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Airtel Digital TV Q1 FY16 highlights

MUMBAI: Direct-to-home (DTH) player
Airtel Digital TV has posted operating
profit of Rs 240.8 crore (Rs 2.41
billion) for the quarter ended 30 June
2015 while EBITDA margin is at 35.2
per cent.
Q1 FY16 highlights are:
Airtel Digital TV Q1 total revenue
stood at Rs 684.8 crore (Rs 6.85
billion).
EBIT was at Rs 41.5 crore (Rs 415
million).
The company has added 339,000 net
subscribers.
Average revenue per user (ARPU) was
at Rs 222.
Monthly churn was at 0.8 per cent.
Await detailed report…

Airtel Digital TV Q1 FY16 highlights




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  1. MUMBAI: Airtel Digital TV, the direct-
    to-home (DTH) arm of telecom
    operator Bharti Airtel, has remained
    EBIT positive for the second straight
    quarter and has touched a new ARPU
    (average revenue per user) high of Rs
    222 in the first quarter of the fiscal.
    In the trailing quarter, ARPU stood at
    Rs 214. According to the company,
    adjusting for the impact of change in
    accounting for indirect taxes, the
    underlying ARPU improvement over
    last year is Rs 27.
    Airtel Digital TV also continued its
    trend of strong subscriber additions
    during the first quarter. The company
    added 339,000 subscribers in the
    quarter ending 30 June 2015,
    compared to 263,000 in the trailing
    quarter. In the corresponding quarter
    of the previous fiscal, it had added
    376,000 net subscribers.
    The company’s total net subscriber
    base now stands at 10.412 million.
    Dish TV also had a strong subscription
    growth in the quarter, taking its net
    subscriber base to 13.3 million. In the
    June quarter, it added 390,000 net
    subscribers.
    Airtel Digital TV’s monthly churn
    narrowed to 0.8 per cent per month,
    from 1 per cent in the preceding
    quarter. However, in the year-ago
    period, churn was at 0.6 per cent
    Financial performance
    EBITDA for the quarter ended 30 June
    2015 grew 15.9 per cent to Rs 240.8
    crore (Rs 2.41 billion), from Rs 207.8
    crore (Rs 2.08 billion) in the trailing
    quarter. In the year-ago period,
    EBITDA stood at Rs 143.8 crore (Rs
    1.44 billion).
    EBIDTA margin also improved
    significantly to 35.2 per cent in the
    quarter, compared to a margin of 32.7
    per cent in the preceding quarter, or
    24.3 per cent in the year-ago period.
    The company also reported EBIT of Rs
    41.5 crore (Rs 415 million) in the
    current quarter, compared to EBIT of
    Rs 8 crore (Rs 80 million) in Q4FY15
    and EBIT loss of Rs 62.5 crore (Rs 625
    million) in the corresponding quarter
    of the previous fiscal.
    Revenue saw 7.88 per cent growth
    sequentially. The company’s total
    revenue was at Rs 684.8 crore (Rs
    6.85 billion), compared to Rs 634.8
    crore (Rs 6.35 billion) in the trailing
    quarter.
    In the year-ago period, it had made
    revenue of Rs 591.5 crore (Rs 5.91
    billion). The company said that
    adjusting for change in accounting
    for indirect taxes since the third
    quarter of last year, the growth in
    revenues for DTH is 26.8 per cent
    compared to the year-ago period and
    not 15.8 per cent.
    Revenue from digital TV services
    accounted for 4 per cent of Bharti
    Airtel’s total revenue while EBITDA
    contribution stood at 3 per cent.
    During the quarter, the company
    incurred a capital expenditure of Rs
    211.3 crore (Rs 2.11 billion). Capex
    stood at Rs 262.7 crore (Rs 2.63
    billion) in the trailing quarter and at
    Rs 133 crore (Rs 1.33 billion) in the
    year-ago period.
    Operating free cash flow during the
    quarter was at Rs 29.5 crore (Rs 295
    million), compared to Rs 74.8 crore
    (Rs 748 million) in the trailing
    quarter. However, in the year-ago
    period, cash burn was at Rs 118.9
    crore (Rs 1.19 billion).
    As of 30 June 2015, the company’s
    cumulative investment in the DTH
    business touched Rs 5,621.6 crore (Rs
    56.22 billion).
    Airtel Digital TV offers 470 channels
    including 30 HD channels, four
    international channels and three
    interactive services across 639
    districts in India.
    During the quarter, Airtel Digital TV
    announced the launch of its first
    indigenously manufactured set-top
    boxes. The STBs will be available in HD
    to begin with and soon all of Airtel
    Digital TV’s boxes would be
    manufactured in India, the company
    announced.
    It is important to note that from the
    third quarter of last fiscal onwards,
    the company had started harmonising
    the accounting of indirect taxes in
    line with other segments and industry
    standards. Such taxes were earlier
    part of opex and are now netted off
    against revenues.
    http://www.televisionpost.com/dth/airtel-digital-tv-q1-arpu-touches-new-high-ebitda-up-15-9-qoq/

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