MTS Allstream swings to profit

3 Aug 2007

Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS-Allstream) has swung to a second-quarter profit and increased its 2007 earnings forecast as it reported strong growth in its wireless, high speed internet and digital TV revenue. The Winnipeg-based telco earned CAD57 million (USD54.3 million) in net profit for the three months ended 30 June 2007, compared with a loss of CAD1.2 million in the same period a year earlier. MTS said revenue from continuing operations fell 1% to CAD474.1 million, reflecting its strategy to increase what it calls the ‘growth services’ areas of its business, which include wireless, broadband and digital TV, to offset declines in traditional wireline revenues. The fall in wireline turnover also reflected the loss of wholesale revenue from Rogers Communications and AT&T, which are migrating their communications traffic from MTS’s network to their own. Growth services revenue was up 12.3% year-on-year to CAD186.2 million, 39% of total sales during the quarter, up from a 35% contribution a year earlier.