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Tata Communications Reports Financials for Q1 FY17

Consolidated PAT at INR 42 Cr; data business continues to drive positive momentum with 460 basis points improvement in year-on-year margins

Tata Communications has announced its financial results for the quarter ended June 30th 2016 (Q1 FY17). Consolidated EBITDA grew by 18% YoY to INR 863 crores for the quarter with a 307 bps improvement in YoY EBITDA margins on the back of strong performance by Data services and aided by Voice.

Consolidated Nos.

 

INR crores YoY Growth %          USD Mn        YoY Growth%
Gross Revenue 5,032 (2.9%) 752.6 (7.8%)
EBITDA 863 18.3% 129.0 12.2%

Core business (consolidated numbers excluding Neotel) registered a growth of 2% in revenues YoY while EBITDA increased by 32% to INR 786 crores. This growth continues to be driven by the Global Data business which registered a growth of 14% in revenues and 42% in EBITDA YoY.

Core Nos. INR crores YoY Growth % USD Mn YoY Growth%
Gross Revenue 4,631 2.0% 692.6 (3.2%)
EBITDA 786 31.6% 117.6 24.8%
EBITDA Margin 17.0% 380 bps 17.0% 380 bps
PAT 90 crores 13.5

Productivity initiatives coupled with stability in volumes are leading to an improvement in Voice EBITDA, with a quarter-on-quarter improvement of 70 bps in margins. The free cash flows (EBITDA minus Capex) from the Core business for Q1 FY17 came at INR 346 crores (USD 52 Mn) and represent a growth of 31% on a YoY basis.

Commenting on these Q1 FY17 results, Vinod Kumar, MD and CEO, Tata Communications, said, “We see ourselves as enablers in a world where businesses are accelerating their digital transformation and creating a platform economy. It is our intent to provide tailored solutions such as connectivity, cloud and mobility to enterprises in a secure and reliable manner. The layer of value-added services that sits above our world-leading infrastructure is driving the transformation of our business. We have also seen a healthy accretion in both Global Enterprise and NextGen customers. This is important as these are the cornerstones for our future growth. As we evolve with macro-trends like IoT, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI), the business is geared to deliver a steady enhancement in performance going forward. And as seen in this quarter, we are seeing a consistent directional improvement in Global Data services.”

Commenting on these results, Pratibha K Advani, CFO, Tata Communications, said, “We are making positive strides in improving the quality of our earnings and showing consistent growth. Both the divestiture of Neotel and the strategic joint venture partnership announcement of our India and Singapore Data Centres give us headroom to operate more effectively in a highly-competitive environment. We are committed to driving efficiency of capital utilisation and this is reflected in the improvement in our Return on Capital Employed for our Core business from 8.6 % in FY16 to 10.1 % at the end of Q1 FY17.”

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