Blue Label Telecoms said in a trading statement for the six months ended November 2018, that it expects to make a substantial loss, compared to the prior year.
The technology group, which is the majority shareholder of Cell C, said that it expects headline earnings per share to amount to a loss of 18.78 cents per share, from prior earnings of 166.68 cents per share. Earnings per share is expected to show a loss of up to 15.74 cents per share, from prior earnings of 167.43 cents per share.
Core headline earnings per share, Blue Label said, is expected to show a loss of up to 14.23 cents per share, from earnings of 168.42 cents in 2017.
“Although the core businesses of the Blue Label group generated positive growth, the once-off underlying financial adjustments relating to Cell C had a negative impact thereon,” it said.
“The financial results for the comparative six-month period ended 30 November 2017 included the recognition of a deferred tax asset by Cell C, of which the group’s share equated to R864 million. This was a once- off recognition to earnings in the comparative period,” Blue Label said.
Blue Label said it expects to publish its results on Thursday, 28 February 2019.