VODAFONE HOLDINGS ANNOUNCES FISCAL 2003 THIRD QUARTER RESULTS
TOKYO: VODAFONE HOLDINGS K.K. ("Vodafone Holdings") (TSE: 9434) today announces its results for the first nine months of fiscal 2003 together with a downward revision of its forecasts for the fiscal year ended 31 March 2004. Consolidated operating revenues increased 385.8 billion yen from 30 September to 1,288.7 billion yen at the end of December, due primarily to increased revenues at Vodafone K.K. The company downwardly revised revenue, ordinary and net income forecasts due to an intensifying competitive environment and Vodafone K.K.'s investment in rolling out new services and initiatives to enhance the attractiveness of its offerings.
Operating highlights Vodafone K.K.'s operating highlights for the three-month period ended 31 December 2003 are as follows:
Net customer additions totaled 182,900, representing a 15.3% share of market net additions for the three-month period. Total customers at the end of the period amounted to 14,774,000. On a per month basis the additions marked an improvement over the period:
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In order to improve its competitiveness, Vodafone K.K. launched major retention initiatives in October. The company has already observed a positive impact on churn as a result of n ewly introduced plans such as Vodafone Happy Time, Vodafone Happy Bonus, Vodafone Happy Packet (since December), increased retention payments, and attractive handset offerings including 3G.
In December 2003, Vodafone K.K. launched Japan's first handset with a built-in TV tuner, the V601N. In the same month, the Company also released the V601SH, a handset with a 2-megapixel autofocus CCD mobile camera, and the V801SA, the first Vodafone live! handset powered by 3G.
For its Vodafone Global Standard 3G service, by the end of December 2003 Vodafone K.K. achieved network population coverage of 99.5% in Japan and Vodafone Global Standard customers totaled 111,700. The company had a total of 118 roaming agreements in 81 countries for roaming abroad on GSM networks as of 31 December 2003 . Moreover, since Vodafone K.K.' 3G network is compatible with global standards, the Company has been able to offer in-roaming services to customers of its international roaming partner networks. In December Vodafone K.K. also launched its 3G version of Vodafone live! so that customers can enjoy Sha-mail, Movie Sha-mail and web browsing services abroad, as well as send and receive e-mail attachments of up to 200KB. The V801SA, the first handset compatible with this service, was made available in December 2003.
Movie Sha-mail handsets, which also have Sha-mail capability, numbered 2,696,400 by the end of December, which represented approximately 18.3% of Vodafone K.K.'s customers.
The percentage of prepaid customers at the end of December was stable at 8%.
Data and content revenues accounted for 22.4% of total service revenues in December and 21.8% over the past 12 months. In addition to the continued success of the Vodafone live! mobile internet, Sha-mail, and Movie Sha-mail products, the 3G version now provides customers with faster speeds and richer content offerings such as Chaku-uta™(CD-quality ring songs). At the end of December 2003, Vodafone live! subscribers accounted for 86.4% of Vodafone K.K.'s customer base.
Fiscal 2003 consolidated financial forecasts
Vodafone Holdings is adjusting downward its fiscal 2003 forecasts.
Consolidated revenue is now expected to reach 1,660 billion yen, a downward adjustment of 20 billion yen compared to the previous forecast. Whilst December net additions were better than in previous months, and the increase in upgrade incentives, together with the retention plans Vodafone Happy Time, Vodafone Happy Bonus, Vodafone Happy Packet, have recently helped reduce churn, additions overall have been lower than forecast. The prepaid offering continues to be popular although customers in this segment tend to spend less than postpaid customers.
Consolidated ordinary income is expected to total 187 billion yen as lower revenues led to lower income levels, and as an increase in upgrade incentives resulted in greater handset upgrades than forecast and thus higher costs . As a result of the above, the Company now foresees a consolidated net loss of 114 billion yen.
Despite these adjustments, Vodafone Holdings K.K. believes that the recent commercial initiatives to bolster retention are on track to assist Vodafone K.K. in achieving its goal of keeping a healthy balance between attractive offerings for customers and overall profitability, and to regain competitiveness in the near future.
Consolidated forecasts for fiscal 2003
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About Vodafone Holdings K.K.
Vodafone Holdings, formerly JAPAN TELECOM HOLDINGS Co., Ltd., provides mobile services through its 45.1% interest in its subsidiary Vodafone K.K. Vodafone Holdings K.K. is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and the Osaka Securities Exchange, with Vodafone Group Plc holding an indirect interest of 66.7% in the company. Separately from Vodafone Holdings, Vodafone Group Plc also holds an indirect 39.7% interest in Vodafone K.K., giving it a total economic interest of approximately 69.7% in Vodafone K.K. Vodafone Holdings' other significant assets are 100% stakes in Japan System Solution Co., Ltd. and Telecom Express Co., Ltd. For more information, please visit www.vodafone-holdings.co.jp
About Vodafone K.K.
Vodafone K.K., formerly J-PHONE Co., Ltd., is a leading mobile operator in Japan with over 14 million customers and is a subsidiary of Vodafone Group Plc, the world' largest mobile community. The Tokyo-based company offers a wide range of sophisticated mobile voice and data services including Vodafone live!, which provides e-mail and Internet access to 86% of its customers, and Sha-mail, the pioneering picture messaging service first introduced in November 2000 that now has over 11 million users. In December 2002, Vodafone K.K. launched Vodafone Global Standard, the world's first commercial 3G W-CDMA service based on 3GPP international standards. Vodafone Global Standard offers its customers fast data speeds in Japan and roaming on 119 networks in 84 countries a s of 22 January 2004. For more information, please visit www.vodafone.jp
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