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Q3-2016: Den activation revenue boost revenue 31 percent; adds 9 lakh digital subscribers in a quarter

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BENGALURU: As mentioned earlier, Den Networks Ltd had reported 31 per cent YoY growth in consolidated Total Income from operations (TIO) in the quarter ended 31 December, 2015 (Q3-2016, current quarter) at Rs 352.18 crore as compared to Rs 268.81 crore. TIO increased 29.8 per cent QoQ as compared to Rs 271.29 crore.

Note: 100,00,000 = 100 lakh = 10 million = 1 crore

The company has reported activation revenue of Rs 86 crore in Q3-2016, more than fivefold YoY as compared to the Rs 15 crore in Q3-2015 and more the than three times the Rs 27 crore in the immediate trailing quarter. The company says that it has added 9 lakh digital subscribers in the current quarter, taking its digital subscriber base to 85 lakhs as compared to the 76 lakhs in the previous quarter. The company had reported a digital subscriber base of 68 lakh for the Q3-2015, hence the share of its digital subscriber base has gone up from 58 percent in Q3-2015 to 65 percent in the current quarter. The company says that its Cable DAS ARPU has increased 3.8 percent to Rs 80 in the current quarter as compared to Rs 77 in the immediate trailing quarter.

The company reported EBIDTA of Rs 42.99 crore (12.2 per cent margin) in the current quarter as compared to an operating profit of Rs 0.28 crore (0.1 per cent margin) in Q3-2015 and an operating loss of Rs 11.27 crore in the immediate trailing quarter. The company’s pre-Activation Cable EBIDTA in the current quarter was Rs 6 crore as compared to the Rs 34 crore in Q3-2015 and a negative Cable EBIDTA of Rs 5 crore in Q2-2016.

The company has also ramped up its broadband subscribers by 33.3 percent to 76,000 in the current quarter to 57,000 in the immediate trailing quarter. As had been reported earlier, the company’s broadband segment revenue increased by over five times YoY (5.5 times) at Rs 11.96 crore (3.4 per cent of TIO) as compared to Rs 2.17 crore (0.8 per cent of TIO) and increased 58 per cent QoQ as compared to Rs 8.23 crore (three per cent of TIO). The segment’s YoY operating loss increased to Rs 19.57 crore as compared to Rs 12.37 crore, but reduced QoQ as compared to Rs 23.07 crore. The company says that broadband ARPU has declined by Rs 10 in the current quarter to Rs 760 from Rs 770 in the previous quarter.

Broadband Post Activation EBIDTA in Q3-2016 was negative Rs 16 crore as compared to the negative Rs 11 crore in Q3-2015 and negative Rs 20 crore in Q3-2016.

The company says that its TV Shop has achieved a GMV of Rs20 crore per month with a reach of 5.2 crore homes and a conversion ratio of calls received of 38 percent and 30 percent repeat customers.

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