The Airtel Africa Board has declared an interim dividend of 2.38 cents per share, an increase of 9%, in-line with their progressive dividend policy.
Other financial highlights include:
Revenue in constant currency grew by 19.7%, with reported currency revenues up by 2.3% to $2,623m. In Q2'24, reported currency revenues declined by 4.7% reflecting a full quarter's impact of the Nigerian naira devaluation in June 2023. Q2'24 constant currency revenues increased by 19.0%.
Whilst reported currency revenue growth was impacted by currency devaluation, all segments delivered double-digit constant currency revenue growth. Across the Group mobile services revenue grew by 18.3% in constant currency, driven by voice revenue growth of 11.5% and data revenue growth of 28.1%. Mobile money revenue grew by 30.9% in constant currency.
EBITDA increased by 21.2% in constant currency, and 3.7% in reported currency to $1,302m, with an EBITDA margin of 49.6%, reflecting a 70bps margin improvement over the prior period despite inflationary cost pressures and foreign exchange headwinds. Reported currency EBITDA declined by 3.3% in Q2'24 as the full impact of the Nigerian naira devaluation in June 2023 was incorporated.
Loss after tax was $13m driven largely by a foreign exchange loss of $471m recorded in finance cost before tax and $317m after tax because of the devaluation of the Nigerian naira in June 2023. This impact has been classified as an exceptional item.
EPS before exceptional items was 7.0 cents, an improvement of 3.2%. EPS before exceptional items and excluding foreign exchange and derivative losses was 10.7 cents. Basic EPS at negative (1.5 cents) compared to 7.9 cents in the prior period, was impacted by $317m net exceptional loss on account of naira devaluation in June 2023.