Rising costs eat into MP bottom line

6 Mar 2013

Polish cableco Multimedia Polska (MP) booked total revenues of PLN178.16 million and PLN685.52 million(USD56.16 million and USD216.08 million) for the three months and year to end December 2012, up 9% and 10% year-on-year respectively. Adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) were up by 6% for the quarter to PLN92.52 million and increased by 7% to PLN351.38 million for the full year. A 29% y-o-y increase in programming costs, combined with higher network expenses and interest payments saw net earnings for the year drop by 52% to PLN49.03 million for the year.

The operator has registered a steady increase in subscribers, with 826,900 unique customers representing 1.763 million revenue generating units (RGUs) at end-2012. Efforts to drive the uptake of multi-play packages have proved successful, with the company claiming 2.13 RGUs per customer, compared to 2.09 a year earlier. MP had 119,000 triple-play TV, broadband and telephony users (106,000 at end-2011), 284,000 double-play subscribers (243,000) and 424,000 customers signed up to a single service (375,000). However, pricing pressure have caused ARPU per customer to dip from PLN70.4 to PLN69.3.

Poland, Multimedia Polska