AGR reveals up in Airtel’s books, co posts Rs 23okay cr loss

Telecom main Bharti Airtel on Thursday posted a web lack of Rs 23,044 crore for the quarter ended September 30, on Rs 28,450 crore provisions in direction of adjusted gross income (AGR) dues.

The corporate has supplied Rs 28,450 crore as a cost for the quarter (principal Rs 6,164 crore, curiosity Rs 12,219 crore, penalty Rs three,760 crore and curiosity on penalty Rs 6,307 crore) with respect to the licence price as estimated based mostly on Supreme Court docket’s judgement and spectrum utilization fees (SUC) as estimated based mostly on the definition of AGR.


The group would require vital further financing to discharge its obligations beneath the Court docket Judgement. This represents a fabric uncertainty whereby, it could be unable to appreciate its property and discharge its liabilities within the regular course of enterprise, and accordingly might forged vital doubt on the group’s potential to proceed as a going concern

-Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO, Airtel India


Analysts in an ETNow ballot had projected a lack of Rs 1,425 crore. The corporate had posted a revenue of Rs 118.80 crore in the identical interval final yr.

Income of the telecom agency, nonetheless, elevated by four.90 per cent to Rs 21,131 crore within the September quarter.

Because of company tax reduce, deferred tax achieve got here in at Rs eight,932 crore for the quarter beneath overview in opposition to a achieve of Rs 2,632.60 crore in the identical interval final yr.

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Consolidated Ebitda elevated by 40.90 per cent to Rs eight,936 crore. Internet loss earlier than distinctive objects for the quarter stood at Rs 1,123 crore.

Gopal Vittal, MD and CEO of India & South Asia, Bharti Airtel stated: “Regardless of being a seasonally weak quarter, we witnessed constructive income development in Q2 on the again of assorted initiatives geared toward offering superior differential providers via our Thanks platform. We proceed to witness robust knowledge visitors development of round 81 per cent YoY and added eight million 4G prospects on our community in the course of the quarter.”

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On the AGR verdict, Vittal stated the corporate continues to interact with the federal government and is evaluating varied choices. “We’re hopeful that the federal government will take a thoughtful view on this matter given the delicate state of the industry,” he stated.

On October 24, the Supreme Court docket had delivered a judgement in relation to a protracted excellent industry-wide case upholding the view thought of by the Division of Telecommunications (DoT) in respect of the definition of adjusted gross income (AGR).

“This Judgement has vital monetary implications on the corporate,” Airtel stated in a launch.

Earlier than this, homegrown auto main Tata Motors for the quarter ending December 30, 2018, had posted India Inc’s greatest quarterly lack of Rs 26,993 crore on an distinctive merchandise of Rs 27,703 crore.