Telekom Malaysia Berhad’s first-quarter operating revenue grew 2.0% to RM2.95 billion, from RM2.89 billion in 2022, the group said it was driven by Unifi and TM Global. The group saw an increase in customers with Unifi now serving close to 3.5 million home and MSME customers, TM One catering to 8,800 businesses, and TM Global serving more than 700 local and regional customers.
Its reported Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) were however lower by 15.5% to RM473.3 million, from RM560.4 million, following the Group’s decision to accelerate depreciation and impairment of IT assets, due to changes in market conditions.
Profit After Tax and Minority Interest decreased by 2.9% to RM330.1 million from RM339.9 million. Lower net finance cost and lower effective tax rate from the recognition of deferred tax assets mitigated the impact of the lower EBIT on the Group’s overall profitability.
Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) stood at 14.0% of overall revenue, or RM413.1 million. A significant portion of this investment was dedicated to fortifying its fibre infrastructure, delivering new customer acquisitions, international subsea cables investment and 5G fibre network deployment to meet the Government’s target of 80% coverage by year-end.
TM One recorded a 6.7% slowdown in revenue from RM773.7 million to RM721.9 million in the current quarter, largely due to the impact of price reduction and lower revenue from one-off customer projects.
Commentary and Outlook from Dato’ Imri Mokhtar, TM Group Chief Executive Officer “2023 are expected to be a challenging year with changes in the regulatory landscape, heightened competition and other market structure changes. TM will continue strengthening its core business to be commercially sustainable as a Public Listed Company (PLC) whilst continuing to contribute to the nation’s growth via its role as a Government Linked Company (GLC).