By Adria Calatayud

 

Telefonica expects to deliver modest growth in revenue and earnings over the 2023 to 2026 period while it works to reduce debt and maintain a dividend of at least the current level.

The Spanish telecommunications company said Wednesday that it is targeting an annual growth rate of around 1% in revenue and about 2% in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization over the 2023-26 period.

It also aims to bring down its ratio of net debt-to-Ebitda after leases to between 2.2 and 2.5. At the end of June, the company's ratio of net debt to Ebitda after leases stood at 2.62.

Telefonica aims to pay dividends of at least 0.30 euros a share ($0.32) over the 2023-26 period, it said.

For the third quarter, Telefonica reported net profit of EUR502 million, up 9.4% on the same period last year, while revenue fell 0.2% to EUR10.32 billion.

Operating income before depreciation and amortization, or Oibda, for the quarter rose 2.5% to EUR3.33 billion, it said.

Analysts expected Telefonica to report a quarterly net profit of EUR335 million, Oibda of EUR3.265 billion and revenue of EUR10.29 billion, according to consensus estimates provided by the company.

The company said its results for the first nine months are in line with the targets it set for the year as a whole, which call for organic growth of around 4% in revenue and 3% in Oibda. For the first nine months, Telefonica's revenue grew 3.5% and Oibda 2.6% on an organic basis.

 

Write to Adria Calatayud at adria.calatayud@dowjones.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

November 08, 2023 06:49 ET (11:49 GMT)

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