Q4 financial data released by TRAI shows wireless industry gross revenues grew at an accelerated pace of 3.1% qoq vs. an adjusted 2.8% in Q3. Idea yet again led industry growth with an 8.9% qoq rise in gross revenues and ended FY13 with 15.7% revenue market share (RMS), a rise of 83bps qoq. On the other hand, Bharti lost 43bps RMS as its gross revenue growth of 1.7% qoq lagged that of industry, though Q4 included bad debt provision. BSNL & MTNL combine RMS share continues to be highly volatile, rising 30bps qoq. Unlike Bharti, Vodafone revenues outpaced industry growth at +5.2% qoq which supported a 45bps rise in RMS to 23%. Uninor, as expected, continues to sheds revenues in non operating circles though the pace of gross revenue decline accelerated to 14% qoq and RMS dropped below 2%. Rcom's gross revenue performance improved qoq driven by better traffic growth though still below Q4 industry run rate.
A likely improvement in tariffs, though gradual, along with robust data growth augurs well for the sector even as regulatory clouds persist; in lieu of recent correction in Bharti, we upgrade the stock to BUY with unchanged 9-12 month target of Rs340 while lower out rating on Idea to Market Performer but retain 9-12 target of Rs140.
Idea continues trend of RMS gains, Bharti rev share dips marginally
Wireless industry revenues grew faster at 3.1% qoq vs. 2.8% on an adjusted basis in Q3; Idea, expectedly led industry growth as it posted a robust 8.5% qoq rise in Q4 traffic which translated in to an 8.9% jump in gross revenues and company ended FY13 with RMS of 15.7%. Bharti lagged industry revenue rate and saw a slight dip in RMS while Vodafone raised its RMS to 23% driven by 5.2% qoq rise in Q4 revenues. Uninor saw steep revenue fall in Kolkata, Mumbai and WB as it truncates operation in these circles which led to 14% qoq fall in GR.
|Y/e 31 Mar (Rs m)||FY14E||FY15E||FY14E||FY15E|
|yoy growth (%)||11.7||10.4||12.5||12.1|
|yoy growth (%)||62.4||30.7||31.5||24.2|
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