LISBON, May 23 (Reuters) - Portugal Telecom (PT) said on Thursday its first-quarter net profit halved from a year ago amid a deep recession at home and due to a strong foreign exchange impact on its Brazilian revenues, but it still exceeded market expectations.
PT’s net profit fell 52 percent to 27 million euros ($34.8 million), compared to an average of 23 million euros predicted by analysts in a Reuters poll. The fall was cushioned by growing sales of bundled TV, phone and Internet services and a reduction in operating costs of 10 percent to 1.03 billion euros.
PT said earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization dropped almost 8 percent to 526 million euros, also exceeding analysts’ expectations of 515 million euros.
$1 = 0.7766 euros Reporting By Andrei Khalip and Filipe Alves