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Sistema Shyam Q2 loss widens Rs 1,180 cr on weak rupee

Telecom services provider Sistema Shyam's loss has widened to Rs 1,180.1 crore for the April-June quarter this year mainly due to fall in rupee against dollar. The company, controlled by Russian conglomerate Sistema, had posted a loss of Rs 657.6 crore for the same period a year ago.

'SSTL's net income during the quarter suffered from the adverse movement in exchange rate resulting in recording of forex losses with respect to Long Term Foreign Currency denominated loans, as rupee depreciated considerably against the dollar during the quarter,' SSTL chief financial officer Sergey Savchenko said here. However, the company reported 50 per cent increase in its revenue during the quarter at Rs 417.7 crore against Rs 278.2 crore in the same period year ago.

SSTL's President and CEO Vsevolod Rozanov said the company saw an increase of 3.9 per cent in its non-voice revenues on quarterly basis from both data and mobile value added services at Rs 148.4 crore, which is 35.5 per cent of its total revenue.

'Despite regulatory and tax challenges, SSTL has maintained its scale of operations and has also grown its business by further strengthening all its revenue lines. Our data card subscriber base continues to grow in double digits despite the recent tariff reduction by 3G operators,' Rozanov said.

He added that SSTL data card subscriber base for the quarter stood 1.73 million. All telecom licences of the company, except one, were cancelled by Supreme Court on February 2, 2012, but still it has been adding new customers.

During the reported quarter, SSTL registered a rise in mobile subscriber base by 4.9 per cent quarter-on-quarter and reached 16.6 million customers as of June 30, 2012. 
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