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MTS India Q4 2012: 1.78M Data Card Subs; Non-Voice Revenues At 36.8%

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Sistema Shyam Teleservices which operates in India as MTS India, reported that non-voice revenues which includes data and VAS revenues, accounted for 36.8% of its total revenues for the quarter ending December 31, 2012, up from 36.7% in the previous quarter.

The company posted a total non-voice revenues of Rs 143.7 crore for the quarter ending December 31, 2012, registering a 3% decline from Rs 148.2 crore revenues reported in the previous quarter. For the entire year 2012, the telco reported non-voice revenues of Rs 583.1 crore, up 56% year-on-year (YoY).

Need To Know:

– MTS reported a total 1.78 million data card subscribers for the quarter ending December 31, 2012, registering a 2% decline from 1.83 million data card subscribers reported in the previous quarter. The company attributed this decline to the regulatory uncertainties and the new customer registration regulations.

– Sistema reported a total mobile subscriber base of 14.89 million customers for the quarter ending December 31, 2012, registering a 10.5% decline from  16.6 million subscribers in the previous quarter.

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Blended mobile ARPU increased by 2% to Rs 79 for the quarter but declined by 3% to Rs 81 for the entire year 2012.

Minutes of Use increased to 268 million minutes for the quarter, up from 263 million minutes reported in the previous quarter. The company attributed this growth to the increase in traffic during the festive season.

2G Auctions: Last month, SSTL had secured 24 blocks of spectrum in eight circles including Delhi, Kolkata, Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh (West) and West Bengal telecom circles for Rs 3,639.48 crore.  Indian government had agreed to adjust Sistema’s previous license cost of Rs 1,626 crore against the new spectrum cost. Therefore, Sistema was required to pay around Rs 2,013 crore for the spectrum, of which 25% of the total bid amount (around Rs 503.25 crore) should’ve been paid within 10 days, followed by a payment moratorium until March 2016, after which the balance amount should be paid in 10 equal annual installments.

Scaling Down Operations To Nine Circles: Over the past year, Sistema had shut down operations in 13 of the 22 telecom circles in the country and the company is currently operational in only 9 telecom circles, which includes the eight circles where it secured spectrum in the auctions yesterday and Rajasthan circle which was not affected by the landmark Supreme Court judgment last year. Through these nine circles, the company hopes to reach out to 40% of the country’s population and 60% of the total data potential in the country.

Financials

– Total Revenues: MTS India posted a total consolidated revenue of Rs 390.2 crore for the quarter ending December 31, 2012, registering a 3% decline from Rs 404 crore revenues sequentially and a minor 0.5% decline from Rs 392.3 crore revenues reported in the same quarter last year.  For the entire year 2012, the telco reported revenues of Rs 1,619.2 crore, up 31% from Rs 1,234.9 crore revenues reported in 2011.

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The company informed that the total revenues were impacted by regulatory changes and the new stricter customer registration regulations.

– Net Income: MTS India reported a net loss of Rs 778.7 crore for the quarter ending December 31, 2012, registering a significant 57% decline from Rs 495.4 crore loss in the previous quarter but a 35% improvement from Rs 1197.7 crore loss reported in the same quarter last year. For the entire year 2012, the net loss stood at Rs 2,982.1 crore, a 16% improvement from Rs 3,531.4 crore loss reported in 2011.

– Operating Income Before Depreciation and Amortization (OIBDA): Consolidated OIBDA loss for the quarter stood at Rs 278.6 crore, a 21% improvement from Rs 354.1 crore loss in the previous quarter and a 51% improvement from Rs 569 crore loss in the same quarter last year.

Capex: The CAPEX investments made by SSTL in India at the end of December 31, 2012 stands at Rs 6568 crore, which includes investment of Rs 18.2 crore made during Q4 2012.

Debt: Consolidated debt from banks and financial institutions at the end of December 31, 2012, stands at Rs 56.7 billion.

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Related:

MTS India Data Card Base At 1.83M; Non-Voice Revenue Flat In Q3 2012
MTS India To Close Down Operations In 10 Circles; 15.6% Subscribers Impacted
Sistema Secures CDMA Spectrum In 8 Circles For Rs 3,639 Cr; Closing Down In 3 Circles
MTS India Data Card Base At 1.54M; Non-Voice Revenues Up 11.5% QoQ In Q1-2012

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