SingTel posted flat underlying quarterly net profit, as strength in the Singapore dollar crimped contributions from regional mobile associates, a Reuters report said.
State-controlled SingTel made underlying net profit before goodwill and exceptionals of S$865 million (â‚¬411 million, US$613 million) in the April-June quarter, compared with S$868 million (â‚¬413.5 million, US$615 million) in the year-ago period, the Reuters report added.
This was below an average net profit forecast of S$930.3 million (â‚¬443 million, US$659 million) from 3 analysts polled by Reuters.
First-quarter attributable net profit was S$878 million (â‚¬418.3 million, US$622.2 million), down 5.3% from S$927 million (â‚¬441.5 million, US$657 million) last year.
Facing a domestic market of just 4.6 million people where virtually everyone has a mobile phone, SingTel has spent S$18 billion (â‚¬6 billion, US$12.7 billion) in recent years buying stakes in mobile operators in high-growth Asian countries such as India and in the bigger Australian market.
SingTel derives about three quarters of its sales and two-thirds of pretax earnings from operations outside Singapore.