Digi to Expand 4G LTE Network Coverage to 1,500 Sites
Oct 29 15
Digi has expanded its 4G LTE network coverage to 50% of the country's population. The company has thus already surpassed its year-end network coverage target of 45%. For the remainder of the year, Digi plans to double site rollout by adding more than 1,500 sites to its existing infrastructure.
Digi Malaysia Declares Third Interim Tax Exempt Dividend
Oct 26 15
Digi Malaysia announced that it will pay a third interim tax exempt dividend of 5.1 sen per ordinary share equivalent to MYR 397 million or almost 100% payout ratio to shareholders on December 4, 2015. A total of 17.1 sen dividend per share has been declared year-to-date, which is equivalent to MYR 1.33 billion.
DiGi.Com Berhad Announces Earnings Results for the Third Quarter and Nine Months and Operating Results for the Third Quarter Ended September 2015; Provides Earnings and Operating Guidance for the Full Year of 2015; Declares Dividend for the Third Quarter of 2015
Oct 26 15
DiGi.Com Berhad announced earnings results for the third quarter and nine months and operating results for the third quarter ended September 2015. Service revenue for the quarter is the same as last year, same as same quarter last year, which is MYR 1.584 billion. EBITDA declines 8.9% from a year ago and 8.8% sequentially for that period, approximately 43% margin. EBITDA moderated to MYR 719 million from MYR 789 million a year ago, primarily due to adverse FOREX development in the quarter, and intense competition. PAT also narrowed to MYR 397 million during the quarter from MYR 487 million in third quarter of 2014 from moderated EBITDA and higher progressive depreciation from its network expansion exercise. Excluding the ForEx impact of MYR 50 million in a quarter, though, and the normalized EBITDA would register a marginal contraction of 2.5% year-on-year and 2.4% quarter-on-quarter, consequential elevated competition and increased pressure on consumer wallet as well. On the operating cash flow margin, that remained healthy at 30% after accounting sequentially for high CapEx, the company spent MYR 223 million, which is in line with CapEx plan for the quarter and in line with its MYR 900 million CapEx for the year. Earnings per share remain healthy at 5.1 sen. Normalized profit after tax contracted by 10.9% year-on-year, 6.5% quarter-on-quarter, after accounting for higher aggressive depreciations from the network expansion, but also accelerated depreciation of MYR 26 million related to the migration of its data operation center. After accounting for additional ForEx cost of MYR 50 million in the third quarter, reported EBITDA declined 8.9% year-on-year and 8.8% quarter-on-quarter, while reported profit after tax fell 18.5% year-on-year and 14.4% quarter-on-quarter. Operational cash flow for the quarter remained strong at MYR 496 million or 30% cash flow margin.
And year-to-date, the company have CapEx of MYR 616 million.
The company also saw a steady increase in its active internet customers to 7.0 million or 60.2% of its total base, which it believes is a reflection of growing consumer confidence of its network performance. The company's LTE subscribers rose to 1.5 million as at end of third quarter 2015, an increase by more than two-fold from a year ago, amounting to 13.2% of its total subscriber base. Already reaching potentially one in two Malaysians with a population coverage of 50% at the end of third quarter of 2015. The company delivers 4G LTE on 1,800Mhz and 2,600Mhz spectrum bands respectively, and overlays both spectrum bands for 4G LTE in an increasing number of key market centres to provide customers with wider network coverage, greater capacity and significantly improved indoor and outdoor internet experiences.
The company has aggressive plans to build an additional 1,500 4G LTE sites by the end of the year 2015.
The company provided earnings guidance for the full year of 2015. And emphasizing, again, of course CapEx goes to support its Internet for All and for LTE ambition, and the company now coverage of 50% of the population on LTE and the company have access to 6,100 kilometers of fiber. Although the outlook for 2015 remains slightly challenging, the company continues to stay resilient on its service and revenue-driven focus relative to the negative industry growth. The company just have slightly over a quarter to go in 2015, yet, today, service revenue growth remain positive at 1.2%. Its normalized EBITDA margin sustained at 45%. The company remains committed to the MYR 900 million CapEx investment that the company announced earlier, and that will drive its robust data network in order to provide high-speed 4G LTE network.