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Den Networks reports profitable Q3 2020

EBITDA in Q3 2020 was up 22 per cent to Rs 58 crore

BENGALURU: Indian cable network and broadband company Den Networks Ltd (Den) reported consolidated profit after tax (PAT) of Rs 12.28 crore for the quarter ended 31 December 2019 (Q3 2020, quarter or period under review) as compared to a loss of Rs 31.21 crore for the corresponding year ago quarter (Q3 2019, y-o-y) and 28.9 per cent higher than the Rs 9.53 crore for the immediate trailing quarter (Q2 2020, q-o-q). Consolidated EBITDA for the quarter at Rs 58.28 crore was 21.2 per cent higher y-o-y than Rs 48.1 crore and was 20.1 per cent higher q-o-q than Rs 48.51 crore.

Den reported consolidated operating revenue of Rs 318.08 crore, which was 3.1 per cent higher y-o-y, but was 4.3 per cent lower q-o-q than Rs 332.42 crore.

Segment revenue

The company has two segments – Cable Distribution Network (Cable) and Broadband.

Cable revenue increased 3 per cent y-o-y in the quarter under review to Rs 300.46 crore from Rs 291.59 crore, but declined 4.6 per cent q-o-q from Rs 314.92 crore. Cable segment operating result for Q3 2020 was 6.23 crore as compared to a loss of Rs 8.95 crore for Q3 2019 and a loss of Rs 21.14 crore for the immediate trailing quarter.

Major revenue heads for the Cable business are Subscription, Placement, Other operating income and Activation. Cable Subscription revenue in Q3 2020 increased 10 per cent y-o-y to Rs 189 crore from Rs 172 crore and increased 6 per cent q-o-q from Rs 178 crore. Placement revenue increased 8 per cent y-o-y to Rs 87 crore from Rs 81 crore but declined 1 per cent q-o-q to Rs 88 crore. Other operating income in Q3 2020 declined 52 per cent y-o-y to Rs 6 crore from Rs 13 crore and declined 68 per cent q-o-q from Rs 19 crore. Activation revenue declined 29 per cent y-o-y to Rs 18 crore from Rs 25 crore and declined 39 per cent q-o-q from Rs 29 crore.

Broadband revenue increased 4.7 per cent y-o-y in Q3 2020 to Rs 17.62 crore from Rs 16.82 crore and increased 0.7 per cent q-o-q from Rs 17.50 crore. The segment reported a lower operating loss result for Q3 2020 at Rs 5.4 crore and a loss of Rs 6.6 crore for Q3 2019 and a loss of Rs 5.1 crore for Q2 2020.

Let us look at the other results posted by Den for Q3 2020

Consolidated total expenses for Q3 2020 at Rs 321.63 crore was 4.8 per cent lower y-o-y than Rs 337.84 crore and was 11.9 per cent q-o-q lower than Rs 365.27 crore. Consolidated content costs in Q3 2020 declined 4.7 per cent y-o-y to Rs 141.60 crore from Rs 148.65 crore and was 11.2 per cent lower q-o-q than Rs 159.45 crore.

Consolidated placement fees at Rs 1.08 crore during the quarter under review was 89.2 per cent lower y-o-y than Rs 9.99 crore and was 76.2 per cent lower q-o-q than Rs 4.54 crore. Consolidated employee benefits expense for Q3 2020 at Rs 23.72 crore was almost flat (down 0.3 per cent y-o-y and down 0.2 per cent q-o-q) than Rs 23.8 crore in Q3 2019 and Rs 23.8 crore in Q2 2020.

Consolidated finance costs during the quarter decreased 9.7 per cent y-o-y to Rs 4.38 crore from Rs 13.88 crore and declined 30.6 per cent q-o-q from Rs 6.31 crore. Consolidated other expenses in Q3 2020 increased 19.9 per cent y-o-y to Rs 93.39 crore from Rs 77.87 crore but declined 2.9 per cent q-o-q from Rs 96.15 crore.

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