Telefonica O2 CR third-quarter sales up 5%

24 Oct 2008

Czech incumbent Telefonica O2 CR posted revenues of CZK16.8 billion (USD840.4 million) in the three months to 30 September 2008, up 5% on the corresponding period of 2007. Fixed line sales accounted for CZK7.9 billion of the total, up 7.5% year-on-year, and mobile turnover increased less sharply by 2.2% to CZK8.2 billion. Consolidated operating income before depreciation and amortisation (OIBDA) dipped by half a percentage point to CZK7.2 billion, yielding a margin of 43%, while operating income expanded 6.7% to CZK4.1 billion, and net income rose 18.4% to CZK3.2 billion. Third quarter CAPEX was CZK1.7 billion (down 7.3%).

As at 30 September 2008, Telefonica O2 CR had signed up 5.187 million mobile subscribers, a net yearly increase of 4.4%, of whom 2.429 million were on monthly contracts. The operator’s mobile arm said it lost a net 59,000 pre-paid users in the period under review although this was offset by a 60,000 net increase in contract customers. On the downside, blended monthly mobile ARPU dropped from CZK540 to CZK524, it said. The operator also reported an 11.3% year-on-year fall in fixed lines in service to 1.89 million by end-September, with net line losses reaching 45,000 in Q3, down from 58,000 in Q2 and 74,000 in Q1. Telefonica O2 CR said the total for ADSL accesses (retail and wholesale) rose 11.6% y-o-y to 608,000 and O2 TV customers increased to 108,000 by the start of October.

Czech Republic, O2 Czech Republic (incl. CETIN)