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Financial Analysis of the Communications Industry

  • December 2012
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  • Frost & Sullivan
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  • 45 pages

The study analyses the financial status of the markets in the communications industry during the period FY 2007 to FY 2013. The markets covered include alternative carriers, integrated telecommunication services, communications equipment and wireless telecommunication services. The profitability ratios, activity ratios, liquidity ratios and solvency ratios for each of the above markets have been analysed and ratios such as gross margin, net income margin, return on assets, asset turnover, current ratio, cash ratio and cashflows to debt ratios have been analysed and their trends in each of the market have been presented.
Key Trends
Profitability Ratios
There has been a marginal increase in the Gross margin in this market from 2008 to 2012 accompanied with a similar growth in the net income margin as well due to a growth in sales.
Activity Ratios
The activity ratios have improved for the market with the total asset turnover and fixed asset turnover remaining stable for most of the study period for the Alternative carriers market. Additionally, the increase in the accounts receivable turnover is a positive sign implying lower accrual based sales.
Liquidity Ratios
The liquidity position for this market has followed a cyclical pattern during the course of the study period due to changes in liquid cash holdings. This has impacted the quick ratio and cash ratio. Additionally, the cash conversion cycle has declined for this market.
Solvency Ratios
The solvency position for the alternative carriers market has improved over the course of the study period. The market has reduced its leverage and consequently increased the interest coverage ratios.

Table Of Contents

Financial Analysis of the Communications Industry
TABLE OF CONTENTS

Executive Summary 3
Definition of Key Terms 6
Research Objective and Scope 8
Research Methodology 11
Alternative Carriers 14
Communications Equipment 20
Integrated Telecommunication Services 26
Wireless Telecommunication Services 32
Conclusion 38
The Frost and Sullivan Story 41

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