TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese telco SoftBank Corp (9434.T) said on Monday its operating profit in the quarter ended June rose 4%, in line with estimates, as the number of mobile users grew.
The company’s operating profit was 268.9 billion yen ($2.54 billion) in the first quarter, versus an average estimate of 268 billion yen from four analysts polled by Refinitiv.
Its smartphone subscribers rose 372,000 from three months earlier as SoftBank markets a plan targeting heavy data users.
The telco maintained its full-year operating profit forecast at 890 billion yen, up 9% from the previous year.
SoftBank Corp has hiked its stake in Yahoo Japan Corp (4689.T) and turned the internet company into a subsidiary to drive growth outside its wireless business.
The Yahoo stake and its first ever share buyback announced last month have helped support SoftBank Corp’s shares, which debuted, and have languished, below their 1,500 yen IPO price.
The stock closed down 0.5% ahead of the earnings….
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