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Key Operation Data
Selected Unaudited Key Performance Indicators
Financial Data
  For the period from
1 Jan to 30 Sep 2006
For the period from
1 Jan to 30 Sep 2005
Increase
Operating Revenue (RMB) 212.691 billion 176.068 billion 20.8%
EBITDA (RMB) 121.191 billion 96.028 billion 26.2%
EBITDA margin 57.0% 54.5%  
Profit Attributable to Shareholders (RMB) 46.133 billion 36.869 billion 25.1%
Margin of Profit Attributable to Shareholders 21.7% 20.9%  

 

Operating Data
  As at 30 Sep 2006 /
For the period from
1 Jan to 30 Sep 2006
As at 30 Jun 2006 /
For the period from
1 Jan to 30 Jun 2006
Number of Subscribers 287.15 million 273.79 million
* Net increase in subscribers 39.14 million 25.78 million
* Average Revenue per User per Month (ARPU)(RMB/User/Month) 89 88
* Total Usage (Minutes) 897.23 billion 569.20 billion
* Average Usage per User per Month (MOU) (Minutes/User/Month) 374 367
* Average Revenue per Minute (RMB) 0.237 0.241
Number of Users of Mobile Data Services 250.74 million 239.96 million
* Short Message Services Usage Volume (Messages) 255.0 billion 167.0 billion
Number of Employees 108,525 105,456
Labour Productivity (Subscribers/Employee) 2,646 2,596

Notes:
* for the relevant reporting period

The above unaudited financial data is prepared in accordance with the generally accepted accounting principles in Hong Kong. The financial data and operational data of the Group for the first three quarters of 2006 and the operational data of the Group for the first six months of 2006 included the results of the Company and its subsidiaries, including the 31 provincial mobile companies and the newly acquired China Mobile Peoples Telephone Company Limited, while the financial data for the first three quarters of 2005 included the results of the Company and its subsidiaries, including the 31 provincial mobile companies.

The group promoted the development of economies of scale, maintained innovation growth and responded to competition rationally. With the continuing push of three driving forces of new customers, new businesses and new voice usage, in the first three quarters of 2006, the Group's financial results continued to maintain a rapid and healthy development trend. The Group's operating revenue reached RMB 212.691 billion, representing an increase of 20.8 per cent. compared to the same period of last year. EBITDA reached RMB 121.191 billion, representing an increase of 26.2 per cent. compared to the same period of last year. EBITDA margin was maintained at a high level of 57.0 per cent. Profit attributable to shareholders reached RMB 46.133 billion, representing an increase of 25.1 per cent. compared to the same period of last year.

Benefiting from the rapid growth of China's economy, enormous demand in the telecommunications market and rationalized competition environment, together with the Group's premium and efficient network and brand advantages, business in the eastern regions continued to grow, and the momentum of growth in the central and western regions and in the rural market remained robust, the Group achieved commendable overall results in the first three quarters of 2006. Subscriber growth continued to maintain a rapid momentum and the average monthly net additional subscribers for the first three quarters exceeded 4.30 million, and total subscribers reached 287.15 million as at 30 September 2006. Through proactive and effective sales and marketing of voice usage volume, total voice usage increased by 37.9% compared to the same period of the previous year. Value-added businesses also continued its rapid growth and Short Message Service usage volume increased by 42.8% compared to the same period of the previous year. However, as the new subscribers are mainly low-end users, ARPU and average revenue per minute of usage recorded a certain decrease compared to the same period of the previous year. Nevertheless, the decline has been better controlled. The favorable development in new customers, voice usage volume and value-added businesses resulted in the sustainable and favorable growth in operating revenue in the first three quarters. Furthermore, the Group maintained stable EBITDA margin and margin of profit attributable to shareholders through refined cost control methods and by leveraging economies of scale. In order to support favorable subscriber growth and business development and maintain its network in a leading position, the Group will further optimize its network, increase the network capability and enhance network quality to maintain the Group's competitive advantages and the Group's ability in maintaining a healthy and sustainable growth.

The Group will pursue the spirit of innovation, proactively develop value-added businesses, extend the rural market with great exertion and accelerate the development in scale. In addition, the Group will strive to maintain its sound fundamentals and sustainable development, continue to promote orderly and rational competition and to foster a healthy and favorable environment for further industry development. This will better serve the long-term interests of consumers, operating companies and investors.

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