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Vodafone India Q3-FY14: Revenue Down To £937M; ARPU At Rs 193


Vodafone India revenues declined to £937 million for the quarter ending December 31, 2013 , down 1.06% from £947 million in the earlier quarter and down 1.98% from £956 million in the same quarter last year. The company reported adjusted operating profit of £151 million, up from £137 million in Q2 and £84 million YoY.

Mobile in-bundle revenue increased to £153 million from £143 million in the previous quarter and £138 million in the same quarter last year whereas the Mobile out-bundle revenue declined this quarter to £592 million from £615 million a quarter ago and £609 million from Q3-FY13. Mobile incoming revenue reduced YoY to £162 million from £172 million in the same quarter last year.

Mobile In-bundle revenue represents revenues from bundles that include a specific number of minutes, messages and megabytes of data for no additional charge while mobile out of bundle revenue represents revenues generated from additional minutes, messages and megabytes of data used out of these bundles. Mobile Incoming revenues comprises of revenue generated from voice and messaging termination rates to Vodafone customers.

Operational Highlights

Net Additions increased to 4.87 million, up from 509,000 in the previous quarter. It needs to be noted that the company lost 5.19 million connections in Q3-FY13.
– Vodafone India has 160.41 million connections for the quarter, up from 155.54 million subscribers in Q2-FY14 and 147.48 million YoY.
Prepaid subscribers currently account for 93.7% of the Vodafone India’s total subscriber base, down from 93.8%.
Voice minutes increased to 158.41 from 155.52 billion the previous quarter and 147.96 in Q3-FY12.
Churn: Postpaid churn increased to 18.4% from 18% in previous quarter, but reduced from 18.9% YoY. Total churn reduced to 45.5% from 53.1% in Q2-FY14 and from 63.4% YoY. Prepaid churn reduced to 47.3% from 55.4% in the previous quarter and 65.9% YoY. Note that Vodafone accounts for churn over four consecutive quarters.
Messaging volume: increased to 24.97 billion from 24.5 billion in Q2-FY14, but reduced from 29.97 billion YoY.
– ARPU: Total ARPU increased to Rs 193 from Rs 191 in the previous quarter and 176 a year back. ARPU from prepaid customers increased to Rs Rs 156 from Rs 155 in Q2 and Rs 146 a year back. ARPU from postpaid customers reduced to Rs 746 from Rs 762 in the previous quarter, but increased from Rs 700 YoY.
Revenue from fixed line increased to £7 million from £4 million YoY.

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Vodafone India Buyout

During the quarter, CGP India Investments Limited, an indirect wholly-owned Mauritian subsidiary of Vodafone, had proposed to acquire the entire indirect interest held by Analjit Singh and Neelu Analjit Singh in Vodafone India Limited, through their 51% shareholding in share capital of Scorpios Beverages Private Limited (a company incorporated in India). In addition, Prime Metals Limited, an indirect wholly owned Mauritian subsidiary of Vodafone, had proposed to acquire 10.97% of the shares of VIL from Piramal Enterprises Limited.

Last month, Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) had approved this proposal and recommended to Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) for the final approval, since the proposed investment i.e. Rs 10,141 crore was much higher than the threshold limit of FIPB. CCEA is considering this proposal tomorrow, as indicated by a The Economic Times report.

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