Idea Cellular Q2 net profit surges, beats estimates
Oct 24 2013 , New Delhi
Idea, part of the metals-to-financials Aditya Birla conglomerate, said consolidated net profit rose to 4.48 billion rupees for its fiscal second quarter to September 30, from 2.41 billion rupees a year earlier.
Analysts on average expected the company, nearly a fifth owned by Malaysia's Axiata, to report a net profit of 4.22 billion rupees.
Bigger Indian phone carriers such as Bharti Airtel Ltd (BRTI.NS), Vodafone Group Plc's (VOD.L) local unit and Idea have cut discounts and raised some call prices this year after several of their smaller rivals were forced to exit or scale back by a court order on a massive licensing scandal.