Etisalat Profit Hits Dh8.2 Billion in 2017, up 5 Percent

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Published February 21st, 2018 - 12:29 GMT
Saleh Abdullah Al Abdooli, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat
Saleh Abdullah Al Abdooli, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat

Telecom leader Etisalat UAE said its 2017 profits after federal royalty rose to Dh8.2 billion, up by five per cent.

In the UAE, the telecom operator's subscriber base reached 12.6 million, representing a year on year growth of three per cent as revenues surged by three per cent to Dh31.2 billion.

The telecom company said in the UAE, its full year EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) in 2017 increased by two per cent to Dh16.7 billion resulting in a margin of 53 per cent.

The company proposed a dividend payout of 40 fils per share for the second half of 2017, representing a total dividend payout of 80 fils for the full year and a dividend payout ratio of 82 per cent.

Etisalat Chairman Eissa Mohamed Al Suwaidi, said 2017 proved to be yet another year of good achievement for Etisalat as the company affirmed its position as the leading operator in the markets where it operates. "Maintaining good performance, despite the global challenges facing the telecom industry, is an evidence that we continue to provide value to our customers and shareholders. We remain in a strong position to realise the opportunities that will come with the digital transformation the group is undergoing."

Saleh Abdullah Al Abdooli, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat, said Etisalat Group continued to deliver on its promise of strong performance despite the increasing global economic challenges and the mounting pressure facing the telecom industry. "We have showcased good results underpinned by our continued commitment and investments toward next-generation services and solutions adding remarkable value to the communities we serve and enhance overall customer experience."

He said the telecoms major would continue to focus on creating the world's best and leading networks across markets to deliver long-term value to all stakeholders. "The successful launch of the first pre-commercial 5G in UAE will enable our nation and businesses to achieve transformational growth by leveraging on new-age technologies like IoT, Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotics, cloud and future technologies that will reshape our society and industry on a large scale," he said.

In the fourth quarter, 2017, Etisalat Group's consolidated revenue amounted to Dh13.5 billion, representing an increase of four per cent in comparison to the same period last year.

In the UAE, revenue in the fourth quarter increased year on year by three per cent to Dh8.1 billion.

While aggregate subscriber base reached 142 million, representing a year over year increase of one per cent on a like for like basis, in the UAE the subscriber base grew to 12.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 representing a year on year growth of three per cent. 

Source: Khaleej Times

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Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat)

etisalat has deployed many innovative technologies and services to remain at the leading edge of customer experience.
etisalat’s senior leaders understands the need to continue its investments in building the networks of the future because the positive effects filter down to the rest of the economy. Today, the UAE boasts of an excellent telecoms ecosystem, capable of driving successes across industries and sectors.

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