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Du posts net income of $155m for H1

DUBAI, July 22, 2020

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du), a leading telecom services provider in the UAE has reported revenues of AED5.66 billion ($1.54 billion) and a net Income of AED570 million ($155 million) for the first half of the year (H1).

The Board of Directors approved the distribution to shareholders of an interim dividend of AED589 million, equivalent to an interim dividend per share of AED0.13.

Due to the general lockdown of activity in the UAE during Q2 2020, EITC’s financial performance was negatively impacted from the limitation of sales activity, the change in customer behaviour and the strong reduction of tourism and trade activities, a company statement said.

EITC’s H1 revenue was driven by a contraction in mobile revenues and other revenues, partially offset by the continued growth in fixed revenues, it added.

Q2 2020 mobile revenues were under pressure due to the movement restrictions across the country, which led to an erosion of the base as a result of lower gross additions and lagged churn and a shift in customer behaviour from prepaid mobile usage to fixed usage as companies implemented work from home initiatives. Therefore, H1 mobile revenues declined to AED2.81 billion, coming mainly from the significant reduction in the prepaid customer base and the prepaid usage.

H1 2020 fixed revenues continued to grow at a rate of 4.8% year-on-year to AED1.29 billion, reflecting a healthy increase in the subscriber base fuelled by the higher home connectivity needs during the quarter.

To sustain the increase in data traffic across the country and the company’s deployment plans, EITC invested in Q2 2020 AED509 million, equivalent to 19.1% of revenues. In addition to investments in capacity upgrades and network maintenance, Capex were also allocated to 5G network rollout and the implementation of digital transformation initiatives, in line with the company’s plans to drive long-term value creation. 

H1 2020 EBITDA was down to AED2.32 billion, impacted by the decline in mobile revenues, the increase in spending to optimise customer offering during the second quarter, and the inelasticity of certain costs to revenue decline. Consequently, net income declined in H1 2020 to AED570 million, according to the statement.

EITC’s mobile subscriber base was 6.42 million at the end of Q2 2020, down from last year, mainly due to the combination of lower sales due to movement restrictions and the churn lag.

Fixed customer base continued to increase at a healthy pace, reaching at the end of in Q2 2020 226 thousand subscribers, up by 6.8% from Q2 2019.

Commenting on the results, Mohamed Hadi Al Hussaini, Chairman, EITC, said: “Despite a challenging environment that adversely impacted our results for the quarter we continued our transformation programme, particularly on the digital front, and we remain committed to continue investing in our business to sustain long-term value creation. Our capex spend for the half year period was up by 75.3% to AED819 million, equivalent to 14.5% of our half year revenues.

“At EITC we play a vital role in supporting the country’s digital infrastructure through the provision of communications and connectivity services. During these uncertain times and rapid change in all aspects of our personal lives and business processes, we remain committed to supporting all our customers and the country as we navigate through the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Johan Dennelind, CEO of EITC said: “During Q2 2020 we focused our efforts on managing the impact of the Covid-19 crisis by ensuring the provision of uninterrupted connectivity and service for all our customers across the country, while protecting the health and safety of our employees and customers. We refined our contingency plans to cope with the evolution of the situation and to prepare the company for the gradual ramp-up of the economic activity as lockdown restrictions are being eased across the country.

“With the benefit of a robust digital infrastructure, we seamlessly transitioned more than 95% of our employees to work from home during the second quarter of the year. For our employees who operate on the ground, such as our store employees and technical teams, we implemented additional health and safety measures to ensure their and our customers safety. I want to extend a warm thanks to all our people for being so strong in tough times.”

“Going forward, we expect to see a stabilisation and a gradual pick-up in economic activity in H2 2020, particularly as movement restrictions are being eased across the country, more and more people are returning to the office and tourists are starting to come back. We will continue to see severe impact on our year on year results but we expect to recover on a sequential basis for the rest of the year. As the situation remains fluid, we will continue to adhere to the highest health and safety precautions to protect our employees and customers,” Dennelind concluded. – TradeArabia News Service


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