Bharti Infratel Q1 Net Up By 24%


Bharti-infratel-resultsBharti Infratel, the telecom tower arm of Bharti Airtel, today posted net profit of Rs 576 crore for first quarter of 2015 ended June 30 compared to Rs 463 crore for the same period a year back, showing a growth of 24%. The consolidated revenue for Q1 was clocked at Rs 3016 crore as against Rs 2843 crore registering 6% growth over the same period.

Registering a upward movement, the consolidated EBIDTA was registered at Rs 1302 crore, that the company says, represents and operating margin of 43%. At the end of the first period Bharti Infratel has an operating free cash flow of Rs 783 crore, up by 21% from the same quarter a year ago.

By the end of June 2015, Bharti Infratel has 86397 telecom towers as against 85892 a year ago.

Early this week there were reports that the company is in active talks with Idea Cellular and Vodafone to acquire their tower assets. It was also speculated that Bharti Infratel is ready to invest $1.3 bn to close this deal. However, there has been no official announcement from neither of the companies regarding the same.

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Uninor Narrows Q2 Net Loss By 47%, Adds 1.3 Mn Subscribers


Uninor-revenueTelenor’s Indian arm Uninor has narrowed down its net loss by 47% for the second quarter of 2015 compared to the same period previous year. For Q2 2015, Uninor recorded a loss of Rs 70 crore compared to Rs 133 crore a year back. In Norwegian currency, the same corresponds to 90 NOK and 170 NOK respectively.

The company posted a revenue of Rs 1064 crore for second quarter of 2015 compared to Rs 797 crore for the same period of 2014 registering a growth of 28.48%.

In a significant development at the company, Uninor posted a positive EBIDTA of Rs 187 crore compared to a loss of Rs 827 crore for the same period a year ago.

‘As a result of increased revenues and improved gross margin following the mobile termination rate cut, the Indian operation delivered a positive EBIDTA for the full quarter,” the company said.

During the period, the company added close to 1.3 million subscriber bases however its ARPU has dropped 12% to reach Rs95.

“The decline was primarily driven by lower voice consumption and the impact from reduced interconnect charge,” the company said in a statement.

However, the company said it has seen surge in data consumption in its networks.

“We retain our focus on Internet for All as well as operational efficiency as stated in our strategy. We have made significant investments in data networks and data usage is growing rapidly. Successfully monetising this exponential growth in data will be a key priority for us going forward. This also includes developing our current digital positions within Internet of Things, online classifieds and financial services,” Jon Fredrik Baksaas, president and CEO of Telenor Group, said in a statement.


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ZTE Forecast Bumper Net Profit in H1, 2015


ZTE-Forecast-Bumper-Net-Profit-in-H1,-2015ZTE expects the company to report a 43 percent increase in net profit for the first six months as a result of stronger sales of 4G LTE network systems.

ZTE’s revenue is projected to increase 21.9 percent to RMB 45.94 billion in the first six months as a result of strong FDD-LTE and wireline systems orders, in addition to new smart city deployments.

Operating revenue is projected to increase 21.9 percent to RMB 45.94 billion in the first half, from a year earlier. First-half operating profit is expected to grow 132 percent.

In the first half, ZTE increased revenue from sales of FDD-LTE network systems, in addition to wireline switch and access systems, while contract profitability improved. Revenue in the enterprise and Government ICT Solutions division also posted growth, driven by new smart city deployments and higher sales to rail operators.

Expenses of the Group for the reporting period as a percentage of operating revenue remained largely unchanged as compared to the same period of the previous year.

The increase in research and development costs as a percentage of operating revenue was mainly attributable to the ongoing increase in the Group’s R&D investment in products such as LTE, bearer network, SDN and GPON to support long-term development.

Meanwhile, selling and distribution costs and administrative expenses as a percentage of operating revenue decreased year-on-year following enhanced cost management by the Group.

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Apple Q3 Net Profit Jumps 39%

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Apple-Q3-Net-Profit-Jumps-39%Apple has reported a record net profit growth of 39 percent to reach $10.7 billion in Q3, 2015 ended June 27, 2015.

The company posted a quarterly revenue of $49.6 billion in the third quarter compared to revenue of $37.4 billion in year ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.7 percent compared to 39.4 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 64 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

The growth was fueled by record third quarter sales of iPhone and Mac, all-time record revenue from services and the successful launch of Apple Watch.

“We had an amazing quarter, with iPhone revenue up 59 percent over last year, strong sales of Mac, all-time record revenue from services, driven by the App Store, and a great start for Apple Watch,” said Tim Cook, CEO, Apple.

“The excitement for Apple Music has been incredible, and we’re looking forward to releasing iOS 9, OS X El Capitan and watchOS 2 to customers in the fall,” added Cook.

“In the third quarter our year-over-year growth rate accelerated from the first half of fiscal 2015, with revenue up 33 percent and earnings per share up 45 percent,” said Luca Maestri, CFO, Apple.

“We generated very strong operating cash flow of $15 billion, and we returned over $13 billion to shareholders through our capital return program,” commented Maestri.

For the fourth quarter, Apple has given a revenue guidance between $49 billion and $51 billion, gross margin between 38.5 percent and 39.5 percent and operating expenses between $5.85 billion and $5.95 billion.

Apple’s board of directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.52 per share of the company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on August 13, 2015, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on August 10, 2015.

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Idea Cellular Q1 Net Profit Jumps 28%; Plans 4G in 2016

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Idea-Cellular-Q1-Net-Profit-Jumps-28%-;-Plans-4G-in-2016Idea Cellular has done extremely well on Q1 net profit as it has jumped by 28 percent to reach Rs 930.8 crore. On a standalone basis, net profit grew by 29.4 percent to reach Rs 840.1 core vis-a-vis Rs 649.5 crore in FY 2015.

Idea Cellular is planning to introduce 4G LTE services on 1800 MHz spectrum in a phased manner from calendar 2016 onwards in Kerala, Maharashtra & Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Haryana, North East, Tamil Nadu and Orissa circles.

To give 4G a big push, the company is also in the process of revisiting its value added services offering and intends to introduce its own range of ‘Digital Services’ across categories like entertainment, information, communication, utilities and API services etc. in next financial year. The company is also slated to launch its Kolkata 3G services by end of this calendar year.

Idea starts the new financial year with 16.4 percent YoY growth in gross revenue in Q1FY16 at Rs 8,796.5 crore. On the sequential quarterly basis the gross revenue has grown by 4.5 percent in Q1FY16.

The voice rate realisation remained under pressure and fell sharply by 11.2 percent to 32.9p/min, including the impact of TRAI regulation changes and increase in service tax rate, but the elasticity of demand compensated the rate decline with 18.5 percent minute growth in Q1FY16 vs Q1FY15.

The net mobile data customer base has risen in this quarter by 3.7 million to 37.2 million, with 22.9 percent of overall Idea subscriber base using Idea 2G or 3G platform to access internet.

The 3G subscriber base for the company has grown by more tha 90 percent over last one year, with addition of 7.9 million new 3G data customers, now servicing overall 16.7 million 3G data customers. Over last one year, 3G data volume growth led the growth of overall Mobile data traffic (2G+3G) by nearly 1.9 times from 32.5 million Megabytes in Q1FY15 to 62.7 million Megabytes in Q1FY16.

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Ericsson Q2 Reports 11% Revenue Growth


Ericsson-Q2-Reports-11%-Revenue-GrowthEricsson’s second quarter Revenue increased by 11 percent YoY whereas sales, adjusted for comparable units and currency, decreased by -6 percent YoY.

The mobile broadband business in North America stabilized in the quarter, but remained at a lower level than a year ago. Professional Services continued to deliver strong sales growth YoY. Sales in segment Networks recovered and showed a growth QoQ of 18 percent.

The global cost and efficiency program is progressing according to plan and restructuring charges in the quarter were SEK 2.7 (0.2) billion, mainly related to the reductions in Sweden.

Hans Vestberg, president and CEO, Ericsson said, “Reported sales increased by 11 percent. Sales, adjusted for comparable units and currency, decreased by -6 percent YoY, mainly impacted by less capacity business in North America. Profitability improved sequentially, driven by a strong development in segment Networks.”

The mobile broadband business in North America stabilized in the quarter, but remained at a lower level than a year ago. The YoY decline in North America was partly offset by an increased pace of 4G deployments in Mainland China. Sales growth was strong in the Middle East, India and South East Asia, while it continued to be weak in Japan. Professional Services sales increased YoY with continued strong global demand and growth in all ten regions.

The OSS & BSS business had a favorable development YoY, contributing to sales both in Professional Services and segment Support Solutions. Networks sales increased by 18 percent sequentially, supported by the stabilized mobile broadband sales in North America.

Operating income, excluding restructuring charges, increased YoY by almost 50 percent, with improvements in all segments. After a weak first quarter, segment Networks profitability recovered, driven by increased sales and a positive currency hedge effect.

The global cost and efficiency program is progressing according to plan. The target, to achieve savings of approximately SEK 9 billion during 2017 relative to 2014, remains. During the quarter, numerous activities were implemented globally including a reduction of 2,100 positions in Sweden, resulting in higher than normal restructuring charges. Savings related to the activities will start to impact results towards the end of this year.

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Idea Cellular Q4 Profit Reaches Rs 942 Cr, Jumps 62.6%

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Idea-Cellular-Q4-Profit-Reaches-Rs-942-Cr,-Jumps-62.6-%Idea Cellular’s profit for the fourth quarter ending 31st March, 2015 reached Rs 942 crore, a jump of 62.6 percent over Q4, FY14.

On the other hand revenues reached Rs 8,422.5 crore for the fourth quarter. Due to the changes in the TRAI Interconnect regulation effective March 1, 2015, the gross revenue for the quarter Q4, FY15 and for FY15 is negatively impacted by Rs 105 crore, though the impact on EBITDA is minimal.

Idea continues its enviable track record of being amongst the fastest growing mobile operator with 19.1 percent growth in gross revenue in FY15 at Rs 31,554.8 crore, nearly 1.8 times the wireless industry revenue growth rate (CY14).

Idea has clocked 23.5 million net VLR subscriber addition in FY15 against 17.7 million net VLR addition in FY14, now servicing a strong 161.4 million quality consumers across India. Inspite of large subscriber additions, the quality of Idea overall consumer base improved its ARPU to Rs 179 and voice usage per subscriber increased to 400 minutes.

Idea further revised mobile data subscriber definition, eliminating from its reporting all incidental data users of less than 10 MB/Month. The mobile data user (2G+3G) penetration in overall base is now 21.2 percent at 33.4 million data subscribers with blended Mobile data ARPU (2G+3G) at Rs 150 in Q4FY15.

The double bottom line drivers of voice and data business, scale benefits and optimization of cost has helped Idea improve its standalone Profit After Tax (PAT) by 93.9 percent from Rs 1,793.2 crore (Incl. Indus dividend of Rs 83.8 crore) in FY14 to Rs 3,477.2 crore (Incl Indus dividend of Rs 625 crore) this financial year.

At consolidated level including Indus contribution of 16 percent, the company revenue in FY15 has grown by 19.1 percent, consolidated annual EBITDA grew by 30.4 percent to Rs 10,811.8 crore, EBITDA margin improved to 34.2 percent and annual PAT is at Rs 3,192.9 crore, an annual growth of 62.3 percent.

With strong performance, the board of Idea is pleased to recommend increased dividend at 6 percent, an overall payment of Rs 259.8 crore (including dividend distribution tax).

The company doubled its 3G data subscriber base, adding 7.3 million new 3G users in last one year, servicing overall 14.5 million 3G data consumers. During the year, 3G data volume exploded by nearly 2.3 times; from 13.1 billion MB to 30.7 billion MB in Q4, FY15.

To support the exponential voice and mobile data growth, Idea capex spend for FY15 is Rs 40.5 billion (excluding spectrum); adding 7,589 GSM sites and 8,910 3G cell sites and over 11,000 Km of high capacity optical fibre.1. Idea Cellular Q4 Profit Reaches Rs 942 Cr, Jumps 62.6%

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Bharti Airtel Y-o-Y Net Up By 87%

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bharti-airtelBharti Airtel on Monday posted net profit of Rs 5,183 crore for the year ended March 31, 2015, a rise of 86.9% over the compared period a year ago. In FY2013-14, the company’s net profit was at Rs 2,773 crore.

On a quarterly basis, for the fourth quarter ended March 31, Bharti Airtel’s net profit saw an increase of 30.5% to post income of Rs 1255 crore compared to Rs 962 crore in the corresponding period a year ago.

Overall revenue of the company for the entire year touched Rs 92,039 crore in FY15 as against Rs 85,746 crore in FY14, showing a growth of 7.3%. For the fourth quarter total revenue of Bharti Airtel increased by 3.6% to reach Rs 23,016 crore as against Rs 22,219 crore for the same period in the previous fiscal.

For the same period, mobile data revenue grew by 59.1% to reach Rs 3,085 crore and it contributes around 18% of the total revenue. A year ago, the same contributed 11.5% only.

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Apple Reports Record Net Profit of $13.6 bn for Second Quarter

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Apple-Reports-Record-Net-Profit-of-$13.6-bn-for-Second-QuarterApple has posted second quarter revenue of $58 billion and quarterly net profit of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share.

Strong performance of iPhone, Mac & App Store drives 27 percent revenue growth & 40 percent EPS growth, setting new second quarter records These results compare to revenue of $45.6 billion and net profit of $10.2 billion, or $1.66 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter.

Gross margin was 40.8 percent compared to 39.3 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 69 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

The growth was fueled by record second quarter sales of iPhone and Mac and all-time record performance of the App Store.

“We are thrilled by the continued strength of iPhone, Mac and the App Store, which drove our best March quarter results ever,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.

“We’re seeing a higher rate of people switching to iPhone than we’ve experienced in previous cycles, and we’re off to an exciting start to the June quarter with the launch of Apple Watch,” commented Cook.

“The tremendous customer demand for our products and services in the March quarter drove revenue growth of 27 percent and EPS growth of 40 percent,” said Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO.

For the third quarter Apple has released revenue guidance between $46 billion and $48 billion, gross margin between 38.5 percent and 39.5 percent and operating expenses between $5.65 billion and $5.75 billion.

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Bharti Infratel Q4 Profit at Rs 558 Cr, Up by 18%


Bharti-Infratel-Q4-Profit-at-Rs-558-Cr,-Up-by-18%Bharti Infratel announced its fourth quarter results ended march 31, 2015, the fourth quarter profit after tax was at Rs 558 crore, up by 18 percent year-on-year (Y-o-Y).

The Consolidated revenues for the quarter, at Rs 2,947 crore grew by 6 percent over the corresponding period last year. Consolidated EBITDA improved to Rs 1,330 Crore, up 15 percent Y-o-Y, representing an operating margin of 45.1 percent and Consolidated EBIT at Rs 776 Crore, witnessed a 22 percent Y-o-Y growth. Consolidated profit after tax came in at Rs 558 crore, up by 18 percent Y-o-Y.

The consolidated revenues for the full year FY15 at Rs 11,668 crore grew by 8 percent over the corresponding period last year. Consolidated EBITDA for the full year FY15 was Rs 5,011 crore and consolidated profit after tax was Rs 1,992 crore grew up by 14 percent and 31 percent respectively over the corresponding period last year.

The board of directors have proposed a final dividend of Rs 6.5 per equity share for the year ended March 31, 2015, this is in addition to the interim dividend of Rs 4.5 per share already paid during the quarter ended September 30, 2014. The total dividend payout for full year inclusive of Rs 3,395 crore as tax on dividend will amount to Rs 2,477 crore.

The payment of proposed final dividend proposed is subject to approval of the shareholders in the ensuing annual general meeting of the company.

Akhil Gupta, chairman, Bharti Infratel said, “The spectrum auctions in March 2015 was a significant event for the telecom industry. The growth in data uptake and the need to monetize this investment at the earliest has a already led to a step-up in the rollout of data networks. This momentum is expected to accelerate further in coming years. We are entering a phase of high growth and Bharti Infratel is aligned to the operator’s requirement of increased network rollouts.”

Bharti Infratel owns and manages 85,000 telecom towers and communication structures, for various mobile operators which includes over 37,000 of its own towers and the balance from its 42 percent equity interest in Indus Towers.

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