Liberty Global plc today announced its three months (“Q2”) and six months (“YTD” or “H1”) 2018 financial results. Our operations in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic (collectively, the “Discontinued European Operations”) and the former LiLAC Group have been accounted for as discontinued operations. Unless otherwise indicated, the information in this release relates only to our continuing operations. As used in this release, the term “Full Company” includes our continuing operations and the Discontinued European Operations. For additional information, including the reasons that we present selected information on a Full Company basis, see note 1. In addition, on January 1, 2018, we adopted new revenue recognition rules on a prospective basis and a new presentation of certain components of our pension expense on a retrospective basis. All information in this release is presented on a comparable basis with respect to both of these accounting changes. For additional information concerning our discontinued operations and these accounting changes, see notes 2 and 3.
CEO Mike Fries stated, “Our second quarter results were underpinned by continued momentum at Virgin Media, which generated record Q2 rebased4 revenue and subscriber growth, delivering a 4.1% top-line increase while adding 112,000 net RGU additions. Enhanced broadband speeds and the continued roll out of our V6 set top box helped deliver a substantial increase in our triple-play acquisitions, improved growth on our existing footprint and increased ARPU. Our other operations delivered mixed results, with Germany achieving a solid performance, offset by challenging competitive markets in Switzerland and Belgium.