Telefonica Profit Jumps in 4Q Despite Revenue Fall

Date : 02/22/2018 @ 3:08AM
Source : Dow Jones News
Stock : Telefonica Sa (TEF)
Quote : 8.04  0.2 (2.55%) @ 3:59PM

Telefonica Profit Jumps in 4Q Despite Revenue Fall

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   By Marc Navarro Gonzalez 

Telefonica SA (TEF.MC) said Thursday that its profit more than tripled in the fourth quarter despite a 4.1% decrease in revenue.

Telefonica said net profit rose to 693 million euros ($853.6 million) from EUR145 million the same period last year. Revenue fell to EUR13.16 billion from EUR13.72 billion. Operating income before depreciation and amortization, or Oibda, rose 23% to EUR3.91 billion.

The company said net financial expenses in the quarter grew 28% to EUR470 million, mainly due to the steep devaluation of the Venezuelan bolivar.

The Spanish telecommunications giant said net debt decreased by EUR2.99 billion in the fourth quarter, helped by free cash generation of EUR1.72 billion and the closing of a sale of a 40% stake in telecommunications infrastructure company Telxius. As of December 2017, Telefonica's net debt was EUR44.23 billion.

Telefonica said it sees revenue growing about 1% in 2018 and Oibda margins expanding about 0.5 percentage points on year.


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(END) Dow Jones Newswires

February 22, 2018 02:53 ET (07:53 GMT)

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