Accelerated data uptake boosts Tata Communications’ H1 data revenues; up 13.5% YoY

H1 data EBITDA up 34% YoY | H1 PAT for core business (consolidated excluding Neotel) up 52.6% YoY | Data margins improved by 350 basis point

Mumbai (BSE), November 09, 2016

Mumbai (BSE)  –  November 8, 2016

Tata Communications today announced its financial results for the half year and quarter ended on September 30th 2016.

Highlights | Q2 FY2017

• Consolidated revenue and EBIDTA for the quarter grew on the back of strong growth in data business contributed by traditional  and growth services

Consolidated Nos. INR Crore QoQ Growth YoY Growth USD Mn QoQ Growth YoY Growth
Gross Revenue 5,091 1.2% (0.8%) 760 1.0% (3.8%)
EBITDA 868 0.6% 7.5% 130 0.5% 4.1%
PAT* 40 (4.4%) (64.4%) 6 (4.5%) (65.8%)

• Core business (consolidated excluding Neotel) registered a sequential 1.3% growth in revenue QoQ and 10.7% in EBITDA YoY. The growth continues to be driven by the global data business which recorded a 12.7% growth in revenue YoY and a healthy 26.8% growth in EBITDA

Core Nos. INR Crore QoQ Growth YoY Growth USD Mn QoQ Growth YoY Growth
Gross Revenue 4,689 1.3% 0.7% 700 1.1% (2.4%)
EBITDA 779 (0.9%) 10.7% 116 (1.0%) 7.3%
EBITDA margin 16.6% (40 BPS) 150 BPS 16.6% (40 BPS) 150 BPS
PAT 28 (68.6%) (67.8%) 4 (68.8%) (69.3%)

*Q2 consolidated PAT at INR 40 crores. INR 125 crores was an impairment on investment in Neotel.

Highlights | H1 FY2017

Consolidated Nos. INR Crore YoY Growth USD Mn YoY Growth
Gross Revenue 10,123 (1.8%) 1,513 (5.9%)
EBITDA 1,731 12.6% 259 8.0%
PAT 82 (47.5%) 12 (49.6%)


Core Nos. INR Crore YoY Growth USD Mn YoY Growth
Gross Revenue 9,320 1.3% 1,393 (2.8%)
EBITDA 1,565 20.3% 234 15.3%
EBITDA margin 16.8% 260 BPS 16.8% 260 BPS
PAT 119 52.7% 18 46.3%

Commenting on the results, Vinod Kumar, MD and CEO, Tata Communications, said,

“Tata Communications continues to contribute to the digital transformation journey of global businesses. The Q2 enterprise revenue has grown by over 24% on a YoY basis and as we continue to increase the momentum of our data product portfolio, we are well positioned to grow and perform going forward.”

Commenting on the results, Pratibha K. Advani, CFO, Tata Communications, said,

“Our data business has grown sequentially over the last six quarters and contributes to 85% of core EBITDA. With continued focus on driving operational efficiencies, we have generated healthy free cash flows  of INR 794 crore for core business in H1, recording a growth of 67% over same period last year. We are focused on strengthening our balance sheet and setting the stage for healthier return ratios.”

Awards highlights | H1 FY2017

• Tata Communications won the ‘Asia CFO Excellence Award’ under the category of ‘Investment Management’. Awarded by CMO Asia, Tata Communications has been recognised for its investment strategy based on the philosophy of foremost priority accorded to the safety of invested corpus followed by liquidity
• Tata Communications was honoured with the 2016 Frost & Sullivan Asia-Pacific Managed Unified Communications Services Provider of the Year Award. Tata Communications is a strong contributor to the APAC market that caters to the needs of businesses via its holistic UC portfolio which is underpinned by the company’s strong global network
• Tata Communications was honoured with the Best Wholesale Carrier (Global) in the second annual Carriers World Awards 2016

Business highlights | Q2 FY2017

• Tata Communications appoints James Parker as global head of sales – Tata Communications announces the appointment of James Parker as President of Global Sales. James is responsible for leading the company’s global sales organisation across all customer segments

• Virtual trackside experience app clinches the $50,000 top trophy of the 2016 F1® Connectivity Innovation Prize – Tata Communications, Official Connectivity Provider to  Formula 1® and the Official Managed Connectivity Supplier of the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team, has today unveiled Datu YogaBrata from Singapore as the winner of the 2016 F1® Connectivity Innovation Prize in Austin, Texas

• Logic, Emotions, Processes and Improvisation collide in Asian business leadership – A study by The Human Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI), Singapore’s national centre of excellence, in partnership with Tata Communications, reveals interesting nuances of Asian leadership on the back of in-depth conversation with 165 C-level executives across nine countries in Asia

• Skylab and Tata Communications partner to unlock the potential of the Internet of Things for enterprises – Tata Communications and Skylab, a Singapore-based technology solutions provider, announce a partnership to help more enterprises adopt the Internet of Things (IoT). Skylab has chosen Tata Communications as its cloud partner to ensure high levels of flexibility and reliability for customers through Tata Communications’ IZO™ Cloud Enablement Platform and leading global network and partnerships

• Tata Communications readies Sky for Ultra High Definition ahead of 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship season – Tata Communications, Official Connectivity Provider of Formula 1®, Formula One Management and Sky have tested in action live Ultra High Definition (UHD) broadcasting at the 2016 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX. Following this first ever end-to-end broadcast of an F1® race in UHD, Sky will show all races of the 2017 season in UHD

An Investor fact sheet providing a detailed analysis of the results for the half year and quarter ended September 30th 2016 has been uploaded on the Tata Communications website and can be accessed at:




Tata Communications was the Official Connectivity Provider of Formula 1® between 2012 and 2019. Tata Communications was also the Official Managed Connectivity Supplier to Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, and Official Digital Transformation Partner to ROKiT Williams Racing until the end of the 2019 season.





Natalie Chak
Tata Communications
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Neil Thomas
Hill & Knowlton Strategies
+44 207 413 3454

About Tata Communications

Tata Communications Limited (CIN no: L64200MH1986PLC039266) along with its subsidiaries (Tata Communications) is a leading global provider of A New World of Communications™. With a leadership position in emerging markets, Tata Communications leverages its advanced solutions capabilities and domain expertise across its global and pan-India network to deliver managed solutions to multi-national enterprises, service providers and Indian consumers.

The Tata Communications global network includes one of the most advanced and largest submarine cable networks and a Tier-1 IP network with connectivity to over 240 countries and territories across 400 PoPs, as well as nearly 1 million square feet of data centre and collocation space worldwide.

Tata Communications’ depth and breadth of reach in emerging markets includes leadership in Indian enterprise data services and leadership in global international voice. Tata Communications Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India.

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