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2degrees reports revenue and profit growth in 2018

2degrees reports revenue and profit growth in 2018

Telco appears to be moving up the food chain with growth in customers on plans

Mark Aue (2degrees)

Mark Aue (2degrees)

Credit: 2degrees

Challenger telco 2degrees has reported its third year of profit, with revenue growth of 9.9 per cent in the year ended 31 December 2018.

Revenue reached $805.9 million, up from $732.7 million in 2017 while EBITDA grew from $119 million to $131.2 million.

Net profit, however, was relatively flat, up from $19 million to $19.6 million.

Total assets increased from $592.5 million to $672.8 million while liabilities also grew, from $439.1 million to $494.1 million.

Pay Monthly customer numbers grew nine per cent, with churn reducing steadily through 2018 and into the first quarter of 2019, the company said.

Prepay subscribers reduced by six per cent, with the shutdown of the company’s 2G network earlier in 2018.

Data use continued to grow: Pay Monthly customers used 44 per cent more data and the average Prepaid customer used 101 per cent more.

Broadband customer growth of 19 per cent for the year continued into 2019, thanks to broadening sales channels and customer care team engagement. 

That saw nine out of 10 broadband sales in the first quarter of 2019 go to 2degrees Pay Monthly mobile customers.

2degrees is now in its tenth year of operation and recently launched a new marketing push and brand refresh emphasising the theme "fighting for fair".

It appointed its CFO, Mark Aue, as its new CEO in January to replace the long-serving Stewart Sherriff.

The company’s 4G coverage reached 99 per cent of the 2degrees network footprint, with the Commerce Commission noting New Zealand now has three comparable national mobile network operators.

It had relied heavily on using Vodafone's network as it built out its own.


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