Jio continues to be Reliance Industries’ beacon with 182% jump in profit

Jio triples its profits as compared to a year ago in the first quarter of FY2020-21BI India

  • Reliance Jio, the telecommunications arm of the Indian behemoth Reliance Industries, saw a 33.76% jump in revenue with profits tripling in the first quarter.
  • It’s also on the track to stabilise its costs with the average return per user (ARPU) hitting ₹ 140.3 per subscriber — a 7.4% increase over the end of March.
  • Average data consumption continued to rise and voice consumption returned to its former downtrend.
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The shining beacon of Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries, Jio, continues to shimmer in the first quarter, with profit leaping by 182.8% as compared to the same quarter last year. Revenues have risen by 33.76%.

Jio's net profit over the last five quartersCompany filings/BI India

Even as other segments of Reliance Industries saw weakness due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Jio has continued to thrive with its average return per user (ARPU) which was up 7.4% quarter-on-quarter to ₹140.3 per subscriber alleviating concerns around the quality of the customer base in comparison to Bharti Airtel.

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Jio's ARPU over the last five quartersCompany filings/BI India

Average data consumption was up to 12.1 GB per month, however, voice consumption — which had continually fallen until last quarter — returned to its downward trajectory by dipping to 756 minutes. Total wireless data traffic during the first quarter of 2020-21 grew 30.2% as compared to the same quarter last year to hit 1,420 crore GB.

Jio's voice and data consumption over the last five quartersCompany filings/BI India

After all the investments in the last three months, Reliance Industries effectively holds 66.48% equity in Jio Platforms. It has raised ₹152,056 crore across its thirteen investors with ₹115,694 crore in the bank. “₹22,981 will be retained at Jio Platform to drive future growth,” the company said in a statement.

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Jio’s newly launched video conferencing tool - JioMeet has reportedly been downloaded by more than 5 million users so far, according to the company.

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