VimpelCom Posts Quarterly Profit on Marginally Improved Revenue
Published on: 6th Mar 2013
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By: Ian Mansfield
Russia based VimpelCom has reported a modest rise in its fourth quarter revenues and a sharp return to profits. The company posted revenues that were up by 1% at USD5.95 billion and profits of USD801 million compared to a net loss of USD381 million a year ago.
Profits were boosted by a one-off gain of USD606 million due to accounting rules, and a generally improved underlying performance by the company. A foreign exchange loss of USD119 million in 2011 also shrank to a loss of just US$30 million.
The total mobile subscriber base increased 5% YoY to 214 million by the end of the fourth quarter. The largest absolute contribution came from accelerated growth in subscribers in the Africa & Asia Business Unit and a large increase in subscribers in the CIS Business Unit from growth in Uzbekistan. The Company also achieved solid growth in fixed and mobile broadband subscribers in Russia, Italy and Ukraine.
In Russia, the Company continued the positive trend of the first nine months of the year, delivering organic revenue growth of 4% YoY. Mobile broadband subscribers in Russia increased 5% YoY to 2.7 million and fixed broadband subscribers grew 15% YoY to 2.4 million.
In Italy, the Company continued to outperform the broader Italian, highly competitive telecom market in the fourth quarter, in a highly competitive environment. VimpelCom strengthened its market position in Italy in both mobile and fixed-line, increasing its market share in both segments. The fixed broadband subscriber base increased 4% YoY to more than 2.2 million. Mobile broadband consumer subscribers grew 24% YoY.
In the Africa & Asia Business Unit, the Company exceeded the 85 million subscribers mark, an increase of 8% YoY, through strong subscriber growth in most of its operations. Solid performance across the main operations, Algeria, Pakistan and Bangladesh, led to organic revenue growth of 11% YoY.
The Ukraine Business Unit continued to solidify its market position in the mobile segment through the ongoing transition to bundled tariff plans. The transition is showing good results with mobile total operating revenues returning to growth. Mobile subscribers increased by 5% YoY to 26.0 million.
The CIS Business Unit delivered double digit organic revenue growth, mainly resulting from a temporary decrease in competition in Uzbekistan. The Company continues to face particularly strong competition in Kazakhstan, but also in Armenia and Tajikistan.