Eutelsat last week reported a 5.7% decline in like-for-like revenues to €697 million. EBITDA dropped by 7.4% to €545 million.
According to Berenberg’s analysts, Eutelsat should see a boost in the second half from the entry into service of Eutelsat 172B and a number of new contract wins, but said it was taking a “wait and see” approach to the company. Berenberg predicts negative growth of 2% this year and placed a hold recommendation on Eutelsat’s stock.
Noting that “the whole satellite subsector is disappointing on revenue growth” Berenberg sid that Eutelsat’s LEAP cost-savings programme is nevertheless ahead of schedule, although it is not yet clear what impact cost-cutting will have on growth. However, EBITDA and free cash-flow are likely to be boosted in the near term, it said.
Eutelsat’s peers SES and Intelsat have also suffered from falling revenues and a declining order backlog in their most recently-reported quarters. Operators have attempted to focus on new growth areas to compensate for declines elsewhere.