KUALA LUMPUR: Telekom Malaysia Bhd's earnings rose 173% to RM348.45mil in the second quarter ended June 30, 2012 from RM127.24mil a year ago and it rewarded shareholders with an interim dividend of 9.8 sen a share.
It announced on Wednesday that the higher earnings were mainly due to the higher revenue, change of useful life of network assets and recognition of deferred tax income, which partially offset the impact of unrealised foreign exchange loss on borrowings in the current year quarter.
"Normalised PATAMI also showed improvement, with a growth of 64.9% on-year to RM223.0mil from RM135.2mil," it said.
TM's broadband segment continued to record growth, with Streamyx and UniFi customers growing by 9.9% on-year to 2.011 million customers. This pushed Internet revenue up19.2% on-year from RM487.9mil to RM581.6mil.
Revenue increased by 8.5% to RM2.425bil from RM2.233bil. Earnings per share were 9.70 sen compared with 3.60 sen.
The higher revenue was due to higher contribution from Internet and multimedia, other telecommunications and non-telecommunications related services.
"EBITDA grew 6.8% on-year from RM746.9mil to RM797.4mil. On a normalised basis, EBITDA increased by 3.2% YoY from RM768.1mil to RM792.3mil.
In the first half ended June 30, 2012, its earnings doubled or rose 106% to RM599.08mil from RM290.54mil. Revenue increased at a smaller pace of 9.7% to RM4.808bil from RM4.381bil.