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Six-fold profit for Viva Kuwait

June 30, 2014

VIVA KUWAIT reported a more than six-fold rise in annual profit as the mobile telecoms operator increased its customer base by a third.

The Saudi Telecom Company (STC) affiliate made a net profit of KD24.25 million ($86 million) in 2013, up from KD3.87 million a year earlier, according to its website.

Viva, which competes with Zain and Ooredoo subsidiary Wataniya, said it had 2.15 million mobile customers in 2013, up from 1.62 million subscribers a year earlier. This increase has boosted its market share to 33 per cent from 29 per cent, the company said.

Viva, which launched operations in 2008 and turned profitable in 2012, said its annual revenue rose 33 per cent to KD182.42 million last year.

STC received KD6.39 million in management fees from Viva in 2013, up from KD4.81 million a year earlier.

STC owns 26 per cent of Viva, while the Kuwaiti government holds 24 per cent. Viva sold the remaining 50 per cent in a September 2008 initial public offering that raised KD25 million, but has yet to be listed.

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Source: Gulf, The (Bahrain)

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