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Wed 20 Apr 2011 05:57 PM

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Bahrain's Batelco Q1 profit drops 28%

Telecoms company reports Q1 profit of BHD17.46m ($46.32m), down from BHD24.3m in year-earlier period

Bahrain's Batelco Q1 profit drops 28%
MARKET SHARE: Batelco maintained a 45.6 percent share of the local mobile market, although subscribers dropped to 745,000, down 3 percent from the fourth-quarter (Getty Images)

Bahrain Telecommunications Co (Batelco) said on Wednesday its first-quarter net profit fell 28 percent as domestic subscriber numbers slipped and losses from an Indian unit also ate into bottom line.

The former monopoly reported a first-quarter profit of BHD17.46m($46.32m), down from BHD24.3m in the year-earlier period.

Gross revenues also fell quarter-on-quarter, dropping 4 percent to BHD80.81m, while operating profit declined over the same period as expenses and staff costs rose, Batelco said in a statement.

"An increase in revenue by [Jordan unit] Umniah and [Kuwait technology affiliate] QualityNet were offset by competition, regulation and the recent events in the Bahrain market," said Chief Executive Peter Kaliaropoulos.

Batelco maintained a 45.6 percent share of the local mobile market, although subscribers dropped to 745,000, down 3 percent from the fourth-quarter.

Batelco's foreign operations accounted for 37 percent of first-quarter revenue, while total group customers rose to 9.8 million.

"We are confident that we will cross the 10 million subscriber figure by the end of April 2011," added Kaliaropoulos in the statement.

Batelco is undertaking due diligence to buy a quarter-stake in operator Zain Saudi.

Joint bidders Batelco and Kingdom Holding have provisionally agreed a $950m deal with Kuwait's Zain, Zain Saudi's parent firm.

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MissBahrain 9 years ago

Well, as Bahraini citizen we know that Batelco fired around 120 qualified staffs which they think they participate in protesting aginst royal family. That’s why many youth of Bahrain 14 revolution announced to boycott Batelco for it’s irresponsible actions. Specially that some of those staff wasn’t included in any absentness but Batelco are kicking shite out of their jobs.