Ammar Aker, CEO of the Paltel Group
Sabih Al Masri, Chairman of the Palestine Telecommunications Company, PalTel announced the financial results for the full year 2010 after a board of directors meeting held in the first week of February, 2011 to review the yearend financial results of the company, during which the Board recommended to the General Assembly to be held on March 31stand to distribute dividends of 35% of a share's par value. Net profit of the Group for the 2010 year reached US$ 122m up by 22.75% from the previous year. Masri stated that "the Group's ability to achieve such remarkable results is due to the continued growth in all operational indicators, especially in terms of the number of subscribers and improvement in services being offered." Masri also added that "the restructuring of Paltel Groupcompanies created new strategic directions which led to a re-focus on core business operations in the fixed, mobile and data services. In turn, the implementation of a new operational focus resulted in the steady growth of revenues and profits across all companies as a result of the Group's ability to adapt and adjust to evident market changes."
Ammar Aker, CEO of the Paltel Group added that "the positive financial results for 2010 is due to the successful implementation of the strategic direction approved by the board at the outset of 2010 and is a result of the company's settlement of some non recurring expenses for license fees and reconciliation of portfolio investment losses carried over from previous years. We are able to claim in 2011 that we are a healthy operation, looking forward to continue our focus on growing our core services."
Consolidated net operating revenues grew 7.88% to reach US$ 479 million at the end of FY-2010 compared with US$ 444m at the end of FY-2009. In regards to the operating revenues of each segment, the company achieved a growth in its Fixed Line, Mobile, Data and IT revenues by 10.04%, 9.07%, 9.52% and 13.60% respectively.
The consolidated operating income for the company reached US$ 158 million by the end of FY-2010 compared with US$ 147 by the end of FY-2009, a growth of 7.09%. This growth was achieved by an increase in consolidated revenues and in light of the new operating policy of focusing operational efforts on core telecom functions and outsourcing support functions.
The consolidated net income increased by 22.75% to stand at US$ 122m at the end of FY-2010 compared with US$ 99m at the end of FY-2009. The increase is attributed to the increase in operating income, decline in investment losses by 40.28% and the decline in other non-recurring expenses by 32.66%; non recurring expenses are mainly related to the financial settlement which was signed during 2010 between Paltel Group and the Palestinian National Authority.
Current Operating Performance
Mobile and ADSL subscribers grew by 26.58% and 16.12%, respectively reaching a customer base of 2.26mn and 107,389 compared with 1.80mn and 92,483 as of the end of FY-2009. The number of fixed line subscribers witnessed 2.08% decline rate to stand at 362,792 subscribers compared with 370,483 as of the end of FY-2009. This decline was a result of the new disconnection policy for inactive lines.
The company expects to achieve further growth by continuing to benefit from a sustained push for governmental reform in the telecommunication sector. The company will continue to place significant investment in the Group's network in ensuring that all core areas-Mobile, Fixed Line and Data services will expand to underserved areas in order to ensure that every Palestinian community is connected while improving customer care and offering added value services.