Singaporean fixed line, broadband and mobile operator StarHub says that MediaCorp has transferred its total 7.46% equity stake – equivalent to 127.9 million shares – in the operator, to Temasek Holdings. The press statement said that this was for payment of an interim dividend for the financial year ended 31 March 2010. MediaCorp no longer holds any shares in StarHub as a result of the transaction.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, StarHub reported a 15% fall in fourth-quarter operating profits compared to the year ago period, at SGD89 million (USD63 million), although full-year net income was ‘stable’ at SGD408 million. The latest performance followed StarHub posting a 7.1% increase in net profit for the three months ended 30 September 2009 on the back of higher sales across three out of its four business areas. For 3Q09 the telco had reported net profit of SGD85.2 million, compared with SGD79.5 million in the corresponding year earlier period. Full-year EBITDA was 1% higher at SGD654 million in 2009, it said. Net profit after tax increased 3% to SGD320 million, while free cash flow for the full year was SGD461 million – up 22% from SGD378 million previously. Capital expenditure in 2009 totalled SGD231 million, of which SGD57 million was spent in the fourth quarter – up 4% year-on-year.