MTel reports 13.6% rise in Q1 EBITDA

5 May 2016

Deutsche Telekom’s Hungarian subsidiary Magyar Telekom (MTel) has posted total revenue of HUF145.05 billion (USD532.9 million) for the first three months of 2016, a decrease of 7.6% from HUF156.96 billion in the year-ago period. The fall was primarily due to firm’s exit from the retail gas market and the deconsolidation of its B2B energy business; excluding contributions from energy, revenue grew 1.8% on a like-for-like basis. EBITDA climbed by 13.6% year-on-year, from HUF42.47 billion in 1Q15 to HUF48.25 billion a year later, thanks to a combination of underlying revenue growth, cost rationalisation and one-off gains. As a result, MTel said that profit for the period rose from HUF3.32 billion in the first three months of 2015 to HUF11.47 billion a year later.

MTel’s Hungarian unit reported 5.37 million mobile customers at 31 March 2016, down from 5.46 million twelve months later, with post-paid users accounting for 57.7% of the total base, compared to 55.1% at end-March 2015. The number of retail fixed broadband users grew to 1.00 million in 1Q16 from 950,093 a year earlier and retail TV customers rose 2.9% y-o-y to 936,213. In Macedonia, the mobile subscriber total grew 2.4% to 1.22 million and the number of retail fixed broadband customers increased by 0.4% to 163,360 as at 31 March 2016. In Montenegro, where MTel holds a 76% stake in Crnogorski Telekom/T-Mobile Montenegro, the cellular subscriber total increased from 328,544 in 1Q15 to 334,011 a year later, but the number of retail fixed broadband users fell from 91,733 to 88,507 over the same period.

Hungary, Magyar Telekom