By THE NATION
The jump was attributed to an increase of Bt10.3 billion in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation and a rise of Bt3.4 billion in operating profits.
It credited higher service revenue with above-industry subscriber growth in both the mobile and broadband segments, lower sales expenses and net benefit from asset sales to the Digital Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund in August.
“True Group recorded strong subscriber and net profit growth in the third quarter, driving service revenue to a record high of Bt78.6 billion and net profit to Bt5.4 billion in the first nine months of this year,” said co-president Kittinut Tikawan.
TrueMove H’s mobile phone service revenue reached Bt19.3 billion as combined revenues from data and voice services grew 2 per cent year-on-year in the third quarter.
TrueVisions’ exclusive broadcasting rights to English Premier League (EPL) matches on all platforms also boosted revenue, along with its platinum subscriptions and customer base. It added 4 million more customers by the end of the third quarter than it had in the second and 2.3 million more paying subscribers.
TrueVisions’ service revenue maintained a quarterly upward trend to Bt3.1 billion in Q3, underpinned mainly by growing revenue from major concerts, as well as sublicensing and sponsorship related to the EPL broadcasts.
TrueVisions said it would continue to diversify its portfolio and expand its revenue stream beyond traditional TV by sublicensing self-produced content to partners and utilising online “influencers” marketing to specific customer segments.