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Idea Cellular announces un-audited results for the third quarter (Q3) and nine months ended December 31, 2010

23rd January, 2011

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Highlights - Q3 FY11 over Q2 FY11
  FY10 over FY09
Idea - Standalone 1 Revenue up 8.2%; EBITDA up 7.8%; PAT up 35.5%
Idea - Consolidated 2 Revenue up 8.1%; EBITDA up 7.9%; PAT up 35.2%

INR mn
 
Idea standalone1
Idea consolidated 2
Q3 FY11
Q2 FY11
YTDQ3
FY11
YTDQ3
FY10
Q3 FY11
Q2 FY11
YTDQ3
FY11
YTDQ3
FY10
Revenues - established services areas 3
35,941
33,507
103,281
82,769
Revenues - new services areas 4
3,960
3,384
10,408
5 ,633
Total revenue
39,901
36,891
113,689
88,402
39,556
36,592
112,685
90,993
EBITDA - established services areas 3
9,597
9,047
27,981
24,973
EBITDA - new services areas 4
(1,384)
(1,429)
(4,213)
(2,762)
Total EBITDA
8,214
7,618
23,768
22,210
9,482
8,788
27,155
24,836
EBITDA % - Established Service Areas 3 26.7% 27.0% 27.1% 30.2%        
EBITDA% - New Service Areas 4
-34.9%
-42.2%
-40.5%
-49.0%
       
Total EBITDA%
20.6%
20.7%
20.9%
25.1%
24.0%
24.0%
24.1%
27.3%
Depreciation & Amortisation
5,362
5,265
15,787
12,687
5,925
5,820
17,401
14,482
Other Receipt
-
-
-
( 317)
-
-
-
( 317)
EBIT
2,852
2,353
7,981
9,841
3,557
2,968
9,753
10,670
Interest and Financing Cost (Net )
572
665
2,003
1,381
941
1,028
3,111
2,864
PBT
2,280
1,688
5,978
8,460
2,616
1,940
6,643
7,806
PAT
2,209
1,630
5,802
7,535
2,430
1,797
6,242
6,873
Cash profit 5
7,674
6,982
21,868
21,387
8 ,573
7,789
24,147
22,531
Note: Spice Communications was amalgamated into Idea Cellular with an appointed date of March 01, 2010. Accordingly, previous year figures (YTD Q3FY10) for Idea Standalone exclude Spice Communications, and for Idea Consolidated include proportionate consolidation.

Riding on improved seasonal demand in the October-December quarter, and upon the longer term trend of expanding market share, Idea grew its total Minutes on Network by 10.2%, while Standalone Revenue expanded by 8.2%, on a sequential quarterly basis. The Average Realised Rate per minute declined marginally to 41.8p, compared to 42.3p in the previous quarter.

During the quarter, the increase in Advertising and in Subscriber Acquisition & Servicing costs by ~2.5% (as a percentage of revenue), were substantially cushioned by volume led cost efficiencies, resulting in almost flat EBITDA margins. The EBITDA losses from the New Service Areas also remained almost unchanged in absolute terms, but exhibited an improvement in percentage terms.

During the quarter, interest of Rs. 1,242 mn was capitalised against the payment for 3G auction fee. On a standalone basis, the PAT for the quarter stands at Rs. 2,209 mn, up 35.5% on a sequential basis, while Cash Profit of Rs. 7,674 mn grew by 9.9%.

Preparatory work for 3G rollout is on track, and Idea will, in the next few months, launch 3G services in the 11 service areas where it won the 3G spectrum. Further, Idea is finalising long-term arrangements with select quality operators for service areas where Idea was not awarded 3G spectrum. Together, these will enable Idea subscribers, throughout the country, to enjoy what will be the gold standard in 3G services, apart from deriving the benefit of nation-wide roaming.

With each passing quarter, the company is emerging stronger. Its thrust in its established service areas together with a calibrated approach for new service areas, its improving revenue market share, and its ability to extract stable Cash Profits at the world's lowest price points, position Idea as a company poised to benefit from longterm sector opportunities once the overcapacity phase draws to an inevitable close.

Notes:

  1. Idea Standalone represents Idea, and its 100% subsidiaries. Effectively, this encompasses all operations, excluding the JVs, Spice (till
    February 28, 2010) and Indus.
  2. Idea Consolidated represents Idea, its 100% subsidiaries, and its JVs, grouped together. In addition to Idea Standalone, this covers
    the proportionate consolidation of Indus (16%), and Spice (41.09%, till February 28, 2010).
  3. Established Service Areas represent Maharashtra & Goa, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Kerala,
    Haryana, Uttar Pradesh West & Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh East, Rajasthan and the Himachal Pradesh service area, and also include
    the service areas of Punjab and Karnataka from March 01, 2010.
  4. New Service Areas represent Mumbai, Bihar, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, J&K, Kolkata, West Bengal, Assam and the North East service areas.
  5. Cash Profit is calculated as the summation of PAT, Depreciation, charge on account of ESOPs and Deferred tax, for the relevant
    period.
  6. Figures for past periods have been regrouped, wherever necessary.

About Idea Cellular Ltd.
A leading national GSM mobile services operator, Idea Cellular won 3G spectrum in 11 service areas. Idea is listed on the National Stock
Exchange (NSE), and the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in India.


Idea is part of the Aditya Birla Group, India's first truly multinational group. The group operates in 27 countries, is anchored by an
extraordinary force of over 130,600 employees belonging to 40 nationalities, and derives over 60% of its revenues from operations
outside India.