JOHANNESBURG, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Blue Label Telecoms reported a 54 percent rise in half year profits on Tuesday, driven by domestic growth and a fair value gain from its investment in Oxigen Services India (Oxigen).
* Headline earnings per share (HEPS) rose in line with expectations to 81.78 cents for the six-month period ending 30 November 2016 compared with 53.26 cents.
* Blue Label, the largest distributor of pre-paid airtime and data in South Africa, is in the middle of taking a 45 percent stake in debt-laden Cell C, South Africa’s third largest mobile phone company.
* ”The board remains positive with regard to the investment in Cell C and other commercial benefits that will
* follow therefrom. The demand for low-cost smart phones and tablets is expected to accelerate and in turn enhance revenue and profitability,” the company said.
* Cell C and its creditors have agreed with Blue Label and an unnamed investor to lower the company’s debt to 6 billion rand ($463 million) from 20 billion rand, Blue Label said on Monday. (Reporting by Tanisha Heiberg; Editing by Ed Stoddard)