NOIDA, India; October 28, 2016 - Dish TV India Limited (Dishtv) (BSE: 532839, NSE: DISHTV) today reported second quarter fiscal 2017 consolidated subscription revenues of Rs. 7,288 million, up 11.9% Y-o-Y and operating revenues of Rs. 7,793 million, up 9.6% Y-o-Y.
Effective April 1, 2016, Dish TV harmonized the accounting of entertainment tax in line with industry practice. Prior to such change, entertainment tax was part of operating expenditure however it is now netted-off against subscription revenues. 2Q FY16 figures have been regrouped accordingly to make them comparable.
Year-on-Year revenue growth was despite applicability of higher service tax rate of 15% in the secod quarter as against 14% in the corresponding quarter last fiscal. Excluding the impact of higher service tax, the like-to-like revenue growth would have been higher.
EBITDA for the quarter stood at Rs. 2,642 million compared to Rs. 2,550 million in the corresponding quarter last fiscal. EBITDA margin stood at 33.9%. Profit after tax was Rs. 701 million.
The Board of Directors in its meeting held today, has approved and taken on record the unaudited results for the quarter ended on September 30, 2016.
India is now the world's fastest growing economy. With rising disposable income and an ever increasing number of digital pay-tv households, it is also perhaps the most compelling market, worldwide, for DTH services. With another almost 2.8 million subscribers added in the second quarter of fiscal 2017, DTH households in the country have crossed more than the 90 million mark at a gross level.
That said however, the second quarter of the fiscal is usually not the best for the DTH industry.
â€¢Â Â Â 259 thousand net subscriber additions during the quarter. Closing net subscriber base of 15.1 million
â€¢Â Â Â EBITDA of Rs. 2,642 million; up 3.6% Y-o-Y. EBITDA margin at 33.9%
â€¢Â Â Â Profit After Tax (PAT) of Rs. 701 million
â€¢Â Â Â Subscription revenues of Rs. 7,288 million were up 11.9% Y-o-Y
â€¢Â Â Â Operating revenues of Rs. 7,793 million were up 9.6% Y-o-Y
â€¢Â Â Â Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) of Rs. 162 as against Rs. 161 in 2Q FY16
Mr. Jawahar Goel, CMD, Dish TV, elaborated, "Torrential rains in many parts of the country often force consumers to defer buying a new DTH connection while the existing ones may delay recharging if the going gets too tough. Both sales and recharge however normalize subsequently if the festival season hits early. Targeting phase 3 & 4 markets, our subscriber additions during the quarter remained in-line with expectations."
There was heightened regulatory activity within the Broadcasting and Distribution Services Sector in the last few weeks. Multiple draft orders; the draft Tariff Order, 2016, the draft Interconnection Regulations, 2016 and the draft Quality of Service and Consumer Protection Regulations, 2016 were released by the sector regulator seeking written comments from variousÂ stakeholders.
Expressing his views on the regulatory developments, Mr. Goel said, "While the draft Regulations have been formulated with an intention of subscriber welfare, there are certain omissions, optimistic presumptions as well as unanswered questions that would hopefully be addressed once the final orders see the light of the day. We appreciate the spirit of transparency and non-discrimination that have been the guiding force behind these draft orders and hope that DTH would soon get the level playing field that it has been seeking. Restrictions placed on carriage fees should go a long way in correcting the industry macro environment."
"We continue to remain positive about other regulatory interventions including the proposed new license regime for the DTH sector and the impending nationwide roll-out of Goods and Services Tax (GST). The centre proposing 12% and 18% as the standard rates for majority of the taxable goods is a welcome step," he added.
In line with its strategy to go full throttle in the High Definition market, Dish TV introduced a new HD scheme enabling customers to opt for a HD box over a Standard Definition by paying an additional Rs. 120 only to get the HD hardware. Subscribers can now get started with HD by subscribing to pre-designed HD ala-carte packs worth Rs. 75 per month only in addition to their preferred standardÂ definition package.
During the quarter, Dish TV added 32 new educational channels launched by the Ministry of Human Resource Development on its platform. These channels have been started to disseminate high quality educational content throughout the country and would be available to subscribers on the Dish TV and Zing platforms.
Discussing the results, Mr. Goel said, "Healthy subscriber additions led to a 11.9% Y-o-Y growth in subscription revenues. EBITDA margin was 33.9%. Net Profit for the quarter was Rs. 701 million and positive Free Cash Flow was Rs. 791 million."