Bharti Airtel Q2 net falls 29% on forex losses

  • Reuters, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 30, 2013 12:22 IST

Bharti Airtel Ltd reported a 29% fall in quarterly profit on foreign exchange losses, the 15th consecutive quarter of declining profits for the world's No.4 mobile phone carrier by customers.

Consolidated net profit fell to Rs 5.12 billion ($83 million)for its fiscal second quarter ended Sept. 30 from Rs 7.21 billion a year earlier, New Delhi-based Bharti Airtel said in a statement.

Analysts on average expected a net profit of 6.90 billion rupees for the company, nearly a third owned by Southeast Asia's top phone carrier SingTel.

A weak rupee led to forex losses of Rs 3.42 billion in the latest quarter, it said.

The company's consolidated net debt was at $9.7 billion at end-September.

Bharti Airtel operates across 20 countries in Asia and Africa.

India is its main market accounting for about 70% of the total revenue.

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