Sri Lanka Telecom Group (SLT Group) recorded a consolidated revenue growth of 5.4% to Rs 26 billion in Q1 2022, in comparison to the corresponding period in the previous year. Group Profit After Tax (PAT) in the same period was recorded at Rs. 2.7 billion, demonstrating the SLT Group’s resilience despite challenging economic conditions.
SLT Group’s EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortization) recorded a 9.9% YoY growth to stand at Rs. 10.7 billion with the EBITDA margin improving to 41% for the quarter against 39.4% in the corresponding period of the previous year. The Group recorded a Profit Before Tax (PBT) of Rs 3.5 billion for the quarter.
SLT Group Chairman, Rohan Fernando stated, “The first quarter of 2022 proved more challenging than we had expected, however SLT-Mobitel overall performance reflected the resilience and strength of our portfolio. Throughout 2022 we aim to continue to deliver value for all stakeholders reinforcing our support to bridge the digital divide serving the Nation and our people. Prudent financial discipline was also a key factor in our success”.
The Operating Cash Flows of the Group grew to Rs 16.3 billion, up by 35.3% YoY. The Group recorded a favourable cash and cash equivalents position of Rs 31.6 billion as at the end of the quarter. SLT Group’s contribution to the Government of Sri Lanka during the first quarter, 2022 amounted to Rs 4.2 billion. in direct and indirect taxes including levies.
SLT Group Chief Executive Officer, Lalith Seneviratne said, “We continue to invest in the best of emerging technologies, including networks and digital capabilities, and continue our efforts to deploy an innovative portfolio of products and services implementing the transformation of the Company. Our considerable infrastructure investment allows us to continue innovating and improve customer experience.”
Sri Lanka Telecom PLC (SLT), the holding company of the Group, recorded Rs 4.1 billion. in Profit After Taxes for Q1 2022. Revenue for the quarter recorded at Rs 15.9 billion whilst the EBITDA and Operating Profits stood at Rs. 6.3 Bn and Rs. 1.1 billion respectively.
SLT Chief Executive Officer, Janaka Abeysinghe stated, “We are on track for business growth and improved profitability, driven by rapid adoption of broadband services, fiberisation and increased bandwidth consumption, which is generating robust demand. My team is focused on growth. We are committed to re-invigorating our core broadband and fixed operations while pursuing modernization of our infrastructure. We will continue to work to maintain this positive momentum throughout 2022.”
The Mobile services arm of the Group, Mobitel (Pvt.) Ltd, sustained revenues at previous levels, earning Rs 11.6 billion in the Q1 2022. Both EBITDA and Operating Profit margins remained positive at 38.9% and 19.3% respectively, whilst foreign exchange losses negatively affected the bottom line of the Company, resulting a net loss of Rs. 0.8 billion for the quarter.
Mobitel Chief Executive Officer, Chandika Vitharena stated “Even in these unprecedented times, we are poised to capitalise on the growing need to simplify communications. As the National Mobile Service Provider, we continually aim to introduce next-level solutions driven by the digital acceleration across our market segments, delivering superlative customer experience.”