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Telekom Malaysia's 2018 net profit falls 83.52pct to RM153.52m

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Telekom Malaysia Bhd’s (TM) net profit for the year ended Dec 31, 2018 (FY2018) declined 83.52 percent to RM153.154 million from RM929.749 million in FY2017.

Revenue also fell to RM11.82 billion in FY2018 from RM12.08 billion previously.

In a filing with Bursa Malaysia, TM attributed the performance to impairment of network assets recognised by the group in the third quarter of 2018, which led to a 65.9 percent decrease in operating profit before finance to RM375.5 million from RM1.10 billion previously.

For the fourth quarter ended Dec 31, 2018 (4Q18), net profit declined to RM69.66 million from RM277.01 million in 4Q17.

In a separate statement, TM said its performance was impacted by persistent headwinds in the industry and operating landscape during the financial year.

Total capital expenditure (capex) for FY18 stood at RM2.14 billion or 18.1 percent of revenue, lower than TM’s full-year capex guidance of between 19 and 20 per cent of revenue.

Meanwhile, TM also declared an interim cash dividend of two sen per share - a payout amounting to RM75.1 million, expected to be distributed on April 12, 2019.

“We are continuing on our next phase of transformation to ensure our resilience and long-term sustainability towards shaping a new TM that reinforces customer centricity.

"In the meantime, we will continue sweating our assets to optimise performance and achieve better focus through convergence," acting group chief executive officer/chief operating officer Imri Mokhtar was quoted as saying in the statement.

He added that the giant telecommunications company would also leverage on connectivity to defend and grow its core business and partnership ecosystems to explore new businesses.

- Bernama

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