Virgin Media busts £1bn a quarter
Hot numbers for really, really cold quarter
Virgin Media credited Britons' thirst for data for boosting its revenues by 6.6 per cent after it hauled in over £1bn in the fourth quarter.
The comms firm pulled in total revenues of £1bn in the last quarter of 2010, up 6.6 per cent on the previous adjusted figure for 2009. The company delivered operating income of £71m, up on 2009's £65m.
However, the firm reported a £54m pre-tax loss from continuing operations, mainly due to a £118.7m interest charge. Once income tax benefits and other gains were included, it reported a net profit of £37.1m, compared to a net loss the previous year of £94.4m.
Full year revenues were £3.9bn, up 5.8 per cent, with a full net loss of £141.4m, compared to the previous year's net loss of £357.8m.
Virgin Media said it had seen revenues increase in every area of its business, but trumpeted its increase in cable subscribers, which climbed above four million for the first time. It said the number paying for its 20Mb plus services had increased by 40 per cent, and stood at 780,000.
It thanked the "explosion in data consumpton" because of increasing numbers of connected devices and the growth in online video. It said it carried more than half a terabit per second in its busy periods, the equivalent of 62 copies of the entire Encyclopedia Britannica.
The firm's business service grew revenues by 2.8 per cent for the year, 4,7 per cent in the fourth quarter. However, business revenues, at £152m in the fourth quarter, are still just a fraction of the £851.1m Virgin Media pulled in from its consumer businesses.
The company didn't mention the weather in its earnings statement, but while the public undoubtedly has a thirst for data, it also has an aversion to leaving the house when it's snowing outside. ®
What you do is
Set up a company in some zero tax location, ie The Caimon Iles.
You get *that* company to loan your company in the UK lots of money.
You pay interest on that loan.
This is removed before your profit, so you pay less tax.
Of cause you could simply take the head of HMRC ot to lunch, which would properly be much cheaper.
4Billion revenue, and still make a loss ?????? hollywood acounting?
"explosion in data consumpton"
ehh. You mean downloading movie and stuff.
Seem piracy isn't killing every industry then.
oh wait here come the multitude of Linux users banging on about Distro's.
If they banned Piracy completed could Virgin et al claim that millions of jobs will be lost and babies will die due to their falling revenues?