Aditya Birla Group controlled Idea Cellular reported a 88 percent drop in its consolidated net profit to Rs 91.5 crore in the quarter ended September 30, as compared to Rs 762.3 crore in the year-ago period. Its net sales, however, increased 7.2 percent to Rs 9,298.9 crore during the September quarter this fiscal from Rs 8,672 crore in the same period last fiscal, the company said in a BSE filing. Also Read - Reliance Jio tops 4G download speed in January while Vodafone leads in upload speed: TRAIAlso Read - Vodafone might exit Indian market over high taxes and recent court ruling
The company posted a profit before tax of Rs 116.18 crore during the period under review against Rs 1,190.85 crore in the period year ago. The company, in a release, said with the new Spectrum acquisition, the gross investment in fixed assets by it has risen to nearly Rs 1,015 billion (excluding October, 2016 spectrum auction), an addition of over Rs 450 billion in last 24 months.
“Monetization of this front loaded large investment is inevitable in future. The company spectrum portfolio post October 16 auction provides Idea the ability to roll out networks which can carry 15-20 times of current data traffic,” it added. Its scrip closed at Rs 77 a piece, down 3.75 percent on the Bombay Stock Exchange from the previous close. ALSO READ: Reliance Jio interconnect issue: TRAI imposes heavy penalties on Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular