Deutsche Telekom achieves its targets in the 2023 financial year and expects further growth

  • Net revenue for 2023 up organically by 0.6 percent to nearly 112 billion euros. Service revenue rises 3.6 percent organically
  • Adjusted EBITDA AL up 4.0 percent in organic terms to 40.5 billion euros
  • Annual guidance achieved on a like for like basis
  • Free cash flow AL of 16.1 billion euros over 40 percent higher than in 2022
  • Net profit more than doubled to 17.8 billion euros
  • Germany: customer growth in all areas 
  • United States: industry-leading growth
  • Europe: Growth continues strongly
  • 2024 guidance: Adjusted EBITDA AL to grow 6 percent to around 42.9 billion euros, free cash flow AL to increase 16 percent to around 18.9 billion euros, adjusted earnings per share to reach more than 1.75 euros

Deutsche Telekom reached its targets in 2023, which had been raised several times over the course of the year. Net revenue increased by 0.6 percent in organic terms – i.e., excluding exchange rate fluctuations and changes in the composition of the Group – to 112.0 billion euros. The more important service revenues grew 3.6 percent in organic terms to 92.9 billion euros.

Adjusted EBITDA AL increased by 4.0 percent in organic terms to 40.5 billion euros. Based on the exchange rates and the composition of the Group assumed in the guidance, adjusted EBITDA AL reached 41.1 billion euros. Core EBITDA AL adjusted for the effects from terminal equipment leasing in the United States increased by 6.9 percent in organic terms year-on-year to 40.2 billion euros. The Group’s free cash flow AL increased by 40.7 percent year-on-year to 16.1 billion euros in 2023.

“In a world with many challenges, we again delivered with our usual reliability in 2023,” said Tim Höttges, CEO of Deutsche Telekom. “Thanks to our growing businesses on both sides of the Atlantic, we are confident we will up the ante yet again in 2024.”

At 17.8 billion euros, reported net profit was more than twice as high as in 2022. The main driver was the proceeds from the sale of the majority stake in the cell tower business in Germany and Austria (GD Towers). Taking the fourth quarter of 2023 on its own, there was a loss of 1.0 billion euros, driven primarily by purely interest rate-based impairment losses on the remaining shareholding in GD Towers. Adjusted net profit stood at 7.9 billion euros in 2023, 12.6 percent down against the prior-year level, negatively impacted by non-recurring effects in other financial income/expense.

The Board of Management had announced a proposed dividend of 77 cents per share back in November, on the basis of recurring adjusted earnings per share of 1.60 euros, compared with 1.51 euros per share in the prior year. In addition, shares worth up to 2 billion euros are to be bought back in 2024. These share buy-backs have already begun.

In the guidance for 2024, the Group expects adjusted EBITDA AL to increase by around 6 percent to around 42.9 billion euros. Free cash flow AL is expected to increase by around 16 percent to around 18.9 billion euros. For adjusted earnings per share, Deutsche Telekom expects an increase of around 10 percent to more than 1.75 euros.

Germany: customer growth in all areas 

On its domestic market, Deutsche Telekom recorded positive trends in the past year in all areas. Mobile branded contract customer additions amounted to 1.2 million in 2023. The success of the family rate plans continued. The important mobile service revenues also continued to grow, by 3.2 percent in the fourth quarter compared with the same period of the prior year.

In the fixed network, the number of broadband customers grew by more than 300,000 to 15.0 million over the course of the year compared with 2022. For MagentaTV, the increase was more than 200,000 to 4.3 million. Deutsche Telekom once again kept up its momentum in the build-out of its fiber network in Germany. Around 8 million households were able to get a pure fiber line (FTTH) from Deutsche Telekom as of year-end, 2.6 million more than at the end of 2022.

In the Germany operating segment, total revenue rose by 2.8 percent in 2023 to 25.2 billion euros. The increase in adjusted EBITDA AL was even more substantial at 4.1 percent, rising to 10.2 billion euros. In organic terms, revenue grew by 2.1 percent and adjusted EBITDA AL by 3.0 percent.

United States: industry-leading growth

In 2023, T-Mobile US’ customer base once again recorded the largest growth in the industry. The company recorded postpaid customer additions of 5.7 million, 3.1 million of these were postpaid phone customer additions. The number of customers who opted for the fixed-network high-speed internet substitute product stood at 4.8 million as of year-end, 2.1 million higher than at the end of 2022. This is on track for the 2025 target of 7 to 8 million. 

T-Mobile US’ service revenues stood at 63.3 billion U.S. dollars for 2023, up 3.4 percent against 2022. Adjusted core EBITDA increased by 10.6 percent to 28.3 billion U.S. dollars.

For 2024, T-Mobile US expects the number of postpaid customers to increase by 5.0 to 5.5 million, as well as further growth in adjusted core EBITDA and free cash flow. Deutsche Telekom’s stake in T-Mobile US amounted to 50.7 percent as of January 31, 2024.

Europe: Growth continues strongly

The Europe segment has recorded organic profit growth in every single quarter for six years now. For the 2023 full year, adjusted EBITDA AL recorded organic growth of 2.8 percent, increasing to 4.1 billion euros. At the same time, revenue increased compared to 2022 by 4.8 percent in organic terms to 11.8 billion euros.

Customer growth also continued in Europe. In the 2023 full year, there were 746,000 new mobile contract customers, taking the base to 27.2 million as of year-end. The number of broadband lines increased by 307,000 compared with 2022 to 7.0 million. At the end of 2023, 4.3 million customers were using TV offers, 152,000 more than a year earlier.

Systems Solutions: revenue growth in the full year 

T-Systems looks back on a year of revenue growth. Revenue increased on an organic basis by 5.3 percent to 3.9 billion euros. Digital Solutions recorded substantial growth. Adjusted EBITDA AL increased by 10.0 percent in organic terms in the full year to 321 million euros.

Order entry decreased in organic terms in 2023, down 4.9 percent to 3.6 billion euros. However, there was an increase of 20.1 percent in the fourth quarter.

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