SLT Group Consolidates Cost, Manages Waste in 1H 2021

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Aug 4 2021
FT SLT Group Consolidates Cost, Manages Waste in 1H 2021

SLT-MOBITEL, the National ICT, Telecommunications and Mobile Services Provider, announced its financial results for the first half of 2021, posting a 29.9 per cent yearon-year growth of Group Profit After Tax (PAT) of Rs 6.0 billion. Cost consolidation across verticals and a group-wide undertaking to minimise waste, convert waste to cash, and manage OPEX cost resulted in the healthy bottom-line. SLT-MOBITEL ensured its customers benefited most during the tough pandemic period, with improved service levels, upgraded infrastructure and innovative product offers, the Group announced. 

SLT Group Revenue grew to Rs 49.9 billionin the period under review, a 13.3 per cent increase against the comparable period in the previous year,driven by the focus on business continuity despite the Coronavirus pandemic. The EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortisation) of the Group stood at Rs19.6 billion, a 10 per cent yearon-year growth, whilst Operating Profit for the Group was Rs 7.2 billion, reflecting a 4.2 per cent growth over the first half of 2020. 

The Group Revenue for Q2 2021 grew by 15.2 per cent compared to the same quarter of the previous year to Rs 25.3 billion, lifting the EBITDA and Operating Profit to Rs9.9 billion and Rs 3.8 billion respectively.The Group Profit After Tax (PAT) for the quarter was reported at Rs 3.8 billion, a 40.7 per cent year-on-year growth. Top-line growth can be attributed to customer focused delivery of essential products and services, during the pandemic period. 

SLTMOBITEL strived to provide residential Fibre connectivity and to increase PEO TV and mobile services as customer demand grew. This strategy led to more customer acquisition, aided by value-added services, competitive pricing and the launch of innovative consumer centric services such as unlimited data packages. SLT Group continued its contribution to the Government of Sri Lanka during the first half of 2021, paying a total of Rs10.3 billion in direct and indirect taxes including levies, and dividends. 

The Group has also committed to longterm infrastructure investments, positively impacting the quality of digital connectivity in Sri Lanka, including the investments in submarine cable networks, backbone infrastructure, and ongoing capital infusion on an extensive islandwide fibre-optic network, 4G towers, and base stations amongst these. The SLT Group is perhaps a model to be emulated by other corporates and institutions in managing the pandemic amongst staff and their immediate family members. The Company created a fund to mitigate the cost of hospitalisation, and also set up 6 transit centres for first contacts to recover.

The precautionary measures monitored weekly by a vigilant committee successfully contained the spread of the disease to a bare minimum. SLT Group Chairman, Rohan Fernando stated, “SLT-MOBITEL is the truly Sri Lankan Telecommunication Company, and we are fully committed to serve the Nation and its people. We are working closely with the Government of Sri Lanka on National ICT and Telecommunication programmes to ensure all Sri Lankans are connected to bridge the Digital divide.” “The growth for SLT-MOBITEL in the period under review has come as a direct result of our service quality. 

Our efforts to drive prices down and improve our customer service, has been welcomed by residential customers who consume voice connectivity, mobile and fixed data and PEO TV. Our enterprise and small business customers, who have counted on us for business continuity during the pandemic, have also benefited from our customer-centric solutions. Meanwhile, our brand unification as SLT-MOBITEL at the beginning of 2021 is already reaping synergy with decreased costs, and magnified visibility especially in a tough economic backdrop,” SLT Group Chief Executive Officer, Lalith Seneviratne remarked. 

The holding company, Sri Lanka Telecom PLC (SLT), posted a strong 42.2 per cent year-on-year increase in PAT of Rs 3.9 billion for the first half of 2021, driven by a top-line growth of 14.7 per cent year-onyear to Rs 29 billion. Mobitel (Pvt.) Ltd, the Mobile services arm of the Group too posted significant growth in the period under discussion. During the first half of 2021, Mobitel was able to achieve a double-digit growth in revenue led by the growth in Broadband services and the Company’s efficient operating and capital expenditure management led to achieve strong profitability, with a 47.7 per cent growth in PAT against the comparable period in the previous year. 

SLT Chief Executive Officer, Kiththi Perera, stated, “SLTMOBITEL is successfully progressing with the accelerated fibre expansion programme with an aim to provide ultra-speed Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) connections across the country. Furthermore, the drive to expand and upgrade the present 4G network is accelerated.” Mobitel Chief Executive Officer, Chandika Vitharana added “As a responsible corporate citizen SLTMOBITEL has been active on many fronts in social responsibility projects.”The Group joined hands with the ‘Gamata Sanniwedanaya’ and ‘Gama Samaga Pilisandara’ programmes.It partnered the TRCSL in its efforts to extend connectivity in rural Sri Lanka, by setting up base stations and 4G towers.SLT-MOBITEL has taken steps to donate vital medical equipment and PCR machines to hospitals islandwide under the Group’s CSR project ‘Sabandiyawe Sathkaraya.’

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Aug 4 2021

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