Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC (DFM: “du”) published today its financial results for Q2 2019, reporting AED 3.19 billion revenues, AED 1.47 billion EBITDA and AED 464 million net profit after royalty for the second quarter of the year.
For H1 2019, EITC reported revenues of AED 6.33 billion, EBITDA of AED 2.89 billion representing growth of 1.7% when compared “like-for-like” for the same period 2018 and a net profit after royalty of AED 913 million representing a growth of 11.3% when compared “like-for-like”.
The Board of Directors approved the distribution of AED 589 million of interim dividends to its shareholders for the first half of 2019, resulting in 13 fils per share.
The company still continues its strategic investments in the business, as it prepares to launch 5G and rolls out more sites nationwide. Q2 2019 capex increased by 93% compared to the corresponding quarter last year, to AED 286 million. The total capex spend for H1 2019 amounted to AED 467 million.
Also, Q2 fixed revenues increased by 5.8% to AED 617 million, while mobile revenues decreased by 6.8% to AED 1.69 billion, due to continued pressure on voice revenues.
As for H1 2019’s like-for-like EBITDA, it increased by 1.7% to AED 2.89 billion, and is growing at a faster rate than revenue, reflecting the efficiency measures taken by the company.
Commenting on the results, Mohamed Al Hussaini, Chairman of EITC, said, “Our company achieved in Q2 2019 a good performance as we recorded a 2.5% (5.5% “like-for-like”) growth in net profit after royalty when compared to the same period last year reaching AED 464 million. I am pleased to announce that our Board of Directors has approved an interim dividend of AED 589 million representing 13 fils per share.
He added, "EITC’s extensive investment in the latest technologies and infrastructure enhances our competitiveness and enables us to continue upgrading our services to meet our customer requirements. In doing so, we actively support the UAE’s ambitious digital transformation agenda as set out by the forward-looking leadership of the nation.”
Osman Sultan, EITC’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “It is clear that our efficiency plan and investments in new technologies to drive forward our digital strategy and prepare our company for the needs of tomorrow allowed us to contain the erosion of EBITDA. The result of this has been a solid EBITDA performance of AED 1.47 billion, which contributed in Q2 2019 to a 2.5% (5.5% “like-for-like”) improvement in Net Profit after Royalty to AED 464 million, compared to the same period last year.
“Our Revenues were impacted by industry wide challenges particularly, the continued pressure on voice revenues. Q2 2019 revenues were at AED 3.19 billion, compared to AED 3.35 billion in Q2 2018, driven by a 6.8% decrease in mobile revenue to AED 1.69 billion, which was partially offset by the continued strong growth in our fixed revenue of 5.8% to AED 617 million in Q2 2019, compared to the same period last year.
He continued, “Our mobile subscriber mix for Q2 2019 improved, with higher value customers driving up mobile ARPU, by 3.8% compared to the same period last year. However, our total mobile subscriber number declined due to the continued clean-up of our prepaid base in line with the “My Number My Identity” Campaign. Fixed line subscribers increased by 2.4% during the second quarter of the year.
“We continue investing in our business to meet the needs of tomorrow. Our strong capital position enabled us to increase our capital expenditure to AED 467 million during H1 2019, investing in our network and capabilities, paving the way for the commercial launch of 5G technology and preparing our company for a new era in connectivity. We remain focused on making the right investments in our business to deliver our digital strategy and prepare our company for the future of the telecom business.
“I am delighted to welcome Mr. Kais Ben Hamida to our executive team as Chief Financial Officer. Kais has joined us on July 14th and will play a key role in guiding the organization’s performance improvement, bringing in years of experience in global telecom environment and finance leadership.”
During the quarter, du successfully demonstrated the region’s first-ever Video over LTE (ViLTE) 5G call. The video call was made using the Telco’s state of the art commercial 4G and 5G Non-standalone (NSA) network, IMS Core and 5G smartphones. The success of the HD video call demonstration lays a solid foundation for enhancing du’s 5G user experience and marks the maturity of du’s 5G end-to-end ecosystem.
With customers at the heart of du’s connected offerings, the company launched the new Postpaid Power Plans, setting a benchmark for postpaid plans across the UAE and providing best-in-class connectivity with incomparable value. Launched during the second quarter of 2019, the new plans are designed to offer complete digital lifestyle benefits to power the everyday lives for customers.