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Hathway reports higher profits despite lower revenue

PAT was Rs 66 crore in Q1 2021 against loss of Rs 9 crore in Q1 2020

BENGALURU: The Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani-controlled MSO and broadband internet services provider Hathway Cable and Datacom Ltd (Hathway) reported consolidated profit after tax (PAT) at Rs 66.06 crore for the quarter ended 30 June 2020 (Q1 2021, quarter or period under review) against loss of Rs 9.38 crore for the corresponding year ago quarter Q1 2020 (y-o-y). Consolidated operating EBITDA for the period under review at Rs 118.18 crore (28.2 percent of operating revenue) grew 26.9 percent y-o-y from Rs 83.14 crore (20.7 percent of operating revenue).

Hathway’s consolidated operating revenue fell 6.7 percent y-o-y in Q1 2021 to Rs 419.56 crore from Rs 449.78 crore in Q1 2020. Consolidated total income (total revenue) during the quarter fell 3.6 percent y-o-y to Rs 514.46 crore from Rs 506.68 crore.

Hathway has two major segments – broadband internet services (BB) and cable television or CATV.

BB segment saw operating revenue increase 9.5 percent y-o-y in Q1 2021 to Rs 146.51 crore from Rs 133.81 crore in the corresponding year ago quarter. The segment’s operating result (operating profit) declined 14.2 percent y-o-y in Q1 2021 to Rs 7.84 crore from Rs 9.14 crore.

CATV segment revenue declined 13.6 percent y-o-y in Q1 2021 to Rs 273.05 crore from Rs 315.97 crore in Q1 2020. The segment reported more than six-fold increase in operating result (operating profit) – which grew 505 percent y-o-y in Q1 2021 to Rs 17.06 crore from Rs 2.82 crore in Q1 2020.

Let us look at the other numbers reported Hathway for Q1 2021

All numbers in this report are consolidated unless stated otherwise.

Total expenditure in Q1 2021 declined 17.6 percent y-o-y to Rs 427.92 crore from Rs 519.61 crore in the corresponding period of the previous year. Pay channel cost during the quarter under review increased 1.6 percent y-o-y to Rs 152.70 crore from Rs 130.06 crore. Employee cost in Q1 2021 grew 2.8 percent y-o-y to Rs 24.30 crore from Rs 23.63 crore in Q1 2020. Operational expenses in Q1 2021 grew 0.7 percent (almost flat) y-o-y to Rs 77.67 crore from Rs 77.13 crore. Finance cost was less than half (declined 59.7 percent) y-o-y to Rs 32.96 crore from Rs 81.79 crore in the corresponding quarter of last year. Other expenses in Q1 2021 declined 46.6 percent y-o-y to Rs 67.23 crore from Rs 125.82 crore.

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