Telekomunikacja Polska SA (TPS.WA), Poland's largest telecommunications operator, expects better revenue trends in the coming quarters than in the first quarter, when it posted an adjusted revenue decline of 3.4% on the year, Chief Executive Maciej Witucki said Thursday.
"The revenue trend continues to improve," he said on a conference call. The revenue decline narrowed to 3.4% versus 4.1% a year earlier, but cuts of the regulated prices operators charge each continue to weigh.
"In the coming quarters, we expect a further improvement of revenue trends, strongly supported by the mobile segment," he said.
TPSA said earlier Thursday its first-quarter revenue fell 5.6% to 3.52 billion zlotys ($1.11 billion). The year-earlier figure included broadcasting unit Emitel, which TPSA sold in 2011. Excluding Emitel, revenue fell 3.4% on the year. The company confirmed it expects its full-year revenue to decline by up to 3% this year.
TPSA also said its first-quarter net profit rose 28% on last year, when the figure was hit by asset impairment charges for older mobile networks. Witucki said the company is "moderately satisfied" with its first-quarter performance.
TPSA Thursday confirmed its 2012 guidance for an earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, or Ebitda, margin at 35%-37% of revenue, and for net free cash flow at PLN2 billion. Witucki said there are no risks to those targets.
-By Marcin Sobczyk, Dow Jones Newswires; +48 22 447 2432; [email protected]