Vodafone-Idea is now a ₹3 stock after a shocking quarterly loss
- One of India's top three telecom operators is crashing fast.
- The share price fell another 9% on Friday after a shocking loss in the second quarter.
- The ₹50,000 crore plus loss posted by Vodafone-Idea is the highest in the history of corporate India.
One of India's top three telecom operators is crashing fast. The share price fell another 9% as trading opened on Friday, spooked by a shocking loss in the second quarter. The ₹50,000 crore plus loss posted by Vodafone-Idea is the highest in the history of corporate India.
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While the stock manage to recover from the lows it has already lost a lot of sheen.
A day before Vodafone Idea posted India’s largest ever quarterly net loss of ₹50,000 crore, its stock had crashed 20%. The stock which has been taking a beating ever since Supreme Court gave a verdict which went against them in the aggregate gross revenue case, it has little to lose after yesterday’s loss announcement.
The market capitalisation of Vodafone-Idea was just about ₹8,476 crore ($1.2 billion) before trading opened on Friday (November 15). That is barely a tenth of the ₹₹44,150 crore that it owed Department of Telecommunications which it has to pay p in three months.
"We have accounted for the estimated liability of Rs 27,610 crore related to licence fee and Rs 16,540 crore billion related to spectrum usage charges up to September 30, 2019, including the interest, penalty and interest thereon of Rs 33,010 crore," the company said on a filing on the stock exchanges.
Added to that, the British parent of the company Vodafone Plc also went deep into red because of its flailing India business. Two days back, the CEO of the parent Nick Read said that India business might be liquidated if the government does not offer any relief over the spectrum dues.
In late October, both Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea have lost a decade old case on the definition of AGR dues. While the telecom companies had claimed that the definition should not include non-telecom earnings, DoT said it should. Supreme Court also agreed with DoT leading the sector into a fresh crisis, amongst the many it is battling.
Vodafone Idea has to pay ₹44,150 crore to DoT in 3 months -the liability that made it post a historic loss
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