MOSCOW, March 18 Russia's top mobile phone operator MTS reported on Tuesday a 16 percent rise in fourth-quarter net profit, beating forecasts, and reiterated guidance for the current year.
Net profit for the telecoms group, part of conglomerate Sistema, was 19.75 billion roubles ($544.1 million)compared to an average forecast of 14.8 billion roubles in a Reuters poll and 17 billion the year earlier.
Revenues rose 6.4 percent to 104.75 billion roubles, the company said in a statement. It reiterated its 2014 sales growth forecast of 3-5 percent compared to 5.3 percent last year.
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