bharti airtel shares: Bharti Airtel shares jump 5% post Q3 earnings. Here’s what brokerages recommend

Shares of Bharti Airtel jumped nearly 5% to the day’s high of Rs 749 on the NSE in Tuesday’s trade following its December quarter earnings on Monday. A favourable view from a couple of brokerages helped the price surge. While Macquarie has maintained an ‘Outperform’ rating, Motilal Oswal has recommended a buy view.

The company will be holding its analyst call later today and more brokerages are likely to come out with their reviews following the call.

The telecom major reported a 54% year-on-year (YoY) jump in consolidated net profit at Rs 2,442 crore for the quarter ended December 2023. The profit figure was lower than the ET NOW poll estimate of Rs 2,596 crore. The profit in Q3FY23 stood at Rs 1,588 crore. The company also reported an increase in the average revenue per user (ARPU) to Rs 208 in Q3FY24 versus Rs 193 in Q3FY23.

Read more: Bharti Airtel Q3 Results: Profit jumps 54% YoY to Rs 2,442 crore, but misses estimates; ARPU at Rs 208

Here’s what brokerages recommended:

Macquarie: Outperform | Target: 990

Macquarie has maintained an outperform rating on the Airtel shares for a price target of Rs 990. In its post-earnings stock review, the brokerage noted that steady execution in India mobile was seen in the December quarter though the enterprise and Africa businesses were a drag. Growth deceleration in India Enterprise drives EBIT miss.
Q3 results again underscore Bharti’s focus on its premiumisation strategy which is driving higher blended ARPU and positive operating leverage.

Motilal Oswal: Buy

According to Motilal Oswal, the company reported moderate growth with consolidated revenue and EBITDA led by the India mobile segment. The PAT miss was due to African currency devaluation and higher interest costs, Motilal said. It has maintained a buy view, however, not given the target.
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