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Hathway Q2-2014 y-o-y revenue up 68 per cent, loss returns after two quarters

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BENGALURU: Indian Multi Systems Operator (MSO) Hathway Cable & Datacom Limited (Hathway) reported net sales/income from operations of Rs 219.33 crore for Q2-2014, 68 per cent higher than the Rs 130.33 crore the company reported for Q2-2013, but 5.4 per cent lower than the Rs 231 crore for the immediate trailing quarter (Q1-2014).

The company reported a net loss of Rs (-44.44) crore for Q2-2014, 35.26 times higher than the loss of Rs (-1.26 crore) for the corresponding period last year. Earlier, Hathway had reported positive PAT for two consecutive quarters, viz. Q1-2014 when it returned a positive PAT of Rs 5.32 crore and an even higher positive PAT of Rs 28.27 crore for Q4-2013. For FY-2013, the company had reported a net profit for the year from continuing operations of Rs 3.2 crore, while for FY-2012; the company had reported a loss of Rs 5.17 crore.

Let us look at the other Q2-2014 figures reported by Hathway

Hathway?s EBIDTA for Q2-2014 at Rs 40.15 crore was 68.7 per cent more than the Rs 23.8 crore for Q2-2013, but almost half (52.1 per cent) of Rs 77.04 crore for Q1-2014.

The MSO reported a loss before other income, interest and exceptional Items, and tax of Rs (-12.9) crore for Q2-2014, as compared to a loss of Rs (-5.39) crore for Q2-2013 and a profit of Rs 34.55 crore for Q1-2014.

Hathway reported expense of Rs 233.19 crore (5.9 per cent more than the total income of Rs 220.28 crore) for Q2-2014, more than double (2.09 times)  the Rs 111.7 crore for Q2-2013 and about 17.8 per cent more than the Rs 198.01 crore for the immediate preceding quarter (Q1-2014).

Harthway?s pay channel cost at Rs 68.3 crore was 75 per cent more than the Rs 39.05 crore for Q2-2013 and 16.8 per cent more than the Rs 58.45 crore for Q1-2014.

Depreciation and amortisation expense at Rs 51.32 crore was 16.2 per cent more than the Rs 44.18 crore for Q2-2013 and 23.5 per cent more than the Rs 41.54 crore for Q1-2014.

Another major expense head - Other expenses for Q2-2014 at Rs 98.12 crore was up 62.6 per cent as compared to the Rs 60.33 crore for Q2-2013 and 17.3 per cent more than the Rs 83.67 crore for Q1-2014.

Hathway?s finance cost for Q2-2014 at Rs 23.71 crore more than tripled (was 3.25 times) the Rs 7.30 crore for Q2-2013 and was 9.7 per cent more than the Rs 21.61 crore for Q1-2014.

Hathway reported a foreign exchange loss of Rs (-7.51) crore for Q2-2014 as compared to a gain of Rs 4.48 crore for Q2-2013 and a loss of Rs (-8.32) crore for the trailing quarter (Q1-2014).

Revenue and results from the other segments was a minor fraction of the overall revenue.

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