Tata Communications posts net profit of INR 12.3 Billion

Declares final dividend of INR 6 per share including a one-time special dividend of INR 1.50 per share

Mumbai (BSE), May 04, 2017

Mumbai (BSE) –  May 4, 2017

Tata Communications today announces its financial results for the quarter and year ended March 31st 2017.

Highlights | FY2017

  • Free Cash flow after capex, interest and tax was at INR 463 Crore (USD 69 Mn); witnessing a growth of 27% YoY.
  • Data business continues to be the growth driver growing steadily at 6.8% YoY. Traditional[1] services grew at 0.8% YoY despite the exclusion of data centre revenue. Growth[2] services witnessed a growth of 18.4% year on year.
  • The balance sheet restructuring concluded with the closure of the data centre and Neotel deals.
  • On a like for like basis, excluding the data centre revenue and normalising for the access provision and demonetisation impact, Core revenue declined marginally by 1.4% due to the slowing growth of the Voice business, but EBITDA improved by 10.1% YoY and margin improved by 150 Bps.
  • Consolidated PAT stood at INR 1,233 Crores (USD 184 Mn). Contribution from an exceptional one-time gain from the stake sale of the data centres (India and Singapore) was INR 2,411 Crores, offset by impairment of INR 637 Crore across various investments.
Consolidated Nos. INR Crore YoY Growth* USD Mn YoY Growth*
Gross Revenue 19,490 (5.2%) 2,905 (7.5%)
EBITDA 2,994 (3.3%) 446 (5.7%)
PAT 1,233 141x 184 138x

* Not comparable due to Neotel and Data Centre stake sale.

  • During the current quarter, based on the High Court order dated April 28, 2017, the Company has made a provision of INR 872 Crore towards the contractual obligation under the inter se agreement as the difference between the fair market value of the shares to be acquired and the advance paid to Tata Sons for shares of Tata Teleservices.
Core Nos.[3] INR Crore YoY Growth** USD Mn** YoY Growth
Gross Revenue 18,038 (3.3%) 2,689 (5.7%)
EBITDA 2,660 (3.2%) 397 (5.5%)
EBITDA margin 14.7% 14.7%
PAT 1,269 6.5x 189 6.5x

** Not comparable due to Data Centre stake sale                                  Fx Impact: Revenue – INR 279 Crore; EBITDA – 31 Crore


Highlights | Q4 FY2017

  • Quarterly revenue and EBITDA growth were impacted by the exclusion of the India and Singapore data centre revenue, demonetisation impact and one-off expenses due to cable repair, employee related expenses and legal and professional fees.
Core Nos.3 INR Crore QoQ Growth YoY Growth* USD Mn QoQ Growth YoY Growth*
Gross Revenue 4,300 (2.7%) (10.0%) 641 (2.3%) (9.4%)
EBITDA 503 (15.0%) (35.9%) 75 (14.7%) (35.4%)
EBITDA margin 11.7% (170 Bps) (470 Bps) 11.7% (170 Bps) (470 Bps)
PAT (209) (31)

* Not comparable due to Data Center stake sale.

  • On a QoQ basis, the impact on Core EBITDA margins due to the exclusion of the data centre revenue was 60 Bps; one-off expense impact on margins was 260 Bps and the gain due to access facilitation charges (AFA) was 120 BPs. Adjusted for above, the EBITDA margins would have expanded by 140 Bps in Q4.


Commenting on the results, Vinod Kumar, MD and CEO, Tata Communications, said, “Market demand for our services remain strong and we continue to increase our wallet share with large global enterprises.  The conclusion of the Data Center and Neotel deals makes us stronger, more agile.  This will help drive focus and momentum into our evolution from a traditional telco to a next generation digital enablement provider.”

Commenting on the results, Pratibha K. Advani, CFO, Tata Communications, said, “We continue to witness strong growth momentum in our data services portfolio. This has helped us in maintaining our operating margins and improving our free cash flows.”


Corporate highlights | Q4 FY2017

  • Liquid Telecom completes acquisition of Neotel
  • ST Telemedia and Tata Communications complete the Singapore data centre joint venture transaction


Business highlights | Q4 FY2017


An Investor fact sheet providing a detailed analysis of the results for the quarter ended March 31st 2017 has been uploaded on the Tata Communications website and can be accessed at:


[1] Traditional services include Virtual Private Network, International Private Line, Internet Leased Line, Ethernet, Internet Protocol –Transit, Inmarsat, Content Delivery Network, National Private Line, Mobility, Data Centre, Unified Collaboration and Conferencing

[2] Growth services include IZO™, Managed Hosting, Managed Security Services, Broadcast, Video Connect, SIP Trunking, Global Hosted Contact Center, Video Streaming, Mobile New Services, Healthcare, Media Management and Mobile Innovation.

[3] Core – Consolidated less Neotel






Natalie Chak
Tata Communications
+44 (0)7833 043 779
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.


Forward-looking and cautionary statements

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