debt, the average rate was 5.2% with an average maturity of 6.4 years, as of March 31, 2021.

 

Our underlying cash position was $823 million as of March 31, 2021, a decrease of $299 million compared to $1,122 million as of December 31, 2020, mainly due to debt repayment activity. Of our underlying cash balance, 68% was held in U.S. dollars. As a result, our underlying net debt was $5,337 million as of March 31, 2021, a decrease of $18 million during the quarter.

 

In addition, as of March 31, 2021, we had underlying lease liabilities of $1,285 million, which represented 17% of underlying gross financial obligations. Including these lease liabilities, underlying net financial obligations were $6,622 million as of March 31, 2021, a reduction of $9 million during the quarter.

 

Proportionate leverage2, which captures our proportional ownership in each country as well as lease obligations, was 3.13x as of March 31, 2021. This is down from 3.20x as of December 31, 2020 due primarily to EBITDA growth. Excluding the impact of leases, proportionate leverage would have been 3.00x[3], an improvement from 3.07x as of December 31, 2020.

 

 

2 Proportionate leverage is a non-IFRS measure calculated using LTM (last twelve-month) EBITDA, proforma for acquisitions and disposals.

3 Proportionate leverage after leases is the ratio of proportionate net debt over LTM EBITDA after leases, proforma for acquisitions made during the last twelve months. Refer to page 12 for a description of non-IFRS measures and for reconciliations to the nearest equivalent IFRS measures.

 

Earnings Release

Q1 2021

 

Operating segment performance

 

Our management determines operating and reportable segments based on the reports that are used by the chief operating decision maker to make strategic and operational decisions from both a business and geographic perspective. The Millicom Group’s risks and rates of return for its operations are predominantly affected by operating in different geographical regions. The Millicom Group has businesses in two main regions, Latin America and Africa, which constitute our two segments. We allocate corporate costs to each segment based on their contribution to underlying revenue, and only unusual costs, such as the M&A-related fees remain unallocated.

 

Our Latin America segment includes the results of Guatemala and Honduras as if they were fully consolidated, as this reflects the way our management reviews and uses internally reported information to make decisions about operating matters and to provide increased transparency to investors on those operations. Our Africa segment does not include our joint venture in Ghana because our management does not consider it to be a strategic part of the group.

 

Please refer to Note 4 of our Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for more details on our segments. The information contained herein can also be accessed electronically in the Financial & Operating Data Excel file published at www.millicom.com/investors alongside this earnings release.

 

Latin America segment

 

Business units

 

We discuss our Latam results under two principal business units:

 

1. Mobile, including mobile data, mobile voice, and mobile financial services (MFS) to consumer, business and government customers;

 

2. Cable and other fixed, including broadband, Pay TV, content, and fixed voice services for residential (Home) customers, as well as voice, data and value-added services and solutions to business and government customers.

 

On occasion, we also discuss our performance by customer type, with B2B referring to our business and government customers, while B2C includes residential and personal consumer groups.

 

Market environment

 

Economic activity continued to recover gradually in our markets, as most countries continued to ease lockdowns implemented at the beginning of the pandemic, and remittances from the U.S. to Central America sustained double-digit growth. Temporary restrictions were implemented in some countries and regions, as governments took steps to prevent a spike in new cases stemming from gatherings around the year-end and Easter holidays. However, these new restrictions appear to have had a less severe impact on economic activity and on our business as compared to those implemented at the onset of the pandemic. Meanwhile, vaccinations have begun, but less than 1% of the population in our markets had been vaccinated as of the end of March. Currencies in our markets generally strengthened, with the Colombian peso and the Paraguayan guarani gaining 3.0%, and 4.4% respectively against the U.S. dollar during the quarter. Foreign exchange rates and movements are presented on page 15.

 

Earnings Release

Q1 2021

 

Latam segment - Key Performance Indicators

 

Key Performance Indicators (‘000)Q1 2021Q4 2020Q3 2020Q2 2020Q1 2020Q1 2021 vs Q1 2020
Mobile customers42,80541,73439,48337,77739,4498.5%
Of which 4G customers18,83018,24316,33014,29014,87626.6%
Of which postpaid subscribers5,0604,9204,7734,6365,078(0.4)%
Mobile ARPU ($)6.56.86.86.47.0(6.6)%
Total homes passed12,24812,22912,10611,97611,9292.7%
Of which HFC homes passed11,94911,88811,76211,63011,5703.3%
Total customer relationships4,7014,5454,4534,2964,3917.1%
Of which HFC customer relationships3,8993,7333,6303,4843,53110.4%
HFC revenue generating units7,9717,6027,3437,0567,14311.6%
Of which Broadband Internet3,5353,3563,2383,0863,08914.5%
Home ARPU ($)28.828.027.727.628.70.3%

 

Mobile

 

We ended Q1 2021 with 42.8 million customers, an increase of 1.1 million during the quarter, our strongest performance Q1 of the past decade in what is usually a seasonally-weaker quarter. Approximately one quarter of the net additions came from Colombia, where we continue to expand our network on the 700 MHz spectrum, and from Honduras, where the prepaid mobile market continued to strengthen, likely aided by robust remittances.

 

In postpaid, we added 140,000 customers to end the quarter with more than 5 million, just 75,000 below the pre-COVID peak reached at year-end 2019. We added 587,000 new 4G smartphone data users, and these now account for 44% of our mobile customer base, up from 38% in Q1 2020.

 

Tigo Money, our mobile financial services platform available in five of our nine Latam markets, saw customers increase 11.4% year-on year, ending the quarter with 4.8 million.

 

Mobile ARPU declined 6.6% year-on-year to $6.5, due mostly to the shift in mix from postpaid to prepaid over the past year caused by the pandemic.

 

Home

 

In Home, our residential cable business, we continued to experience very strong demand for all our services, and we added a record 166,000 HFC customer relationships in the quarter. At the end of Q1, our networks passed 12.2 million homes, an increase of 19,000 during the period, reflecting the expansion of our HFC network to 61,000 additional homes, offset by the shut down of our UHF network in Paraguay and the loss of approximately 8,000 homes in Honduras in the hurricanes of Q4 2020. As a result, penetration on our HFC network increased to 32.6%, an increase of 2.1 percentage points from 30.5% in Q1 2020.

 

Demand was strong across the board, with most countries registering higher customer relationship net additions in Q1 of 2021 as compared to both Q1 and Q4 of 2020. Bolivia added a record 50,000 customer relationships driven by a back-to-school campaign, while Colombia registered its strongest Q1 net additions ever. Guatemala added a record of 36,000 customer relationships, resulting in a growth of 20.6% year-on-year in Q1 2021. Home ARPU improved by $0.80 sequentially to $28.8, roughly flat year-on-year.

 

Earnings Release

Q1 2021

 

Latam segment financial results

 

Latam Financial Highlights*Q1 2021Q1 2020% changeOrganic % change
($m, unless otherwise stated)
Revenue1,5301,5041.7%2.7%
Service revenue1,4131,3951.3%2.2%
  Mobile833843(1.2)% 
  Cable and other fixed services5635394.6% 
  Other171322.9% 
EBITDA6386006.3%5.9%
EBITDA margin41.7%39.9%1.8 pt 
Capex167174(3.9)% 
OCF47142710.4%9.7%

 

* Service revenue, EBITDA, EBITDA margin, Capex, OCF and organic growth are Non-IFRS measures. Capex is defined as capital expenditures excluding spectrum, license costs and finance lease capitalizations. See page 12 for a description of non-IFRS measures and for reconciliations to the nearest equivalent IFRS measures.

 

In Q1 2021, revenue in our Latam segment increased 1.7% year-on-year to $1.5 billion, while service revenue increased 1.3% to $1,413 million. Adjusting for currency, organic service revenue growth was 2.2% year-on-year, the first positive service revenue growth since Q1 2020, reflecting strong business performance in both Mobile and Home.

 

In local currency terms, service revenue growth was the strongest in El Salvador (8.9%), Guatemala (6.1%), and Colombia (3.1%), while growth remained slightly negative in countries most affected by the pandemic, including Bolivia (-2.2%) and Panama (-1.0%). Encouragingly, Honduras service revenue was about flat year-on-year, a significant improvement from -3.4% in Q4, -6.0% in Q3 and -12.4% in Q2, at the height of the lockdowns, with the improvement coming from Mobile, which returned to positive growth for the first time since mid 2019.

 

For a second consecutive quarter, El Salvador registered high single-digit service revenue growth, as recent network investments have fueled very robust growth in Mobile. Guatemala sustained growth of more than 6% in Q1, as continued acceleration in Home and B2B largely offset a slight deceleration in B2C mobile, which grew at a low single-digit rate. In Colombia, Home service revenue growth accelerated to more than 7.5% in the quarter, while Mobile and B2B continued to show healthy sequential improvement but remained down slightly on a year-on-year basis. In Panama, mid-single-digit growth in our consumer businesses largely offset performance in B2B, which remains well below pre-COVID levels due to the weak macroeconomic backdrop.

 

By business unit, Home service revenue grew 6.4% year-on-year (7.9% organically), a significant acceleration from flat performance in Q4 (3.8% organic), fueled by customer growth and improving ARPU trends, as well as stronger foreign exchange rates. In our consumer Mobile business, organic service revenue grew 0.6% year-on-year, with every country in Central America showing positive year-on-year growth. Finally, B2B service revenue declined 3.2% organically, compared to a decline of 6.3% in Q4 2020, as performance improved in most countries.

 

EBITDA for our Latam segment was $638 million in Q1 2021, an increase of 6.3% year-on-year (5.9% organically) compared to $600 million in Q1 2020. Growth was positive in most countries, with El Salvador and Guatemala leading the way with double-digit growth, while performance in Nicaragua was flattered by a $8 million one-off in Q1 2020 related to a municipal withholding tax stemming from the acquisition. The EBITDA margin expanded by 1.8 percentage points year-on-year to 41.7% in Q1 2021.

 

Capex in Latin America was $167 million in the quarter. In mobile, we added more than 150 points of presence to our 4G network, and we ended the quarter with more than 15,100 points of presence, an increase of 19% year-on-year. At the end of Q1 2021, our 4G networks covered approximately 77% of the population (approximately 120 million in our markets), up from approximately 73% at Q1 2020.

 

Operating cash flow (OCF), measured as EBITDA minus Capex, increased 10.4% year-on-year to $471 million in Q1 2021, an increase of 9.7% on an organic basis.

 

Earnings Release

Q1 2021

 

Africa segment - Segment financial results and Key Performance Indicators

 

Please refer to Note 4 of our Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for more details on our segments.

 

Africa Financial Highlights*Q1 2021Q1 2020% change
($m, unless otherwise stated)
Revenue8989(0.3)%
Service revenue8989(0.3)%
EBITDA31303.4%
EBITDA margin %34.5%33.2%1.2 pt
Capex55(6.1)%
Key Performance Indicators ('000)  
Mobile customers13,54511,72715.5%
Tigo Money customers6,9576,23011.7%
Mobile ARPU ($)2.22.3(6.6)%

 

* Service revenue, EBITDA and Capex are non-IFRS measures. See page 12 for a description of non-IFRS measures and for reconciliations to the nearest equivalent IFRS measures. 2019 EBITDA has been re-presented as a result in the change in cost allocation.

 

Our Africa segment comprises our Tanzania operations. On April 19, 2021, we announced that we have signed an agreement for the sale of our operations in Tanzania to a consortium led by Axian, a pan-African group that was part of the consortium that acquired Millicom’s operations in Senegal in 2018. Completion is subject to regulatory approvals.

 

Service revenue for our Africa segment was stable year-on-year at $89 million in Q1 2021, while EBITDA increased 3.4% year-on-year to $31 million due to continued cost control efforts.

 

Corporate Responsibility highlights – Q1 2021

 

Responsible Leadership in Action: adapting our programs to the COVID-19 pandemic

 

Connecting Communities

 

We find great opportunities for the expansion of Maestr@s Conectad@s (Connected Teachers), as ongoing uncertainties around the evolution of the pandemic in our countries present scenarios in which schools will continue to at least present hybrid modules of online and in-person classes for several months. Teachers, therefore, remain challenged by these circumstances and will require the support, tools and training this program can offer. Significant progress has been made with partner organization AYHU, with over 37,000 more teachers who have completed the training as of the end of Q1. All Latam countries will have the program implemented by Q2 of 2021.

 

Empowering Women

 

After our successful 2020 pilot in El Salvador training Tigo Money Sales Agents and entrepreneurs where 40 women participated and were able to show increased sales and income after completing the program, we relaunched the program in March, this time with the goal to reach 6,100 women of our value chain who use Tigo Money as part of their business, through trainings on digital entrepreneurship skills. This project is launched in partnership with USAID, and we are looking for other companies to participate, incorporating women from their value chains in the training.

 

Responsible Supply Chain Management

 

We have confirmed the partner for the design of the new virtual Supplier Training Program and work is currently underway in the creation of the content, based on previous years trainings and new material. The goal for 2021 is to reach 75% of Millicom's suppliers with a spend of more than $1 million.

 

Health, safety and sustainability

 

The Millicom’s Executive Team and the Health & Safety function continued working with country operations to ensure the safety of our people as well as service continuity as we adapt to the evolving needs in line with the latest COVID-19 guidelines from the World Health Organization and the U.S. Center for Disease Control at all our critical sites and operations region-wide as the situation evolves. Over half of our employees continue to work remotely from the safety of their homes.

 

Earnings Release

Q1 2021

 

Compliance and anti-corruption program

 

During Q1 2021, we launched the 2021 Compliance KPIs applicable to all Local Operations, as part of our efforts to increase our Ethics & Compliance Program maturity level from year to year. The Legal, Ethics & Compliance Department kicked off the 2021 Communication Plan with messaging from senior and mid-level leadership and adding a new component of monthly gatherings for HQ called “Coffee with Compliance.” The aim is to remain relevant amongst company employees while working remotely and provide a forum for them to ask Compliance-related questions as well as obtain answers in real time.

 

The Department also conducted a communication and training campaign to make employees aware of and knowledgeable about the new Corrective Action Framework, launched at the end of 2020.

 

Video conference details

 

A video conference to discuss these results will take place on April 29th at 14:00 (Luxembourg/Stockholm) / 13:00 (London) / 08:00 (Miami). Registration for the live event is required and is available at the following link. Upon registering, participants will receive a confirmation email with personalized credentials required to join the event. Alternatively, participants can join in a listen-only mode, by dialing any of the following numbers and using webinar ID number 829-3020-3271. Please dial a number base on your location:

 

US+1 929 205 6099     Sweden: +46 850 539 728
UK:+44 330 088 5830       Luxembourg: +352 342 080 9265

 

Additional international numbers are available at the following link.

 

A replay of the event will be available on the Millicom website.

 

Financial calendar

 

2021 

 

DateEvent
May 42021 AGM
July 29Q2 2021 results and conference call
October 28Q3 2021 results and conference call

 

Earnings Release

Q1 2021

 

For further information, please contact

 

Press:Investors:
Vivian Kobeh, Corporate Communications DirectorMichel Morin, VP Investor Relations
+1 (786) 628-5300+1 (786) 628-5270
press@millicom.cominvestors@millicom.com
  
 Sarah Inmon, Director Investor Relations
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About Millicom

 

Millicom (NASDAQ U.S.: TIGO, Nasdaq Stockholm: TIGO_SDB) is a leading provider of fixed and mobile services dedicated to emerging markets in Latin America and Africa. Millicom sets the pace when it comes to providing high-speed broadband and innovation around The Digital Lifestyle services through its principal brand, TIGO. As of December 31, 2020, Millicom operating subsidiaries and joint ventures employed more than 21,000 people and provided mobile services to approximately 55 million customers, with a cable footprint of more than 12 million homes passed. Founded in 1992, Millicom International Cellular S.A. is headquartered in Luxembourg.

 

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Earnings Release

Q1 2021

 

Forward-Looking Statements

 

Statements included herein that are not historical facts, including without limitation statements concerning future strategy, plans, objectives, expectations and intentions, projected financial results, liquidity, growth and prospects, are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties and are subject to change at any time. In the event such risks or uncertainties materialize, Millicom’s results could be materially adversely affected. In particular, there is uncertainty about the spread of the COVID-19 virus and the impact it may have on Millicom's operations, the demand for Millicom's products and services, global supply chains and economic activity in general. The risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

global economic conditions and foreign exchange rate fluctuations as well as local economic conditions in the markets we serve;

 

potential disruption due to diseases, pandemics, political events, piracy or acts by terrorists, including the impact of the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 virus and the ongoing efforts throughout the world to contain it;

 

telecommunications usage levels, including traffic and customer growth;

 

competitive forces, including pricing pressures, the ability to connect to other operators’ networks and our ability to retain market share in the face of competition from existing and new market entrants as well as industry consolidation;

 

legal or regulatory developments and changes, or changes in governmental policy, including with respect to the availability of spectrum and licenses, the level of tariffs, tax matters, the terms of interconnection, customer access and international settlement arrangements;

 

adverse legal or regulatory disputes or proceedings;

 

the success of our business, operating and financing initiatives and strategies, including partnerships and capital expenditure plans;

 

the level and timing of the growth and profitability of new initiatives, start-up costs associated with entering new markets, the successful deployment of new systems and applications to support new initiatives;

 

relationships with key suppliers and costs of handsets and other equipment;

 

our ability to successfully pursue acquisitions, investments or merger opportunities, integrate any acquired businesses in a timely and cost-effective manner and achieve the expected benefits of such transactions;

 

the availability, terms and use of capital, the impact of regulatory and competitive developments on capital outlays, the ability to achieve cost savings and realize productivity improvements;

 

technological development and evolving industry standards, including challenges in meeting customer demand for new technology and the cost of upgrading existing infrastructure;

 

the capacity to upstream cash generated in operations through dividends, royalties, management fees and repayment of shareholder loans; and

 

other factors or trends affecting our financial condition or results of operations.

 

A further list and description of risks, uncertainties and other matters can be found in Millicom’s Registration Statement on Form 20-F, including those risks outlined in “Item 3. Key Information—D. Risk Factors,” and in Millicom’s subsequent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings, all of which are available at www.sec.gov. To the extent COVID-19 adversely affects Millicom's business and financial results, it may also have the effect of heightening many of the risks described in its filings.

 

All forward-looking statements attributable to us or any person acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date hereof. Except to the extent otherwise required by applicable law, we do not undertake any obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

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Earnings Release

Q1 2021

 

Non IFRS Measures

 

This press release contains financial measures not prepared in accordance with IFRS. These measures are referred to as “non-IFRS” measures and include: non-IFRS service revenue, non-IFRS EBITDA, and non-IFRS Capex, among others defined below. Annual growth rates for these non-IFRS measures are often expressed in organic constant currency terms to exclude the effect of changes in foreign exchange rates, the adoption of new accounting standards, and are proforma for material changes in perimeter due to acquisitions and divestitures. The non-IFRS financial measures are presented in this press release as Millicom’s management believes they provide investors with an additional information for the analysis of Millicom’s results of operations, particularly in evaluating performance from one period to another. Millicom’s management uses non-IFRS financial measures to make operating decisions, as they facilitate additional internal comparisons of Millicom’s performance to historical results and to competitors' results, and provides them to investors as a supplement to Millicom’s reported results to provide additional insight into Millicom’s operating performance. Millicom’s Remuneration Committee uses certain non-IFRS measures when assessing the performance and compensation of employees, including Millicom’s executive directors.

 

The non-IFRS financial measures used by Millicom may be calculated differently from, and therefore may not be comparable to, similarly titled measures used by other companies - refer to the section “Non-IFRS Financial Measure Descriptions” for additional information. In addition, these non-IFRS measures should not be considered in isolation as a substitute for, or as superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with IFRS, and Millicom’s financial results calculated in accordance with IFRS and reconciliations to those financial statements should be carefully evaluated.

 

Financial Measure Descriptions

 

Service revenue is revenue related to the provision of ongoing services such as monthly subscription fees, airtime and data usage fees, interconnection fees, roaming fees, mobile finance service commissions and fees from other telecommunications services such as data services, short message services and other value-added services excluding telephone and equipment sales.

 

EBITDA is operating profit excluding impairment losses, depreciation and amortization, and gains/losses on fixed asset disposals.

 

EBITDA after Leases (EBITDAaL) represents EBITDA excluding lease repayments.

 

EBITDA Margin represents EBITDA in relation to Revenue.

 

Proportionate EBITDA is the sum of the EBITDA in every country where Millicom operates, including its Guatemala and Honduras joint ventures, pro rata for Millicom’s ownership stake in each country, less corporate costs that are not allocated to any country and inter-company eliminations.

 

Organic growth represents year-on-year growth excluding the impact of changes in FX rates, perimeter, and accounting. Changes in perimeter are the result of acquisitions and divestitures. Results from divested assets are immediately removed from both periods, whereas the results from acquired assets are included in both periods at the beginning (January 1) of the first full calendar year of ownership.

 

Net debt is Debt and financial liabilities less cash and pledged deposits.

 

Net financial obligations is Net debt plus lease liabilities.

 

Proportionate financial obligations is the sum of the net financial obligations in every country where Millicom operates, including its Guatemala and Honduras joint ventures, pro rata for Millicom’s ownership stake in each country.

 

Leverage is the ratio of net financial obligations over LTM (last twelve month) EBITDA, proforma for acquisitions made during the last twelve months.

 

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Earnings Release

Q1 2021

 

Leverage after leases is the ratio of net debt over LTM (Last twelve month) EBITDA after leases, proforma for acquisitions made during the last twelve months.

 

Proportionate leverage is the ratio of proportionate net financial obligations over LTM proportionate EBITDA, proforma for acquisitions made during the last twelve months.

 

Proportionate leverage after leases is the ratio of proportionate net debt over LTM (Last twelve month) EBITDA after leases, proforma for acquisitions made during the last twelve months.

 

Capex is balance sheet capital expenditure excluding spectrum and license costs and lease capitalizations.

 

Cash Capex represents the cash spent in relation to capital expenditure, excluding spectrum and licenses costs.

 

Operating Cash Flow (OCF) is EBITDA less Capex.

 

Operating Free Cash Flow (OFCF) is OCF less changes in working capital and other non-cash items and taxes paid.

 

Equity Free Cash Flow (EFCF) is OFCF less finance charges paid (net), less advances for dividends to non-controlling interests, plus dividends received from joint ventures.

 

Equity Free Cash Flow after Leases (EFCFaL) is EFCF, less lease principal repayments.

 

Operating Profit After Tax displays the profit generated from the operations of the company after statutory taxes.

 

Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) is used to assess the Group’s efficiency at allocating the capital under its control to and is defined as Operating Profit After Tax, including Guatemala and Honduras as if fully consolidated, divided by the average invested Capital during the period.

 

Average Invested Capital is the capital invested in the company operation throughout the year and is calculated with the average of opening and closing balances of the total assets minus current liabilities (excluding debt, joint ventures, accrued interests, deferred and current tax, cash as well as investments and non-controlling interests), less assets and liabilities held for sale.

 

Underlying measures, such as Underlying service revenue, Underlying EBITDA, Underlying equity free cash flow, Underlying net debt, Underlying leverage, etc., include Guatemala and Honduras, as if fully consolidated.

 

Average Revenue per User per Month (ARPU) for our Mobile customers is (x) the total mobile and mobile financial services revenue (excluding revenue earned from tower rentals, call center, data and mobile virtual network operator, visitor roaming, national third parties roaming and mobile telephone equipment sales revenue) for the period, divided by (y) the average number of mobile subscribers for the period, divided by (z) the number of months in the period. We define ARPU for our Home customers in our Latin America segment as (x) the total Home revenue (excluding equipment sales, TV advertising and equipment rental) for the period, divided by (y) the average number of customer relationships for the period, divided by (z) the number of months in the period. ARPU is not subject to a standard industry definition and our definition of ARPU may be different to other industry participants.

 

Please refer to our 2020 Annual Report for a list and description of non-IFRS measures.

 

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Earnings Release

Q1 2021

 

Non-IFRS Reconciliations

 

Reconciliation from Reported Growth to Organic Growth for the Latam segment4

 

Latam Segment ($ millions)RevenueService RevenueEBITDAOCF
Q1 2021Q1 2021Q1 2021Q1 2021
A- Current period1,5301,413638471
B- Prior year period1,5041,395600427
C- Reported growth (A/B)1.7%1.3%6.3%10.4%
D- FX impact(0.9)%(0.9)%(0.8)%(1.2)%
E- Other*(0.1)%(0.1)%1.2%1.8%
F- Organic Growth (C-D-E)2.7%2.2%5.9%9.7%

 

*Organic growth for EBITDA and OCF are calculated excluding the allocation of corporate costs to reflect operational growth and to align with how we manage the Latam segment. The differences that this causes are captured in "Other".

 

ARPU reconciliations

 

Latam Segment - Mobile ARPU ReconciliationQ1 2021Q1 2020
Mobile service revenue ($m)833843
Mobile Service revenue ($m) from non Tigo customers ($m) *(6)(12)
Mobile Service revenue ($m) from Tigo customers (A)827831
Mobile customers - end of period (000)42,80539,449
Mobile customers - average (000) (B) **42,27039,647
Mobile ARPU (USD/Month) (A/B/number of months)6.57.0

 

* Refers to production services, MVNO, DVNO, equipment rental revenue, call center revenue, national roaming, equipment sales, visitor roaming, tower rental, DVNE, and other non-customer driven revenue.

 

** Average QoQ for the quarterly view is the average of the last quarter.

 

Latam Segment - Home  ARPU ReconciliationQ1 2021Q1 2020
Home service revenue ($m)409384
Home service revenue ($m) from non Tigo customers ($m) *(10)(8)
Home service revenue ($m) from Tigo customers (A)399376
Customer Relationships - end of period (000) **4,7014,391
Customer Relationships - average (000)  (B) ***4,6234,366
Home ARPU (USD/Month) (A/B/number of months)28.828.7

 

* TV advertising, production services, equipment rental revenue, call center revenue, equipment sales and other non customer driven revenue.

** Represented by homes connected all technologies (HFC + Other Technologies + DTH & Wimax RGUs).

*** Average QoQ for the quarterly view is the average of the last quarter.

 

 

4 See Note 4 of our Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for details on our segments.

 

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Earnings Release

Q1 2021

 

One-off Summary - Items above EBITDA only

 

Q1 2020 ($ millions)RevenueEBITDAComment 
 
Nicaragua(8)Municipal withholding tax on acquisition 
Latam Total(8)  

 

Foreign Exchange rates used to support FX impact calculations in the above Organic Growth reconciliations

 

  Average FX rate (vs. USD)End of period FX rate (vs. USD)
  Q1 21Q4 20QoQQ1 20YoY Q1 21Q4 20QoQQ1 20YoY
BoliviaBOB6.916.910.0%6.910.0% 6.916.910.0%6.910.0%
ColombiaCOP3,5883,6953.0%3,573(0.4)% 3,7373,433(8.1)%4,0658.8%
Costa RicaCRC616611(0.8)%577(6.3)% 6166170.2%587(4.6)%
GuatemalaGTQ7.757.800.6%7.68(0.9)% 7.717.791.0%7.68(0.4)%
HondurasHNL24.1624.360.8%24.772.5% 24.1024.200.4%24.843.1%
NicaraguaNIO34.9134.72(0.6)%33.96(2.7)% 34.9934.82(0.5)%34.09(2.6)%
ParaguayPYG6,6966,9894.4%6,514(2.7)% 6,3116,9009.3%6,5634.0%
TanzaniaTZS2,3152,3190.2%2,300(0.6)% 2,3192,3190.0%2,301(0.8)%

 

Debt reconciliation

 

Debt informationGross DebtCashNetLeasesFinancial Obligations
($ millions)USDLCYTotal Debt GrossNet*
Bolivia3283286726045373306
Colombia50694744946503011,044950
Costa Rica1310611951144123118
El Salvador**1181182097107224204
Panama**87087064805125994930
Paraguay5571607176565278795730
Nicaragua26(26)12212296
Latin America6202,2742,8953422,5537823,6773,335

 

* Net Debt and Net financial obligations are non-IFRS measures. See page 12 for a description of non-IFRS measures and for reconciliations to the nearest equivalent IFRS measures Cash includes term deposits of $0 million as of March 31, 2021.

 

** El Salvador's official unit of currency is the U.S. dollar, while Panama uses the U.S. dollar as legal tender. Our local debt in both countries is therefore denominated in U.S. dollars but presented as local currency (LCY).

 

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Earnings Release

Q1 2021

 

Reconciliation Net financial obligations to EBITDA to Proportionate net financial obligations to EBITDA as of March 31, 2021

 

Debt Information - March 31, 2021Financial obligationsEBITDALeverage
$ millionsGrossCashNet  
Millicom Group (IFRS)6,4126035,8101,508
Plus: Guatemala639161478798
Plus: Honduras39460335250
Less: Corporate Costs30
Underlying Millicom Group (Non-IFRS)7,4458236,6222,5252.62x
Less: 50% Minority Stake in Colombia52247475230
Less: 45% Minority Stake in Guatemala28873215359
Less: 33% Minority Stake in Honduras1312011283
Less: 20% Minority Stake in Panama1991318651
Less: 1.5% Minority Stake in Tanzania662
Proportionate Millicom Group (Non-IFRS)6,2996705,6291,8003.13x

 

Capex Reconciliation

 

Capex ReconciliationQ1 2021Q1 2020
Consolidated:  
Additions to property, plant and equipment95108
Additions to licenses and other intangibles2544
Of which spectrum and license costs21
Total consolidated additions120153
Of which capital expenditures related to corporate offices22

 

Latin America SegmentQ1 2021Q1 2020
Additions to property, plant and equipment140145
Additions to licenses and other intangibles41133
Of which spectrum and license costs14104
Latin America Segment total additions (Underlying)181278
Capex excluding spectrum and license costs167174

 

Africa SegmentQ1 2021Q1 2020
Additions to property, plant and equipment55
Additions to licenses and other intangibles
Of which spectrum and license costs
Africa Segment total additions55
Capex excluding spectrum and license costs55

 

Underlying CapexQ1 2021Q1 2020
Latam capex excluding spectrum and license cost167174
Africa capex excluding spectrum and license cost55
Capital expenditures related to corporate offices22
Underlying capex excluding spectrum and license costs174181

 

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Earnings Release

Q1 2021

 

Equity Free Cash Flow Reconciliation

 

Cash Flow DataQ1 2021Q1 2020
Net cash provided by operating activities87106
Purchase of property, plant and equipment(171)(179)
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment1
Purchase of intangible assets(83)(91)
Proceeds from sale of intangible assets
Purchase of spectrum and licenses2039
Finance charges paid, net128141
Operating free cash flow(18)15
Interest (paid), net(128)(141)
Free cash flow(146)(126)
Dividends received from joint ventures (Guatemala and Honduras)24
Dividends paid to non-controlling interests(3)
Equity free cash flow(149)(102)
Lease Principal Repayments(29)(31)
Equity free cash flow after leases(178)(133)

 

OCF (EBITDA- Capex) Reconciliation

 

Latam OCF UnderlyingQ1 2021Q1 2020
Latam EBITDA638600
(-) Capex (Ex. Spectrum)167174
Latam OCF471427

 

Africa OCFQ1 2021Q1 2020
Africa EBITDA3130
(-) Capex (Ex. Spectrum)55
Africa OCF2624

 

Corporate OCFQ1 2021Q1 2020
Corporate EBITDA(1)(1)
(-) Capex (Ex. Spectrum)22
Corporate OCF(3)(2)

 

Underlying OCFQ1 2021Q1 2020
Underlying EBITDA668630
(-) Capex (Ex. Spectrum)174181
Underlying OCF494449

 

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Earnings Release

Q1 2021

 

Interest Expense Detail

 

Interest ($ millions)Q1 2021Q1 2020
Interest expense(80)(94)
Finance Leases(40)(39)
Loan Redemption expense(5)
Other(23)(14)
Total financial expenses(148)(147)
Interest income36
Net financial expenses(145)(141)

 

Underlying Interest ($ millions)Q1 2021Q1 2020
Interest expense(93)(117)
Finance Leases(46)(46)
Loan Redemption expense(5)
Other(24)(13)
Total financial expenses(168)(175)
Interest income39
Net financial expenses(166)(167)

 

Amortization Expense Detail

 

Amortization Expense* ($ millions)Q1 2021Q1 2020
Licenses and Spectrum(19)(13)
Related to acquisitions(63)(35)
Other items(25)(25)
Total Amortization(107)(73)

 

*Amortization expense related to Guatemala and Honduras was $34 million in Q1 2021 and $33 million in Q1 2020.

 

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Earnings Release

Q1 2021

 

Guatemala and Honduras Financial Information (unaudited)

 

Until 2015, Millicom group results included Guatemala and Honduras on a 100% consolidation basis. Since 2016, these businesses are treated as joint ventures and are consolidated using the equity method. To aid investors to better track the evolution of the company’s performance over time, we provide the following indicative unaudited financial statement data for the Millicom group as if our Guatemala and Honduras joint ventures had been fully consolidated.

 

Income statement data Q1 2021Millicom (IFRS)Guatemala and Honduras JVsEliminationsUnderlying (non-IFRS)
($millions)  
Revenue1,0885301,618
Cost of sales(303)(114)(418)
Gross profit7854161,201
Operating expenses(391)(142)(533)
EBITDA394273668
EBITDA margin36.2%51.5%41.3%
Depreciation & amortization(324)(113)(437)
Share of net profit in joint ventures61(61)
Other operating income (expenses), net(17)(1)(17)
Operating profit115159(61)213
Net financial expenses(145)(21)(166)
Other non-operating income (expenses), net58462
Gains (losses) from associates(1)(1)
Profit (loss) before tax27143(61)108
Net tax credit (charge)(3)(30)(33)
Profit (loss) for the period24112(61)75
Non-controlling interests19(51)(32)
Profit (loss) from discontinued operations
Net profit (loss) for the period4261(61)42

 

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Earnings Release

Q1 2021

 

Balance Sheet data ($ millions)Millicom IFRSGuatemala and Honduras JVsUnderlying (non-IFRS)
Assets   
Intangible assets, net3,2802,8246,104
Property, plant and equipment, net2,6108653,474
Right of Use Assets8682651,132
Investments in joint ventures and associates2,734(2,709)24
Other non-current assets3298337
Total non-current assets9,8201,25311,072
Inventories, net463984
Trade receivables, net33881419
Other current assets7942661,061
Restricted cash18722209
Cash and cash equivalents602220822
Total current assets1,9676282,596
Assets held for sale11
Total assets11,7881,88113,669
    
Equity and liabilities   
Equity attributable to owners of the Company2,057(50)2,007
Non-controlling interests188529717
Total equity2,2464792,725
Debt and financing6,1749927,166
Other non-current liabilities9621251,087
Total non-current liabilities7,1361,1188,254
Debt and financing23841279
Other current liabilities2,1682432,411
Total current liabilities2,4062842,690
Liabilities directly associated with assets held for sale
Total liabilities9,5421,40210,944
Total equity and liabilities11,7881,88113,669

 

 

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Earnings Release

Q1 2021

 

Cash Flow DataMillicom IFRSGuatemala and Honduras JVsUnderlying (non-IFRS)
($millions)
Profit (loss) before taxes from continuing operations2781108
Profit (loss) for the period from discontinued operations
Profit (loss) before taxes2781108
Net cash provided by operating activities (incl. discontinued ops)87229316
Net cash used in investing activities (incl. discontinued ops)(238)(96)(334)
Net cash from (used by) financing activities (incl. discontinued ops)(119)(161)(280)
Exchange impact on cash and cash equivalents, net(2)1(1)
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents(273)(27)(299)
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period8752471,122
Effect of cash in disposal group held for sale
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period602220822

 

Regulatory Statement

 

This information was prior to this release inside information and is information that Millicom is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. This information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out above, at 12:00 CET on April 29, 2021.

  

 

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 Item 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unaudited Interim

Condensed Consolidated

Financial Statements

 

For the three-month period ended March 31, 2021

 

April 29, 2021

 

 

 

 

Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

for the three-month period ended March 31, 2021

 

 

Unaudited interim condensed consolidated statement of income for the three-month period ended March 31, 2021

 

in millions of U.S. dollars except per share dataNotesThree-months ended March 31, 2021Three-months ended March 31, 2020
Continuing Operations   
Revenue41,0881,088
Cost of sales (303)(305)
Gross profit 785783
Operating expenses (391)(401)
Depreciation (217)(223)
Amortization (107)(73)
Share of profit in the joint ventures in Guatemala and Honduras76145
Other operating income (expenses), net15(17)3
Operating profit4115134
Interest and other financial expenses10(148)(147)
Interest and other financial income 36
Other non-operating (expenses) income, net558(159)
Profit (loss) from other joint ventures and associates, net (1)
Profit (loss) before taxes from continuing operations 27(167)
Tax (charge) credit, net (3)16
Profit (loss) from continuing operations 24(151)
Net profit (loss) for the period 24(151)
    
Attributable to:   
Owners of  the Company 42(122)
Non-controlling interests (19)(28)
    
Earnings/ (Loss) per common share for net profit/ (loss) attributable to the owners of the Company:   
Basic and Diluted ($ per share) (i)60.41(1.21)

 

(i)There are no dilutive potential ordinary shares

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements

 

Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

for the three-month period ended March 31, 2021

 

Unaudited interim condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income for the three-month period March 31, 2021

 

in millions of U.S. dollarsThree-months ended March 31, 2021Three-months ended March 31, 2020
Net profit (loss) for the period24(151)
Other comprehensive income (to be reclassified to statement of income in subsequent periods), net of tax:  
Exchange differences on translating foreign operations(48)(99)
Change in value of cash flow hedges, net of tax effects4(18)
Total comprehensive income (loss) for the period(20)(268)
   
Attributable to  
Owners of the Company5(217)
Non-controlling interests(25)(50)
   

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements

 

Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

for the three-month period ended March 31, 2021

 

Unaudited interim condensed consolidated statement of financial position as at March 31, 2021

 

in millions of U.S. dollarsNotesMarch 31, 2021December 31, 2020
ASSETS   
NON-CURRENT ASSETS   
Intangible assets, net93,2803,403
Property, plant and equipment, net82,6102,755
Right of use assets 868895
Investments in joint ventures72,7092,642
Investments in associates 2424
Contract costs, net 55
Deferred tax assets 193197
Derivative financial instruments131327
Amounts due from non-controlling interests, associates and joint ventures124590
Other non-current assets 7477
TOTAL NON-CURRENT ASSETS 9,82010,114
    
CURRENT ASSETS   
Inventories 4637
Trade receivables, net 338351
Contract assets, net 3331
Amounts due from non-controlling interests, associates and joint ventures1292206
Prepayments and accrued income 209149
Current income tax assets 7496
Supplier advances for capital expenditure 2021
Equity investments14178160
Other current assets 189181
Restricted cash 187199
Cash and cash equivalents 602875
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS 1,9672,307
Assets held for sale 11
TOTAL ASSETS 11,78812,422

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements

 

Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

for the three-month period ended March 31, 2021

 

Unaudited interim condensed consolidated statement of financial position as at March 31, 2021 (continued)

 

in millions of U.S. dollarsNotesMarch 31, 2021December 31, 2020
EQUITY AND LIABILITIES   
EQUITY   
Share capital and premium 629630
Treasury shares (12)(30)
Other reserves (626)(562)
Retained profits 2,0242,365
Profit (loss) for the period/year attributable to equity holders 42(344)
Equity attributable to owners of the Company 2,0572,059
Non-controlling interests 188215
TOTAL EQUITY 2,2462,274
    
LIABILITIES   
NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES   
Debt and financing105,3035,578
Lease liabilities10871897
Derivative financial instruments13614
Amounts due to non-controlling interests, associates and joint ventures122829
Payables and accruals for capital expenditure 447485
Provisions and other non-current liabilities 310328
Deferred tax liabilities 172209
TOTAL NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES 7,1367,540
    
CURRENT LIABILITIES   
Debt and financing10109113
Lease liabilities10129123
Put option liability13262262
Derivative financial instruments 11
Payables and accruals for capital expenditure 213345
Other trade payables 242334
Amounts due to non-controlling interests, associates and joint ventures12313311
Accrued interest and other expenses 454445
Current income tax liabilities 8271
Contract liabilities 9290
Provisions and other current liabilities 507511
TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES 2,4062,608
TOTAL LIABILITIES 9,54210,148
TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES 11,78812,422

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements

 

Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

for the three-month period ended March 31, 2021

 

Unaudited interim condensed consolidated statement of cash flows for the three-month period ended March 31, 2021

 

in millions of U.S. dollarsNotesMarch 31, 2021March 31, 2020
Cash flows from operating activities   
Profit (loss) before taxes from continuing operations  27(167)
Profit (loss) before taxes 27(167)
Adjustments to reconcile to net cash:   
Interest expense on leases 4039
Interest expense on debt and other financing 108108
Interest and other financial income (3)(6)
Adjustments for non-cash items:   
Depreciation and amortization 4324296
Share of net profit in Guatemala and Honduras joint ventures (61)(45)
(Gain) on disposal and impairment of assets, net  17(3)
Share based compensation   (3)6
Loss from other joint ventures and associates, net 1
Other non-cash non-operating (income) expenses, net 5(58)159
Changes in working capital:   
Decrease (increase) in trade receivables, prepayments and other current assets, net (86)(98)
Decrease (increase) in inventories  (10)(22)
Increase (decrease) in trade and other payables, net (73)(11)
Total changes in working capital  (168)(130)
Interest paid on leases (36)(37)
Interest paid on debt and other financing (92)(110)
Interest received  7
Taxes paid (9)(11)
Net cash provided by operating activities  87106
Cash flows from (used in) investing activities:   
Acquisition of subsidiaries, joint ventures and associates, net of cash acquired  (1)
Proceeds from disposal of subsidiaries and associates, net of cash disposed 817
Purchase of intangible assets and licenses 9(83)(91)
Purchase of property, plant and equipment 8(171)(179)
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment 81
Dividends and dividend advances received from joint ventures  724
Cash (used in) provided by other investing activities, net   86
Net cash used in investing activities  (238)(222)
    

Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

for the three-month period ended March 31, 2021

 

Unaudited interim condensed consolidated statement of cash flows for the three-month period ended March 31, 2021 (continued)
    
Cash flows from financing activities:   
Proceeds from debt and other financing 10160706
Repayment of debt and other financing 10(394)(137)
Loan repayment from (advance to) joint venture12148
Lease capital repayment (29)(31)
Advances and dividends paid to non-controlling interests (3)
Share repurchase program (10)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities (119)528
Exchange impact on cash and cash equivalents, net (2)(30)
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents  (273)381
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year 8751,164
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period 6021,545

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements

 

Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

for the three-month period ended March 31, 2021

 

Unaudited interim condensed consolidated statements of changes in equity for the three-month periods ended March 31, 2021 and March 31, 2020

 

in millions of U.S. dollarsNumber of shares (000’s)Number of shares held by the Group (000’s)Share capitalShare premiumTreasury sharesRetained profits (i)Other reservesTotalNon- controlling interestsTotal equity
Balance on December 31, 2019101,739(581)153480(51)2,372(544)2,4092712,680
Total comprehensive income for the period(122)(95)(217)(50)(268)
Dividends to non controlling interests(4)(4)
Purchase of treasury shares (ii)(405)(16)2(13)(13)
Share based compensation667
Issuance of shares under share-based payment schemes324(2)29(8)(19)
Balance on March 31, 2020101,739(662)153479(38)2,244(652)2,1852162,401
           
Balance on December 31, 2020101,739(526)153478(30)2,020(562)2,0592152,274
Total comprehensive income for the period42(37)5(25)(20)
Dividends to non controlling interests(2)(2)
Purchase of treasury shares (ii)(98)(6)2(4)(4)
Share based compensation(3)(3)(3)
Issuance of shares under share-based payment schemes 418(2)242(24)
Balance on March 31, 2021101,739(206)153476(12)2,066(626)2,0571882,246

 

(i)Retained profits – includes profit for the year attributable to equity holders, of which at March 31, 2021, $298 million (2020: $310 million) are not distributable to equity holders.

 

(ii)During the three-month period ended March 31, 2020, Millicom repurchased 342,251 shares for a total amount of $10 million and withheld approximately 62,000 shares for settlement of tax obligations, on behalf of employees under share-based compensation plans. For the three-month period ended March 31, 2021 the amount presented corresponds only to withheld shares.

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements

 

Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

for the three-month period ended March 31, 2021

 

Notes to the unaudited interim condensed consolidated statements

 

1. GENERAL

 

Millicom International Cellular S.A. (the “Company” or “MIC SA”), a Luxembourg Société Anonyme, and its subsidiaries, joint ventures and associates (the “Group” or “Millicom”) is a provider of cable and mobile services dedicated to emerging markets in Latin America and Africa. Millicom provides high speed broadband and innovation around The Digital Lifestyle® services through its principal brand, TIGO.

 

On April 28, 2021, the Board of Directors authorized these unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements for issuance.

 

2. SUMMARY OF ACCOUNTING POLICIES

 

I.Basis of presentation

 

These interim condensed consolidated financial statements of the Group are unaudited. They are presented in US dollars ($) and have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard (“IAS”) 34 ‘Interim Financial Reporting’ as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board ("IASB") and as adopted by the European Union ("EU"). In the opinion of management, these unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements reflect all adjustments that are necessary for a proper presentation of the results for interim periods. Millicom’s operations are not affected by significant seasonal or cyclical patterns.

 

These unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements for the period ended December 31, 2020, which have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") as issued by the IASB and in conformity with IFRS as adopted by the EU. These financial statements are prepared in accordance with consolidation and accounting policies consistent with the December 31, 2020 consolidated financial statements, except for the changes described below.

 

We have made rounding adjustments to reach some of the figures included in these unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements. Accordingly, numerical figures shown as totals in some tables may not be an arithmetic aggregation of the figures that preceded them and percentage calculations using these adjusted figures may not result in the same percentage values as are shown in these unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

II.COVID-19 - Qualitative and quantitative assessment on business activities, financial situation and economic performance

 

Impact on Millicom's markets and business

 

Economic activity continued to recover gradually in our markets, as most countries continued to ease lockdowns implemented at the beginning of the pandemic, and remittances from the U.S. to Central America sustained double-digit growth. Temporary restrictions were implemented in some countries and regions, as governments took steps to prevent a spike in new cases stemming from gatherings around the year-end and Easter holidays. However, these new restrictions appear to have had a less severe impact on economic activity and on our business as compared to those implemented at the onset of the pandemic. Meanwhile, vaccinations have begun, but less than 1% of the population in our markets had been vaccinated as of the end of March 2021.

 

Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

for the three-month period ended March 31, 2021

 

2. SUMMARY OF ACCOUNTING POLICIES (Continued)

 

II.COVID-19 - Qualitative and quantitative assessment on business activities, financial situation and economic performance (continued)

 

Impact of the crisis on accounting matters

 

As a consequence of this crisis, Millicom identified potential significant accounting implications in the following areas on previous quarters:

 

• Impairment of non-financial assets/goodwill/investments in joint ventures

 

Impairment of trade receivables

 

Revenue recognition

 

As of March 31, 2021, the above accounting areas have not been significantly affected.

 

III.New and amended IFRS standards

 

The following changes to standards have been adopted by the Group and did not have any significant impact on the Group’s accounting policies or disclosures and did not require retrospective adjustments:

 

Amendment to IFRS 16, 'Leases' - COVID 19 Rent Concessions - effective for annual periods starting on June 1, 2020. While the Group has implemented this amendment already in 2020, the IASB (in March 2021) extended its initial application beyond June 30, 2021, by one additional year.

 

Amendments to IFRS 9, IAS 39, IFRS 7, IFRS 4 and IFRS 16 - Interest Rate Benchmark Reform - Phase 2 - effective for annual periods starting on January 1, 2021. The amendments provide temporary reliefs which address the financial reporting effects when an interbank offered rate (IBOR) is replaced with an alternative nearly risk-free interest rate.

 

Main reliefs provided by the Phase 2 amendments relate to:

 

Changes to contractual cash flows: That is, when changing the basis for determining contractual cash flows for financial assets and liabilities required by the reform this will not result in an immediate gain or loss in the income statement but in an update of the effective interest rate (or an update in the discount rate to remeasure the lease liability as a result of the IBOR reform), and;

 

Hedge accounting: That is, allowing hedge relationships that are directly affected by the reform to continue, though additional ineffectiveness might need to be recorded.

 

The following changes to standards not yet effective are not expected to materially affect the Group:

 

Amendments effective for annual periods starting on January 1, 2022 (not yet endorsed by the EU):

 

IFRS 3 'Business Combinations' - Reference to Conceptual Framework.

 

IAS 16 'Property, Plant and Equipment' - Proceeds before intended use.

 

IAS 37 'Provisions, Contingent Liabilities and Contingent Assets' - Cost of fulfilling a contract.

 

Annual improvements to IFRS Standards 2018-2020, affecting IFRS 1, IFRS 9, IFRS 16 and IAS 41.

 

Amendments effective for annual periods starting on January 1, 2023 (not yet endorsed by the EU):

 

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Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

for the three-month period ended March 31, 2021

 

Amendments to IAS 1, 'Presentation of Financial Statements' : These amendments clarify that liabilities are classified as either current or non-current, depending on the rights that exist at the end of the reporting period. The amendments also clarify what IAS 1 means when it refers to the ‘settlement’ of a liability. The IASB also issued 'Disclosure of Accounting Policies' with amendments that are intended to help preparers in deciding which accounting policies to disclose in their financial statements.

 

IFRS 17, ‘Insurance contracts’, including amendments.

 

IAS 8, 'Accounting Policies, Changes in Accounting Estimates and Errors' - Definition of accounting estimates.

 

 

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Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

for the three-month period ended March 31, 2021

 

3. ACQUISITION AND DISPOSAL OF SUBSIDIARIES, JOINT VENTURES, ASSOCIATES AND OTHER NON-CONTROLLING INTERESTS

 

Acquisitions for the three-month periods ended March 31, 2021 and 2020

 

There were no material acquisitions or disposals during the three-month periods ended March 31, 2021 and 2020.

 

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Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

for the three-month period ended March 31, 2021

 

4. SEGMENT INFORMATION

 

Management determines operating and reportable segments based on information used by the chief operating decision maker (CODM) to make strategic and operational decisions from both a business and geographic perspective. The Group’s risks and rates of return are predominantly affected by operating in different geographical regions. The Group has businesses in two main regions: Latin America (“Latam”) and Africa. Millicom is allocating corporate costs to each segment based on their contribution to underlying revenue, and only non-recurring costs - such as M&A related costs-, remain as unallocated. The Latam figures below include Honduras and Guatemala as if they are fully consolidated by the Group, as this reflects the way management reviews and uses internally reported information to make decisions. The joint venture in Ghana is not reported as if fully consolidated.

 

Revenue, operating profit (loss), EBITDA and other segment information for the three-month periods ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, are as follows:

 

Three-months ended March 31, 2021

(in millions of U.S. dollars)

Latin AmericaAfricaUnallocatedGuatemala and Honduras(vii)

Eliminations and

Transfers

Total
Mobile revenue 83387(379)541
Cable and other fixed services revenue 5632(85)479
Other revenue 17(2)15
Service revenue (i) 1,41389(466)(1)1,035
Telephone and equipment  and other revenue (i) 118(64)54
Revenue 1,53089(530)(1)1,088
Operating profit (loss)2309(26)(159)61115
Add back:      
Depreciation and amortization 413213(113)324
Share of profit in joint ventures in Guatemala and Honduras (61)(61)
Other operating income (expenses), net (5)2217
EBITDA (ii)63831(1)(273)394
EBITDA from discontinued operations
EBITDA incl discontinued operations63831(1)(273)394
Capital expenditure (iii) (282)(10)(2)62(233)
Changes in working capital and others (iv) (155)(5)(10)(171)
Taxes paid (31)(5)(3)29(9)
Operating free cash flow (v)17010(6)(192)(18)
Total Assets (vi)12,8768793,758(5,063)(662)11,788
Total Liabilities8,2829023,091(1,873)(860)9,542

 

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for the three-month period ended March 31, 2021

 

4. SEGMENT INFORMATION (Continued)

 

Three-months ended March 31, 2020

(in millions of U.S. dollars)

Latin AmericaAfricaUnallocatedGuatemala and Honduras (vii)Eliminations and transfersTotal
Mobile revenue84387(373)556
Cable and other fixed services revenue5392(73)468
Other revenue13(2)12
Service revenue (i)1,39589(448)1,036
Telephone and equipment revenue (i)110(58)52
Revenue1,50489(506)1,088
Operating profit (loss)2197(3)(134)45134
Add back:      
Depreciation and amortization383233(114)296
Share of profit in joint ventures in Guatemala and Honduras(45)(45)
Other operating income (expenses), net(2)(3)
EBITDA (ii)60030(1)(248)382
EBITDA from discontinued operations
EBITDA incl discontinued operations60030(1)(248)382
Capital expenditure (iii)(284)(10)(4)67(232)
Changes in working capital and others (iv)(64)(59)(124)
Taxes paid(33)(3)26(11)
Operating free cash flow (v)21916(63)(156)15
Total Assets (vi)13,5139254,408(5,527)(584)12,736
Total Liabilities8,2019114,338(2,104)(1,010)10,335

 

(i)Service revenue is Group revenue related to the provision of ongoing services such as monthly subscription fees, airtime and data usage fees, interconnection fees, roaming fees, mobile finance service commissions and fees from other telecommunications services such as data services, SMS and other value-added services excluding telephone and equipment sales. Revenues from other sources comprises rental, sub-lease rental income and other non-recurring revenues. The Group derives revenue from the transfer of goods and services over time and at a point in time. Refer to the table below.

 

(ii)EBITDA is operating profit excluding impairment losses, depreciation and amortization and gains/losses on the disposal of fixed assets. EBITDA is used by the management to monitor the segmental performance and for capital management.

 

(iii)       Excluding spectrum and licenses of $20 million (2020: $39 million) .

 

(iv)‘Changes in working capital and others’ include changes in working capital as stated in the cash flow statement as well as share based payments expense.

 

(v)Operating Free Cash Flow is EBITDA less cash capex (excluding spectrum and license costs) less change in working capital, other non-cash items (share-based payment expense) and taxes paid.

 

(vi)       Segment assets include goodwill and other intangible assets.

 

(vii)       Including eliminations for Guatemala and Honduras as reported in the Latin America segment.

 

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Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

for the three-month period ended March 31, 2021

 

4. SEGMENT INFORMATION (Continued)

 

Revenue from contracts with customers from continuing operations

 

  Three-months ended March 31, 2021Three-months ended March 31, 2020
in millions of U.S. dollarsTiming of revenue recognitionLatin AmericaAfricaTotal GroupLatin AmericaAfricaTotal Group
MobileOver time4455650146360522
Mobile Financial ServicesPoint in time8314072734
Cable and other fixed servicesOver time47724794662468
OtherOver time15151212
Service Revenue 946891,035948891,036
Telephone and equipmentPoint in time54545252
Revenue from contracts with customers 999891,088999891,088

 

5. OTHER NON-OPERATING (EXPENSES) INCOME, NET

 

The Group’s other non-operating (expenses) income, net comprised the following:

 

in millions of U.S. dollarsThree-months ended March 31, 2021Three-months ended March 31, 2020
Change in fair value of derivatives (Note 13)
Change in fair value in investment in Jumia (Note 14)(18)
Change in fair value in investment in Helios Towers (Note 14)18(61)
Change in value of call option and put option liability (Note 13)110
Exchange gains (losses), net37(90)
Other non-operating income (expenses), net11
Total58(159)

 

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for the three-month period ended March 31, 2021

 

6. EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE

 

Earnings per common share (EPS) attributable to owners of the Company are comprised as follows:

 

in millions of U.S. dollarsThree-months ended March 31, 2021Three-months ended March 31, 2020
Basic and Diluted  
Net profit (loss) attributable to equity holders from continuing operations 42(122)
Net profit (loss) attributable to equity holders from discontinued operations
Net profit/(loss)  attributable to all equity holders to determine the basic earnings (loss)  per share 42(122)
   
in thousands  
Weighted average number of ordinary shares for basic and diluted earnings per share 101,334101,123
   
in U.S. dollars  
Basic and diluted  
EPS from continuing operations attributable to owners of the Company 0.41(1.21)
EPS from discontinued operations attributable to owners of the Company
EPS for the period attributable to owners of the Company 0.41(1.21)

 

7. INVESTMENTS IN JOINT VENTURES

 

Joint ventures are businesses over which Millicom exercises joint control as decisions over the relevant activities of each, such as the ability to upstream cash from the joint ventures, require unanimous consent of shareholders. Millicom determines the existence of joint control by reference to joint venture agreements, articles of association, structures and voting protocols of the board of directors of those ventures.

 

Refer to note 16 "Subsequent Events" for an update on the signed agreement for the sale of AirtelTigo Ghana to the Government of Ghana. At March 31, 2021, the carrying value of the Group's investment in AirtelTigo Ghana joint venture is zero.

 

At March 31, 2021, the equity accounted net assets of Millicom's joint ventures in Guatemala and Honduras totaled $3,191 million (December 31, 2020: $3,072 million). These net assets do not necessarily represent statutory reserves available for distribution as these include consolidation adjustments (such as goodwill and previously unrecognized assets and assumed liabilities recognized as part of the purchase accounting). Out of a total reserve of $278 million (December 31, 2020: $278 million), $153 million (December 31, 2020: $153 million) represent statutory reserves that are unavailable to be distributed to the Group. During the three-month period ended March 31, 2021, Millicom’s joint ventures did not pay any dividends or dividend advances to the Company (December 31, 2020: $71 million).

 

in millions of U.S. dollars2021
Guatemala(i)Honduras (i)
Opening Balance at January 1, 20212,031  610  
Results for the period54   
Currency exchange differences  
Closing Balance at March 31, 20212,089  620  

 

(i) Share of profit is recognized under ‘Share of profit in the joint ventures in Guatemala and Honduras’ in the statement of income.

 

8. PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT

 

During the three-month period ended March 31, 2021, Millicom added property, plant and equipment of $95 million (March 31, 2020: $108 million) and received $1 million from disposal of property, plant and equipment (March 31, 2020: nil).

 

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for the three-month period ended March 31, 2021

 

9. INTANGIBLE ASSETS

 

During the three-month period ended March 31, 2021, Millicom added intangible assets of $25 million of which $0.3 million related to acquisition of spectrum and licenses, and $25 million to additions of other intangible assets (March 31, 2020: $44 million out of which $21 million related to spectrum and licenses and $23 million to additions of intangible assets) and did not receive any proceeds from disposal of intangible assets (March 31, 2020: nil).

 

10. FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS

 

Debt and financing

 

The most significant movements in debt and financing for the three-month period ended March 31, 2021 were as follows:

 

Luxembourg

 

On February 22, 2021, Millicom redeemed 10% of the principal outstanding of its Notes due 2026, 2028 and 2029 at a price of 103%. This redemption follows Millicom’s announcement dated February 11, 2021. Total consideration of approximately $180 million was funded from cash, consistent with the Company's decision to prioritize debt reduction. The redemption premium of $5 million and the accelerated amortization of the upfront costs of $3 million, have been recorded in the line "Interest and other financial expenses" in the statement of income during the three-month period ended March 31, 2021.

 

Colombia

 

On February 16, 2021, UNE EPM Telecomunicaciones S.A. issued under the approved local bond program, a COP 485,680 million bond (approximately $138 million using the transaction date exchange rate) with 3 maturities; Series 7 years at 5.56% fixed rate, Series 10 years at CPI plus 2.61% and 15 years at CPI plus 3.18% margin. With the aim to improve UNE’s natural hedge against local currency, the bond proceeds were used on March, 26, 2021 to partially repay 50% of the $300 million syndicated loan of Colombia Movil S.A. (originally due in December 2024).

 

Panama

 

In November 2020, Cable Onda executed an agreement with Bank of Nova Scotia for $110 million, which were disbursed in two tranches. The first tranche of $85 million was disbursed in December 2020, and on March 1, 2021 the second and final tranche ($25 million) was disbursed to Cable Onda.

 

Analysis of debt and financing by maturity

 

The total amount of debt and financing is repayable as follows:

 

in millions of U.S. dollarsAs at March 31, 2021As at December 31, 2020
Due within:  
One year109  113  
One-two years256  107  
Two-three years379  439  
Three-four years595  811  
Four-five years480  467  
After five years3,592  3,755  
Total debt and financing5,412  5,691  

 

As at March 31, 2021, the Group's share of total debt and financing secured by either pledged assets, pledged deposits issued to cover letters of credit or guarantees was $285 million (December 31, 2020: $287 million).

 

The table below describes the outstanding and maximum exposure under guarantees and the remaining terms of the guarantees as at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020.

 

 

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Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

for the three-month period ended March 31, 2021

 

 Bank and financing guarantees (i)
in millions of U.S. dollarsAs at March 31, 2021As at December 31, 2020
TermsOutstanding and Maximum exposure
0-1 year58  59  
1-3 years227  227  
3-5 years—  —  
Total285  287  

 

(i) If non-payment by the obligor, the guarantee ensures payment of outstanding amounts by the Group's guarantor.

 

The Group’s interest and other financial expenses comprised the following:

 

in millions of U.S. dollarsThree-months ended March 31, 2021Three-months ended March 31, 2020
Interest expense on bonds and bank financing(86) (97) 
Interest expense on leases(40) (39) 
Early redemption charges(5) —  
Other(17) (11) 
Total interest and other financial expenses(148) (147) 

 

11. COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

 

Litigation & claims

 

The Company and its operations are contingently liable with respect to lawsuits, legal, regulatory, commercial and other legal risks that arise in the normal course of business. As of March 31, 2021, the total amount of claims brought against Millicom and its subsidiaries is $257 million (December 31, 2020: $288 million). The Group's share of the comparable exposure for joint ventures is $15 million (December 31, 2020: $14 million).

 

As at March 31, 2021, $43 million has been provisioned by its subsidiaries for these risks in the consolidated statement of financial position (December 31, 2020: $45 million). The Group's share of provisions made by the joint ventures was $3 million (December 31, 2020: $3 million). While it is not possible to ascertain the ultimate legal and financial liability with respect to these claims and risks, the ultimate outcome is not anticipated to have a material effect on the Group’s financial position and operations.

 

Taxation

 

At March 31, 2021, the tax risks exposure of the Group's subsidiaries is estimated at $317 million, for which provisions of $72 million have been recorded in tax liabilities; representing the probable amount of eventual claims and required payments related to those risks (December 31, 2020: $339 million of which provisions of $77 million were recorded). The Group's share of comparable tax exposure and provisions in its joint ventures amounts to $72 million (December 31, 2020: $69 million) and $5 million (December 31, 2020: $7 million), respectively.

 

Capital commitments

 

At March 31, 2021, the Company and its subsidiaries had fixed commitments to purchase network equipment, other fixed assets and intangible assets of $453 million of which $300 million are due within one year (December 31, 2020: $564 million of which $400 million are due within one year). The Group’s share of commitments in the joint ventures is $66 million and $37 million. (December 31, 2020: $69 million and $52 million).

 

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for the three-month period ended March 31, 2021

 

12. RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

 

The following transactions were conducted with related parties:

 

in millions of U.S. dollarsThree-months ended March 31, 2021Three-months ended March 31, 2020
Expenses  
Purchases of goods and services from Miffin(49) (54) 
Purchases of goods and services from EPM(10) (9) 
Other expenses(5) (4) 
Total(64) (67) 

 

in millions of U.S. dollarsThree-months ended March 31, 2021Three-months ended March 31, 2020
Income / gains  
Sale of goods and services to Miffin89  78  
Sale of goods and services to EPM  
Other income / gains  
Total93  82  

 

The Group had the following balances with related parties:

 

in millions of U.S. dollarsAs at March 31, 2021As at December 31, 2020
Liabilities  
Payables to Guatemala joint venture(i)231  231  
Payables to Honduras joint venture(ii)104  103  
Payables to EPM18  20  
Payables to Panama non-controlling interests  
Other accounts payable  
Total354  356  

 

(i)Interest bearing shareholder loans of which $28 million are due after more than one year.

 

(ii)Mainly advances for dividends expected to be declared in 2021

 

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for the three-month period ended March 31, 2021

 

12. RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS (Continued)

 

in millions of U.S. dollarsAs at March 31, 2021As at December 31, 2020
Assets  
Receivables from Guatemala joint venture(i)55  206  
Receivables from Honduras joint venture77  84  
Receivables from EPM  
Receivables from Panama non-controlling interests  
Other accounts receivable  
Total141  299  

 

(i)In March 2021, the Guatemala joint venture prepaid $147.5 million of principal (out of the $193 million Millicom 's shareholder loan, granted in October 2020 and repayable by January 13, 2022, at the latest).

 

13. FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS

 

Other than the items disclosed below, the fair values of financial assets and financial liabilities approximate their carrying values as at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020:

 

in millions of U.S. dollarsCarrying valueFair value
 As at March 31, 2021As at December 31, 2020As at March 31, 2021As at December 31, 2020
Financial liabilities    
Debt and financing5,412  5,691  5,639  5,572  
         
(i)Fair values are measured with reference to Level 1 (for listed bonds) or 2.

 

Derivative financial instruments

 

Currency and interest rate swap contracts

 

MIC S.A. entered into swap contracts in order to hedge the foreign currency and interest rate risks in relation to the SEK 2 billion (approximately $211 million) senior unsecured sustainability bond issued in May 2019. These swaps are accounted for as cash flow hedges as the timing and amounts of the cash flows under the swap agreements match the cash flows under the SEK bond. Their maturity date is May 2024. The hedging relationship is highly effective and related fluctuations are recorded through other comprehensive income. At March 31, 2021, the fair values of the swaps amount to an asset of $9 million (December 31, 2020: an asset of $23 million).

 

Colombia, El Salvador and Costa Rica operations have also entered into several swap agreements in order to hedge foreign currency and interest rate risks on certain long term debts. These swaps are accounted for as cash flow hedges and related fair value changes are recorded through other comprehensive income. At March 31, 2021, the fair value of El Salvador amount to a liability of $3 million (December 31, 2020: a liability of $3 million), Costa Rica swaps amount to a liability of $5 million and an asset of $2 million (December 31, 2020: liability of $5 million and asset of $1 million) and the fair value of Colombia swap amounts to an asset of $5 million (December 31, 2020: a liability of $7 million).

 

Interest rate and currency swaps are measured with reference to Level 2 of the fair value hierarchy.

 

Call and put options – Panama

 

As of March 31, 2021, management used the same values as those used for Q4 2020 closing since there were no significant developments during Q1 2021 indicating a significant change in Cable Onda's valuation.

 

As a consequence, the put option liability amounts to $262 million.

 

The call option, having a strike price at initial Transaction price +10% interest p.a (exercisable from June 14, 2021 to July 14, 2022), has been valued at $3 million.

 

There are no other derivative financial instruments with a significant fair value at March 31, 2021.

 

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Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

for the three-month period ended March 31, 2021

 

14. EQUITY INVESTMENTS

 

As at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, Millicom has the following investments in equity instruments measured at fair value through profit and loss under IFRS 9:

 

in millions of U.S. dollarsMarch 31, 2021December 31, 2020
Investment in HT178  160  
Equity investment - total178  160  

 

During June and November 2020, Millicom disposed of a total of 85 million shares that it owned in Helios Towers plc ("HT"). As a result of these transactions, Millicom owns a remaining shareholding of 7.6% in HT, valued at $178 million and $160 million (level 1) at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively (using a share price of GBP 1.69 and GBP 1.53 , respectively) . The changes in fair value are shown under 'Other non-operating (expenses) income, net' (see note 5).

 

15. IPO – MILLICOM’S OPERATIONS IN TANZANIA

 

The Tanzanian government has implemented legislation requiring telecommunications companies to list their shares on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange and offer 25% of their shares in a Tanzanian public offering. The Group is currently seeking to reach an agreement with the Tanzanian government regarding the conditions of the IPO, taking into account the proposed sale of our Tanzanian operation.

 

16. SUBSEQUENT EVENTS

 

Africa divestiture

 

On April 19, 2021, we announced that we have signed agreements for the sale of our operations in Tanzania and for the disposal of our stake in the AirtelTigo joint venture in Ghana. In Tanzania, Millicom agreed to sell its entire operations to a consortium led by Axian, a pan-African group that was part of the consortium that acquired Millicom’s operations in Senegal in 2018. In Ghana, Millicom along with its joint venture partner, Bharti Airtel Limited, have signed a definitive agreement for the transfer of AirtelTigo to the Government of Ghana. Millicom recorded a $25 million charge in Q1 as part of this agreement. Completion of each transaction is subject to regulatory approvals. The provision charge is recorded under the line "Other operating income (expenses), net" in the statement of income.

 

 

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

 

MILLICOM INTERNATIONAL CELLULAR S.A.

                              (Registrant)

 

 

  By:/s/ Salvador Escalon
   Name:Salvador Escalon
   Title:Executive Vice President, General Counsel

 

Date: April 29, 2021