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MTN Uganda Q1 profit after tax surges 20% to Shs 120.6bn.

MTN Uganda has announced a 20% growth in profit after tax for the first quarter of this financial
year to Shs 120.6bn.
The company listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange also recorded a profit before tax of Shs
168.7bn for the three-month period to March, representing a 17.4% increase compared to the
same period last year.
Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) rose 17.3% to
Shs326.4bn buttressed by higher service revenue and continued operational efficiencies,
delivered through the company’s expense efficiency programme and disciplined capital
allocation.
MTN Uganda’s data and fintech service revenues rose 25.7% and 20.7% to Shs 145.3bn and
Shs 174.8bn, respectively, as total service revenues climbed 15.8% to Shs 621.1bn.
“We are pleased with the solid results posted this quarter and the improvements we are
observing in our operating environment. We will continue to drive growth in the business going
forward with an ongoing focus on EBITDA margin resilience, in line with our Ambition 2025
objectives,” MTN Uganda CEO Sylvia Mulinge said.
Ms Mulinge said while the capital expenditure, excluding right of use assets, in the period
decreased by 16.3% to Shs 94.5 billion as a result of base effects arising from accelerated
investment in the prior year, it is expected to increase in the medium-term owed to sustained
investment to support the company’s growth prospects.
MTN Uganda has in the past years focused on 4G network expansion, fibre network roll-out and
infrastructure modernisation to enhance its user experience.
This has boosted the company’s 4G population coverage, significantly increasing from 65% to
80.7% during the period under review and subsequently driving better connectivity for its
customers.
“We are also investing in our network in preparation for 5G to address our customers’
requirements and support sustained growth. In line with our 5G transition, MTN Uganda
launched a partnership with Huawei Technologies to align our infrastructure towards a cloud-
native 5G Capable Core network,” Ms Mulinge said, adding, “This initiative will enable a future-
oriented network with greater service agility, innovation for both consumer and industrial
verticals, and improved operational efficiency.”
She said MTN’s focus is on enriching its MoMo ecosystem and platform capabilities to drive
financial and digital inclusion.
“We are focused on scaling the adoption of payments and e-commerce in line with digitization of
the economy, driving the adoption of Banktech products particularly loans and savings to
support individuals and micro businesses as well as refining our Remittance strategy to increase
flows from our regional and global partners,” she said.
MTN Uganda had 17.8 million mobile subscribers, 10.9 million fintech subscribers, 6.7 million
data subscribers and 268,000 active MoMo pay merchants as of the end of March.30.

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