Financial

Telekom Austria posts earnings decline in "challenging" conditions

Telekom Austria has blamed a fall in earnings for the three months ending June on a mixture of competition, challenging economic conditions and unfavorable regulation.

The Austrian telecoms incumbent saw earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) fall by 9.5%, compared with the same period of 2012, to €330.3 million ($439 million), while revenues slipped by 1.9%, to €1.04 billion.

Thanks to a fall in depreciation and amortization charges, plus lower interest payments, the operator was able to report a 54.2% rise in net income, to €52.5 million.

NII Holdings sells LatAm assets to American Tower for $811 million

In a classic sale-and-leaseback arrangement, NII Holdings has agreed the $811 million sale of nearly 4,500 towers in Latin America to infrastructure company American Tower.

The company, which operates mobile businesses under the Nextel brand in Latin America, is to sell 2,790 towers in Brazil, for the sum of $413 million, and another 1,666 in Mexico, for $398 million.

NII Holdings (Reston, VA, USA) will then lease the towers from their new owner for a period of at least 12 years.

Indonesia's Protelindo to receive $50 million from World Bank

Indonesian tower owner and operator Protelindo is to receive a $50 million investment from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a part of the World Bank.

The investment is intended to help Protelindo (Jakarta, Indonesia) build more towers and expand mobile coverage on the islands of Java, Sumatra and Kalimantan, as well as other parts of the country.

Scartel acquisition to give MegaFon the 4G edge: Fitch

MegaFon’s planned takeover of Scartel will put it at the top of a three-tier market for the provision of next-generation mobile services in Russia, according to a statement from ratings agency Fitch.

Scartel (Moscow, Russia) had originally set itself up with the intention of building a 4G LTE network that could be used by all of Russia’s main cellular operators, but it has failed to attract any customer besides MegaFon (Moscow, Russia).

Harbinger sues Deere and GPS companies for $1.9 billion in damages

Reuters

Philip Falcone's Harbinger Capital on Friday sued agricultural equipment maker Deere & Co and Global Positioning System companies and groups for damages of $1.9 billion as it looks to recoup its investment in bankrupt wireless company LightSquared.

America Movil makes $9.6 billion bid for rest of KPN

Reuters

Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim's America Movil defied arch-rival Telefonica with a 7.2 billion euro ($9.6 billion) bid for the 70 percent of Dutch telecoms group KPN that it does not already own.

Spain's Telefonica (Madrid) made an $11 billion offer last month to buy KPN's (The Hague, Netherlands) crown jewel, Germany's E-Plus, disrupting America Movil's (Mexico City, Mexico) expensive - and on paper money-losing - foray into Europe.

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Swisscom reports 9.7% fall in net income for first six months

Swiss incumbent Swisscom has reported a 9.7% fall in profits for the first half of 2013 due to a combination of rising subscriber acquisition costs and higher network maintenance expenses.

The operator saw net income drop from CHF907 million ($977 million) for the first half of 2012 to CHF819 million this year, with revenues edging down by 0.4%, to CHF5.62 billion.

VimpelCom earnings hit by Italian regulation, forex

Multinational operator VimpelCom has blamed a fall in earnings for the three months ending June 2013 on a mixture of foreign exchange movements, regulation in Italy and one-off charges.

The operator – which is now headquartered in Amsterdam but whose biggest market remains Russia – saw earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) fall by 2%, to $2.43 billion, compared with the same period last year.

Network spending takes toll on Globe profits

Globe Telecom, the Philippines’ second-biggest telecoms operator, has reported a massive fall in net income due to investments it has been forced to make in improving its network.

The operator saw net income for the first half of 2013 drop by 73%, to PHP1.4 billion ($32.1 million), despite growing revenues by 9%, to PHP44.5 billion, over the same period.

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