- Remains resilient in first 9 months despite challenging environment
- 62% broadband customers subscribe to 4Mbps and up packages
TELEKOM Malaysia Bhd (TM) announced on Friday, a 3.4% growth in group revenue to US$1.99 billion (RM8.82 billion) for the first nine (9) months ended 30 September 2016 against RM8.54 billion recorded in the corresponding period last year; on the back of higher revenue contribution from internet, data and others services. (RM1 = US$0.24)
The company's operating profit (EBIT) was RM868.1 million year-to-date (YTD), lower by 13.0% against last year primarily due to higher marketing cost, unrealised foreign exchange loss on international trade settlement and accelerated depreciation of assets. Stripping off some non-operational items, in particular unrealised foreign exchange loss on international trade settlement, the company's normalised EBIT was marginally lower by 0.6% YTD at RM885.1 million.
Its profit before tax (PBT), however, was higher by 17.6% YTD to RM807.9 million, against RM687.2 million in the corresponding period last year due to net foreign exchange gain on borrowings.
TM reported a 22.4% increase YTD in its net profit to RM621.7 million as a result of higher PBT and netting off the share of subsidiaries’ performance to minority interests.
The total capital expenditure (capex) for YTD September 2016 was RM1.65 billion or 18.7% of revenue, with spending during 3Q2016 at RM715.0 million. The higher capex is in line with the expansion of major projects whilst higher YTD cost as a percentage of revenue is in line with higher revenue and launch of new products and services.
"We remained resilient over the first nine months of the year despite an overall challenging environment. Our LTE service, webe, is now officially operational, and still has an impact on our financial performance, on account of the costs associated with the LTE rollout and webe’s initial operations,” explained Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa, TM's group chief executive officer (pic).
“The stronger nine months’ performance was mainly attributed to positive growth in our key products, mainly internet & multimedia, data and other services,” Zamzamzairani noted.
TM’s broadband service continued to be a steady revenue driver, he highlighted. Operationally, TM recorded a 3.3% increase in total broadband customers YTD as compared to last year, from 2.29 million to 2.37 million. UniFi continues to drive growth, with over 921,000 customers in total.
More than 62% of its broadband customers are currently subscribing to packages of 4Mbps and above, while, 75% of UniFi customers are on 10Mbps and above packages. “Strong traction from upselling activities as well as higher purchase of premium IPTV content have also driven stronger broadband Average Revenue Per User (ARPU),” says the Group CEO.
Zamzamzairani also touched on TM’s new webe digital service. “I’m pleased to say that we are the first and only truly converged communication service provider in Malaysia with webe made available in September 2016, offering a brand new end-to-end digital experience. Webe’s simple ‘data liberation’ proposition of unlimited calls, text and data usage enables members to use data the way it’s meant to - with no restrictions. This allows them to make the most of mobile technology thus making their digital lifestyle easier - in line with our vision of ‘Making Life and Business Easier for a Better Malaysia’,” Zamzamzairani added.
Comparison: Quarter-on-Quarter (3Q2016 vs 2Q2016 Results)
- For the current quarter under review, Group Revenue stood at RM2.9 billion, lower by 4.0% QoQ mainly due to lower Indefeasible Right of Use (IRU) sales by Global & Wholesale and lower revenue from Managed Accounts customer projects.
- EBIT grew by 9.2% QoQ to RM307.1 million from RM281.1 million in 2Q2016. On a normalised basis, EBIT improved by 17.9% QoQ to RM310.1 million from RM263.0 million in 2Q2016.
- PBT rose 11.7% QoQ to RM218.8 million, against RM195.9 million in the preceding quarter.
- Net profit was higher by 14.6% QoQ to RM159.8 million. Normalised net profit also increased 23.9% QoQ to RM207.5 million from RM167.5 million in 2Q2016.
- In the broadband segment, both Streamyx and UniFi customers cumulatively grew by 0.2% QoQ from 2.365 million to 2.369 million customers.
Prospects for current financial year ending 31 December 2016
For 2016, Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER) maintains Malaysia’s real GDP growth at 4.2%. As external sector remains sluggish due to the global slowdown, more weight is given to domestic demand to steer growth. As for 2017, real GDP growth is expected to edge up, registering growth of between 4.5 – 5.5%. (Source: MIER Economic Outlook, 18 October 2016).
In this quarter, TM signed with several property developers to work closely to strengthen the existing telecommunication and ICT infrastructure and facilitate the deployment of Smart Services ecosystem for their developmental projects. With the availability of connectivity, ICT and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions integrated in local property developments, TM will be able to deliver an enhanced digital lifestyle to more Malaysians.
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