Net leverage ratio
At the occasion of the December 2018 Capital Markets Day, we reconfirmed our leverage framework, maintained at 3.5x to 4.5x Net Total Debt to Consolidated Annualized EBITDA ("net total leverage1"). In absence of any material acquisitions and/or significant changes in our business or regulatory environment, we intend to stay around the 4.0x mid-point through an attractive and sustainable level of shareholder disbursements. At September 30, 2019, our net total leverage ratio decreased to 4.0x versus 4.3x at June 30, 2019. The anticipated decline in our net total leverage ratio on a sequential basis was driven by both lower gross debt outstanding following the aforementioned partial Notes redemption in July and a robust Consolidated Annualized EBITDA performance in the third quarter.
Our net covenant leverage2, as calculated under the 2018 Amended Senior Credit Facility and which includes certain unrealized M&A-related cost synergies with regards to the June 2017 SFR Belux acquisition and excludes both lease-related liabilities and vendor financing-related short-term liabilities, decreased to 3.2x at September 30, 2019 (June 30, 2019, 2018: 3.5x). Our current net covenant leverage ratio is significantly below the springing maintenance covenant of 6.0x and the incurrence test of 4.5x net senior leverage.
For a reconciliation of both our net total leverage and net covenant ratio as per September 30, 2019, we refer to the Q3 2019 Investor & Analyst Toolkit.
- Net total leverage is defined as the sum of all of the Company's short-term and long-term liabilities minus cash and cash equivalents ("Net Total Debt"), as recorded in the Company's statement of financial position, divided by the last two quarters' Consolidated Annualized EBITDA. In its statement of financial position, Telenet's USD-denominated debt has been converted into € using the September 30, 2019 EUR/USD exchange rate. As Telenet has entered into several derivative transactions to hedge both the underlying floating interest rate and exchange risks, the €-equivalent hedged amounts were €1,840.7 million (USD 2.1 Term Loan AN) and €882.8 million (USD 1.0 billion Senior Secured Notes due 2028), respectively. For the calculation of its net leverage ratio, Telenet uses the €-equivalent hedged amounts given the underlying economic risk exposure.
- Net covenant leverage is calculated as per the 2018 Amended Senior Credit Facility definition, using Net Total Debt (using the €-equivalent hedged amounts for its USD-denominated debt as highlighted above), excluding (i) subordinated shareholder loans, (ii) capitalized elements of indebtedness under the Clientele and Annuity Fees, (iii) any finance leases entered into on or prior to August 1, 2007, (iv) any indebtedness incurred under the network lease entered into with the pure intermunicipalities and (v) any vendor financing-related liabilities, divided by last two quarters’ Consolidated Annualized EBITDA including certain unrealized cost synergies related to the BASE and SFR Belux acquisitions.