Friday, November 30, 2012


Positive revenue growth of 7.2% YTD to RM7.2 billion
PATAMI surged 51.9% to RM900.5 million YTD
EBITDA improved 1.8% YTD to RM2.3 billion
Maintains position as Malaysia’s broadband champion; healthy YOY broadband customer growth of 8.4% to 2.03 million
Internet revenue growth remained strong at 19.6%
Robust UniFi take up at 35% with more than 462,000 customers activated to date

Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) today announced record Group revenue of RM7.2 billion posted for the nine months ended 30 September 2012 from RM6.7 billion in the corresponding period last year, a 7.2% growth YTD. The improved performance was achieved on the back of continued momentum across all key products – Internet and multimedia, data and other telecommunications services product lines.

Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortisation (EBITDA) grew by 1.8% YTD from RM2.29 billion in 3Q2011 to RM2.33 billion in 3Q2012 attributable to higher operating revenue. Normalised EBITDA after adjusting for FX loss on International trade settlement was also higher by 1.7% due to higher revenue. Group Profit After Tax And Minority Interest (PATAMI) rose 51.9% YTD to RM900.5 million as compared to RM592.7 million in the corresponding period in 2011 due to the higher revenue, recognition of deferred tax income on unutilised tax incentives and higher unrealised foreign exchange gain on foreign currency borrowings in the current year period, partially offset by lower other gains. Normalised PATAMI also rose 50.1% YTD from RM394.7 million to RM592.5 million due to higher revenue and lower tax expense.

“We’re happy to note that TM continued to progress well financially and operationally with our performance being in line with our Headline KPI’s. For the first 9 months of 2012, we posted record Group revenue of RM7.2 billion, an increase of 7.2% against the corresponding period last year. This growth was attributed to positive growth in Internet, data and other telecommunications services revenue. Both our Reported and Normalised EBITDA improved by 1.8% and 1.7% respectively, to RM2.33 billion and RM2.34 billion respectively. Our Reported and Normalised PATAMI showed significant growth of 51.9% and 50.1% respectively to RM900.5 million and RM592.5 million respectively. We also reported an improvement in capital and cost efficiencies, with our capex/revenue ratio reducing from 21.2% for YTD Sept 2011 to 19.8% this year. Cost as percentage of revenue also improved from 89.7% to 89.1%. Overall, our revenue by product showed positive growth across data, Internet & multimedia and other telecommunications revenue. Broadband remained the key driver of the Group’s revenue with Internet revenue continuing to record the highest growth, at 19.6%, to RM1.75 billion owing to the growth in broadband customers, particularly UniFi. Data revenue increased by 6.2% to RM1.56 billion against RM1.47 billion in YTD Sept 2011," said Dato’ Sri Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa, Group Chief Executive Officer, TM.

TM further entrenched its leadership position as Malaysia’s Broadband Champion, with its UniFi service continuing to show strong takeup. Together with Streamyx, its total broadband customer base has exceeded 2.03 million customers, at a growth rate of 8.4% YTD against the same period last year. To date, the customer base has grown 9.7% to reach 2.05 million compared to YTD Sept 2011.

Dato’ Sri Zam went on to comment, “We remain committed to our mission as the trusted broadband provider for the nation, evidenced by our strong customer base. UniFi continues to grow, with an achievement of more than 427,000 customers as at 3Q2012. HSBB now covers 1.32 million premises passed with coverage extended to 94 exchange areas covering the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia as well as East Malaysia. To date, we have more than 462,000 customers, which translate into a take up rate of about 35% of the premises passed. We are indeed on track to meet our PPP obligations by the end of this year.

Although we anticipate that the broadband space will be more competitive in the coming year, we are optimistic that we can meet these challenges with the high value proposition of our products and services.”

Prospects for the Current Financial Year Ending 31 December 2012

The Company will remain focused in maintaining its position as Malaysia’s Broadband Champion anchoring on Streamyx and UniFi as its key broadband products whilst intensifying its efforts to pursue quality improvement programmes towards delivering enhanced customer experience. TM will continue to boost its footing in ICT and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services, primarily for the business and enterprise segments in its efforts to transform the Company into an integrated Information Exchange.

Against this backdrop, the Company’s efforts will be focused on creating value for its stakeholders. However, with due regard to the global economic uncertainty, industry liberalisation, regulatory changes and intensely competitive telecommunication landscape, barring unforeseen circumstances the Board of Directors expects TM’s growth prospects for the financial year ending 31 December 2012 to remain positive.

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