HKBN 1H profit grows 29%

Dylan Bushell-Embling
16 May 2013
Daily News

Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN) estimates its 1H profit grew 29% year-on-year to HK$177 million ($22.8 million), thanks to solid broadband gains.

The company's unaudited interim results also show a 13.4% increase in ebitda to HK$347 million, and a 9.7% increase in revenue to HK$974 million.

Broadband subscriptions grew 8.7% year-on-year to 671,000, voice subscribers increased 3.9% to 553,0000, but IPTV connections declined slightly to 195,000.

The company said it had added 21,000 residential broadband users in the first-half - and increased its market share in the segment to 31.7% from 30.4% - despite a contraction in Hong Kong's residential broadband market.

In a statement, HKBN said the results show that the company is “harvest[ing] 12 years of investment in its fiber network,” which now passes around 2 million homes.

CEO William Yeung added that the results leave it well-positioned to survive an onging market shake-up. “Hong Kong's residential broadband market is consolidating towards two key players, with HKBN being one of them,” he said.

HKBN was bought out by private equity firm CVC Capital Partners for HK$5.1 billion in May 2012.

The company this year purchased Wi-Fi wholesale Y5ZONE, as part of a HK$200 million project to build a citywide Wi-Fi network.

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