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Vodafone Egypt sees H1 revenues stall but users climb

Mobile giant's financial results show a difficult mid-2011 for Egypt operations, but subscriptions and usage are making solid recoveries.
Vodafone Egypt | 09.11.2011

Vodafone's Egyptian operations had a "challenging" first half to their 2011 financial year, the global mobile services provider announced on Tuesday, but said flat-lining service revenues were offset by a growing customer base and rising data use.
The UK-listed telecoms giant reported better than expected net profits for its global operations of 6.68 billion pounds sterling (US$10.7 billion) for the six months ending 30 September. Group revenues rose 4.1 per cent to 23.52 billion pounds ($37.8m) in the reporting period.

Financial results for Vodafone's Egypt operations suggested the impact of the country's January uprising on spending and tourism.

According to company figures, Vodafone Egypt saw 623 million pounds sterling ($1.001bn) in revenues between the start of April and the end of September 2011. Revenues were 691 million pounds ($1.11bn) for the same period in 2010.

Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortisation (EBITDA) also fell slightly to 271 million pounds sterling ($435.59m) from 323 million ($519.17m) last year.

Adjusted operating profits, though still healthy, were down to 158 million pounds sterling ($235.99m), from 199 million ($320m) in 2010.

There was more encouraging news when it came to Egyptian user numbers, with Vodafone saying it had added 1.575 million new customers between 1 July and 30 September.