Vodafone Idea posts Rs 6,439-cr Dec-quarter loss; subscriber base falls 21%

Jannie Delucca

Vodafone Strategy noted a consolidated decline of Rs six,439 crore for the December quarter as compared with a Rs 5,005-crore decline in the exact interval in 2018-19.

This is increased than analyst estimates, which experienced pegged the decline at Rs 4,000 crore, after being in the pink by a record Rs fifty,922 crore in the September quarter. Extraordinary objects in the quarter were being valued at Rs 633 crore, mainly on account of integration and merger-associated fees.

Though a significant part of the liabilities on account of combination gross revenues (AGRs) was in the September quarter (just more than Rs 30,000 crore), the business built a Rs 53-crore balance provision for those in the December quarter. The business posted revenues of Rs eleven,089 crore, down six for each cent more than the calendar year-back quarter, and this was in line with analyst estimates.

While the churn, which was at 5 for each cent a calendar year back, has arrive down to three.three for each cent in this quarter, its subscriber foundation noticed a decline of 21 for each cent YoY to 304 million. Bharti Airtel’s subscriber foundation was flat at 283 million when Jio noted a 32 for each cent boost in subscribers to 370 million.

On a sequential basis, the business posted a advancement level of 2.three for each cent. Though the cost hike has not so considerably been reflected in the functionality, the gains on a sequential basis were being led by 4G additions and enhancement in typical revenue for each user (ARPU).

Though 4G addition advancement was 9.4 for each cent, ARPU advancement was 1.8 for each cent. On a YoY basis, ARPUs were being up 22 for each cent.

Led by revenue advancement and synergy gains from the merger, working income on sequential gains was up .7 for each cent to Rs three,421 crore.

Increased interconnect fees, nevertheless, limited the gains. The business indicated it experienced reached eighty five for each cent of its focused working cost synergy of Rs 8,400 crore and is on monitor to reach the synergy gains by the first quarter of FY21.

Internet debt went up a bit to Rs 1.033 trillion, towards Rs 1.019 trillion in the September quarter.

On the AGR difficulty, the company’s handling director and chief government officer, Ravinder Takkar, mentioned the business was engaged with the govt, looking for relief on AGRs as very well as other matters. The business has submitted for modifying the supplementary get with the Supreme Court docket after its before petition was dismissed.

On the operational entrance, Takkar indicated after many quarters of force on the leading line, Vodafone Strategy witnessed a revenue turnaround from September. The tariff boost in December is expected to reflect in revenue functionality in the coming quarters.


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