Feb 19 Mobile banking technology company
Monitise Plc said operating costs rose in the first
half as it continued to invest in technology and services, and
hired more people.
Shares in Monitise fell as much as 7.5 percent in early
trading, making it one of the top percentage losers on the
London Stock Exchange on Wednesday.
Operating costs rose to 44 million pounds ($73.5 million)
from 34.8 million a year earlier.
Berenberg analyst Ali Farid Khawaja told Reuters that the
company typically announces a big project, which it has not done
this time around.
Monitise reiterated its full-year forecast of about 50
percent growth in revenue and a gross margin of above 70
"I am surprised that the management has not raised its
full-year guidance, because just on the run-rate basis they
should be able to do more than 50 percent in the full year,"
The company had reported a wider loss for the full-year
ended June 30, 2013 as operating costs doubled due to
investments in technology and services, and acquisition.
Monitise said on Wednesday that there was increasing demand
for its services and thus it planned to continue investments.
The company reported a loss before interest, tax,
depreciation and amortisation of 10.2 million pounds for the six
months ended Dec. 31 compared with 14.7 million pounds a year
Revenue jumped 67 percent to 46.5 million pounds, while
gross margin rose to 73 percent from 72 percent a year earlier.
The number of registered end-user customers increased to 28
million from 20 million a year earlier, resulting in a 14
percent jump in subscription revenue excluding licences.
Monitise shares were trading down 6.7 percent at 65.75 pence
at 0846 GMT.
($1 = 0.5989 British pounds)
(Reporting by Abhirup Roy in Bangalore; Editing by Gopakumar