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Idea Cell.: A good quarter

Jan 29, 2013

Idea Cellular declared the results for the third quarter of the financial year 2012-2013 (3QFY13). The company has reported a 10.9% YoY increase in total revenues and a 13.7% YoY growth in net profits during the quarter. Here is our analysis of the results.

Performance summary
  • Consolidated sales grew by 10.9% YoY during 3QFY13. The growth was led by a growth in the subscriber base as well as by higher minutes on the network during the quarter. For the nine months ended December 2012 (9MFY13), net sales grew by 15.7% YoY.
  • Mobile subscriber base grew by 10.9% YoY during the quarter. Total count of subscribers stood at around 113.9 m at the end of December 2012.
  • Operating margins declined marginally to 26.4% from 26.7% seen during the same period last year. This was on account of higher network operating expenses as well as higher roaming and access charges during the quarter (as percentage of sales). For 9MFY13, operating margins remained flat at 26.4% on a year-on-year basis.
  • Net profit increased by 13.7% YoY during the quarter. Net profit margins improved to 4.1% as compared to 4% during the same period last year. The increase was led by lower interest costs during the quarter. For 9MFY13, net profits increased by 45.2% YoY.

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