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Vodafone India posts Rs 9,805 cr operating profit for 2017-18

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

today posted operating profit of Rs 9,805 crore for the financial year 2017-18, ended March 31.

The UK based group had reported an operating loss of around Rs 30,690 crore for 2016-17 on account of Group's cutting down the valuation of its Indian by taking gross impairment charge of 4.5 billion euro.

India, which is merging with Idea Cellular, expects the process to be completed by June, possibly making the latest results the last on standalone basis.

said at a that both the companies have already starting branding exercise for the new entity.

continues to face tariff war heat and reported 18.7 per cent decline in organic service revenue to around Rs 35,045 crore in 2017-18 compared to Rs 42,927 crore service revenue registered in the preceding fiscal.

"Intense competition is euphemism. There was 86 per cent decline in data price on year-on-year basis. Good is that we have got 10 million customer in last quarter but there is a price to be paid for this success," Colao said.

The company added over 1 crore pre-paid customers but lost 5.76 lakh contract or post-paid customers in the January-March period.

Data traffic on network of increased four fold but the company could not reap financial benefits because of sharp decline in data prices.

service revenue declined by 21.2 per cent to Rs 7,750 crore in January-March 2018 period from Rs 9,835 crore it registered in the year-ago period. The average revenue per user of the company declined by 26 per cent to Rs 105 from Rs 142 during the quarters under review.

The reduction in mobile termination rates added to the woes of the company.

"Losses continued in India as service revenue declined 18.7 per cent as a result of intense price competition from the new entrant, aggressive competitor responses and a significant reduction in MTRs (mobile termination rates)," Vodafone said.

It added that the impact of lower revenues was partially offset by significant actions to lower our operating cost base, as well as the benefit of a provision release in the fourth quarter following positive legal judgements.

The net debt of Vodafone India stood at 58,119 crore or 7.7 billion euro at the end of the period, down from Rs 64,014 crore (8.7 billion euro) at the end of the prior financial year.

The decline was due to the positive translation impact of closing foreign exchange rates on the debt balance of 1.2 billion euro and proceeds of Rs 3,850 crore from the sale of Vodafone India's standalone towers to

"Following the completion of Idea's equity raising in February 2018, under the terms of the merger agreement with Idea the Group intends to inject up to 1 billion euro (around Rs 7,500 crore) of incremental equity into India, net of the proceeds of the sale of a stake in the joint venture to the (ABG), prior to completion," Vodafone said.

did not include India in their financial performance.

"On March 20, 2017, Vodafone announced an agreement to combine its subsidiary, Vodafone India (excluding its 42 per cent stake in Indus Towers), with The combined company will be jointly controlled by Vodafone and the Vodafone India has been classified as discontinued operations for Group reporting purposes," Vodafone said.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 19:00 IST