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Business News/ Companies / News/  Jio Q2 profit jumps 28% to 4,512 crore
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Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd said profit rose 28% as India’s largest telecom services provider benefited from higher tariffs and greater phone usage.

Net profit rose to 4,512 crore for the quarter ended September from 3,528 crore in the year earlier.

Revenue rose 20% to 22,521 crore from 18,735 crore, the telecom arm of Reliance Industries Ltd said in a statement to the exchanges on Friday. Revenue increased by 3% from the preceding June quarter.

The average revenue per user (Arpu), a key profitability metric, rose 23.5% to 177.2 during the quarter and 0.8% from the preceding June quarter, on increased usage and better subscriber quality. Arpu for the June quarter was at 1,75.7, and 143.6 for the quarter ended September 2021.

“The 5G rollout that is underway will substantially improve work consumption as well as subscriber base, and this is expected to improve both per capita usage as well as on a looking forward basis," said Kiran Thomas, director of Jio Platforms. The No 1 carrier has launched 5G in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Varanasi through an invite model, and plans to expand it across India by March 2024.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (Ebitda) for the quarter ended September rose 4.7% to 11,489 crore from the preceding three months, driven by strong revenue growth. Ebitda margin was at 51.01%.

Performance, though, missed estimates. Analysts at Emkay estimated revenue growth of 5.3% from the preceding quarter, with a 5.6% growth in Ebitda. Analysts at ICICI Securities expected Ebitda to grow by 5.4% from the preceding quarter to 12,000 crore, benefitting from lower spectrum usage charges.

Arpu too was lower than market expectations of 178. Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea are yet to release their quarterly financial numbers.

“We saw consistent net subscriber additions and higher engagement in digital services. Jio has announced beta trial for its industry-leading standalone 5G services and is making rapid progress for an ambitious and the fastest ever rollout of True 5G on a pan-India basis," said Mukesh Ambani, chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries.

The telco said its parent Jio Platforms’ gross revenue for the quarter rose 23% to 28,506 crore from a year ago, while profit rose 27% to 4,729 crore. Q2 Ebitda for Jio Platforms rose 29% to 12,011 crore. “Ebitda margin at 49.5%, increased 250 basis points year-on-year due to Arpu increase in connectivity business, partly offset by inflationary pressure on operating costs," the company said in a statement.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gulveen Aulakh
Gulveen Aulakh is Senior Assistant Editor at Mint, serving dual roles covering the disinvestment landscape out of New Delhi, and the telecom & IT sectors as part of the corporate bureau. She had been tracking several government ministries for the last ten years in her previous stint at The Economic Times. An IIM Calcutta alumnus, Gulveen is fluent in French, a keen learner of new languages and avid foodie.
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Updated: 21 Oct 2022, 11:37 PM IST
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