Over 1.6 million customers are on Ziggo’s digital TV platform and more than 740,000 customers have taken up the All-in-1 Bundle, reports Holland’s largest cable operator.
During the quarter, Ziggo achieved an ARPU of €32.55, up 12% from €29.07 in Q1 2009; revenue was €338.8 million, up 8% from €314.4 million in Q1 2009; recurring EBITDA was €195.1 million, up 11% from €175.9 million in Q1 2009, yielding a 57.6% margin (56.0% in 2009).
Compared with a year ago, Ziggo reports growth in customers across all products: digital TV (+407,000), broadband internet (+92,000) and telephony (+179,000). Ziggo’s triple play product, the All-in-1 Bundle, achieved +367,000 homes.
Among the highlight, Ziggo said it successfully acquired a mobile license for 2 x 20 MHz in the 2.6GHz spectrum band through a joint venture with UPC for approximately €1 million through an auction organized by the Dutch government;
The company also successfully completed the refinancing of the Mezzanine facility on April 29, 2010 by the issuance of €1,209 million senior notes with a coupon of 8% per annum, reducing annual interest costs, extending the maturity of the debt portfolio and introducing Ziggo to the public debt capital markets.
In a statement, Ziggo CEO Bernard Dijkhuizen said: “Ziggo has made a strong start to 2010 as we continue to deliver solid growth in RGUs, revenue and EBITDA, resulting in a strong cash flow. Our solid financial performance reflects the continued investment in our network infrastructure and upgrading operations, as well as our focus on delivering innovative services and improving customer satisfaction. We are well on track to meet our objectives for the full year”.