Digging Deep

August 03, 2012 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Dialog Axiata PLC, the island’s largest mobile operator, said its group profits fell to 879.45 million rupees for the June quarter from 1.26 billion rupees reported in the same quarter 2011. A unit of Malaysia’s Axiata Berhard, Dialog’s group revenues grew to 14.1 billion rupees in the June quarter over 11.1 billion rupees in the same quarter of 2011.

The group, which also sells fixed access, broadband and television services said costs grew marginally to 1.7 billion rupees, over 1.6 billion rupees in 2011. Gross margins rose to 5.9 billion rupees in June 2012, as against 4.8 billion a year earlier.

For the six months period, Dialog reported group revenues of 27.0 billion rupees and profits of 348.5 million rupees in 2012. In 2011, group made a profit of 2.8 billion rupees over sales of 21.9 billion rupees.

Interim accounts released to the stock exchange on Friday showed, Dialog’s core mobile phone business made a profit of 3.9 billion rupees over revenues of 24.0 billion rupees for the six-months to June this year.

The broadband business showed an operating loss of 214.5 million rupees over sales of 2.2 billion rupees.

Television unit made a profit of 164.6 million rup