Vodafone`s (VOD) FY EBITDA dropped 5,4%. Their revenue also slipped 1,9% to £43,6 billion. Net profit attributable to shareholders soared to £59,25 billion from £413 million in 2013, boosted by the sale of their 45% stake in Verizone Wireless for $130 billion.
Organic service revenue declined 3,8% in Q4. Adjusted operating profit dropped 37% to £7,67 billion, mainly due to a much lower contribution from Verizone Wireless before it was sold. Vodafone expects FY 2015 EBITDA to drop to £11,5 billion.
CEO Vittorio Colao say Vodafone`s emerging markets businesses have performed strongly. In Europe, the company continues to face competitive. Vodafone declared a final dividend of 7,47 pence a share, giving total dividends of 11 pence, up 8%.
Vodafone is the world`s second-largest mobile network operator and the Pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 Indes slipped today as Vodafone fell 4% after reporting huge impairment costs. Vodafone was the biggest faller on the FTSEurofirst 300 today.
The underlying profit continuing to move in the wrong direction and it seems to be very expensive to be in this competitive markets. AT&T bought Direct-TV to diversify and continue to grow its business.
This makes AT&T strong, and Verizone, Sprint and T-Mobile should watch out, as AT&T has more leverage right now. Direct TV`s coverage map can reach 99% of households. Their mentions that cost savings will exceed $1,6 billion.
AT&T now have the ability to price itself lower than other competitors. AT&T`s CEO belive the deal will go through regulators in light of recent trends in telecom and communications. AT&T bought out Direct TV for $95 per share ($48,5 billion).
It`s probably better to be on the other side. Facebook are earning money on their direct ad mobile advertising. Now, Yahoo have the ability to do the same as Facebook. Yahoo is down -16,2% so far in 2014.
The Alibaba IPO can give Yahoo a huge opportunity as they have a potential in Yahoo`s mobile advertising. They can acquire mobile advertising firms like Millennial Media or AOL. This is what made Facebook a big growth company.
Yahoo have Yahoo Weather, Yahoo Finance and Tumblr. They have about 360 million global users and this amount of users can make Yahoo grow with a new mobile ad platform. Yahoo have the ability to buy Millennial Media cheap.
Anyway; Yahoo`s stake in Alibaba will give them a lot of cash, and you all know that Cash is King! Money is just a piece of paper. It ain`t worth something. Just the thing you can buy with the cash. So what is money? It`s just tools, and you need the tools to reach your goals.
Yahoo have a huge opportunity during the Alibaba IPO, and they can be a great growth company if they are doing the right things now. Yahoo have been on the market for a long time, and money will not be the biggest problem for them now. They need a great idea. Mobile ads can be one of them.
Read my article about Ymobile on March 28, 2014.
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