Israel's Bezeq Telecom resumes dividends, sees flat 2022 profits

Bezeq Israel Telecom would resume dividend payouts after more
than three years as it reported lower fourth-quarter net profit and
forecast largely flat earnings for 2022, Trend reports with reference to Reuters.

Bezeq, Israel’s largest telecoms group, said it would distribute
50% of semi-annual net profit, starting with a 240 million shekel
($75 million) payout in May.

It last paid a dividend in October 2018 before a large writedown
in its TV business.

Gil Sharon, Bezeq’s chairman, said the resumption of dividends
was due to strong 2021 results along with robust cash generation
and a 10% reduction in its debt.

Bezeq posted net profit of 256 million shekels in the
October-December period excluding one-time items, compared with 277
million shekels a year earlier. Revenue gained 2.5% to 2.26 billion

For 2022, Bezeq forecast adjusted net profit of 1.0-1.1 billion
shekels, compared with 1.15 billion in 2021. It estimated adjusted
earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation
(EBITDA) of 3.6-3.7 billion shekels, versus 3.76 billion last

The company said its fibre network, launched a year ago, now
reaches 1.17 million households, or 46% of total households, and it
has 120,000 subscribers.

Mobile unit Pelephone – Israel’s third largest mobile operator –
recorded quarterly net profit of 13 million shekels, up from a 12
million shekel loss a year earlier. Revenue grew 13% to 602 million
shekels amid the resumption of foreign travel that boosted roaming
service revenue. Its subscriber base rose to 2.576 million –
590,000 of them connected to its 5G network – from 2.442 million a
year ago.

Bezeq’s satellite TV unit Yes posted a narrower net loss of 17
million shekels, as it added new subscribers while transitioning to
Internet-based broadcasts.

Shares of Bezeq opened 0.3% higher in Tel Aviv.

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