BSNL, made sick by UPA, turns corner

BSNL, Anupam Srivastava, CMD BSNL
Public sector Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), which turned sick during the UPA regime, has cut corners and reported a six-fold jump in operating profit during 2015-16 at Rs 3,855 crore from Rs 672 crore in the preceding fiscal, while revenue from operation turned out to be highest in the last five years.
BSNL’s revenue from operation rose 4.4 percent to Rs 28,449 crore during the financial year ended March 2016, according to the latest audited financial statement of the telecom corporation placed at the AGM last week.
Sources said that the PSU saw an acceleration in the mobility business during 2015-16 when 25,000 towers were installed, leading to the strong addition of customers and higher revenue from the mobile segment.
While the enterprise segment grew 28 percent, the landline segment, including fixed line and broadband grew by about 2 percent, and mobile segment grew by 8 percent, they pointed out.
The growth in income and ability to contain expenditure in salary, administrative, employee remuneration and other benefits, helped in growing Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortisation (EBITDA) to Rs 3,855 crore in 2015-16 from Rs 672 crore in 2014-15.
Total income (which included interest on refund of the spectrum as part of other income) stood at Rs 32,918 crore during 2015-16, up nearly 15 percent, over the previous year, while losses nearly halved to Rs 3,879 crore in 2015-16 (from Rs 8,234 crore).
“The total revenue as also revenue from operation were the highest recorded by the corporation since 2009-10,” sources pointed out.
The total expenditure of the corporation declined by 1.3 percent over the previous year.
“EBITDA as a percentage of total revenue for the year 2015-16 stood at 11.71 percent against 2.35 percent for the previous year,” they added.
On the other hand, employee remuneration as a percentage of the operating revenue was pegged at 54.08 per cent in FY16 as against 54.3 per cent for the previous year.

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