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GTPL cable TV business revenue up in second quarter

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BENGALURU: Indian multi-system operator and internet service provider GTPL Hathway Ltd (GTPL) reported 13.8 percent increase in total income for the quarter ended 30 September 2018 (Q2 2019, quarter or period under review) as compared to the corresponding year ago quarter (y-o-y) Q2 2018. GTPL’s Total Income in Q1 2019 was Rs 317.40 crore, for the corresponding year ago quarter it was Rs 278.88 crore.

GTPL has two segments – cable TV business and internet service. Cable TV business operating result increased 82.1 percent y-o-y to Rs 15.99 crore in Q2 2019 from Rs 8.78 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous year. Operating revenue of GTPL’s cable TV business increased 15.6 percent y-o-y to Rs 276.69 crore from Rs 239.32 crore.

GTPL’s unternet service operating revenue in Q2 2019 was almost flat - it increased 0.3 percent y-o-y to Rs 35.75 crore from Rs 35.64 crore. Internet service segment’s operating results for Q2 2019 declined by 99.6 percent y-o-y to just Rs 0.01 crore from Rs 3.67 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous year.

GTPL’s consolidated profit after tax (PAT) increased 28.5 percent y-o-y in Q2 2019 to Rs 16.01 crore from Rs 12.45 crore in Q2 2018. Consolidated total comprehensive income for the period increased 33.8 percent y-o-y to Rs 16.79 crore from Rs 12.55 crore. Consolidated operating profit (EBITDA) excluding other income increased 11.5 percent y-o-y in Q2 2019 to Rs 85.20 crore (27.3 percent of operating or op revenue) from Rs 76.39 crore (27.8 percent of op revenue) in the corresponding quarter of the previous fiscal.

Let us look at the other numbers reported by GTPL Hathway

Consolidated total expenditure increased 15.7 percent y-o-y during the quarter under review to Rs 294.74 crore from Rs 254.81 crore in Q2 2018. Pay channel cost in Q2 2019 increased 20.4 percent y-o-y to Rs 132.33 crore from Rs 109.89 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous year. Other operational costs reduced 10.6 percent y-o-y in Q2 2019 to Rs 20.98 crore from Rs 23.46 crore in Q2 2018.

Employee benefits expense in Q2 2019 increased 9.5 percent y-o-y to Rs 35.81 crore from Rs 32.70 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous fiscal. Finance costs increased 68.8 percent y-o-y during the quarter under review to Rs 17.91 crore from Rs 10.61 crore. Other expenses in the period increased 17.2 percent y-o-y to Rs 38.12 percent in Q2 2019 from Rs 32.52 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous year.

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