Country’s largest telecom operator Bharti Airtel today reported a 22.21 per cent fall in its net profit at Rs 1,117 crore for the three months to December 2015, hit by higher infrastructure and finance costs.
The company had posted a net profit of Rs 1,436 crore for the corresponding quarter last fiscal, Airtel said in a statement.
The company’s total revenue, however, rose 3.7 per cent to Rs 24,066 crore for the stated period as compared with Rs 23,217 crore in the year-ago quarter.
Airtel’s consolidated mobile data revenue grew 44 per cent to Rs 4,135 crore for the quarter.
Its mobile data revenue for India registered a growth of 50.6 per cent at Rs 3,184 crore, led by increase in the data customer base by 29.9 per cent and traffic by 73.3 per cent.
The data revenue’s contribution is 23.1 per cent to total mobile India revenues vis-a-vis 16.2 per cent in the corresponding quarter last year.
Exceptional expenses during the quarter comprise, charge of Rs 1,152 million towards operating costs on network refarming and upgradation programme, Rs 2,313 million towards restructuring activities in a few countries and net tax of Rs 428 million and impact on minority interest of Rs 182 million on the above, it said.
“Our focus on acquiring quality customers has resulted in healthy net additions of 8.1 million in mobile. Our strong roll out of 3G/4G sites has resulted in acceleration of data usage growth to 73.3 per cent along with data ARPU reaching Rs 200,” Bharti Airtel MD and CEO (India & South Asia) Gopal Vittal said.
He added the company’s revenue grew by 11.6 per cent in the third quarter on an underlying basis and its smaller businesses continue to perform strongly.
“We have launched ‘Project Leap’ to deliver a truly differentiated customer experience and reinforce our commitment to build a future ready network,” Vittal said.
The net debt of the company rose to Rs 78,816 crore at the end of December as compared to Rs 70,777 crore as on September-end.