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Siti Networks appoints Sanjay Berry as CFO

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MUMBAI: Siti Networks Ltd, a sister company of Zee group, has appointed Sanjay Berry as the chief financial officer of the company.

The new CFO Berry was working as the corporate financial controller with Bharti Enterprises. Berry has been handling finance function with expertise in financial management, compliance and internal controls. In his 25 years of work life, he had varied experience with Computer Sciences Corporation, Bharti Airtel, Patni Computer Systems, HCL Technologies and Arthur Andersen & Associates.

Siti Networks got its new sobriquet earlier this year. Prior to this it was known as Siti Cable Network Ltd.

It has gained respect from the cable community and is reputed to have a robust business model. In August this year, got board approval to raise up to $100 million through the issuance of securities.

Siti Networks has chalked up improved financials in its latest quarter financials. It reported a 23.6 percent and 2.9 percent year-over-year (y-o-y) growth in operating revenue and EBIDTA including other income for the quarter ended 30 September 2106 (Q2-17, current quarter). The growth in revenue was led by a 33.3 percent y-o-y growth in restated subscription revenue on net billing basis of Rs 135.3 crore (46.8 percent of Total Income from Operations or TIO) as compared to Rs 101.5 crore (43.4 percent of TIO) reported for the corresponding year ago quarter.

The company’s cable TV customer base was stable at 1.22 crore in the current quarter as compared to the immediate trailing quarter. The company had 1.07 crore cable customers in Q2-16. The company says that is now present in 400 plus locations in India serving a total digital subscriber base of 87 lakh customers. For the last quarter the company had reported a digital subscriber base of 84 lakh and 59 lakh for Q2-16.

Broadband revenue increased 167.7 percent y-o-y to Rs 24.9 crore (8.6 percent of TIO) in the current quarter from Rs 9.3 crore (4 percent of TIO) in Q2-16.

By bringing in Berry who has a telecom background Siti Networks has indicated that its focus on the broadband sector is likely to increase as well that it is working on putting in place more rigorous financial processes in its operations.

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