Wed, Sep. 14, 2:45 PM
- Israeli telecoms have been hit with a purported class action suit charging them with levying excessive and unreasonable prices for calling out of Israel.
- In separate confirmations, each of Cellcom (CEL -0.6%), Partner Communications (PTNR +0.8%) and Bezeq (OTCPK:BZQIY +0.8%) said it and "two other" telecoms were targets of the action.
- The plaintiffs haven't estimated what damages might be, and the action filed in the Central District Court is still in a preliminary stage.
Mon, Sep. 12, 11:00 AM
- Israel's Partner Communications (PTNR +0.5%) is heading into the TV service market early next year and taking steps accordingly.
- The move's in line with a broader telecom strategy it's pursuing, the company says. It had discussed plans to follow competitor Cellcom (CEL +2.5%) and get into TV back in February, when it cut ties to France's Orange and rebranded its services under its own name.
- Partner expects that Israeli government agencies will keep working to remove barriers in broadcasting. Cellcom launched a pay TV/VOD service in December 2014.
Wed, Aug. 17, 10:55 AM
- Partner Communications (NASDAQ:PTNR) is up 2.1% now after reporting Q2 earnings where revenues and EBITDA fell, but the company raised net profits as operating expenses declined.
- Revenues dropped 14% and operating expenses of 572M shekels were down 5%, in part due to a network sharing agreement with Hot Mobile.
- EBITDA of 228M shekels (about $59M) was down 3%; profits of 26M shekels (about $7M) rose 189%.
- Revenue breakout: Service revenues, 692M shekels (down 9%); Equipment revenues, 205M shekels (down 29%).
- Churn rate for cellular subscribers fell to a still-high 9.8% from the prior year's 10.9% and the previous quarter's 11.2%. The subscriber base declined by about 2%, to 2.7M; cellular ARPU was NIS 65 (about $17), down 7%.
- Press Release
Wed, Aug. 17, 5:27 AM
Thu, Jul. 21, 10:36 AM
- Cellcom Israel (NYSE:CEL) has taken a sharp turn into the red in U.S. trading, down 1%, following news that it got a temporary injunction it sought in the quest to acquire Golan Telecom.
- The injunction freezes an agreement signed by Golan Telecom and Hot Mobile, which Cellcom argued violated its agreement to acquire Golan.
- Cellcom will deposit a bond of 200K shekels to cover damages in case the court rules for Golan.
- Also today in Israel telecom: PTNR -2.5%; OTCPK:BZQIY -0.9%; BCOM -0.9%.
Mon, May 23, 1:46 PM
- In contrast to its rival Cellcom, Israel's Partner Communications (NASDAQ:PTNR) is off 4.3% in U.S. trading after releasing Q1 results where revenue fell 7% and missed expectations.
- It was the first quarter after the company parted ways with Orange and began marketing its offerings under its own Partner brand.
- Profits fell 44%, and EBITDA of 222M shekels fell 2% as well, but beat an expected 195M shekels.
- Revenue breakout: Service revenues, 710M shekels (down 6%); Equipment revenues, 267M shekels (down 9%).
- Cellular ARPU fell 3% to 67 shekels (about $18).
- Free cash flow of 114M shekels was up sharply from a year-ago 21M shekels.
- Press Release
Mon, May 23, 4:16 AM
Wed, Apr. 20, 11:57 AM
- Partner Communications (PTNR +0.6%) is still buying back notes, now repurchasing a set of Series C Notes.
- The company bought 54.135M at par value for a total amount of 61.5M shekels (about $16.4M).
- As in all the buybacks, the company will delist them from trading. It's part of a fall authorization to buy back B, C, and E notes throughout 2016.
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Tue, Mar. 29, 10:44 AM
- Partner Communications (PTNR +4.5%) has added to an ongoing notes buyback with a new purchase of Series E Notes.
- The company repurchased just over 14.1M at par value for a total amount of 15.1M shekels (about $3.95M).
- As with other notes bought back, Partner is delisting them from trading.
- Previously: Partner buys back notes to delist (Mar. 22 2016)
Wed, Mar. 23, 6:39 PM
- Partner Communications (PTNR +0.9%) has followed a recent buyback of its notes with more buybacks today.
- The company repurchased series B and series E notes in a total of NIS 37.3M (about $9.7M). It'll follow up by acting to delist the notes from trading.
- Yesterday it bought back B and E notes in an aggregate of NIS 136M. The moves are part of a fall authorization where it planned to buy back series B, C, and E notes up to NIS 250M (about $65M) that expires this October.
Tue, Mar. 22, 10:12 AM
- Following on previous plans, Partner Communications (PTNR +1.8%) says it's bought back debt and will delist it from trading.
- The company had authorized a plan where it would buy back series B, C and E notes up to NIS 250M (about $65M), until Oct. 19, 2016.
- It's executed a repurchase of an aggregate of NIS 136M ($35.4M) worth -- NIS 36M of series B notes, and NIS 100M of series E notes.
Mon, Mar. 14, 10:14 AM
- Partner Communication (NASDAQ:PTNR) is off 1.1% after Q4 results where revenues declined across the board and it swung to a loss on a one-time charge.
- The company took a impairment charge tied to its fixed-line segment that had an impact of 98M shekels (about $25.2M) on operating profit, and NIS 72M ($18.5M) on profit.
- It posted a loss of NIS 65M; excluding the 72M effect, it earned NIS 7M, down 71% Y/Y. EBITDA fell 13% to NIS 217M.
- Revenue breakout: Service revenues, NIS 716M (down 11%); Equipment revenues, NIS 291M (down 3%).
- The company added 24,000 postpaid cellular subscribers, and lost 143,000 net prepaid subscribers. Overall cellular subscriber base fell 4% to 2.72M. Cellular ARPU dropped 6% to NIS 67.
- Conference call link
Mon, Mar. 14, 4:37 AM
- Partner Communication (NASDAQ:PTNR): Q4 EPS of -NIS0.42
- Revenue of NIS1B (-9.9% Y/Y)
Mon, Feb. 22, 10:35 AM
- Partner Communications (NASDAQ:PTNR) has noted two changes to its board: Sumeet Jaisinghani resigned his director's seat this week under normal circumstances. He had served on behalf of S.B. Israel Telecom, Partner's principal shareholder.
- The following day, S.B. Israel Telecom nominated Barak Pridor to the seat and the company appointed him to the board. Pridor -- formerly CEO of Clearforest and a senior VP at Thomson Reuters -- will serve as director until the company's annual general meeting.
Wed, Feb. 17, 7:38 PM
- Partner Communications (PTNR +1.3%), fresh off its new rebranding approach after separating from Orange, says its employees committee and Histadrut claimed a deadlock and declared a labor dispute today.
- That starts a 15-day timetable that could end in a strike or sanctions.
- The employees' representative committee and the union said they are at a deadlock in negotiating an initial collective employment agreement on Partner's terms and policies.
- Previously: Partner cuts ties to Orange, launching new brand (Feb. 16 2016)
Tue, Feb. 16, 9:37 AM
- Israeli telecom Partner Communications (NASDAQ:PTNR) is up 3.9% after cutting the last of its ties with Orange (ORAN +2.6%), rolling out a new brand and identity after eight months of transition following the companies' mid-2015 conflicts.
- Partner will serve its services simply under the name Partner, with a logo that is now noticeably less orange -- changing to a turquoise color.
- Partner CEO Isaac Benbenisti says the rebranding process has been long and expensive, but that the new Partner would be launching a TV service, a move to follow competitor Cellcom (CEL +2%) in reshaping itself into more of a telecoms group.
- The companies came into conflict involving economic activity in Israeli settlements. Last June, amid talk in France of political boycotts of Israel, Orange chief Stephane Richard said he'd terminate the licensing agreement "tomorrow morning" if it were legal; he later apologized to Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
- Previously: Partner to launch new brand identity after separating from Orange (Feb. 04 2016)
- Previously: Orange -1.1% as Israel's Partner ends brand license agreement (Jan. 05 2016)