MTN Nigeria Communications Plc (MTN Nigeria) on Thursday, May 9, announced that an additional 2.1 million mobile subscribers have joined its network to make up a total of 60.3 million subscribers for the quarter ended March 31, 2019.
The telecommunication company revealed this in its unaudited results also released on Thursday.
According to the results, service revenue increased by 13.4%; voice revenue increased by 12.7%; data revenue increased by 32.4%, while Digital revenue decreased by 68.0%.
The company further indicated that Fintech revenue increased by 22.9%; while earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) margin increased by 11.5pp to 53.3% (IAS 17: 44.2%).
Commenting on the results, Ferdi Moolman CEO, MTN Nigeria said “Our first quarter performance was in line with expectations, as service revenue remained resilient with double-digit growth on the back of improvements in voice and data revenues. We connected a further 2.1 million people to our network, providing them access to worldwide communication services, while an additional 1.7 million people are able to access the possibilities that the internet provides”.
“This growth is built on our focus on customer-centric delivery and in particular on improved customer retention, our continuous focus on value for money propositions and further network roll-out and enhancement. Q1 2019 saw a significant increase in our capital expenditure programme, with a focus on LTE services, where we rolled out 1,188 sites across our key focus cities. In addition, the successful transfer of our 800MHz spectrum from Visafone to MTN Nigeria will further enable improvements to network coverage and service quality”.
“We have made significant progress to list on The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) following the conversion of MTN Nigeria to a public company and the successful registration of our ordinary shares with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). We are now engaging with the NSE to complete the listing process.”
Moolman noted that the business is on a sustainable growth path with service revenue increasing by 13.4% Year-on-Year (YoY), in line with our medium-term guidance of double-digit growth. This was led by a 32.4% increase in data revenue and a 12.7% increase in voice revenue, a general slowdown in economic activities during the election period, impacted voice revenue growth”.
He said that growth in data revenue was supported by a 10.6%-point increase in smartphone penetration, improved network quality and a 9.1% increase in active data subscribers to 20.4 million. Total subscribers increased by 3.6% QoQ to 60.3 million.
We recorded EBITDA margin of 53.3%. On an International Accounting Standards (IAS) 17 basis, the margin increased to 44.2%, up 2.4 percentage points YoY, driven by the growth in revenue and effective cost management,” Moolman added.