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Hathway in the red due to higher expenses, forex loss in second quarter

Hathway in the red due to higher expenses, forex loss in second quarter

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BENGALURU: In the first quarter of the previous fiscal, restructuring at Indian multi system operator (MSO) Hathway Cable and Datacom Ltd (Hathway) had brought for it a positive bottomline. The pared company reported a profit of Rs 2.716 crore (including an exceptional item –gain from the sale of shares of Rs 1.713 crore) for the quarter ended 30 June 2017 (Q1 2018). The company improved its performance in the second quarter of the previous fiscal (Q2 2018) and reported profit after taxes of Rs 14.01 crore. However, in the quarter ended 30 September 2018 (Q2 2019, quarter under review), the company reported a loss of Rs 5.90 crore as compared to a loss of Rs 2.63 crore in the immediate trailing quarter (Q1 2019).

Higher expenses which included higher finance costs and higher forex losses were chiefly responsible for the loss, besides of course, the fact that the Jio juggernaut has steamrolled all kinds of broadband internet service providers. The company reported almost same operating revenue (0.5 percent lower) for Q2 2019 at Rs 130.55 crore as compared to Rs 131.15 crore in Q2 2018. Due to higher other income of Rs 7.63 crore in the quarter under review as compared to Rs 5.93 crore in Q2 2018, Hathway’s total income was 0.8 percent more y-o-y at Rs 138.18 crore as compared to Rs 137.08 crore.

Operating EBITDA during Q2 2019 at Rs 46.58 crore (35.6 percent of operating revenue) was 11.5 percent down y-o-y as compared to Rs 52.66 crore (40.2 percent of operating revenue).

Let us look at the other numbers reported by Hathway

Total expenditure in Q2 2019 was 144.08 crore or 110.4 percent of total income, 17.1 percent more than the Rs 123.07 crore (93.8 percent of operating revenue). Operating expenses in Q2 2019 was 5.4 percent lower y-o-y at Rs 31.10 crore (23.8 percent of operating revenue) as compared to Rs 32.89 crore (25.1 percent of operating revenue).

Employee benefits expense for the quarter was Rs 11.29 crore (8.6 percent of of operating revenue) which was 7.2 percent higher y-o-y as compared to Rs 10.53 crore (8 percent of of operating revenue). Finance costs in Q2 2019 at Rs 32.22 crore (24.7 percent of operating revenue) was 32.2 percent higher y-o-y than Rs 20.19 crore (15.4 percent of operating revenue) in Q2 2018.

Other expenses at Rs 41.48 crore (31.8 percent of operating revenue) was 18 percent higher y-o-y than Rs 35.07 crore (26.7 percent of operating revenue). Other expenses included a higher forex loss of Rs 7.2 crore in Q2 2019 as compared to a forex loss of Rs 1.28 crore in Q2 2018.

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