Shares in Total Access Communication Pcl fell
nearly 1 percent to a 1-week low after the country's
second-largest mobile phone operator posted a 10 percent drop in
quarterly net profit, missing forecasts, partly due to higher
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The company believes higher-than-expected costs in the first
quarter will subside from the second quarter due to less
marketing for its Wi-Fi service, and sees upside potential from
voice revenue in the second quarter with the launch of a more
attractive voice package, brokerage KGI Securities said in a
"Overall we are still comfortable with our earnings growth
forecast of 8 percent year on year for this year," it said.
"DTAC is also our top pick for the sector as it will be the
prime beneficiary of the upcoming 3G licensing and a less
stringent foreign dominance rule."
KGI has a target price on Total Access shares of 100 baht.
Total Access shares slid to 81 baht, the lowest since April
27. The stock has risen 16.6 percent so far this year,
underperforming the 20.6 percent gain in the broader SET index
Out of 23 analysts tracking the company, 15 have a buy or
strong buy rating, four rate it as a hold and four have a sell
and strong sell rating.
1040 (0340 GMT)
(Reporting by Viparat Jantraprap in Bangkok; Editing by
Jonathan Hopfner; email@example.com)