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Yahsat Reports 1Q22 Revenue Growth of 9.4% and a 26.4% Increase in Profit


1Q22 revenue of AED 362.5 million [USD 98.7 million], up 9.4% year-on-year

1Q22 Adjusted EBITDA of AED 213.4 million [USD 58.1 million], up 6.8% year-on-year with a healthy margin of 58.9%

Net Income (profit attributable to shareholders) of AED 73.8 million [USD 20.1 million], up 26.4% year-on-year

Contracted future revenue of AED 8.1 billion [USD 2.2 billion], up by AED 642.1 million [USD 174.9 million] or 8.6% since the start of the year

Awarded a 5-year AED 908.9 million [USD 247.5 million] managed services mandate by the UAE Government for satellite communications capabilities

Strong Discretionary Free Cash Flow (DFCF) of AED 333.1 million (USD 90.7 million), supporting an attractive dividend expected to total at least 16.12 fils [US cents 4.39] per share, an increase of 2%, split into two equal instalments around October 2022 and April 2023

FY2022 guidance range maintained

Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PJSC ( Yahsat or the Group ) listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange ( ADX ) under (SYMBOL: YAHSAT) (ISIN: AEA007501017), the UAE's flagship satellite solutions provider, today announced its financial results for the three-month period ended 31 March 2022 ( 1Q22 ).

Ali Al Hashemi, Group Chief Executive Officer of Yahsat, commented:

Yahsat has had an excellent start to 2022 with significant year-on-year growth in revenue, adjusted EBITDA and Net Income. With the recent award of a 5-year managed services mandate from the UAE Government, reinforcing our position as its preferred satellite solutions partner, we strengthened our foundations for long term sustainable growth, and now show contracted future revenue of AED 8.1 billion (USD 2.2 billion), 5.4 times our annual revenue.

With almost 90% of remaining projected revenue for the current year already secured, we remain very confident in our outlook for Yahsat and reiterate our guidance for FY2022.

Financial Overview

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Following the exceptional performance in 4Q21, Yahsat has continued building on its strong momentum in 2022 with first quarter revenue of AED 362.5 million [USD 98.7 million] reflecting an increase of 9.4% year-on-year. All business segments performed well with a particularly exceptional performance in both Managed Solutions and Mobility Solutions, which increased by 26.0% and 45.4% respectively.

As at 31 March 2022, the Group's contracted future revenue stood at AED 8.1 billion [USD 2.2 billion] equivalent to around 5.4 times annualized revenue. Future revenue increased by 8.6% since the start of the financial year and by 47.3% since the beginning of 2021, underpinned by the recent 5-year AED 908.9 million [USD 247.5 million] managed services mandate awarded by the UAE Government.

Adjusted EBITDA of AED 213.4 million [USD 58.1 million] increased by 6.8% year-on-year, generating a strong margin of 58.9%. Net income (profit attributable to shareholders) of AED 73.8 million [USD 20.1 million] increased by 26.4% year-on-year, resulting in a higher net income margin of 20.4% versus 17.6% in the prior period.

The Group's balance sheet remained strong. At 31 March 2022, the Group's net debt stood at AED 382.1 million [USD 104.0 million] with a leverage ratio (net debt to Adjusted EBITDA) of 0.4x.

Together with Discretionary Free Cash Flow for the period of AED 333.1 million [USD 90.7 million] and a cash conversion ratio of 97.6%, the Group is well positioned to meet its future dividend, growth and capital expenditure commitments.

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Infrastructure accounted for approximately 60% of Group revenue, mainly comprising the 15-year long-term Capacity Services Agreement with the UAE Government. Overall revenue remained broadly stable at AED 217.7 million [USD 59.3 million].

Managed Solutions

Managed Solutions, contributing approximately 15% to Group revenue, continued the strong growth momentum seen in 4Q21. 1Q22 revenue grew year-on-year by 26.0% reflecting the consistent uptake of recommissioned projects that were delayed in 2021, in addition to new requirements stemming from the expansion of the Oil & Gas sector.

On 3 February 2022, Yahsat Government Solutions ( YGS ) was awarded a AED 24 million [USD 7 million] contract by Abu Dhabi Ship Building ( ADSB ) to provide advanced and secure satellite communication services. Yahsat will design, deliver and integrate the satellite communication systems in vessels produced by ADSB.

On 8 February 2022, Yahsat Government Solutions ( YGS ) was awarded a AED 908.9 million [USD 247.5 million] mandate to provide enhanced managed services to the UAE Government for its satellite communications capabilities. The agreement augments the previous operations and maintenance services provided, to include technology management support, from January 2022 until the end of 2026. This mandate reinforces Yahsat's long-standing relationship with the UAE Government, which has existed for more than a decade, highlighting the Group's role as the preferred partner for capacity and solutions since 2011.

Mobility Solutions

Mobility Solutions accounted for approximately 19% of Group revenue and recorded stellar year-on-year growth of 45.4%, capitalizing on its exceptional 4Q21 performance. Service revenue increased by around 4% with d
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