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Bharti Airtel Limited FY 2008: Strong Revenue Growth of 46% and ending at over Rs. 27,000 Crore

Highlights for Full Year ended March 31, 2008

  • ● Overall customer base crosses 6.4 crore
  • ● Highest ever-net addition of 2.5 crore customers in a year
  • ● Market leader with a market share of all India wireless subscribers at 23.8%(22.4% last year)
  • ● Total Revenues of Rs. 27,025 crore (up 46% Y-o-Y)
  • ● EBITDA of Rs. 11,372 crore (up 53% Y-o-Y)
  • ● Cash Profit of Rs. 11,137 crore (up 52% Y-o-Y)
  • ● Net Income of Rs. 6,701 crore (up 57% Y-o-Y)

Highlights for Fourth Quarter ended March 31, 2008

  • ● Highest ever-net addition of 69.27 lakh customers in a single quarter
  • ● Total Revenues of Rs. 7,819 crore (up 45% Y-o-Y)
  • ● EBITDA of Rs. 3,252 crore (up 45% Y-o-Y)
  • ● Cash Profit of Rs. 3,036 crore (up 38% Y-o-Y)
  • ● Net Income of Rs. 1,853 crore (up 37% Y-o-Y)

New Delhi, India, April 25, 2008: Bharti Airtel Limited (“Bharti Airtel” or “the company”) today announced its audited US GAAP results for its fourth quarter and full year ended March 31, 2008. It has once again maintained its strong growth momentum.

The consolidated total revenues for the quarter ended March 31, 2008 of Rs. 7,819 crore grew by 45% and EBITDA of Rs. 3,252 crore grew by 45% on a year on year basis. The cash profit from operations of Rs. 3,036 crore grew by 38% over last year. The net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2008 was Rs. 1,853 crore, a growth of 37% over last year.

The revenues and net income for the full year ended March 31, 2008 was Rs. 27,025 crore and Rs. 6,701 crore, a growth of 46% and 57% over the same period last year respectively.

Bharti had 6.4 crore subscribers, as on March 31, 2008, an increase in the total subscriber base of 65%, over the corresponding period last year and maintained its leadership position through an improved market share of all India wireless subscribers at 23.8% as on March 31, 2008, up from 22.4% corresponding to the same period of last year.

Commenting on the results and performance, Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman & Managing Director, Bharti Airtel Limited, said, “This has been another year of record growth for the telecom industry and Bharti Airtel. The Indian telecom story is now entering the second wave of growth, which will come from rural India. As an industry leader we are committed to be at the forefront of this growth and take our services deeper into rural areas and provide affordable world-class services to customers. The coming year will be an exciting one for the company as we launch our services in new segments such as DTH and go live with our operations in Sri Lanka. Going forward, we see another year of strong demand in all business segments and we will continue to build on our organisational strengths.”

Bharti Airtel Limited - Summary of Consolidated Financial Statements - represents Consolidated Statement of Income as per United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (US GAAP)

(Amount in Rs. Crores, except ratios)

Particulars

Quarter Ended

Y-o-Y
Growth

Year Ended

Y-o-Y
Growth

March 2008 

March 2007

March 2008

March 2007

Audited

Un-audited

Audited

Audited

Total revenues

7,819

5,393 

45%

27,025

18,520

46%

EBITDA

3,252 

2,241 

45%

11,372

7,451

53%

Cash profit 
from operations

3,036 

2,193 

38%

11,137 

7,307

52%

Income before
income taxes

2,113

1,507 

40%

7,654 

4,886 

57%

Net income

1,853 

1,353 

37%

6,701 

4,257 

57%

Operating Highlights

(Figures in nos., except ratios)

Parameters

Unit

March 31, 2008

Dec. 31, 2007

Q-on-Q 
Growth

March 31, 2007

Y-on-Y 
Growth

Customers on our Network
Mobile Services
Telemedia Services

 

000's 000's

61,985 
2,283

55,163 
2,178

12% 
5%

37,141
1,871

67% 
22%

Total

000's

64,268

57,341

12%

39,013

65%

Bharti Airtel also announces appointment of Mr. Mauro Sentinelli as an independent director on the Board of Directors. He was the founder Member of the Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) and Chairman of the sub-Committee for the choice of the GSM system. He has also served as Deputy Chairman of the GSM Association. In April 2002, he was appointed member of TIM Board of Directors.

About Bharti Airtel Limited

Bharti Airtel Limited, a group company of Bharti Enterprises, is India’s leading integrated telecom services provider with an aggregate of 64.26 million customers as of end of March 2008, consisting of 61.98 million mobile customers. Bharti Airtel has been rated among the best performing companies in the world in the Business Week IT 100 list 2007.

Bharti Airtel is structured into three strategic business units - Mobile services, Telemedia services and Enterprise services. The mobile business provides mobile & fixed wireless services using GSM technology across 23 telecom circles. The Telemedia business provides broadband and telephone services in 94 cities and is foraying into the IPTV and DTH segments. The Enterprise services business provide end-to-end telecom solutions to corporate customers and national and international long distance services to carriers. All these services are provided under the Airtel brand. Airtel’s high-speed optic fibre network currently spans over 73,787 kms covering all the major cities in the country. The company has two international landing stations in Chennai that connects two submarine cable systems - i2i to Singapore and SEA-ME-WE-4 to Europe. For more information, visit http://www.bhartiairtel.in/

Disclaimer:

[This communication does not constitute an offer of securities for sale in the United States. Securities may not be sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Any public offering of securities to be made in the United States will be made by means of a prospectus and will contain detailed information about the Company and its management, as well as financial statements.]