Telefónica is committed to delivering sustainable, profitable growth and long-term industry leading total shareholder return (TSR). The Group’s strategy is built on a streamlined, future-proof operating model with embedded sustainability objectives, robust revenue growth, an efficient balance sheet, strongly improving ROCE and optionality beyond the core business.
Telefónica has an effective capital allocation strategy aimed at increasing ROCE across the business while adhering to the following key objectives:
- Maintain an efficient balance sheet to support the business and investment grade credit rating
- Provide attractive shareholder remuneration through dividends and opportunistic share buybacks
- Invest in future growth areas in the most efficient way
- Use strategic M&A to accelerate growth and divest non-core assets
Clear long-term strategy to generate sustainable, profitable growth and industry leading TSR
Telefónica’s strategy is based on the following pillars:
Leverage four core businesses in Spain, Germany, UK and Brazil as platform for sustainable growth and value creation and capture new and adjacent growth areas
We are well positioned in our large, attractive markets with the scale, best-in-class networks and high-value customer services and strategies in each to capture and monetise ever rising demand for data and connectivity, improving our operating leverage over time. These businesses are, or are well on their way to being, our free cash flow and capital generation engines. We continue to develop new growth areas to position the Group for sustainable, profitable growth.
- Proactively driving in-market consolidation with VMO2 in the UK (created in 2021, on track to deliver synergies) and Oi Mobile in Brazil (acquisition completed in Q1 22, value capture of R$5.4bn in synergies), and improving our competitive positioning and benefitting from potential in-market consolidation moves in Spain
- Delivering ongoing network enhancement and rollout: key 5G spectrum secured in the UK, Spain and Brazil; enhanced network in Germany; acceleration in FTTH rollout in Spain and Brazil; Gigabit upgrade in the UK completed
- Invest for growth and develop adjacent growth areas
Develop Telefónica Tech, a global digital business
Telefónica Tech is our fast-growing technology company comprising two business units, Cybersecurity & Cloud Tech and IoT & Big Data Tech. T. Tech’s strong capabilities in these areas help business customers digitally transform their operations while playing a key role in the economic recovery.
- Outperforming the market with 80.6% revenue growth in Q1 22 (>30% constant perimeter) and increased scale generating c. €0.3bn in Q1 22 (€1bn revenues, >30% in 2021)
- Increasing capabilities through new acquisitions (Cancom UK&I, Geprom, BE-Terna) and enhancing the value proposition with further partnerships (e.g., Microsoft and Amazon)
Pursue value creation opportunities through Telefónica Infra
Telefónica Infra, our infrastructure portfolio manager, is focused on pursuing value creation opportunities, in line with the Group’s strategy of crystallising the value of its infrastructure assets and capabilities, improving the competitive position of Telefónica’s operating business units by accelerating their FTTH rollout, while capturing future value upside from its infrastructure assets and co-investments.
- Towers value optimised at record multiples
- Developing fibre vehicles to create capital-light growth opportunities in Brazil, Germany, Chile, and Colombia. Starting discussions with potential investors in Spain and UK
- Strategic partnerships forged to increase deployment and commercialisation, e.g. reinforced position in submarine cables through partnership with Pontegadea
Reduce and optimise exposure to Hispam portfolio
Telefónica continues to reduce its exposure to the Hispam region and crystallise value from its assets. T. Hispam is focused on improving the quality of its customer base through growth in mobile contract and FTTH, operational efficiencies and acceleration in digitalisation.
- Continue modulating our exposure whilst increasing profitability with more optionality
- New operating model in place
- Higher share of debt in local currencies
- Portfolio simplification (sale of Central America operations) and value crystallisation
Streamline and digitalise operating model to build a simplified future-proof operating model
Telefónica continues to strive for enhanced efficiency and to drive digitalisation initiatives across its operating businesses and corporate centre.
- 81% of processes digitised by the end of Q1 22
- Embracing agile technology solutions, including fibre, 5G, and OpenRAN
- Wayra, Telefónica’s open innovation hub, invested in 49 start-ups in Europe and Latam (e.g., artificial intelligence, fintech, e-health or sustainability)
- Increasingly customer centric and agile business
Maintain strong commitment to sustainable ESG development
Sustainability forms the basis for the way we do business, and we are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In 2021, Telefónica was an important contributor to the economy in terms of GDP contribution (€48.9bn), provision of employment (1.2m jobs) and fiscal contribution (€9.1bn).
Our Sustainability Strategy is based on three pillars:
- Environmental: Building a greener future
- Social: Helping society to thrive
- Governance: Leading by example
This strategy includes clearly defined targets:
- Net zero (scopes 1&2) by 2025 in key markets and across whole footprint by 2040, including the value chain
- Zero-waste company by 2030
- Avoid 12m CO2t emissions annually by 2025
- Expand connectivity: 90-97% rural coverage in main markets by 2024
- ESG financing of more than €10bn in the coming years
Delivery against objectives
Clear strategic execution whilst delivering growth in Q1 22. Telefónica delivered a robust performance across its key metrics and is well on track to meet its 2022 financial targets, with Q1 22 results aligning with management’s expectations. This performance was supported by a strong balance sheet and robust operating model.
- Sequential improvement in organic and reported growth across whole Group (organic y-o-y: +3.2% Revenue, +2.1% OIBDA and +6.4% OIBDA-CapEx)
- Dealing with inflation, triggering efficiencies, peak pressure seen in Q1 22
- Best in class customer profile owing to network and FTTH expansion, and excellent 5G position (total accesses +2% y-o-y to 368m; fibre +20% mobile, contract +5%; retaining world leading position (outside of China) in UBB, 163m premises passed)
- Strong balance sheet: debt portfolio de-risked and well positioned, robust liquidity, and a significant net debt reduction (-23.3% y-o-y to €27.5bn) as a result of M&A transactions and solid free cash flow generation, while shareholder equity doubled to €25bn as of Mar-22 (vs. €12bn as of Mar-21) mainly due to capitals gains
Telefónica is well positioned in its markets to leverage its leading position and competitive advantages. The Group continues to invest for future growth and build its digital ecosystem in key markets. As part of Telefonica’s commitment to industry leading TSR the Group reintroduced a full cash dividend of €0.30 per share in 2022.
Well on track for 2022 Guidance
- Revenue +3.2% y-o-y in Q1 22 vs. 2022 target of “low single digit growth”
- OIBDA +2.1% y-o-y in Q1 22 vs. 2022 target of “low single digit growth”
- CapEx (ex-spectrum) to sales ratio of 12.0% organic in Q1 22 vs. 2022 target of up to 15%
Shareholder remuneration confirmed
- €0.15 p/s will be paid in Jun-22, through a voluntary scrip
- 2022 cash dividend of €0.3 p/s (€0.15 p/s in Dec-22; €0.15 p/s in Jun-23).
- Share capital reduction of 139,275,057 (Telefónica’s own shares cancellation) in Apr-22
NOTE: Financial data as of 31 March 2022. For further detail please visit our financial reports publications.