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

Vodafone Concept reported a consolidated lack of Rs 6,439 crore for the December quarter as in contrast with a Rs 5,005-crore loss in the identical interval in 2018-19.
That is greater than analyst estimates, which had pegged the loss at Rs four,000 crore, after being within the purple by a report Rs 50,922 crore within the September quarter. Distinctive gadgets within the quarter had been valued at Rs 633 crore, largely on account of integration and merger-related prices.

Whereas a big a part of the liabilities on account of combination gross revenues (AGRs) was within the September quarter (simply over Rs 30,000 crore), the corporate made a Rs 53-crore steadiness provision for these within the December quarter. The corporate posted revenues of Rs 11,089 crore, down 6 per cent over the year-ago quarter, and this was in keeping with analyst estimates.
Although the churn, which was at 5 per cent a 12 months in the past, has come down to three.three per cent on this quarter, its subscriber base noticed a decline of 21 per cent YoY to 304 million. Bharti Airtel’s subscriber base was flat at 283 million whereas Jio reported a 32 per cent enhance in subscribers to 370 million.
On a sequential foundation, the corporate posted a progress charge of two.three per cent. Whereas the value hike has not to date been mirrored within the efficiency, the features on a sequential foundation had been led by 4G additions and enchancment in common income per consumer (ARPU).
Whereas 4G addition progress was 9.four per cent, ARPU progress was 1.eight per cent. On a YoY foundation, ARPUs had been up 22 per cent.
Led by income progress and synergy features from the merger, working revenue on sequential features was up zero.7 per cent to Rs three,421 crore.
Greater interconnect prices, nevertheless, restricted the features. The corporate indicated it had achieved 85 per cent of its focused working expense synergy of Rs eight,400 crore and is on observe to realize the synergy features by the primary quarter of FY21.
Internet debt went up a bit to Rs 1.033 trillion, in opposition to Rs 1.zero19 trillion within the September quarter.
On the AGR situation, the corporate’s managing director and chief govt officer, Ravinder Takkar, mentioned the corporate was engaged with the federal government, in search of reduction on AGRs in addition to different issues. The corporate has filed for modifying the supplementary order with the Supreme Courtroom after its earlier petition was dismissed.
On the operational entrance, Takkar indicated after a number of quarters of stress on the highest line, Vodafone Concept witnessed a income turnaround from September. The tariff enhance in December is predicted to mirror in income efficiency within the coming quarters.

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