HT Media Q2FY2007 revenues up 30% at Rs 2,575 mn,

HT Media Q2FY2007 revenues up 30% at Rs 2,575 mn,

PAT up 236% at Rs 269 mn, Operating profit (EBITDA)) up 109% at Rs 553 mn, EPS (not annualized) at Rs 5.74

Robust outlook for FY2007 based on::

o Recent initiatives paying-- off

o Continued buoyancy in ad revenues

o Favorable sector trends

New Delhi, 19th October, 2006

HT Media Limited today announced its financial results for the quarter and

half year ended September 30, 2006. The Company has reported a 30% increase in revenues for the quarter under review to Rs. 2575 million, compared to the corresponding quarter last year, driven primarily by contributions from the Mumbai operations & Hindi business. HT Media had launched its Mumbai operations in July 2005, swiftly gaining a strong foothold in the country?s largest media market, company has also launched three new Hindi editions since March this year.

Enhanced operating efficiencies and robust ad revenue growth resulted in a

109% improvement in operating profits (EBITDA) for the quarter, which

increased to Rs. 553 million. The operating (EBITDA) margin for the quarter improved to 21% from 13% last year. Pre-tax profits recorded a substantial increase from Rs. 130 million last year to Rs. 419 million in Q2FY2007. PAT for the quarter under review, when compared with corresponding period last year, more than trebled to Rs. 269 million from Rs. 80 million, translating into an EPS (non-annualized) of Rs. 5.74.

Commentiing on the performance for Q2FY2007,, Mrs.. Shobhana Bhartiia,, Viice Chaiirperson and Ediitoriiall Diirector,, HT Mediia,, saiid::

?Our performance during the quarter continues to be encouraging. Our Mumbai edition continues to perform well and we are now one of the country?s largest players in the Hindi segment. During the quarter we entered into an agreement with The Wall Street Journal, which will enable us create a world-class newspaper in India and emphasize our desire to offer a business newspaper to Indian readers at a time when India has become a global player in numerous industries. We also entered into a joint venture with the Times of India Group that will help us establish a new and vibrant newspaper in Delhi. Going forward, we will continue to maintain a robust revenue growth and expect our new ventures to contribute significantly to our revenues.?

Q2FY2007 performance overview

((Alll comparisons with Q2FY2006))

? Revenues increased by 30% to Rs. 2575 million from Rs.1,987 million

? Operating profit (EBIDTA) higher by 109% at Rs. 553 million from Rs. 265 million

? PAT increased significantly to Rs. 269 million from Rs. 80 million

? EPS (non-annualized) stood at Rs. 5.74

H1FY2007 performance overview

((Alll comparisons with H1FY2006))

? Revenues increased by 31% to Rs. 5,054 million from Rs.3,845 million

? Operating profit (EBIDTA) higher by 108% at Rs. 1,159 million from Rs. 557 million

? PAT increased significantly to Rs. 575 million from Rs.178 million

? EPS (non-annualized) stood at Rs. 12.28

Key operatiing hiighlliights

? The Company entered into an exclusive agreement Dow Jones & Co. under which the Company?s soon-to-be-launched business newspaper and its website will publish content from The Wall Street Journal, and

? HT Media signed a memorandum of understanding with the Times of India Group during October 2006 to establish a 50:50 joint venture. The joint venture will be a separate company and publish a new and innovative

newspaper in Delhi.

? The Mumbai edition continues to grow.

? The Company continues to maintain its leadership position in Delhi,

Chandigarh, Bihar and Jharkhand.

? The company also launched two new editions in Uttar Pradesh in the current quarter (Agra & Kanpur).

About HT Media Limited

HT Media Limited is one of India?s foremost media companies, and home to two leading newspapers in the country in English and Hindi languages - Hindustan Times (the flagship English daily) and Hindustan (Hindi daily). Hindustan Times was started in 1924 and it has an 80-year history as one of India?s leading newspapers. As part of its strategy to expand its national presence, the company launched Hindustan Times in the Mumbai market on July 14, 2005. HT Media Ltd. has a significant online presence with and also publishes two Hindi magazines Nandan and Kadambini. The company has 15 printing facilities across the nation, with a total installed capacity of approximately 1.5 million copies per hour.

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