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|December 31, 1969 07:00 PM EST||
Performance Highlights FY 2008-09 (Unaudited)
- Sify reported revenues of $ 121.62 million for the year ended 31st March 2009, 3 % higher than the previous year's revenue of $ 117.88 million. - The Enterprise business registered growth of 13% over the previous year, while the consumer business' revenues were 26 % lower than the previous year. The international business ended the year with an increase of 29 % over the previous year. - Net Loss for the year was $ 16.85 million as against a Net Profit of $ 0.50 million in the previous year. - Capex during the year was $ 29 million on account of data centre expansion and the doubling of network reach over the first three quarters. This also increases current operating costs, whereas revenues will take time to scale across all the newly established locations. - Sify ended the year with a cash balance of $ 7.20 million after capital expenditures of $ 29 million during the year.
Mr CVS Suri, Chief Operating Officer, Sify, said, "Our enterprise services drove Sify's growth with a larger percentage share of total revenues last year. We expect VoIP carrier services and our Data Center services to be the growth drivers for the enterprise business going forwards. We continue to expect growth across all businesses including connectivity, security and application services. Revenues during the year were from both new customer engagements and enhanced requirements from existing customers. Our international businesses have grown, and will continue to grow, by focusing on opportunities in identified verticals of business and industry. On the consumer front, the access business has been a challenge, and this is being addressed with rationalization of product portfolios based on consumer demand, as well as focusing on services in cities where we are well represented. Our interactive services capability was enhanced with a new content management system that is multi-media capable, and allows for greater efficiencies, flexibility, scalability and user interactivity. New initiatives for video content across entertainment, sports and lifestyle areas such as cookery saw us gaining new users during the year".
Unaudited Consolidated income statement as per IFRS ( In $ million, all translated at $1 = Rs.50.95) Description Year ended Quarter Ended 31st March 2009 2008 2009 Enterprise 85.18 75.02 22.30 Consumer 25.62 34.46 5.35 Others 10.82 8.40 2.68 Revenue 121.62 117.88 30.33 Cost of Revenues (71.11) (66.53) (18.19) Other Income 1.75 0.91 0.56 Stock Compensation expenses (0.62) (1.11) (0.12) Depreciation and Amortisation expenses (10.21) (7.74) (2.84) Selling, General and Administrative Expenses (54.60) (47.25) (12.72) Net Finance Income (2.47) 2.04 (1.04) Share of Affiliates 0.97 3.55 0.15 Profit Before tax (14.66) 1.76 (3.87) Income Taxes (2.19) (1.26) (0.33) Profit for the year (16.85) 0.50 (4.20) Profit attributable to: Owners of the parent (17.86) (0.09) (4.30) Non-controlling interests 1.02 0.59 0.10 Non Financial Indicators e Port Subscribers active 490 718 490 No of e Ports (Operational) 1,791 2,165 1,791 E ports Additions (Gross) 367 513 41 No of Cities 249 180 249 Broadband Subscribers (in 000's) 165 219 165 No of CTOs 2,011 1,966 2,011 ARPU 305 336 291 Technology No of PoPs 547 481 547
Sify is now fully operational as a long distance operator for wholesale voice with a steady increase in business. We are using our IP expertise effectively in offering and managing these services.
Significant wins for data centre services were from the General Insurance
Corporation, State Bank of
Application services were signed with the Indian Institute of Banking & Finance and ICICI Prudential. While managed voice contracts were gained from Cobwell & Salmon and Cleaves Global.
Government investments in eGovernance and services, Public Sector Enterprises investing in IT, enablement and rural banks and co-operatives are driving demand for enterprise services in the current environment. Public Sector Banks are continuing to invest in IT to gain efficiencies and improve customer services.
Infrastructure management services:
Infrastructure management services are seeing fresh traction in the western markets in the current environment. This has resulted in queries and an increase in our engagements with existing customers.
Consequently the sales force in the US has been strengthened to meet this opportunity. Lead times, however, are longer as decision making is now more layered. Interest is from across verticals including finance, high tech, manufacturing and others.
Sify eLearning continues to identify opportunities in the current environment for its services. While there is increasing pressure on price or added value, our focus has been on efficiencies in delivery to protect margins. We are also ensuring skill sets to meet with the evolving requirements of the eLearning space. We also launched Learning Infrastructure on a Services Model as a new service offering in the last quarter.
Among the awarded contracts, some of the notable wins were from customers such as a global leader in Business Intelligence Products and Services, a Global Investment Management organization, and our being empanelled as a preferred vendor by a Canadian City Municipal Agency.
Access media services
Broadband to home:
Consumer offer to promote timely renewals: The offer of
Launch of "double speed @ night" product: The launch of the 64 kbps (Day) 128 kbps (Night) Unlimited plan, Sify Broadband completed its unique "double speed @ night" product range. There are now three plans in this range offering differing speeds, but double the download speeds at night and unlimited downloads all day long. Customers who do basic tasks during the day that do not require high speeds, but heavy downloads at night find these packages very attractive and affordable.
e-port cyber cafes:
Internet Learning Program at Sify e-Ports: Sify tied up with
the National Internet Exchange of
The ten-hour course at just
Rationalization of the e-Port product portfolio: A standardized set of products across all e-Ports is now available with an extensive rationalization of the range to arrive at a mix of 11 products, new registrations and renewal combined. These products cater to varied requirements of customers, be it with respect to pricing, validity or value for money.
Consolidation of cafes in existing locations: Potential franchisees to start e-Ports in existing cities are being carefully screened before opening new cafes. Existing cafes are also being monitored on multiple parameters, including the involvement & interest of the franchisee and viability of the location in a dynamic urban environment. If proving unviable, these cafes are being closed down.
Improvement of the content management system and delivery platform has resulted in greater automation and reduced costs for both content and people. The automated content management system also allows for greater flexibility and scalability going forwards. It also is multi-media capable and enables greater focus on user related features.
Sify.com continues to enhance its capabilities and content with alliances with companies such as Google, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Sony Entertainment Television, Zee TV and others to offer compelling entertainment and sports content including video content. This is resulting in new users coming in for the rich media content that they can enjoy on Sify.com.
Sify.com revamped its internationally popular food channel 'Bawarchi' (http://food.sify.com/) to enhance it with multi-media capabilities and to make it more contemporary and user friendly. The revamped Bawarchi continues to offer the best of Indian cooking to an international audience with enhanced features that include videos and tools for greater user interactivity.
Sify sports (http://sify.com/sports/) started live streaming
of international cricket matches, including the
Sify.com tied up with Zee Television while continuing its relationship with Sony Entertainment Television to bring popular reality shows Dance India Dance (http://danceindiadance.sify.com/ ) and Jhalak dikhhla jaa (http://jhalakdikhhlajaa.sify.com/ ) to online audiences. The highly popular sites offer fans interactive tools, community features, videos, gallery, show recaps, message boards and expert diaries.
The newly introduced Sifymail WIYI (World In Your Inbox) has met with an encouraging response with growing numbers of users subscribing per day. The feedback regarding the widgets that enable users to personalize their inbox to become their veritable home page on the Internet has also been very positive.
Games (http://games.sify.com ) continued to grow in number of users with the recently launched Antzill range of games gaining traction. The site has also been widely reviewed and written about which has helped attract many new users.
Stree, an exclusive section for the contemporary woman was launched (http://sify.com/news/women ) during the last quarter. The special channel includes sections on lifestyle, family, health, career tips, leisure, cookery tips, help and astrology.
Sify is among the largest Managed Enterprise and Consumer Internet
Services companies in
A significant part of the company's revenue is derived from Corporate
Services, which include corporate connectivity, network and communications
solutions, security, network management services, enterprise applications and
hosting. Sify is recognized as an ISO 9001:2000 certified service provider
for network operations, data center operations and customer support, and for
provisioning of VPNs, Internet bandwidth, VoIP solutions and integrated
security solutions, and ISO 27001 certified for Internet Data Center
operations. Sify has licenses to operate NLD (National Long Distance) and ILD
(International Long Distance) services and offers VoIP back haul to long
distance subscriber telephony services. The company is
Consumer services include broadband home access, dial up connectivity and the e-port cybercafé chain across 249 cities and towns. Sify.com the consumer portal of Sify has sub portals like http://www.samachar.com, http://www.walletwatch.com, http://www.sifymax.com and http://www.chennailive.in, http://www.bangalorelive.in, http://www.mumbailive.in, http://www.hyderabadlive.in the city based live video on the web. The content is available in 5 Indian languages, which include Hindi, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada and Tamil.
For more information about Sify visit http://www.sifycorp.com
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The forward-looking statements contained herein are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements. Sify undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statements.
For a discussion of the risks associated with Sify's business, please see
the discussion under the caption "Risks Related to Our Business" in the
company's report on Form 6-K for the quarter ended
Contact information: Sify Technologies Limited Mr. David Appasamy Investor Relations +91-44-2254-0770 Ext. 2013 [email protected] Grayling Global Investor Relations: Ms. Trúc N. Nguyen (ext. 418) or Mr. Christopher Chu (ext. 426) +1-646-284-9400 [email protected] or [email protected] Media Relations: Ms. Stacy Dimakakos +1-646-284-9417 [email protected]
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