2 August 12 10:58–Bezeq Israeli Telecommunication Co. Ltd. (TASE: BEZQ) today published a profit warning for 2012, due to regulatory and competitive impact on its mobile subsidiary, Pelephone Communications Ltd. The company reported lower revenue and profit for the second quarter of 2012 as growth in landline and international calls services failed to offset the drop in income from the sale of mobile phones and services.
Bezeq’s consolidated revenue fell 10.3% to NIS 2.6 billion for the second quarter from NIS 2.89 billion for the corresponding quarter of 2011. Net profit attributable to majority shareholders fell 29.1% to NIS 415 million (NIS 0.15 per share) for the second quarter from NIS 585 million for the corresponding quarter.
Bezeq cut its full-year guidance to NIS 1.75-1.85 billion revenue on NIS 10.2-10.5 billion revenue. CFO Alan Gelman attributed the revision to the increased level of competition in the cellular market. He added, however, that the company’s free cash flow would materially improve, compared with 2011, to over NIS 2.5 billion, due to the improvement in working capital and the progress made in large infrastructure projects.
Bezeq’s landline revenue edged down 0.8% to NIS 1.16 billion for the second quarter from NIS 1.17 billion for the corresponding quarter, due to a 5.8% drop in telephony revenue, which was offset by a 7% increase in in Internet and transmission revenue to NIS 532 million, which the company attributed to a 57% increase in average surfing speed, compared with the corresponding quarter to 8.3 Mbps. However, net profit fell 20% to NIS 263 million for the second quarter from NIS 330 million for the corresponding quarter…Read More>>