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Idea Cellular: Growth at a cost
Apr 26, 2007

Idea Cellular has announced its results for the fourth quarter and full year ended March 2007. The company continued its stupendous performance on the back of aggressive subscriber acquisition effecting in a spurt in its revenues. The topline for the current quarter registered a 53% YoY growth. Over the same period, net profits were up 66% YoY. The full year performance of the company has been just as good, as it clocked a topline and bottomline growth of 47% YoY and 138% YoY respectively.

Financial snapshot
Particulars 4QFY06 4QFY07 Change FY06 FY07 Change
Net sales 8,557 13,084 52.9% 29,655 43,664 47.2%
Expenditure 5,364 8,721 62.6% 18,981 29,028 52.9%
Operating profit (EBIDTA) 3,193 4,363 36.7% 10,674 14,637 37.1%
Operating profit margin (%) 37.3% 33.3%   36.0% 33.5%  
Other income 102 326 220.9% 244 465 90.8%
Depreciation 1,310 1,761 34.4% 5,495 6,718 22.3%
Interest 790 975 23.4% 3,225 3,291 2.1%
Profit before tax 1,194 1,953 63.5% 2,198 5,092 131.7%
Tax 26 19 -27.7% 81 60 -25.7%
Profit after tax / (loss) 1,168 1,934 65.6% 2,118 5,033 137.6%
Net profit margin (%) 13.6% 14.8%   7.1% 11.5%  
No. of shares (m)         2,592.8  
Diluted earnings per share (Rs)         1.9  
P/E ratio (x)         60.6  

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