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Swisscom uses key indicators defined in the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) throughout its entire financial reporting, as well as selected alternative performance measures (APMs). These alternative indicators provide useful information on the Group’s financial situation and are used for financial management and control purposes. As these indicators are not defined under IFRS, the calculation may differ from the published APMs of other companies. For this reason, comparability across companies may be limited. The key alternative performance measures used at Swisscom for the interim financial reporting as at 31 March 2020 are defined as follows:

Key performance measure   Swisscom definition
Adjustments   Significant items that, due to their exceptional nature, cannot be considered part of the Swisscom Group’s ongoing performance, such as termination benefits and significant positions in connection with legal cases or other non-recurring items. In addition, the application of changes in the IFRS accounting principles and standards can have an impact on comparability with the previous year if these principles are not applied retrospectively.
At constant exchange rates   Key performance measures considering currency effects (figures for 2020 are translated at the 2019 exchange rate to calculate the currency effect).
Operating income before depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA)   Operating income before depreciation and amortisation of property, plant and equipment, intangible assets and right-of-use assets, financial expense and financial income, result of equity-accounted investees and income tax expense.
Operating income (EBIT)   Operating income before financial expense and financial income, result of equity-accounted investees and income tax expense.
Capital expenditure   Purchase of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets and payments for indefeasible rights of use (IRU) which are classified as leases under IFRS 16. In general, IRUs are paid in full at the beginning of use.
Operating free cash flow proxy   Operating income before depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) less purchase of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets and payments for indefeasible rights of use (IRU) and lease expense. Lease expense include interest expense on lease liabilities and depreciation of right-of-use assets excl. depreciation of IRUs.
Free cash flow   Cash flows from operating and investing activities excl. cash flows from the purchase and sale of subsidiaries and purchase of and proceeds from equity-accounted investees and other financial assets.
Net debt   Financial liabilities less cash and cash equivalents, current financial assets, derivative financial instruments held to hedge financial liabilities and other non-current financial assets directly related to non-current financial liabilities (certificates of deposit and U.S. treasury bond strips). See interim report page 10.
Net debt incl. lease liabilities   Net debt and lease liabilities.