Airtel Africa experiences 5% decline in revenue for Q1 2023

Airtel Africa experiences 5% decline in revenue for Q1 2023

Regardless of a progress in income, Airtel Africa has reported a 5% drop of their revenue for the primary quarter of the 12 months. Airtel’s CEO cites the difficult working setting and worries about forex devaluation. 

In response to a monetary assertion revealed on the Nigerian Exchange Group (NGX), Airtel Africa has reported a 5% decline of their revenue for the primary quarter of 2023. 

Airtel’s profit after tax (PAT) for the interval underneath evaluation dropped by 0.6% to $750m, in comparison with $755m throughout the identical interval in 2022. Conversely, the telco’s income grew by 11.5% to $5.25m in Q1 2023, in comparison with $4.71m in the identical interval in 2022. 

Commenting on the monetary efficiency, Airtel Africa’s chief govt officer (CEO), Olusegun Ogunsanya, acknowledged that the working setting of the corporate has been difficult in some ways and expressed hopes of enchancment over the quite a few challenges. 

“The resilience of our underlying EBITDA margins has proven the effectiveness of our working mannequin, regardless of important inflationary and international change pressures. Robust buyer and ARPU progress over the 12 months demonstrates that demand for our companies stays very robust and offers us the boldness to proceed investing to help our future progress potential,” Ogunsanya mentioned.

Ogunsanya additionally famous that the native currencies of its working international locations have been underneath strain. He admitted that forex devaluation is past the telco’s management, however plans have been put in place to mitigate its affect by making certain its revenues outpaces devaluation. 

Airtel Africa additionally revealed that its income progress for the quarter was impacted by clampdown on Nigerian subscribers who had not submitted their Nationwide Identification Quantity (NIN). The telco famous that as of March 2023, 6.4 million prospects had submitted their NINs whereas 3.5 million prospects had been absolutely verified and unbarred. In response to the monetary assertion, the clampdown precipitated a income lack of $110m within the reviewed interval, resulting in a lag in income progress of virtually 2.4% at Group degree, and 6% in Nigeria.

The telco’s monetary assertion additionally reported that its cell companies income grew by 16.2% throughout its areas. Cell companies income was up by 20.3% in Nigeria , in east Africa by 13.4% and in francophone Africa by 11.9%. 

“Cell companies income progress was pushed by each voice and knowledge companies, voice income grew by 11.8% and knowledge income by 23.8%. Cell cash income grew by 29.6%, pushed by 32.6% progress in east Africa and 20.3% in francophone Africa,” the report learn.

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