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Econet Half-Year Results reflective of a tough operating environment

01 January 2020

Daily News

Zimbabwe’s mobile network giant Econet Wireless Zimbabwe posted a set of results that reflects the impact of hyperinflation on entities operating in Zimbabwe. For the half year ended 31 August 2019 revenue increased by 45 % in its inflation adjusted figures to settle at ZW$1.25 billion. However, the company grew its market share, voice and data traffic in the period under review, which demonstrates strong operating strategies, despite the challenging operating environment. 

The company said the inflation adjusted figures have been indexed for comparative purposes by applying, to the prior year historic cost numbers, the inflation indices prevailing at the time. Companies operating in Zimbabwe have now adopted accounting standards for entities that operate in hyperinflationary conditions. 
“Hyperinflation has affected our customers negatively as consumer purchasing power has declined and consequently affected the viability of most businesses in Zimbabwe” the company noted. 

In historical terms, revenue grew by 138% to ZW$ 836.4 million from ZW$ 351.3 million in the prior year. EBITDA margins were at 42% after management implemented “appropriate cost efficiency strategies in light of the deteriorating economic environment”. 

Overall, EBITDA grew by 90% to ZW$522.7 million in inflation adjusted terms and by 223% to ZW$360.8 million in historical terms. This performance was on the back of robust business strategies which saw subscribers grow by 10% to 12.6 million. Customer market share for the six months also grew to 69% from 66%.
The company attributed the company’s strong market position to its “understanding of customer needs and continued provision of telecommunications services at a quality level that is unmatched by the competition” 
“Not only has the company continued to grow its market share, its volume growth in terms of minutes of use and data bytes delivered has remained resilient showing that there is still strong demand in the market for our products and services,” said company chairman Mr James Myers in a statement accompanying the results. 
Econet also consolidated its position in the market with its market share for voice traffic growing to 79%, from 72% prior year comparative. There was also significant growth in data traffic market share to 73% from 69% for the same period last year. The company, however, incurred exchange losses of up to ZW$1.9bln for the six months under review.  

“The group’s results for the period under review were significantly weighed down by the accelerated depreciation of the local currency,” Econet said.  

“As a result of outstanding foreign currency obligations, the group recorded foreign exchange losses of Z$1.9bln.” 

The company said the resultant exchange losses have negatively impacted the performance of the company which had resulted in its first loss since 2010.  The company and other operators continue to implore the government to consider the impact of these “debilitating challenges on the viability of the sector”.