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Q2-17: Den Networks reports higher revenue, operating profits

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BENGALURU: Multiple-systems operator Den Networks Limited (Den) reported 26.7 percent increase in Total Income from operations (TIO) for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 (Q2-17, current quarter) as compared to the corresponding year ago quarter (Q2-16). The company also reported a consolidated operating profit (EBIDTA) of Rs 28.75 crore (10.6 percent margin) in the current quarter as opposed to an operating loss (negative EBIDTA) of Rs 39.80 crore. Den’s TIO for the current quarter was Rs 272.44 crore as compared to Rs 214.99 crore. EBIDTA including other income was Rs 36.24 crore (13.3 percent margin of IO) in Q2-17 as opposed to an operating loss (including other income) of Rs 27.14 crore in Q2-16.

Further the company reported lower losses for the current quarter as compared to the corresponding year ago quarter. Net loss after tax (PAT) reduced to Rs 47.87 crore in Q2-17 as compared to a loss of Rs 83.11 crore in Q2-16. Total Comprehensive Income (TCI) improved to a negative Rs 48.43 crore in Q2-17 as compared a negative Rs 97.66 crore in Q2-16.

Segment numbers

The company has two operating segments that contribute to revenue for now– Cable Distribution Network (Cable) and Broadband (brand Boomband). Both segments reported improved operating numbers. Its third segment – the soccer segment has no revenue as of now, but is an expense head and had reported an operating loss of Rs 8.57 crore for Q2-16. The segment has neither income nor result for the current quarter,

Cable segment reported 21.7 percent growth in operating revenue in Q2-17 at Rs 251.74 crore as compared to Rs 206.84 crore in Q2-16. The segment’s operating loss in the current quarter improved to Rs 31.22 crore as compared to higher operating loss of Rs 54.88 core in Q2-16.

Broadband segment standalone revenue more than doubled (over 2.6 times) in the current quarter to Rs 20.70 crore as compared to Rs 8.05 crore in Q2-16. The segment reported lower standalone operating loss in Q2-17 of Rs 8 crore as compared to an operating loss of Rs 23.23 crore in the corresponding year ago quarter.

The company’s soccer segment reported a net loss of Rs

Let us look at the other numbers reported by Den

Total Expenditure in the current quarter was 3.3 percent higher at Rs 311.66 crore (114.4 percent of TIO) as compared Rs 301.67 crore (140.3 percent of TIO) in Q2-16. As percentage of TIO, Total expenditure in the current quarter was lower as compared to Q2-16.

A major cost head for Den is Content Costs which reduced by 7.7 percent to Rs 118.25 crore (43.4 percent of TIO) in Q2-17 from Rs 128.13 crore (59.6 percent of TIO).

Other Expenses reduced 8 percent in the current quarter to Rs 78.62 crore (28.9 percent of TIO) as compared to Rs 85.46 crore (39.8 percent of TIO) in Q2-16.

Placement fees more than doubled (increased 59.2 percent) in the current quarter to Rs 13.8 crore (5.1 percent of TIO) as compared to Rs 8.67 crore (4 percent of TIO) in the corresponding year ago quarter.

Employee benefits expense in Q2-17 declined 1.5 percent to Rs 33.02 crore (12.1 percent of TIO) as compared to Rs 32.53 crore (15.1 percent of TIO) in Q2-16.

Finance costs in the current quarter declined 36.2 percent to Rs 12.92 crore (4.7 percent of TIO) as compared to Rs 20.25 crore (9.4 percent of TIO) in Q2-16.

Other Income in Q2-17 was less than half (declined 58.5 percent) to Rs 7.49 crore as compared to Rs 18.06 crore in Q2-16.

Note: (1) All numbers mentioned in this report are standalone unless stated otherwiserigh.

(2)The unit of currency in this report is the Indian rupee - Rs (also conventionally represented by INR). The Indian numbering system or the Vedic numbering system has been used to denote money values. The basic conversion to the international norm would be:

(a) 100,00,000 = 100 lakh = 10,000,000 = 10 million = 1 crore.

(b) 10,000 lakh = 100 crore = 1 arab = 1 billion.

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