The year 2020 continued to be marked by the Covid-19 health crisis. In this difficult context, several companies managed to record a good level of activity. This is the case of the French telecommunications company Orange. Over the whole of last year, the group recorded excellent commercial results. Find out more about the figures for the telecom operator's 2020 financial year.
In the twelve months of the 2020 financial year, Orange achieved a turnover of 42.3 billion euros. It reported a moderate increase of 0.3% (on a comparable basis) compared to last year. This increase was driven by the strong momentum of services to operators. This was supported by the co-financing of the fibre network in France and convergent services.
Over the year, the fibre network in France grew by 4.4%. Convergent services grew by 2.1%. On the other hand, roaming (customers and visitors) was impacted by the confinement measures imposing travel restrictions. It was also adversely affected by equipment sales due to the closure of shops.
On the other hand, the growth in annual turnover was favoured by the good dynamics observed in the geographical areas. In France, business grew by 1.6% in 2020. The Africa & Middle East region recorded an increase of 5.2%. Europe (including Spain) remained under pressure.
At the end of 2020, fixed services had 45.1 million accesses. They decreased by 0.7%, compared to their level in the same period of fiscal 2019. This decline is due to the 12.4% reduction in fixed low-speed accesses over the year as a whole. In contrast, fixed very high speed access continued to maintain a strong 23.7% increase.
At the end of the year, mobile services totalled 214.1 million accesses, up 3.3% year-on-year. This includes 77.4 million packages, up 4.3%. At the end of December 2020, the converged customer base stood at 11.06 million customers. This is an increase of 2.7% compared to last year. This performance is driven by continued strong growth in Europe.
For the financial year 2020, Orange recorded an EBITDAaL of 12.68 billion euros. 12.68 billion, a decrease of 1.0% compared to last year. This decrease is partly due to the fall in roaming (-292 million euros). It is also caused by the costs generated by the health crisis (-253 million euros).
This includes provisions for bad debts. EBITDAaL of the telecom activities reached 12.84 billion euros on 31 December 2020. This was down by 1.0% year-on-year.
Orange's operating income for the year 2020 was €5,521 million. On a historical basis, it decreased by 409 million euros (or -6.9%) over one year. 176 million decrease in EBITDAaL (on a historical basis).
162 million increase in the net charge for major disputes. In addition, the telecom operator recorded a net profit of EUR 5,055 million in 2020, compared to EUR 3,222 million in the previous year.
3,222 million in the previous year, an increase of EUR 1,833 million over the year. 2,246 million in tax income recognised at the end of the year. This follows the positive decision by the Conseil d'Etat on an old tax dispute.
For the full year 2020, the company's eCAPEX decreased by 1.7%. This decrease is mainly due to the effect of the co-financing received. This is despite the strong increase in fixed and mobile broadband network deployments. Despite the health situation, the number of optical fibres deployed by Orange last year exceeded that of the previous year.
Over the one-year period, the group recorded an additional 9.0 million FttH-connectable homes, compared to 7.2 million in 2019. At the end of the financial year 2020, the company therefore has a total of 47.2 million FttH-connectable households worldwide. This figure is an increase of 23.4% compared to the previous year.
By 31 December 2020, almost all of the group's mobile sites based in France will offer 4G coverage.
Despite the decline in EBITDAaL, organic cash flow from telecoms activities increased by EUR 149 million year-on-year to EUR 2.5 billion for the year 2020. This strong performance is supported by the reduction in cash outflows related to eCAPEX and senior part-time arrangements.
At the end of fiscal year 2020, Orange had an estimated net financial debt of €23.5 billion. This is a decrease of €2.0 billion compared to the level at the end of the previous year. This is mainly due to a tax benefit of €2.2 billion resulting from the positive decision of the Conseil d'Etat on a former tax dispute.
At the end of December 2020, the net debt ratio was 1.83x. Excluding the effect of the €2.2 billion tax proceeds, it would be 2.00x. This is in line with the group's expectations of a ratio of around 2x in the medium term.
For the 2020 financial year, the General Meeting held on 18 May 2021 paid a dividend of 0.70 euro per share. In addition, 0.20 euro will be paid out in connection with the Council of State's ruling on a former tax dispute.
Taking into account the interim dividend of EUR 0.40 paid on 9 December 2020, the remaining dividend for the year under review amounts to EUR 0.50 per share. 0.50 per share. The payment was made in cash on 17 June 2021.
The market capitalisation of Orange is estimated at EUR 25,917 billion in 2020.